2013 Tickets

Two Day

General Admission / VIP

$149.50 / $279.50
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General Admission

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General Admission

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Add ons available for unlimited carnival rides and parking.


Passion Pit (DJ Set)
Saturday August 24th Doors:  11pm – Ages 21+ – Blue Fin (in historic Cannery Row)
$27 (No Fees) – PURCHASE HERE

The Hold Steady with Eli “Paperboy” Reed
Saturday, August 24th Doors:  10pm – Ages 21+  - Planet Gemini (Across the street from the festival)
$37 (No Fees) – PURCHASE HERE


San Francisco to Monterey Bus - Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation has a shuttle to and from the festival each day leaving from Union Square at 9:30am and leaving the festival at 11:30pm.  There is also an option to leave Saturday morning and come back Sunday night if your are staying for both days.  $45 round trip per person.  For more information and to purchase a bus pass CLICK HERE.

General Admission Tickets:

Two Day Pass:  $149.50
One Day Pass:  $85

VIP Tickets:

A limited number of 2-Day VIP tickets are available online for $279.50.  VIP Ticket packages include the following amenities:

  • VIP Entrance to festival on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Access to special performance viewing areas.
  • Access to exclusive VIP patio bar and lounge.
  • Carnival Pass to enjoy unlimited rides the entire weekend.
  • Commemorative festival t-shirt and limited edition poster.

Unlimited Carnival Ride Pass:

Unlimited Carnival Ride Passes are available to purchase as an add on:
Pre-sale Two Day:  $22
Pre-sale One Day:  $15

Day of Prices are much higher so be sure to purchase yours pre-sale!

If you have already purchased festival passes and want to buy your unlimited ride carnival pass, please use the links below.  Remember, the carnival pass alone will not grant you access into the carnival or the festival.  It must accompany a festival ticket for entry.


Parking Passes for Monterey Peninsula College are available as an add on. Passes include a shuttle to and from the festival site each day starting at 11:00 AM through 11:30 PM.

Monterey Peninsula College located at:
980 Fremont St.
Monterey, CA 93940

Parking prices for the Monterey Peninsula College lot are as follows:

$30 2-Day advanced purchase price per car. Purchase 2 Day Parking HERE
$20 SATURDAY advanced purchase per car.  Purchase Saturday Parking HERE
$20 SUNDAY advanced purchase per car.  Purchase Sunday Parking HERE
$10 per day cash payable at the parking lot with carpool discount. Requires 4 or more passengers.

Price includes a shuttle ride for your party to and from the Main Entrance of the festival. Shuttles operate from 11:00 AM through 11:30 PM each day of the festival.

In Person Ticket Locations

Purchase GA and VIP tickets in person at the following Bay Area locations:

  • Amoeba Records SF (Two Day Only): 1855 Haight St. // Mon-Sun 11am – 8pm
  • Amoeba Records Berkeley (Two Day Only): 2455 Telegraph Ave. // Mon-Thurs 10:30am – 8pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am – 10pm, Sun 11am – 8pm
  • Streetlight Records Santa Cruz (Single Day Only): 939 Pacific Avenue // Mon & Sun 12pm – 8pm, Tues-Thurs: 11:00am – 9:00pm, Fri – Sat: 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • The Warfield Box Office: 982 Market St. // Every Sunday from 10am to 4pm, and most show nights.
  • The Regency Ballroom Box Office: 1300 Van Ness Ave // Most show nights.


The First City Festival box office will be located on site at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center.  ALL will call items may be picked up during these hours, and tickets for the festival and festival after parties may be purchased.

Monterey County Fair and Event Center
2004 Fairgrounds Road
Monterey, California 93940

First City Festival Box Office Hours of Operation are:

Thursday 8/22:  Noon till 6PM
Friday 8/23:  Noon till 6PM
Saturday 8/24:  11AM till 10PM
Sunday 8/25:  11AM till 10PM

A valid photo ID and the credit card used to purchase your tickets are required at the time of pick-up.

If you have questions or concerns about your order, please contact Front Gate Tickets using the below contact information.

Front Gate Tickets contact Info:
PHONE: 888-512-SHOW
ONLINE: http://support.frontgatetickets.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/frontgatetickets

General INFO

  • Each festival guest must have a ticket to enter the festival grounds. One ticket is good for both days of the festival, August 24th and 25th.
  • Hang onto your ticket from Day One (August 24th), this will also be your ticket to enter for Day Two (August 25th).
  • The festival itself is all ages; children age 5 & under are free with paid adult.
  • Original purchaser name can not be changed.
  • Only authorized 3rd party sellers are allowed.  If you have a question whether or not your tickets are authorized, please click the questions tab on your left.
  • No Refunds / No Exchanges.


Shipping options include PrintPasses via email at no charge or hard tickets via USPS for an additional charge. Orders will be shipped in July 2013. PrintPasses will be delivered immediately to the email address you use with your purchase.