Wintergrass Information

What is Wintergrass?
Wintergrass is a family-friendly Bluegrass music festival, with concerts and dances at 4 different stages. There are also music education programs for kids and adults, workshops, impromptu jams, and a chance to see and hear some great music.

Where is Wintergrass being held?
Wintergrass takes place at Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 900 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, WA. The Hyatt has plenty of 24 hour jamming space and room for 4 stages all under one roof. Rooms at the Hyatt generally sell out months in advance. As of October 1, 2013, all rooms at the Hyatt are sold out.

When do I get my ticket?
Wintergrass does not issue paper tickets. Rather your tickets are recorded into our magic database which is transformed into a festival check-in register. All you need to do when you arrive at the festival is proceed to festival registration (located on the mezzanine level of the Wintergarden lobby at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue) and show some ID to the registration volunteers. They'll have you sign for your tickets, issue your wristbands and cheerily send you on your way to enjoy the festival. Registration opens at noon on Thursday, Feb. 28th and then at 8:30am every day thereafter. Shows begin at 7pm on Thursday, workshops begin at 9:30am on Friday, shows start at 5pm. Workshops start at 9:30am on Saturday with shows beginning at 12:30pm. Shows start at 10:30am on Sunday and end by 5pm.

Where are the events located in the Hyatt Regency?
Click here to see a floor plan of the Hyatt Regency's function spaces. Also, you can take a narrated video tour of the Wintergrass spaces.

Where do I park and how much does it cost?
People call the Hyatt and are told parking is $25 a day. That's only partly true and mostly not true, but time consuming to explain. The best info is on The Bellevue Collection web site.

How long is Wintergrass?
A Wintergrass weekend is 4 days long. People begin gathering for the weekend as early as Thursday for and stay through Monday. For those with not quite as much time or devotion, single day ticket options are readily available. Shows begin on Friday around 5pm and on Saturday around noon. Workshops are offered all day Friday and Saturday. The festival concludes with all-day concerts on Sunday ending around 5pm. Throughout all this, the hotel lobbies are replete with impromptu jams.

What times are the shows?
While there is a bit of fluctuation from year to year, you can use this info as a basic guide for show times:

Thursday: Shows begin at 6pm
Friday: Workshops start at 9:30am; shows start at 5pm and go until as late as 1am
Saturday: Workshops start at 9:30am; shows start as early as 12:45pm and go until as late as 1am
Sunday: Shows start at 10:30am and end no later than 5pm

What type of music is played at the Festival?
While Wintergrass is primarily a Bluegrass music festival, you'll hear plenty of other styles of acoustic music including Gypsy jazz, Celtic music, Old-Timey, Swedish polskas and many more types of acoustic string music. Jam sessions reflect the diversity of styles with young and old alike participating in every nook and cranny. Don't be shy! Don't leave home without your instrument. The festival maintains a convenient Instrument Check room so that you can safely stash your instrument while you enjoy shows.

What are workshops (and do I have to pay extra for them)?
Workshops, which are included in the price of admission, cover a variety of topics and are designed for all levels of ability. You'll have a chance to hear about musical theory, practical approaches to the every day problems that musicians face, and leave with inspiration that you can incorporate into your own musical experience. It's a chance to broaden your knowledge base, or dig deeper into a particular topic – the choice is up to you.

Do I have to buy additional tickets to see certain shows?
Your weekend pass gets you into ALL shows, dances, and festival workshops from Thursday through Sunday! Single day tickets are also available and gain you entrance into ALL shows, dances and festival workshops for that day.

What is a Legends Seat?
Legends seats are located in a special section near the front and slightly off-center in the Grand Ballroom. When you purchase a Legends seat option you receive a special wristband that allows you to sit in this section. You do not buy a specific seat but there will always be a seat for you in this section. This is a good option for people who don't like to look for a seat or just like the assurance of knowing that there will always be a seat for them near the front no matter what.

What is your refund policy?
Wintergrass does not issue refunds. Exceptions, of course, are made for medical or family emergencies.

No refund requests of any kind will be processed, responded to or otherwise acknowledged from Friday February 21st through Tuesday March 7th. We simply do not have the bandwidth during this time period to work on refunds. Please resepct this.

I've never been to Bellevue before. Where can I get information on the city?
When planning your trip to Wintergrass this year, the best place to find information about all things Bellevue is at  www.bellevue.com.   As the City of Bellevue's premier address online,  Bellevue.com  is your definitive online city guide for What to Do, Where to Go, What's New and What's Happening in Bellevue and the Eastside.

I'm planning on coming in my RV. Is there an RV park nearby?
RV parking is available at the Diamond Parking Lot located at NE 10th at 106th directly across the street from the Hyatt. The cost for one space is $25 per day. Most Oversized Vehicles or RVs will require two spaces. These are not Camping spaces and you may not sleep in your vehicle in those lots. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may pay for your space at the machine in the lot and display your permit on the dashboard.

If you want to RV camp, please check out Trailer Inns RV Parks. They are about 2 miles away from the Wintergrass site.

Are there any good restaurants in the area?
There are a lot of restaurants within easy walking distance of Wintergrass. Really, a lot. many of them serve food well past midnight. There are also several great grocery stores all within blocks of the hotel. This is our recommended dining list. It will undoubtedly be add to but these are the folks who have agreed to tangibly support the festival in one way or another. Bellevue is a very busy place. We suggest you think about making dinner reservations before you even arrive in town.

As festival time approaches check back to this page for more detailed information about parking, transportation, special deals for festival goers and more.