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Hopscotch Music Festival returns with updated safety measures, all outdoor event

The Hopscotch Music Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday on two outdoor stages in downtown Raleigh.

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Kathy Hanrahan
, WRAL lifestyle editor
RALEIGH, N.C. — When Hopscotch Music Festival kicks off Thursday, it will look a little different than in the past.

First, the festival has a reduced lineup and will only feature two stages. Previous years saw multiple venues (mainly indoors), with attendees sometimes filing into crowded clubs to catch must-see bands.

The two outdoor stages will be located in City Plaza and Moore Square. Attendance will be held to 75 percent capacity at both locations.

In light of rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the festival is also requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend. Negative tests must be obtained within 72 hours for each day the person plans to attend the festival.

Accepted proof of vaccination includes a physical vaccination card, a photocopy of a vaccination card or an electronic picture of a vaccination card.

Throughout downtown Raleigh, masks are required in any indoor spaces and strongly encouraged outdoors regardless of location and vaccination status.

People who have purchased tickets for Hopscotch but prefer not to attend the 2021 event can contact eTix to request a refund or roll over to next year's festival

While official Hopscotch Music Festival shows will be held on outdoor stages each night, there are some free day parties that are happening at other venues throughout downtown.

The Pour House will host day parties on Friday and Saturday and a "Day After" party on Sunday. Attendees of these events must show proof vaccination. In addition, masks will be required at all times while not actively drinking at a show and while shopping at the venue's record store.
A day party planned at Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh is requiring guests to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking.


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