How we plan to keep you safe.

Same Same But Different Music & Arts Festival continues to closely monitor the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plans to follow safety protocols as required by the CDC, state and local officials. The safety of our guests is our primary concern. 

Taking that into consideration, for our 2021 festival our initial safety plans are below. 

  Per current California state guidance, we are advised not to require Proof of Vaccine or proof of a negative COVID test anymore. If this changes we will update our COVID plan but for now, we are not planning on testing people at the gate or requiring proof of vaccination any more.

We want to make it as easy as possible if you're sick to stay home so all of our tickets will be fully refundable this year. Refunds will be in the form of store credit towards any event we do in the future or at our merch store.  Learn more about our Refund Policy here.

 We won't know final protocols and safety measures until we are closer to the festival date, however we put together this FAQ to help with many of the common questions we've been getting.

Will you limit attendee numbers this year?

We're currently planning to comfortably hold this festival for only 4,000 people. This is a significantly reduced capacity compared to what the property can hold. Same Same But Different Festival is held at a very large outdoor state park. The approximate area of whole festival is about 3.5 million square feet or a little over 72 football fields so we should all have plenty of room to spread out.

Will attendees have to wear masks the entire weekend?

No. At this point it's too early to tell when and where we will enforce masks but we will most likely enforce them in spaces wear you can't socially distance from each other. 

If we're sick that weekend or test positive for COVID-19 what do we do?

If you reach out to us prior to the festival starting to let us know you're sick we'll fully refund your ticket in the form of store credit. This will allow you to either buy merch or festival passes for a future event date. After the festival starts on Thursday all tickets will become non-refundable if we haven't received and email to letting us know your are sick and won't attend.

How likely is it that festivals are allowed to happen by September?

We think very likely. This comes from months of conversations with state officials, watching trends in other areas and data which makes us very hopeful for a return of festivals by September 2021. The data surrounding a mid-sized gathering like ours in an outdoor space overwhelmingly has shown us that it can be done safely and responsibly.

What if we feel sick during the festival?

We'll have a first aid tent at the festival and it will be equipped with COVID tests if needed. We will take refunds on a case-by-case basis in this situation but will likely provide a pro-rated refund for days not used. 

What other things might you do to keep us safe?

While we will continually update our plans for COVID Safety we are considering the following:
- Larger gate areas for traffic to remain spaced out
- Implementing a sanitation team for high-touch areas
- Sanitation stations placed throughout the festival
- Temp checks offered at entry-ways and gates
- "Greet From 6 Feet" wristband for those that want to maintain social distance throughout the festival
- Signage to encourage safe behavior and inform

You can learn more and follow the new CDC guidelines with regard to events.