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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 inquiry2022-08-31T16:45:28-04:00


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?2022-01-28T16:53:17-04:00

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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. (See #8 re: alcohol in Ninigret Park.)

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. GOLF CARTS, ATVs: Personal golf carts and ATVs in Ninigret Park require insurance coverage of $1,000,000.

8. 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 by town police 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?2022-01-28T16:55:26-04:00

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 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).

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 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?2022-08-31T16:46:41-04:00

Yes, but no alcohol or glass bottles.

Can people “car camp”?2022-08-31T16:47:03-04:00

Yes with the three day camping pass. Not in the parking lot. They will be towed.

Can I camp at Rhythm & Roots?2022-01-28T16:49:54-04:00

Yes. Ninigret Park is normally for day use only, but the Town of Charlestown opens the park to Rhythm & Roots campers on Labor Day Weekend. Lucky us! The park—a converted Navy airbase—has spacious, flat and grassy fields perfect for camping. All camping is “in the rough” (meaning no hookups). RVs, pop-up campers and tent camping are welcome. Drinking water, portable toilets and handwashing stations are provided; and hot showers are available for a small fee. We sell only 1500 camping tickets, so get yours while they last!

Can fest guests (not only ticketed campers) enter camping area?2022-08-31T16:48:06-04:00

No. Just those with 3 day camping passes can enter the campground.

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


Are there any special restrictions at Ninigret Park?2022-01-28T16:52:43-04:00

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.
• Contained cookfires only in the camping area; Open ground fires are prohibited.
• 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.


What to Bring

  • Tent or shelter, stakes and ground cloth
  • Sleeping bag / pillow
  • Air mattress, pad or cot
  • Small canopy for protection from sun and rain.
  • Camp stove or grill. Note: All cookfires must be off the ground. No open fires.
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cookware, silverware, plates, cups, etc.
  • Small camp table for food prep and dining.
  • Food: precook and freeze ahead or just go to one of our wonderful food vendors.
  • Zip lock bags (handy for everything)
  • Trash bags and recycle containers for your own camp.
  • Beverages in cans or plastic please. NO GLASS.
  • For jammers: Instruments, strings, tuner and accessories
  • Drinking water. Freeze some. When you run out we have water takers for drinking water.
  • Water bottles
  • Chairs for campsite and Main Stage area
  • Tools: hammer, camp shovel, jack knife, etc.
  • Hat (we sell these at the Tee Shirt Booth)
  • Insect Repellent and Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes / hand sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper – you never know!
  • Lantern / Flashlight / headlamps are great for portajohn visits
  • First Aid Kit (even though our First Aid Tent is open 24/7)
  • Got kids? A small wagon is great for hauling all sorts of stuff.
  • Rain gear (Rubber boots can come in very handy and they make great rain insurance!)
  • Personal hygiene kit
  • Towels / washcloths
  • Layered Clothing – for hot days and cool nights
  • Footwear: Sandals / Sneakers / Boots.
  • Ear plugs for sleeping… they also keep bugs out of your ears at night.
  • Broom for the tent or camper
  • Rake for clearing your camping area
  • Cell phone and charger
  • If you bring a BIKE, bring a bike lock. Bikes sometimes get borrowed and turn up again, but it won’t happen to you if you use a lock.
  • Water bottles
  • Insect Repellent and Sunscreen
  • Hat (we also sell these at the Tee Shirt Booth)
  • Sunshade (in permitted areas only)
  • Frozen Boxes of Juice
  • Dish pan to clean dirty feet before bed
  • Board games, cards, activity books, etc.
  • Art supplies

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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