Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs
Where is the festival?
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
What is sweetgreen?
sweetgreen is a destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food. We believe the choices we make every day about what we eat, where it comes from, and how it’s made have a lasting impact on our communities. Our mission is to be a catalyst for building healthier communities, starting with how they think about food. We’ve worked hard to build a company with passion and purpose – and we’re just getting started.
What is the sweetlife festival?
The sweetlife festival brings to life sweetgreen’s mission to merge passion with purpose. It’s an event that brings together outstanding musical acts and curates the best in food and community – including chef collaborations, art installations, play areas and more – for a true taste of the sweetlife.
Why does sweetgreen produce a music festival?
Since we opened the very first sweetgreen in 2007, music has been a core component of sweetgreen’s culture. The idea for the sweetlife festival began as a small, local event. In 2010, with the opening of our second location in Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.), when we invited a handful of local, indie bands to perform in the parking lot. What started as a 500-person gathering has blossomed into one of the region’s largest and most anticipated music and food festivals, a two-stage event with over 23,000 attendees in one of the most famous amphitheaters in the country.Proceeds from sweetlife support “sweetgreen in schools,” an educational program we created to introduce kids to the benefits of healthy eating and nutrition. Our program is organized as a series of wellness workshops, involving more than 3,500 students each year.
What’s the schedule? Who’s playing when?
The full schedule will be announced later this spring. Follow us on social @sweetgreen to stay updated!
Is re-entry allowed?
No, re-entry is not allowed.
Will there be vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free menu offerings?
Of course! sweetlife is both a music + food festival, so you will be tasting some of the region’s most unique and flavorful combinations, to be announced later this spring. We’re working with a range of culinary and on-site brand partners. All of our partners, from local restaurants and food trucks to farmers, share our commitment to sustainability, transparent values and, most importantly, community.
Is there free water?
Yes – there are water fountains + filtered water stations located around the grounds. Be sure to bring a refillable water bottle!
Will there be Wi-Fi available?
Is there a map of the grounds I can see?
Please follow @sweetgreen on social for maps + updates as we near the festival date.
Will you be posting set times in advance?
Yes, follow @sweetgreen on social for updates!
What weather should I prepare for?
Maryland weather can be unpredictable, so stay updated on Columbia’s forecast here.
Are there ATMs on site?
There are ATMs at several locations throughout the venue with applicable service fees. Some vendors accept credit cards, but cash is your best bet.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Please visit our volunteers page to sign up!
How do I become a food or activation partner?
Sorry, we are no longer accepting any food or activation partner applications.
Can my band perform at sweetlife?
Sorry, we are no longer accepting band requests. But if you want to be considered for future years, email
Are the festival grounds eco-friendly?
sweetlife has a robust waste management program and encourages accurate disposal of all waste (through dedicated volunteers at each ti-waste station, 50 around the venue), including recyclables, composting and trash. Our volunteers will reward you for disposing of your waste accurately with temporary tattoos, sweetlife sunglasses and smiles.


Ticketing FAQs
How much do tickets cost?A one day general admission ticket is $100. A one day Pavilion ticket is $125 and will give you access to the Pavilion, which gets you guaranteed, covered, unassigned seats and front stage standing room area. VIP tickets cost $150.
What are the perks of a VIP ticket?All of the above, plus: designated private viewing areas for Main Stage and Treehouse Stage; access to VIP Lounges; access to Main Stage pit on first come, first served basis; access to multiple VIP bars with exclusive beverages; access to private VIP luxury restrooms.
I purchased tickets for Will Call. Where do I pick them up?Pick up your tickets at the West Box Office, starting at 10am the morning of the festival.

Lodging + Transportation FAQs
How do I get there?We recommend hopping aboard one of our dedicated sweetlife Rally Buses at multiple points across the DMV region.
Tell me more about Lyft?We’re teaming up with Lyft as our official transportation partner for sweetlife 2016! For every ride, $10 goes back to support sweetgreen in schools, our nutrition education program, so ride up!
Is camping overnight allowed at the venue?Camping is prohibited on the Merriweather Post Pavilion grounds. However, you can find a list of local hotels here.
Where can I park?Parking is free! Cars may park in the Merriweather Parking Lots located off Broken Land Parkway and South Entrance Road in Columbia, MD or park as directed upon arrival as you exit off Route 29.