Gem & Jam Festival 2018 Set Times, Festival Map, & More!
With just a few days until the 12th installment of Gem & Jam Festival takes place in Tuscon, AZ, our excitement levels are at their peak. This groovy, funky festival that takes place at the Pima County Fairgrounds is one of the first festivals of 2018.
When they announced a lineup showing that STS9 and Lettuce would be featured two nights I was excited. By adding fan favorites like Big Wild, Papadosio, and Emancipator, whose reputations precede them, I was sold. This isn’t your typical electronic music festival, so many artists will have live instruments blending against unreal electronic sounds.
This festival coincides with an actual gem convention in Tuscon and features vendors from all over the US mining community. Last year the Quartz stage was lined with quartz crystals bigger than my torso! The positive vibes are in full swing at this festival and I don’t think anyone leaves it without making a new friend or two.
Not sure who to listen to? Be sure to check out our playlist to discover some new acts!
Gem & Jam 2018 Essential Info:
Dates: Thursday, January 25, 2017 – Sunday, January 28, 2017
Show times: Thursday 4 pm – 12 am, Friday-Sunday 9 am – 3:30 am
Venue Address: Pima County Fairgrounds – 11300 S Houghton Rd, Tucson, Arizona
Ages: All Ages
Gem & Jam 2018 Set Times:
Gem & Jam 2018 Workshop Times:
Gem & Jam 2018 Festival, Parking Maps, & Weather:
In case you are not camping on site, there is plenty of parking available at the Pima County Fairgrounds. However, be sure to bring along $10 cash for a parking pass. There will also be a shuttle service with the following schedule:
Gem & Jam 2018 Do’s & Don’ts
- NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES
- NO COOLERS OR ICE CHESTS
- WATER BACKPACKS & CAMELBACKS MUST BE EMPTY UPON ENTRY TO THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS
- NO CHAIRS
- NO VIDEO OR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT
- NO AUDIO RECORDINGS
- NO UMBRELLAS & TENTS INSIDE THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS, ONLY IN THE CAMPGROUNDS
- NO SQUIRT OR WATER GUNS
- NO SKATES, SKATEBOARDS OR BIKES
- NO STICKS, BATS, OR CLUBS
- NO MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
- NO DRUGS OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
- NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES: RAIN OR SHINE
Reminder To Mind Your Belongings
Unfortunately, many people have reported pickpockets, bag slashings, and theft of wallets, smartphones, purses and other valuables during this festival season. While this small number of bad apples in the bunch doesn’t define an entire crowd, there are opportunistic people who come to these events to take advantage of unsuspecting partygoers and it’s important to be mindful of your valuables while at Gem & Jam.
Pay attention to who’s around you and what’s going on around you. Keep your wallet and phone in your front pocket(s) if you can. Treat your phone the same way you would treat cash; don’t set it down on a table or bar and look away. If a friend isn’t standing behind you in a crowd, be careful of your backpack or purse, and don’t put valuables in a pocket that could easily be unzipped by someone behind in a crowded spot without you realizing.