Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival ADA Plan 2023
Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival is an accessible event. We are dedicated to continually improving our efforts to ensure that every patron has equal accessibility offered ensuring the most memorable and comfortable time for everyone. We are always open to suggestions from our patrons. For accessibility-related questions please email us at email@example.com. We will do our best to assist you and address any accessibility needs. See you on the cobblestone!
If at any point during the festival you require ADA assistance for any reason please join our ADA Hotline through WhatsApp. This WhatsApp community group will be monitored during all hours of the music festival by our dedicated ADA volunteers who will respond and provide assistance whenever needed. To join the ADA Hotline group use this link or scan the QR code below on your mobile device. If you have any issues accessing the group please text or call our ADA team lead at 716-201-0302.
The festival has 22 ADA parking spaces located on the north side of the KeyBank Area Surface Lot, which is off of Perry Street and Baltimore Street in the Cobblestone District at 125 Perry Street, Buffalo, NY 14204. A valid handicap parking pass is required to access these spaces.
Entering the Festival
The festival box office is located at the south end of Mississippi Street. The ADA entry lane is along the east side of the street, bordering the parking lot. The street is cobblestone, but the sidewalk is paved with ramps and is accessible. For all those accessing the site via wheelchair, enter the sidewalk at the east corner of Perry Street and Mississippi Street. Head south down the sidewalk to the box office where you will be checked in without having to leave the sidewalk. Once through the box office, the sidewalk ramp will be used to enter the festival grounds onto South Park Avenue which is fully paved.
Upon entry, ADA guests will receive a blue wristband. This wristband is required to enter the ADA viewing areas at each stage within the festival. Each ADA guest has the option to bring one companion with them into any ADA area throughout the festival. The companion will be required to wear a blue wristband, which can be received at the box office.
The ADA tent is where guests with accessibility accommodations and assistance can get information, request services, and rest if they need to. The ADA tent is along the south side of South Park Avenue next to the Aille Design Braille Clothing tent. This area is directly across from the box office and is located on a flat paved surface. Dedicated ADA volunteers will routinely make rounds between the ADA tent and the ADA viewing area for each stage to help guests navigate the festival.
ADA Viewing Areas
Each stage in the festival has an accessible viewing area available for ADA guests. The ADA viewing areas are in front of the stage and provide an unrestricted view of the performance. Chairs are available in this space if needed. Each ADA guest can bring one companion into the ADA viewing area with them while viewing a performance. If an ADA viewing area reaches capacity, companions will be asked to stand just outside the divider to ensure ADA guests have priority access. Companions are not allowed within the ADA viewing area if they are not with their ADA counterpart.
Main Stage/Twenty6 Productions Stage
The ADA viewing area of the Main Stage (also known as the Twenty6 Productions Stage) is located on South Park Avenue across from the entrance to Columbia Street. When facing the stage, this will be to the audience’s right, along the south side of the street.
Illinois Street Stage
The ADA viewing area of the Illinois Street Stage is located on the double wide sidewalk of Illinois Street directly across from the entrance to Buffalo Iron Works. When facing the stage, this will be on the audience’s left, along the west side of the street. Because Illinois Street is cobblestone, the ADA viewing area will be on the fully paved double wide sidewalk. To further avoid the cobblestone, we suggest anyone with a wheelchair, scooter, or other mobility aid access this ADA viewing area via the sidewalk ramp at the northwest corner of Illinois Street and South Park Avenue. From there, ADA guests can continue up the sidewalk until they reach the ADA viewing area.
Buffalo Iron Works
The ADA viewing area within Buffalo Iron Works will be located at the front of the venue. Looking at the stage, this will be on the audience’s left by the barricade. If no one is using the space when you arrive, please ask one of the staff members to move the barricade so you may enter the space. Because Illinois Street is cobblestone, anyone accessing Buffalo Iron Works with a wheelchair or scooter will need to first access the sidewalk via the ramp at the northeast corner of Illinois Street and South Park Ave, and continue up the sidewalk to the venue’s entrance. There will be a ramp available for use into Buffalo Iron Works, if you need assistance accessing it ask the staff member at the entrance and it will be cleared for you.
Accessible restrooms are located throughout the festival grounds next to all groupings of port-a-potties. Additional accessible bathrooms can be found within Buffalo Iron Works located at 49 Illinois Street on the east side of the street.
Powered Mobility Devices
Guests with mobility disabilities are welcome to use motorized wheelchairs and scooters with three or four wheels in the festival grounds. No golf carts, ATVs, two wheeled scooters, motorbikes, or e-bikes are permitted inside the festival.
Only legitimate services animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act will be allowed into the festival. The ADA defines a service animal as “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities”. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA and will not be allowed to enter the festival.
This year’s Cobblestone Live Music & Arts Festival is excited to announce that on Saturday, July 15, Andy Grammer’s set will feature ASL performance interpreters for the very first time! The ASL performance interpreter will be located on the same stage as the musician(s) and on whichever side of the stage is closest to the dedicated ADA viewing area. The view from the ADA viewing area will provide an unrestricted view of the ASL performance interpreter.
Additional interpreting services are available during the festival for anyone who requires a brief 1:1 interaction with staff or vendors. The ADA tent will have a tablet with access to an on-demand virtual interpreter. If this service is required, an ADA volunteer will assist you in using the device and setting up the call.
Should you have any medical concerns during the festival, please visit the Box Office located on the corner of South Park Avenue and Mississippi Avenue. You can also contact any security guard or volunteer on site and they will assist and direct you as needed.