Can you believe that Day for Night is just around the corner? We can’t, and we work here. As you’re reading this our festival’s stages are being erected, our visual artists are installing their killer light installations, and our employees are frantically responding to emails and phone calls while alternating between sips of hot tea (we’re all sick), coffee, and room temperature Red Bull. We’re powering through our combined fatigue, however, because we’re all super fucking excited about what we have planned for our attendees this year.
As a gift to you all, our most loyal of fans, we’ve put together a handy little guide over this year’s festival. It includes valuable information like what to wear to the festival, where to pick up your tickets, and what not to bring — ice chests, booze, switchblades, Ed Hardy t-shirts, etc. Be sure to check it out before the start of the festival so you can know exactly how to throw down this weekend.
Who runs Day For Night?
For 13 years, Free Press Houston has been independently publishing a newspaper dedicated to local arts, music, and political coverage. In 2009, they founded Free Press Summer Festival, an annual music festival which has hosted notable acts such as Jack White, Major Lazer, Willie Nelson, Skrillex, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Lauren Hill, among others.
Work-Order is the creative partnership of Keira Alexandra and Houston native Kiffer Keegan. The practice focuses on experiential branding from concept to execution for clients such as Apple, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Showtime and Design Within Reach.
The festival recently partnered with music industry veteran Randall Jamail. He brings years of experience and relationships from both the music industry and public relations. Jamail’s involvement is part of an aggressive plan to grow the Day For Night into more than a music festival, but into a internationally recognized arts and cultural civic event.
Who is playing at Day for Night?
Find the full lineup here.
Where can I buy tickets?
You can buy tickets here.
Why digital art installations?
It is our aim for Day for Night attendees to be as engaged as they walk from stage to stage as when they’re watching their favorite band. We believe disassociating art and music is boring. With dozens of art installations throughout our festival campus, you can explore awe inspiring installations when you’re not dancing to the music.
Houston is rapidly approaching the distinction of becoming the third largest city in the US. The greater Houston area has a population of over 5 million and we have seen a recent renaissance in arts, music and culture. We can put a man on the moon and throw a bad ass party.
When is it?
Friday, December 15, 2017 – 3 pm to 2 am
Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 12 pm to 2 am
Sunday, December 17, 2017 – 12 pm to 2 am
The festival will take place rain or shine, unless otherwise posted. Limited re-entry.
Where is it?
Barbara Jordan Post Office
401 Franklin Street
Houston, Texas 77201
What are our box office hours?
- Thursday 10am-6pm (No Sales)
- Friday 10am-Till
- Saturday 9am-Till
- Sunday 9am-Till
What is our wristband policy?
- Wristbands MUST be worn for entry into the festival and at all times during the festival (including the time between days).
- Only wristbands purchased through Eventbrite are valid. If you purchased from an unauthorized source and/or the ticket is counterfeit, you will not be allowed entry.
- Wristbands MUST be worn securely on your wrist and cannot be slipped on and off.
- Do NOT remove, stretch or tamper with your wristband in any way or you will not be allowed entry.
- Subsequent and/or multiple presentations of a counterfeited wristband are VOID and will be seized by festival security staff.
- If your wristband is removed by festival security/event staff for any reason, it WILL NOT be replaced.
- All wristband holders must pass through security and are subject to a security inspection. Prohibited items will be confiscated by event staff.
- Wristbands are NON-TRANSFERABLE, NON-EXCHANGEABLE and NON-REPLACEABLE.
What should I bring?
- WINTER-FRIENDLY ITEMS such as a hoodie, jacket, scarf, gloves, beanies, etc.
- BAGS that include small bags, single compartment backpacks, and purses not larger 21″ x 10″ x 14″
- CAMELBAKS with a single pocket only and empty when entering
- ONE (1) CLEAR PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE per person not larger than one liter (1L) that is empty when entering
- PERSONAL CAMERAS with no detachable lenses
- CASH (SMALL BILLS) AND CREDIT CARDS. Cash will be accepted for food, drinks, and memorabilia, and in some locations credit cards will be accepted as well.
- There is no need to purchase food/drink tickets first. ATMs will be available throughout the festival grounds as well.
- EAR PROTECTION for young children is highly recommended
What can’t I bring?
- PETS of any kind
- MOTORIZED VEHICLES
- TENTS, CANOPIES, or other big pointy obstructions
- WEAPONS of any kind
- NO WATER OR ANY OTHER LIQUID OR FOOD IS ADMITTED (as required by the City of Houston)
- Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods
Entry conditions for all guests
- All guests and their belongings are subject to search
- Allowed and prohibited items are subject to change at any time without notice
- Day for Night and private security personnel at the entrances reserve the right to make the final determination on allowed and prohibited items
- Any prohibited item that is surrendered to security at search points will not be returned
- If you need medicine with you at Day for Night:
- Prescription medications are allowed only in the original prescription bottle, pills in the bottle must match the printed description on the label, and the person bearing the bottle much have valid government-issued photo identification that matches the name on the prescription printed on the bottle — do not mix multiple prescriptions in a single bottle and only bring the dosage prescribed for a single day.
- Over-the-counter medications are allowed in reasonable quantity provided they are new and in the original, factory-sealed container — vitamins are not allowed.
- Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter the Day for Night property with a concealed handgun.
Can I take photos and video at Day for Night?
NO PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, OR AUDIO RECORDING EQUIPMENT WILL BE ALLOWED. If you are a member of the press and need media access, please contact us.
Are outside sales allowed at Day for Night?
NO UNAUTHORIZED VENDING, SALES, SOLICITATIONS, OR PROMOTIONS. If you are interested in any of these things, please contact us.
Is there ADA access at Day for Night?
There will plenty of ADA accessible parking on-site. The main entrance is accessible. Should a line form, you may proceed to the front and ask a gate manager to help expedite your entry. Additional details regarding ADA access will be updated closer to the event. If you have specific requirements that you’d like to discuss with a Day for Night staff member, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “ADA Access” in the subject line.
How old must I be to attend Day for Night?
Day for Night is an all ages event. However, children 16 and under are only allowed if accompanied by a parent and under close parental supervision at all times. Children 5 and under are free, but are highly recommended to wear protective gear over their ears to protect their hearing.
What if I become ill at the festival?
Medical stations will be located throughout the festival site. Paramedics and EMTs will be roaming the festival site as well. Remember, medical staff are there to help you under any circumstances. Not to judge you. Not to arrest you. They are there only to make sure you are safe. If you, or a friend, feel ill for any reason whatsoever, immediately check in with our medical staff to make sure all is well. Your safety is more important than anything.
Is Houston okay to hold Day for Night?
Houston is not only a dynamic city, but also an incredibly resilient one. While many in our city experienced life-altering losses during and after the storm, we are recovering quickly thanks to the tireless spirit of our amazing residents and their on-going relief efforts. Hurricane Harvey showed us that Houstonians are ready to help their neighbors at a moment’s notice in the face of adversity. That being said, Day for Night will show support through fundraising efforts to help get people back on their feet.
Day for Night aims to make the festival experience one that you won’t forget. That being said, memories of people making you feel uncomfortable or harassed are the kinds of memories we will avoid at all costs. Day for Night does not tolerate any kind of harassment, from non-consensual touching to inappropriate comments. We want all participants to immediately notify Day for Night security or staff if they experience or witness these kinds of behaviors as we will work to make sure it doesn’t happen again so that you feel safe at the festival.
Day for Night has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind and we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable in the festival environment regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, religion, citizenship, or pregnancy.
Harassment includes (but is not limited to): inappropriate physical contact, harassing or non-consensual photography or recording, offensive comments, verbal or physical intimidation, stalking, and physical assault.
What are the best options for public transport?
As always, we encourage attendees to get to and from the festival as safely as possible.
A great choice for safe public transport is the METRORail, which offers a wide variety of parking options along its many routes across Houston, as well as a stop located at UH Downtown (1 Main St.), only a 10-minute walk from the Day for Night festival grounds.
Take the Red Line to Preston Station, walk two blocks north to Franklin, four blocks west to Smith.
Parking options to utilize the Red Line METRORail include:
Northline Transit Center
7705 Fulton Street
Houston, Texas 77022
Free parking. Located just outside of the north side of the 610 Loop. This is the northernmost train station for the Red Line. The train can be taken directly into downtown. Parking is open 24/7. Parking lot is shared by Houston Community College. Please be sure you are parking in a METRO designated parking spot. Spots are labeled.
Fannin South Park & Ride
1604 West Bellfort Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77054
$3.00 for the day. Located just outside of the south side of the 610 Loop. This is the southernmost train station for the Red Line. The train can be taken directly into downtown. Parking is open 24/7. Operator’s booth open 8am-2pm on Saturday.
City Street Parking
Though you cannot park along Main Street itself, you can park on intersecting and adjacent side streets. Please be aware of signage indicating what times you are or are not allowed to park on certain streets. Please also be aware that if a street is along an apartment building or residential neighborhood, a permit may be required. In Downtown and Midtown, parking on public streets is free after 6 PM on Monday – Saturday and is free all day on Sunday. Park near Main Street and take the train into downtown for easy festival access. For parking on a public street outside of “free hours,” pay on the nearby meter or download the ParkMobile app.
Parking options along the Green Line METRORail:
Take the Green Line to Theatre District Station, walk along Smith five blocks north to Franklin.
Minute Maid Park/BBVA Compass Stadium
2200 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77003
Saturday: Park all day for $10.00. Parking lots available after 3:00 pm.
Sunday: Park all day for $10.00. Parking lots available after 2:00 pm.
Utilize the Green Line train into downtown conveniently located at BBVA Stadium’s northeast side (Texas Avenue).
Houston METRO Bus Network
You can take any of the following bus routes to or near the festival site:
32 Renwick/San Felipe
160 Memorial City Express
161 Wilcrest Express
162 Memorial Express
GreenLink Bus Network
GreenLink is downtown’s local bus network (this is NOT the Houston Metro bus network). GreenLink buses are white, green, and orange and run strictly within the downtown area. Riding the GreenLink bus is free. Feel free to park in any garage downtown near a GreenLink stop and take the GreenLink bus to the festival site.