There are many different lodging options at MAYfest. You are invited to stay at Surprise Lake Camp by bringing a tent and setting up camp as part of your ticket price OR you can rent one of the cabins with your crew. There are also plenty of lodging options off the site to choose from, such as bed-and-breakfast inns in the village of Cold Spring and a larger chain hotels in nearby Fishkill.

Camping – Camping is free to all who attend MAYfest.  Just bring your tents and sleeping bags and we will show you where to set up your site when you arrive. Gates open at 1PM Friday afternoon and we strongly encourage campers to arrive on Friday to set up their campsites. MAYfest features “near car camping.” We cannot guarantee that you will be able to set up your tent directly next to your car, but we can promise that your car will only be a short distance from your campsite; allowing you to lock your valuables in your car and have easy access to it during the weekend. Showers? Yes! There will be free showers available to campers. *

Day ticket holders can camp onsite in a designated “Overnight Camping Area” until 10am the following day.

On-Site Cabin Rentals – These housing options are conveniently located on-site and within a short walk from the classes, stages and workshops.  They are summer camp bunks, and therefore you will have to bring with you all the comforts of home, but you cannot beat the convenience! We will send all out Cabin Guests a packing list before the event to ensure you bring what you need.


*For both campers & cabin guests, please note that open fires and charcoal grills are not permitted within the campsite at Surprise Lake Camp and propane grills are only allowed if accompanied by a working fire extinguisher. Also, there are many convenient stores & pharmacies nearby, so if you need something, you will be close to these resources.

Hotels – For MAYfest patrons who wish to stay for the entire weekend, but do not want to stay in the summer camp style bunks, this is probably the best option and there are several in the surrounding area.

Here is a list of a few that are located in Fishkill, near interstate 84, only 8 miles (10 minutes by car) away from Surprise Lake Camp.

Courtyard by Marriot

Hampton Inn

Days Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Hyatt House

Ramada Inn

Holiday Inn Express