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Free Press Summer Festival: what to bring, what not to bring

May 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

More information may be found here, but below is a list of what you can and what you cannot bring to the nearly sold-out 2014 Free Press Summer Festival, which starts tomorrow morning (May 31st) in Eleanor Tinsley Park on the edge of downtown Houston. Please pay attention and don’t hold up the lines for the rest of us — thanks.


  • Sun-friendly items such as a swimsuit, cover-up, sunblock, sunglasses, hats, personal umbrella.
  • You may bring an empty water container to fill at the fest, such as a CamelBak.
  • Backpacks (will be searched)
  • Personal cameras are allowed, and the rule prohibiting detachable lenses has been lifted this year so bring them at your own risk. The promoters reserve the right to use photographs taken at the event in promotional materials.
  • Towel or blanket for sitting (no chairs).
  • Cash (small bills) and credit cards. Cash will be accepted for food, drinks, and memorabilia, and in some locations credit cards will be accepted as well. There is no need to purchase food/drink tickets first. ATMs will be available throughout the fest grounds as well.


  • As per requirements by the City of Houston, no water or any other liquid or food is admitted. There will be plenty of water available for free and for sale. Empty camel packs or reusable non-glass water thermoses are allowed and can be filled once in the fest, but must be proved empty upon entrance. Again, no outside food or drinks, including no water or water bottles, sealed or unsealed.
  • No pets of any kind allowed.
  • No coolers.
  • No canopies, tents, or other big pointy obstructions.
  • No motorized vehicles.
  • No weapons.
  • No professional photography, video, or audio recording equipment.
  • No unauthorized vending, sales, solicitations, or promotions.

Note that festival security will be checking bags and confiscating prohibited items at gate.

Also, given the weather situation, I’d suggest a towel or two for the ride home.

Free Press Summer Festival is held May 31-June 1 in Eleanor Tinsley Park in downtown Houston. Remaining passes are available here.

Tags: Miscellaneous · Music · Summer Fest

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