Get the scoop on the who, what, when, where of downtown Phoenix's three-day music festival, M3F, returning in March 2020.
What is it?
M3F (McDowell Mountain Music Festival) is a 100% nonprofit three-day music festival established in 2004. In a commitment to giving back, M3F has adopted a 3 C’s belief – community, culture, and charity. M3F has donated over $2 million since its start in 2004 and is completely run by volunteers. The festival has featured past headliners such as Odesza, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Empire of the Sun, Griz, Flume, Beck, Kid Cudi, Chromeo, Father John Misty, Grouplove, The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, The Roots, The Shins, and Slightly Stoopid.
Bon Iver and Rüfüs Du Sol are the headliners for the 2020 M3F lineup. A total of 40 local and national acts - including Stick Figure, The Growlers, Lany, Local Natives - are also scheduled to perform.
When is it?
The festival occurs every year in the beginning of March. The 2020 festival takes place on March 6-8.
Where is it?
The festival takes places on the east side of downtown Phoenix's Margaret T. Hance Park, 1200 N 1st Street.
What time is it?
Friday: Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and the festival ends at 11 p.m.
Saturday: Gates open at 1:00 p.m. and the festival ends at 11 p.m.
Sunday: Gates open at 1:00 p.m. and the festival ends at 10 p.m.
What's the cost?
Single-day GA: Currently $65 + $15 fee
3-day GA: Currently $145 + $19 fee
Single-day VIP: Currently $190 + $20 fee
3-day VIP: Currently $475 + $35 fee
Entrance for children 10 and under is free.
If you're looking to enjoy the festival in the most luxurious way, M3F is now offering cabanas for corporate retreats or a team outing. The cabanas have a capacity of 20 people, and include a private bar, complimentary wifi, valet parking, and private restrooms. Get more details here.
What's the best way to get there?
The Valley Metro Light Rail's Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street stop is just a five-minute walk from the entrance. An all-day pass is just $4.
If looking to drive, there are parking garages and lots throughout downtown Phoenix. Ride share programs also have a pickup and drop off locations directly next to the festival.
In addition to music, what else will be happening?
More than a dozen local vendors will be selling their wares; youngsters can unwind in the kids zone; watch art being made as local artists create pieces to the sounds of the music; zen out with some relaxing yoga sessions before the music starts; and join the drum circle conducted by AZ Rhythm Connection‘s Frank Thompson.
How about food and drink?
Local restaurants and food trucks such as Freak Brothers Pizza and Jake's Treat Trolley will be on hand. Cocktails will be from Bulleit Bourbon, Don Julio, and Tanqueray, and beer fans can enjoy brews from Oskar Blues. Rattle & Rum has created a signature cocktail for the festival as well, called "M3F Punch."
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