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FAQ

Where is the event?

Symphony Woods (by Merriweather Post Pavilion)
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy Columbia, MD 21044
Columbia, MD 21044

When do tickets go on sale?

March 2023

What is included in ticket purchase?

Entry, a wine glass and unlimited wine tasting.

What is the Explorer Village?

The Maryland Wine Explorer Pass wristband includes everything the Taster Ticket provides PLUS exclusive access to premium wine samples from wineries around the state. Featuring a curated selection of Maryland-grown wine, the Maryland Wine Explorer area allows wine enthusiasts to enjoy fine, local wines in an exclusive section of the festival with a larger glass, food options for purchase, music and separate bathrooms.

Can tickets be purchased the day of on site?

Yes, when you approach the entry gates we will have QR codes posted for you to purchase tickets online via ActiveWorks. We do not accept cash payments at the entry gates. Credit cards can be utilized at most vendors in the festival.

Do tickets have to be printed or can they be scanned off a smartphone too?

Tickets can be printed off-site or scanned off a smartphone. Printing is not necessary if you have the ticket on your phone. There will be no printing available on-site.

Can you exchange your ticket for a different day? Refund ticket?

The event is held rain or shine. Because of fire code regulations, we can only allow tickets purchased for that day to be used on that day. Tickets are non-refundable.

Do I have to bring my ID?

Yes, all Tasters’ ticket holders must show identification before being allowed to enter the festival.

What’s the earliest people can get in the festival?

You may enter at 10:30am with advanced tickets but wine samples do not begin until 11am.

Is re-entry permitted?

Yes, re-entry is permitted with current day wristbands. 

Are rain ponchos for sale?

Yes, rain ponchos are for sale at event.

Can you bring picnic tables, small tables, fold up tables?

As long as they fold up, small tables are fine to bring.

Can you bring umbrellas, pop up tents, covers with you?

Small umbrellas are permitted – not beach umbrellas. Pop-up tents (any size) are not permitted.

Are wagons allowed?

Little wagons to tote around chairs, picnic baskets, etc are allowed.

Can you purchase wine glasses after the event?

Wine glasses can be purchased after the event for $5 each. Please contact Mike Blevins at mblevins@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-1668.

Can I bring pets?

No pets except service animals are permitted into the festival.

Are there tents for cover or only for vendors?

There are no tents for cover and generally we do not encourage bringing beach umbrellas. If the umbrella is small, it may be allowed.

Is smoking permitted?

As per Howard County Law June 1, 2007 smoking (including e-cigarettes) is NOT permitted within the festival grounds.

Is this festival suitable for children?

No. The festival is geared for those aged 21 or older. There are no children’s activities and it would be difficult to maneuver a stroller through the busy festival grounds. That said, children are permitted, but require a non-tasters ticket for ages 2 and up. 

Where can I park to go to the festival?

There are parking lots designated for this festival. Parking map can be found here.

Is the festival site accessible?

The site is in a natural environment with natural elements. To assist in access, there are temporary, concrete and woodchip pathways. Venue surfaces are dirt, grass and gravel with varied slopes. The Purple Entrance is the most accessible entrance. Accessible parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the parking garages and parking lot off intersection of Divided Sky Lane & Brokenland Parkway. Those needing assistance should notify parking staff upon arrival.

Can you bring coolers with food and water?

Yes, all coolers will be searched at the admission gates. Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

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