Here’s everything you need to know to arrive, survive, and thrive at Nomadico!

Arrival Basics

  • Make sure to bring your ID and check that your name is on the Eventbrite ticket. 
    • No one under 21 will be allowed to enter Nomadico.
    • Download or print your ticket before arriving at Nomadico to ensure we can scan your bar code at the gate. There is little to no cell service at the venue so be sure to download your ticket in advance.
    • If you bought your ticket from another Nomad, make sure they have updated the name by selecting Nomadico in their Eventbrite account, clicking “Edit” (not “Transfer”), and changing the name and email. Detailed instructions here.
  • The front gate will be open:
    • Friday, 12pm-12am;
    • Saturday, 10am-8pm.
    • Please plan to arrive during those times. Only those approved for early arrival can arrive before Friday.
  • Nomadico will end at noon on Monday. Stay for Sunday night’s festivities if you can!

Getting There

  • The Cove Campground is located at 980 Cove Road, Gore, VA 22637. Get driving directions here.
  • If you’re still looking for a ride, or if you have room to spare in your car, take a look at the rideshare board. Make new friends while being kinder to the environment.
  • Coming from New York? Book a ticket on the JunXion bus, departing from Brooklyn Thursday or Friday and returning Monday.
  • Once you reach the Cove, follow these steps:
    1. Check in at the Cove’s front office.
    2. Follow signs for Nomadico, about 1.5 miles from the Cove’s entrance (at camp 6).
    3. Volunteers will greet you at Nomadico’s front gate and you can load out your stuff and check in.
    4. Park your car. Every vehicle must have a parking pass; you can purchase one here for $10.
    5. Explore and party!

On Site

  • There is little or no cell phone reception at the venue. Make sure to download the Atlas (and your ticket) before you arrive. Enjoy unplugging for the weekend!
  • On-site hot showers are available near the Cove Campground front office, which is 1+ mile (about a 30 minute walk) from the Nomadico site. Consider bringing a solar shower or a bike.
  • On-site potable water will be available. Ice will be available for sale at the front gate each day from 10:30 to 11:30am and 4:30 to 5:30pm. Please bring cash!
  • There will be a food vendor at Nomadico. Alcohol will not be available for sale.
  • We’ll have plenty of porta potties (and a couple of outhouses too), which will be cleaned daily. Enjoy the Poo-Poo Poetry inside and remember, accuracy is the name of our game.
  • Glass is not permitted at Nomadico as we do not have a way to dispose of it sustainably. Please make plans to switch your glass containers for reusable containers.
  • There will be a dishwashing station and a place for your waste next to the potable water. Help us out with the waste removal by familiarizing yourself with what type of waste goes in which container and sorting the recycling appropriately.
  • The Cove has a swimming lake with a lifeguard about a 1-mile walk from Nomadico’s front gate, outside the festival perimeter. Cove campers can swim only while the lifeguard is on duty at the designated beach close to the Cove entrance – from 9am until 45 minutes before dark on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9am to 6pm on Sundays. Please keep in mind that we will be sharing this space with non-Nomadico campground neighbors.
  • Bikes are permitted at the Cove, but please note that trails are very gravelly. Any bikes used at night should be well lit.
  • Accessibility: The festival takes place on natural, flat, and hilly grounds. Many areas may be difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair or other motorized vehicle. Please visit our FAQs for detailed accessibility information (under “Experience”).
  • Lost & Found is located at the Participation Station.

What to Pack

  • Be sure to bring these basics:
    • Your ID (21+)
    • Cash for ice and vending (the closest ATM is 4 miles from the Cove)
    • Tent and other camping gear
    • Warm clothes for the evening (temperatures may drop to upper 50s, plan accordingly!)
    • Rain gear, including shoes for muddy conditions
    • Toiletries
    • Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries
    • Sunscreen and insect repellent
    • Earplugs
    • First aid kit
    • Reusable water bottle (no glass please)
    • Reusable cups, plates, utensils
    • Camping stove
    • Blankets, chairs, and/or mats
    • Trash bags
    • Small container for cigarette butt disposal, if you smoke
    • Costumes
  • Leave the following items at home: disposable cups and glass.
  • For a more detailed packing list, use this handy checklist.

Reminders

  • Nomadico is a volunteer-run festival created by and for each and every person in this caravan. Whatever your talents, sign up for volunteer shifts here and make sure to visit the Participation Station when you arrive.
  • Nomadico seeks to be a safe space for all sexualities and genders. We love consent-based activities, believe that altered states are no excuse for bad behavior, and have a zero tolerance policy for those who think or act otherwise.
  • We aspire to make conscious decisions about the impact Nomadico has on the environment, and reduce the carbon footprint of the festival. Help our caravan tread lightly on the earth by borrowing gear instead of buying, using reusable dishes and utensils instead of single-use disposables, minimizing the amount of disposable packaging you bring into the festival, carpooling, composting food waste, recycling, and packing out your landfill waste.
  • Nomadico cares about photo consent! Please ask before you take a photo of someone else, and if someone asks you to delete a photo they are in, respect them and do it! Official event photographers and videographers will be recognized by a floral camera strap. If you don’t want to be photographed at Nomadico, head to the Participation Station and get a gold wristband. Be sure to tag #Nomadico when you post your pics after the festival!

Self Care

  • Nomadico will have the following teams and services in place to make sure your festival experience is safe and healthy: First Aid, Rangers, Sanctuary, Safe Spaces, Fire Safety, and Security (posted outside the festival perimeter during the night). Read more about medical and support services in our FAQs (under “Experience”).
  • The Cove has a gun range that is more than 1 mile away from the festival site and separated by fencing. While we’ve taken measures to ensure that it is not active during peak festival hours, you may hear shots on Friday and Monday between 9am and 5pm.
  • The woods we will be calling home for the weekend are also home to ticks and other critters. Protect yourself from Lyme disease by doing tick checks every day: grab a buddy and make it silly, but be thorough! If you’re starting to fever, fatigue, get stiff, or spot a bull’s eye after the festival, go to the doctor – the sooner the better!
  • Leaves of three, let it be.

Read our FAQs for more tips!

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