The Peach Music Festival has quickly become one of the most popular summer music events in the north. Founded by the Allman Brothers Band (ABB) in 2012, the festival brings in some amazing artists in alternative rock, folk, blues, country, and more. There’s something for everyone here no matter what genre of music you prefer.
The entire festival takes place outdoors and is perfect for nature lovers, not to mention the backdrop of the mountain and all the fresh air will have you feeling great and sleeping well at night.
There are two stages, the Peach Stage and the smaller Mushroom Stage, which is inside the water park. You can enjoy the live music while floating down the lazy river or head to the larger Peach Stage and join the crowd who will no doubt be dancing.
Located at the base of Montage Mountain, the scenery is amazing, and the outdoor amphitheater provides a stunning backdrop to enjoy the music. The ski resort nearby is transformed into a water park, and those with tickets to the festival can enjoy unlimited access to cool off in the water or try the zip-lines.
The festival is perfect for those who enjoy camping, with sites for RVers and campers alike. Free shuttles provide easy transportation to and from the event for those who are camping or parking off-site.
As one of the only music events to include access to a waterpark, tickets for the Peach Music Festival are sure to sell out quickly. Tickets usually go on sale as early as mid-November of the prior year.
The festival lasts four days, and single-day passes are not an option. Wristbands are sent to participants about three weeks before the event starts. All ticket purchases are final as the festival takes place no matter what the weather is like. If your wristband is lost or stolen, it will not be reissued so guard it well.
There are VIP and non-VIP passes with two types of non-VIP passes: Four-Day Reserved Pass and Four-Day General Admission (GA) Pass. The Reserved Passes reserve you a seat in the 100 level for headliners and artists before headlining acts. The GA pass gives you access to all other areas of the venue except for the 100 level and VIP areas.
Early bird GA passes are quite affordable, usually ranging from $100-$150 for festival only access with camping add-ons as you select. Passes purchased later may range from $170-$325 plus camping. When making reservations, make sure to purchase an RV Pass to ensure that you are able to bring your rig.
Those who wish to camp must purchase a Festival Pass + Camping Bundle. Every person in your RV will need a Festival Pass + Camping Bundle ticket. Visit thepeachmusicfestival.com for the most updated ticket pricing and availability.
The Peach Music Festival takes place at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This small town, made famous by the TV show The Office, is 125 miles north of Philadelphia and about the same distance northwest of New York City. Plan to share the road with plenty of other vehicles as you approach Montage Mountain. Have your RV hang tag ready to display upon entry, and know which RV camping option you chose. If you’ll be renting an RV locally, you can fly into any of the major airports nearby. Newark International Airport in New Jersey, JFK International Airport and LaGuardia International Airport in New York City or Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia are all options. Any of these three airports will get you to Scranton within three hours.
Parking off-site is free, and anyone who does not have an on-site parking pass will be at one of the off-site lots. The off-site RV lot is about 10 minutes from the festival grounds; you must purchase an Off-Site RV Pass to park there in your camper. Day parking is also off-site. You must present your RV hang tag to be let into the off-site RV parking area. There is no re-entry to this lot, so make sure you’ve brought everything you will need for the entirety of the festival.
There are shuttles available from the off-site parking lots to the venue for free. Buses run non-stop, but exact times are not provided in advance. Festival organizers may also provide additional shuttle information as the event approaches each year.
There are two RV camping areas close to the festival: an on-site area and an off-site one about 10 minutes from the festival grounds. The on-site camping area has a limited number of passes available. Vehicle re-entry is not permitted in the camping lots, and there are no hookups available at either site. Waste removal is available for a fee.
All classes of RVs are allowed, and spaces are allocated based on Class A, B, or C. All tow vehicles and amenities such as awnings, grills, and furniture must fit in each space with the maximum measuring 20’ x 45’. Companion vehicles, including motorcycles, are not permitted due to limits on space. Generators are only allowed in the RV areas.
If you are unable to reserve a camping spot at the festival or prefer to camp nearby for any reason, Northern Pennsylvania is a great place to explore when you are not at the festival. Within Scranton, there are few RV campground options located less than 20 miles from the festival venue. Frances Slocum State Park is 18 miles away and requires reservations for RV camping. Free parking in a parking lot is possible at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wilkes Barre, PA and it is 13 miles from Montage Mountain. It’s best to reserve an RV site at the festival if you know you want to camp.
On-site campers will have an advantage by staying on the festival grounds. Those who camp in an off-site festival lot will need to take a shuttle to and from the concert areas. The shuttle service is free and starts when the festival doors open and ends an hour after the music finishes. There will also be a lot of walking, and the trek up to the mountain can be challenging so come prepared or consider bringing a wagon to make it easier to take items with you into the festival.
The concert is completely outdoors so bring comfortable clothing for the expected summer weather. Even if it rains the festival will go on, so make sure to bring a raincoat and change of clothes. For extreme heat, bring light colors and layers along with sunglasses and a hat or bandanna. Shoes should also be very comfortable but also provide adequate protection. If you plan to take advantage of the water park, pack swimwear and several towels. Don’t forget the sunscreen and some sandals either.
In the camping and RV areas, general camping items such as tents, canopies, tarps, etc. are allowed. You may also bring in two bulk alcohol items per person, but they must be in aluminum or plastic containers. Glass containers are prohibited in the campgrounds. No alcohol is allowed in the festival site itself. See the festival site for guidelines about what constitutes bulk alcohol items.
It is recommended to bring extra toilet paper and trash bags, a flashlight, and a cooler. Charcoal grills, tiki torches, and fireworks are prohibited. Open flames, golf carts, and illegal drugs are also restricted from the campground.
Each participant can bring a 1-gallon container for water that is either empty or factory sealed into the festival grounds. They can also bring lawn chairs, blankets, and small umbrellas. Small bags, purses, or backpacks are permitted but may be subject to search. Professional cameras with detachable lenses are not allowed. Coolers and outside food and drink, other than water, are not permitted.
Bring a wagon to make it easier to bring all your gear with you from the RV campsite to the festival venue. The path from the on-site campground to the amphitheater does have some areas with hills, so it’s easier to pull a wagon than carry everything by hand.
Free water refillable stations are available at the campgrounds and on the festival grounds. Make sure to bring a refillable water bottle for each person in your party. Small bags are allowed into the festival so try to bring along anything you will need while you’re there. This includes any first-aid items as well as sunscreen and bug spray. Re-entry is allowed into the concert area in case you’ve forgotten anything at the campground.
Cooking appliances are allowed at the campground only and must be certified by a nationally-recognized agency. The only fuel allowed for cooking is propane, and you may not bring in more than the specified amount. Charcoal grills are not permitted. Gas-powered generators are allowed at the RV campsites.
In the City of Scranton, there is a wide variety of restaurants with cuisine ranging from Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Italian, Brazilian, Lebanese, Japanese, and Thai. There are also pubs, breweries, pizza places, and vegetarian restaurants. Remember that Montage Mountain is somewhat remote and it may be preferable to enjoy dining out on your way to or from the festival, especially since vehicles cannot be moved until the festival has ended.
The Peach Music Festival offers a variety of vendors on site selling food and drinks. Guests will encounter plenty of vendors offering food from local farmers markets to carnival type foods. Drinks will be available for purchase, including soft drinks, microbrews, mixed drinks, and more. Multiple ATMs will be set up around the camping and festival grounds in case you need cash although most vendors do accept credit cards.
Drugs, knives, and anything that could be used as a weapon is prohibited, and all personal items are subject to search in an attempt to keep the festival as safe as possible. All vehicles and personal items are subject to search upon entry to the Peach Music Festival. Don’t bring any valuables with you to the event and always lock your RV when you leave.
Summer in Scranton is often quite hot and sunny. There isn’t a lot of shade either, so bringing something to protect you from the sun will make your experience much better. Average highs are in the low 70s but temperatures can get to the mid-80s. Precipitation is quite high in the summer months too, so make sure to prepare for rain. Nighttime lows usually reach the upper 50s.
There are 24-hour medical stations and emergency personnel on site at the festival. The Peach Music Festival also takes into consideration anyone who may need special assistance, providing ADA parking at all off-site lots. You can contact the shuttle attendants who call the ADA Accessible Shuttle for a ride between festival locations. Identification will be verified to ensure the person who was issued the ADA placard is present as either a driver or passenger.