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Transportation and Parking

Firefly has very limited parking, so we encourage you to carpool or take our very own Firefly Bus if at all possible. Here are the many fine transportation options:

Carpool: Request or Offer a Ride

Ride Share AppDrivers, please be sure you are offering all available spaces in your car! Everyone must pull together to rideshare whenever possible, since we are so tight on spaces. If you have questions about using these boards, please contact .

Go to our page at RickyRides to offer or ask for a ride! Easy instructions are here.

Firefly Bus


Painting by Liz LaManche

In 2018 we will have three buses leaving from Boston. Buses will run even if they’re not totally full, so buy your ticket with confidence. If you know that you can take the bus, please buy your ticket early. More bus tickets sold might allow us to release more tickets to the waitlist, since lack of car parking is one of the big things keeping the event from growing. Help your fellow Fireflies get to the woods!

Bus tickets from Boston are $45 round-trip or $30 one-way.   Buy bus tickets by logging into your profile at and clicking on the “ticket sales” tab.

BUS PICK-UP LOCATIONS (Click for map):


  • Tuesday, July 3: 10:00am Central, 10:15am Union, 10:30am Sullivan
  • Tuesday, July 3: 3:30pm Central, 3:45pm Union, 4:00pm Sullivan
  • Wednesday, July 4: 10:00am Central, 10:15am Union, 10:30am Sullivan

Return buses will all leave on Sunday July 8th between 1:00pm and 3:30pm. Buses will leave once full, with the last bus leaving no later than 3:30pm. The bus will not wait if you are late.

Buy bus tickets by logging into your profile at and clicking on the “ticket sales” tab. We will offer refunds upon request through June 18, 2018 – two weeks before the event opens. After that date, we will unfortunately only be able to offer refunds if the buses sell out AND someone else needs your ticket. Bus ticket purchases must be made online, and will end at the same time that event ticket sales close.

Bus Luggage and Freight

Bus passengers will be allowed to bring three large-ish suitcases plus a day bag. On our busiest trips, some of the luggage may be transported on a rental truck traveling with the bus. Additionally, we are selling a limited amount of extra freight space in 10 cubic foot shares for $20 each, specifically for the use of bus passengers. To buy shares, email with your name, email and phone number, and how many shares you would like to buy. Shares are not generally available for non-bus passengers. If you are bringing more than three bags, or if you’d like to make arrangements to load your gear onto the truck in advance, be sure to reach out to us in person via email far in advance. On the return trip to Boston, passengers with a larger amount of luggage may be directed to use a specific bus departure due to freight capacity.

1. Upon arrival at Firefly, the fine volunteers of DPW will help drive your gear up the hill to one of three pre-determined luggage drops. This is much more fun than driving in a car and having to schlep all your own gear up the hill. This service may not be available in the event of bad road conditions on-site.
2. You get water provided on-site! Up to one gallon per passenger per day.
3. We’ll help you deal with trash! We’ll give you specially marked bags for your personal trash and recycling.

LEAVE NO TRACE on the truck! If you put it on, take it off. All your gear must be clearly labeled with your name, phone number and where you camp.

Event Parking

Parking is limited at Firefly, so please take the bus or carpool as much as possible. Parking will cost $30 per car in 2018. You must buy your pass online in advance. Buy parking passes by logging on to your account at with the same information you used to register for the lottery and buy your event ticket. Once logged in, go to the Ticket Sales page (link at top of the Tickets page). If you show up at the gate without a pre-purchased parking pass, you will be charged $60 cash-only to buy a pass at the gate.

PLEASE ALSO REGISTER ANY FREE SEATS IN YOUR CAR! Use RickyRides here. Registering your car with available space allows people seeking rides to contact you via email relay- your personal contact info is not shared. Help the community! Last year we had an average of 2 people in each arriving car; we really need to get that closer to 3 people per car! We have access to a remote parking site 2 miles away from the event site. If we start running low on parking space on-site, we may start asking new arrivals to drop their gear at the gate and then park off-site. We will shuttle you back from remote parking. Even if you park remotely, you will need to have a parking pass.

Arriving, Parking: what to expect

Expect to spend a few minutes on arrival having your ticket checked, getting a wristband, a parking pass and being greeted. You will then be at the event!

If you wish to set up your art or camp before noon on July 3, please fill out the Early Arrival Application as soon as you know your plans. *Everyone in a vehicle must be on the approved Early Arrival list*; if anyone in an early arrival group is not on the list (or doesn’t have their photo ID), then no-one in the group will be allowed entry.

Your parking pass should be placed in the windshield of your vehicle and visible from the outside.  Please make sure all of the information on the parking pass is filled out. This ensures that we can find the driver of the vehicle if we need to have a car moved during the event.

Please follow the instructions of our on-site parking volunteers and park as close as you can to the car next to you. If you’re not leaving the event until Monday afternoon or later you may be asked to have your car blocked in by cars that will be leaving before you.

Onsite parking is near the event proper, but you will NOT be able to drive up into your camping space to unload. Expect to hand-haul your gear into the woods — a 10-20 minute walk. You are welcome to bring a cart or hand-truck to help move your gear into the woods!

While the new parking lot is much better for parking, if it rains a lot there will likely be delays in getting non-4WD cars out. Everyone will be able to get out, just know that if the week is very rainy it will take a bit longer — so plan accordingly, maybe get packed up early and then spend some time picking up trash to take home, helping with break down, or lending a hand to those who need it.

If you arrive late and parking is full (or a muddy quagmire), you may be parked offsite (a 5-minute drive away) and shuttled back after dropping your gear.

Read more on arrival and tickets in the Survival Guide.


Firefly does not happen without you! Please contact us if you would like to help out and volunteer!

  • We need volunteers with excellent driving records to help drive the freight trucks, which as a bonus gets you free transportation to the woods!
  • We need folks willing to monitor freight loading/unloading before or after the event!
  • We need folks to help coordinate parking on-site!
  • We need folks who are riding the bus to be volunteer on-board coordinators!

Drop us a line!
Bus, Rideshare, Freight: Steph — ;
Parking: Matt, Pretzel —

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