New Rules from the City of Sisters – SFF RV Camping 2019

New Rules from the City of Sisters – SFF RV Camping 2019

The City of Sisters has enlisted the help of Sisters Folk Festival in communicating long-standing city policies prohibiting overnight camping on city streets in the downtown area. This is a significant change to the practice that some festival patrons are used to, and in an effort to make everyone’s experience at Sisters Folk Festival the very best, we are sharing the information below so that patrons can plan in advance.

Overnight camping is not allowed on city property, including parks and the “right-of-way” – defined as the space between the street and property line, often seen around Sisters as the gravel shoulders where a sidewalk may be built. Over the years, these spots in the right-of-way have been tempting locations to park a trailer or RV for the weekend. The city has indicated that they may ticket any vehicles with persons camping in these right-of-way zones. Specific signed RV parking spots exist around town, but overnight camping inside the parked vehicle is prohibited.

Similarly, parking and RV camping violations on vacant lots around Sisters will be strictly enforced by the City of Sisters during the festival. If you do not have permission from a property owner to park or camp, you do so at the risk of being ticketed.

Please read the following document written by the City about overnight camping: RV Parking & Camping in the City of Sisters FAQ

In response, Sisters Folk Festival has arranged for an overnight RV camping location as an option for RV campers. Fees will be charged to cover necessary permits and administration of this alternative location. Please note that the option is considered “dry camping” so no power or water hookups are available.

A portion of the Sisters High School parking lot will be designated for overnight RV camping during the weekend. It is about 1 mile to the Village Green park, so biking and/or walking is reasonable and encouraged. There will also be free shuttle buses scheduled a few times a day between Sisters High School and Village Green park. Space is very limited. $100 for weekend parking pass includes up to 3 nights of camping (Fri-Sun), and RV campers must arrive between 11 AM and 9 PM on Friday, September 6 to guarantee their spot. We can accommodate RVs up to 36’ in length.

The Sisters High School lot requires an advance parking/camping pass, available here. Specific load-in hours are posted, and details about your vehicle size dimensions is required. Any deviation from load-in times or vehicle size may forfeit your space, so please follow the guidelines.

As always, festival patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the camping opportunities (both developed and dispersed) in the Deschutes National Forest surrounding Sisters, Oregon.

We appreciate your understanding of the City of Sisters’ municipal codes, and we want to be respectful of property owners, neighbors and businesses as we continue to produce the Sisters Folk Festival, “Where All The Town’s A Stage.”