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  • 24-hour Security

  • 24-hour First Aid

  • Free drinking water at select locations

Will there be food at the festival?2022-01-28T16:54:55-04:00

You bet! The food’s as TASTY as the Music! Ethnic Specialties from the Bayou & Around the World!

Cajun • Creole • Seafood • BBQ • Asian • Vegetarian •  Pastries • Espresso • Cappuccino • Beer • Wine & plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.

Bring your appetite! You shouldn’t go home hungry!

Who does your fabulous sound?2022-01-28T16:56:04-04:00

Lots of people ask about the great sound. It’s provided by Klondike Sound:

Who can I call with a general inquiry2023-03-17T13:50:27-04:00

The best way to reach us is by email –

We do our our best to respond to all inquires within 48 hours

What else is there to do while I’m in the area?2022-01-28T16:54:28-04:00

Rhode Island’s beautiful South County offers endless tourism possibilities:

  • Ocean Beaches
  • Casinos
  • Block Island Ferry
  • Historic Villages
  • Excellent Dining
  • many other activities.

For more information contact: South County Tourism Council

800.548.4662 or 401.789.4422


What are the guidelines for the Main Stage area?2023-03-17T13:55:29-04:00

1. MAIN STAGE CONCERT SEATING: The concert area opens one hour before show time each day. All seating is on a first come, first served basis each day. There is no reserved seating. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. All seating must be removed at the end of each night.

2. MAIN STAGE SEATING AREAS: The main stage has three spectator sections – the front is is standing room only, chairs and blankets are permitted behind the standing room section and pop-ups are permitted in the rear of the concert field (space is limited).

3. TARPS & BLANKETS: Patrons may place ONE tarp or blanket in the Main Stage concert area each day. Maximum size: 8′ X 8′. Saving space for others is not allowed.

4. UNOCCUPIED SEATS: Seating that is left unoccupied may be used by others while they are vacant. If you return to find someone in your seat, kindly let the occupant know that you have returned and need your seat back. This allows fans to enjoy a better seat for a short time and also assures that artists aren’t playing to empty seats. If you don’t want people sitting in your seats, kindly take them with you.

5. SUNSHADES: Sunshades, umbrellas, canopies, etc. may be set up BEHIND signs in the concert area. The signs say “No sunshades beyond this point.” Please do not set up any shelter that will block the view of others in front of this line. Thank you in advance.

5. BAG CHECK: We have a bag check at the gate to the Concert Area. The following items are not allowed through the festival gates: glass bottles, (including glass jars of salsa, dip or olives, etc) alcoholic beverages, cooking devices and pets.

6. HANDICAPPED TRANSPORTATION: We provide transportation for handicapped individuals. Ask at the information booth (just inside the main gate) for assistance and for the phone number of the transport.

7. ALCOHOL POLICY: Rhythm & Roots has a license to sell beer and wine in the concert area. A Town of Charlestown Park Ordinance prohibits anyone from bringing alcoholic beverages into Ninigret Park, including the festival campground. Any alcohol brought onto town property may be confiscated and violators will be subject to expulsion from the park with the loss of festival privileges.

May I bring my pet?2022-01-28T16:52:10-04:00

For the safety of all patrons, including your pet, we are unable to allow furry friends admission to R&R.  This includes campgrounds, parking lots, and all other festival areas.

I’m a shopper! What merchandise will I find at R&R?2024-04-19T13:06:09-04:00

R&R Clothing (tee shirts, hats, sweats, beads etc.) • Dance Wear • Fine Art • Handmade Jewelry • Pottery • Eco-Friendly Gifts • CDs • Imports • Baskets • Instruments • Etc.

I will be a day visitor. When should I arrive?2022-01-28T16:51:30-04:00

DAY PARKING and day ticket sales open one hour before Main Stage entertainment begins each day: So you can arrive, park and get your tickets.

Gates open on Friday at 4PM, Saturday and Sunday, at 12 Noon.  All day visitors must vacate the premises by 12:30 am each night (one half hour after the Dance Stage music ends).

Ninigret Park has plenty of free, flat, paved parking adjacent to the festival entrance.


Premium Parking Available 

I see tickets are available on websites other than, can I buy them there?2023-03-17T14:12:52-04:00

Every year, fans come to the festival with tickets purchased through 3rd party, and every year we have to tell them they bought counterfeit tickets and have to rebuy from us at the gate or be denied admission. If you want to purchase with confidence, purchase directly through our site –

I plan to camp during the festival. When can I arrive?2022-01-28T16:50:51-04:00

Camping ticket holders may ENTER the park at 6 am on FRIDAY, no earlier. This is a town ordinance. You will be lined up until 9 am, when the CAMPING AREA opens.

Please plan your arrival accordingly. If you need a place to camp prior to Friday, check out regional campgrounds on the accommodations page.

Campers must leave Ninigret Park by noon on Monday (Labor Day).

I do not have a camping pass, but am a festival attendee – can I visit my friend’s camping site?2023-03-17T14:27:16-04:00

No. You must have a 3-day camping passes can enter the campground.

I am only going to the festival for 1 or 2 days, can I still camp?2023-03-17T14:29:32-04:00

Yes, with a 3-day camping pass. If you arrive at the festival late or leave early, that is fine. No partial refunds or discounts will be provided.

I am Camping, can I bring a Generator?2024-05-24T11:43:30-04:00

Generators are allowed between 8am-11pm. Please be kind to your neighbors and use at more reasonable hours. If you have an RV or medical necessity, please park in the RV area where most campers are used to the sound of generators and please do not camp within the tented areas.

How do I become a sponsor?2022-01-28T16:56:44-04:00

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, Call or email the festival office.

Do you offer discounts for children or others?2023-03-17T14:10:10-04:00

Children 12 and under are free at Rhythm and Roots

We do not offer any other discounts

Do we provide potable water on site for bottle fill ups?2022-08-31T16:41:07-04:00


Can people bring food and water in smaller/softer-sided coolers?2023-03-17T14:15:08-04:00

Yes, but no alcohol or glass bottles.
Cooler must not exceed 18″ x 12″ x 12″
No hard cooler or coolers on wheels permitted

Can people “car camp”?2023-03-17T14:16:52-04:00

Yes, with the three-day camping pass ONLY.

There is no overnight parking permitted in daily lots, you will be towed at your expense.

Can I camp at Rhythm & Roots?2024-04-19T13:11:34-04:00

Yes, camping at Rhythm and Roots is permitted in posted areas only. All campers must have a camping pass (children 12 and under excluded). There are only 1,500 camping tickets available.

All camping is in the rough (no hookups).

Tent camping is car camping – your car will be parked at your site.

RVs, pop-up campers and trailers require an RV Ticket Here

Portable toilets, drinking water, and hand washing stations are provided. Showers are available with a Shower Pass

ATM / Cash Machines Onsite2022-08-31T16:48:27-04:00


Are there any special restrictions at Ninigret Park?2023-03-17T14:32:48-04:00

Yes, NINIGRET PARK / TOWN OF CHARLESTOWN has the following restrictions:

• Alcohol in the camping area is prohibited. See #7 in the question below. However, the festival sells beer and wine in the concert area, with proper ID.
• Ninigret Park will open at 9:00 a.m. Friday. No arrivals before that time.
• Motorcycles must be parked in DAY PARKING lot.
• No fires are permitted
• No amplification of recorded or live music after midnight.
• Sorry, no pets with the exception of service animals. Owners must show valid papers for service animals.

Are fires permitted?2023-03-17T14:30:57-04:00

There are no open fires permitted at Rhythm and Roots – this includes wood or propane.

What to Leave at Home

  • Fireworks

  • Drones (Ningret is a bird sanctuary)

  • Motorized Vehicles (golf carts, go carts, ect)

  • Glass Bottles (including glass jars of salsa, dip or olives, etc.)

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Pets

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