Your one stop shop for all Elsie Fest 2017 questions. That I can answer. I’m still just a fan and don’t have inside information, but I do pay attention, and I will update this as frequently as I can (given that I have a day job and a family and stuff) to try and set everyone’s mind at ease and make sure we have the best possible information. If you have additional questions, please ask in the comments or tweet them to me @elsiepod. Here we go:
1. When is Elsie Fest this year?
October 8, 2017, with a currently published time of 5-10PM.
2. Where is Elsie Fest this year?
Summerstage, Central Park, New York City
3. Where do I buy tickets?
Tickets are available via Ticketfly. You can link to Ticketfly via the Elsie Fest website.
4. How much will tickets cost me?
General Admission is $59.99
Bleacher Pass is $84.99 Bleacher Passes are SOLD OUT
Fees are $9.27 per ticket on Ticketfly.
5. Are there seats at the venue?
There are some. Summerstage is primarily a lawn seating venue, which means everybody brings a blanket and finds a seat on the ground. There are bleachers, but the passes for them are sold out.
Here’s a Google Street View of the venue.
I have arthritis/use a wheelchair/just can’t sit on the ground. What do I do?
I wish I had a good answer here. Hopefully, Elsie Fest and/or Summerstage will be forthcoming about this information when tickets actually go on sale. If they are not, my best advice is to ask for what you need. Reach out to Elsie Fest and Summerstage and say that you need a seat (or a place you can see from your wheelchair) (or whatever accommodation you may need) and ask what they will do to accommodate you. Under the ADA, they have to accommodate you if you have a medical need.*
6. Will there be VIP?
There is no VIP seating.
So far, one Meet & Greet has been announced with Lea Michele. As of 9/5/17, Lea Michele M&G is sold out.
7. Who will be performing?
Announced performers are:
Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Alan Cumming
Special Guests: Ingrid Michaelson, Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan, & Auli’i Cravalho
More guests TBA!
What? No Computer Games?!
I know. I thought so, too.
8. Will I be able to meet Darren Criss at Elsie Fest?
Probably not, unless you’re quick and can afford to pay for a meet and greet. Last year, these packages went on sale a few weeks after the regular tickets, and the meet and greets with Darren sold out very quickly. (Definitely within a day, some say within an hour.)
As of now, only the Lea Michele meet and greet has been posted. The official notification regarding a Darren Criss M&G is “undecided.”
8a. But seriously, I’m dying for more information about Meet and Greet!
I wish I had some information for you. What I can tell you is this: last year, M&G went on sale August 26. That was 10 days before Elsie Fest. So they’re not “late” yet. Tickets for the rehearsal were a complete surprise and went on sale the week of Elsie Fest. There was also a Sing Along with Darren on the Wednesday before Elsie Fest that was for 25 people by lottery. I believe the lottery started about 48 hours before and the winners were announced 24 hours before.
I won’t begin to speculate about whether or not there will be additional M&G this year. The official statement on the subject was “undecided” and no further information has been released. My best advice is to plan to enjoy Elsie Fest as advertised, and then take advantage of any additional opportunities as they come.
9. Can I bring a dog to Elsie Fest?
10. I heard some other people were going to be at Elsie Fest. Are they maybe some of the “More Guests TBA?”
Maybe. But I wouldn’t buy tickets based on that thought. You never know who might show up at Elsie Fest–there have been unannounced surprise guests both years. But if you’re buying a ticket because you hope that a rumored guest will show up, you will probably be disappointed.
Falsely rumored guests include Audra McDonald, Dove Cameron, and Corey Cott. As far as I know, none of them will be performing at Elsie Fest this year.
Another rumor has cropped up: Brendan Urie. This was based on a tweet from @ElsieFest inviting him to perform. As far as I know, it was just something thrown out there by whomever was on the account at the time and there’s no reason to think Brendan even saw it. Don’t buy tickets based on this rumor.
On the other hand, Auli’i Cravalho was part of the original rumor, and that has proven true. I still wouldn’t buy tickets based on anything other than the official list, though.
11. Is Elsie Fest going to sell out?
It might. There’s no way to know how many tickets have been sold. However, the venue is large, and a sell-out would mean probably a 50% increase in audience over last year. Given increased advertising, more prominent guests, and a better location and date, it’s possible this will happen, but probably not before your next paycheck arrives.
12. When will additional guests be announced?
You never know. While I have no way of knowing who has been invited or what kind of negotiations are going on behind the scenes, they have made it clear that Darren is the person who arranges the talent at Elsie Fest. Darren is currently shooting American Crime Story, promoting for both Computer Games and Elsie Fest, and he has other commitments. So there’s no way we fans can predict his schedule.
There will be more guests. Some will be announced before Elsie Fest, others will be surprise guests (if the past two years are a guide.) Buy tickets based on what’s announced, don’t get your hopes up, and enjoy watching it unfold.
13. I have nobody to sit with at Elsie Fest. May I sit with you?
Of course! I haven’t finalized my plans yet, but I will be setting up some kind of Elsie Cast space (you know, like two or three blankets) and I will let you know how to find me. I’ll be passing out stickers and trying to interview as many fans as I can during the day. I’ll also be getting contact info for people who have good Elsie Fest stories and want to do a full episode interview. And all strays are welcome to hang out with us.
14. I wish there was a way to get familiar with the music of all of these artists before Elsie Fest.
I made myself a Spotify playlist for that purpose that I’m happy to share. It’s over 11 hours of music by all the announced artists. I listen to it on random, like a radio station, though there are entire albums in there that might be fun to listen to in order. Enjoy!
15. I was hoping to take pictures/video at Elsie Fest, but the website for Summerstage says no cameras are allowed! What do I do?
The official policy says “Professional gear including video cameras or cameras with lens 100mm and over are not permitted.” Your phone or digital camera should be fine. They don’t want people taking professional-quality photos so that they can keep control of publicity.
16. Can I bring food and/or a water bottle?
Yes, but no coolers or alcohol. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and food are sold within the venue. There is also a water fountain to refill your water bottle. (Much better than last year. I think I spent $60 just on water for me and my kid.)
*I’m sure I don’t have to say this, because Elsie Fest fans are awesome, but please don’t abuse this. People with disabilities actually need accommodations, and I want to live in a world where they get them with minimal fuss. When people abuse these policies, everyone’s life gets worse. So advocate for yourself if you need it, and everyone else, just sit on the damn ground or don’t come.
Last update: September 11th at 1:50pm Eastern