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Got a question about the 2018 Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival? We’ll take care of every one of ’em right here.

What’s this festival all about?

Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival celebrates the best in Texas barbecue and live Texas & Red Dirt music. In 2018 we’ll have 25 of the best barbecue restaurants from all over the state to let you sample their tasty smoked meats and we’ll have live music all day on two stages.

What restaurants are attending?

You can see the list of participating BBQ joints right here.

How does the BBQ festival work?

It’s simple: You pay for your GA or VIP ticket and that includes a sample of smoked meats from each of our participating restaurants at the festival. The joints will be bringing a variety of meats, from brisket, ribs, sausage, beef ribs and more.

What about the bands?

Click here to see our entire music lineup.

How much are tickets?

We have three levels of tickets, depending on how much of the festival you want to experience:

  • VIP: $100. Having a VIP ticket means you’ll be able to enter to BBQ portion of the festival an hour earlier than regular ticket holders. When you arrive at the concert you’ll also receive a T-shirt, coupons for two free beverages, access to the VIP area and access to the standing room only section in front of the stage for the concert.
  • GA/Combo: $60. This ticket allows you access to both the BBQ and concert parts of the festival. This includes samples from every restaurant.
  • Concert only: $30. This ticket is good to attend the concert only. But why deny yourself access to the best smoked meats from all over the state?

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets went on sale February 1, but this year’s event has sold out.

Will there be tickets sold at the gate?

Red Dirt is sold out for 2018.

What’s the timeline for the festival?

VIP entry is at 12 p.m. General admission (combo tickets) entry is at 1 p.m. Gates open for the concert at 3:45 p.m. A piece of advice: get there early.

Can I come and go from the festival?

Yep. You will receive a wristband when you first enter the festival, which will allow you to leave and return as you please, as long as you have the wristband on, so don’t take it off! No wristband = no re-entry.

What else should I bring money for?

If you’re in a shopping mood, you can check out many vendor booths that will be at the festival. You’ll also be able to purchase non-alcoholic beverages, merchandise and more. Whether certain booths accept credit/debit cards will at the discretion of the vendors. ATMs will be on site if you need cash.

How will alcohol sales work?

Drink tickets must be purchased for all alcoholic beverages. There will be several ticket tents selling tickets. Tickets are redeemed at the bars for all alcohol. There will be a select few liquor sponsors at Red Dirt in 2018, and will work the same way.

How much are alcohol tickets?

Alcohol tickets are $5. One ticket = one drink. Three tickets = access to our sweet Texas craft beer tent, where you can sample craft beers from several Texas breweries.

What’s the deal with parking?

Parking is free, unless certain businesses wish to charge at their lots at their own discretion. We recommend getting downtown early, since parking is spread out in all directions. You assume all risk and responsibility on where you park. We recommend parking at the Fair Plaza Parking Garage at the corner of Broadway Ave. and Elm St, which is free of charge.

Can we bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc.?

Yes! Keep in mind that for 2018 we will have a designated area in the general admission part of the streets where chairs will not be allowed to offer more people the opportunity to stand and be close to the stage. This will be in addition to chairs not being allowed in the VIP area directly in front of the stage. There will be plenty of room for VIP and non-VIPs to have chairs with great views of the stage, however. Plus, we think you should stand for killer music anyway.

Will food be available to concert-only ticket holders?

Every barbecue restaurant participating the festival is allowed to bring extra food to sell to concert-goers if they wish after 4 p.m. This does not necessarily guarantee food will be available from all/any of the participating restaurants. We will have select food trucks at the festival this year that will open at 4 p.m.

What can I NOT bring?

Outside food or drinks, weapons, drugs, coolers, friends who waited too long to buy tickets, pets (service animals are welcome, of course) vegetarianism and bad attitudes. Read more of our festival policies here. 

What should I bring?

The party. And sunglasses. And a hat. It’s gonna be warm.

Can children attend?

Absolutely! This is an all-ages event, including the concert. Children 5 and under will be accepted into the festival for free, though we request you share your food samples with children younger than 5 to allow for enough food for everyone. Anyone older than 5 will require a ticket.

Do you have a warning for minors?

Probably not a “frequently asked” question, but we’ve gotta say it. Since alcohol will be served at this event, everyone will be asked to show identification to prove age at the front gate and the beer ticket tent. Minors will be given a special wristband and will be stamped as a minor on their hand. Attendees 21 or older also will have a special wristband. A minor or any person not wearing a wristband seen consuming alcohol will be escorted out of the festival. And while wristbands will be given before you are able to go to the bar, bartenders can and will ask to double-check your identification to prove your age.

OK, I’m game! How do I attend this sweet shindig?

We hope you have your tickets already, because we’re sold out for 2018. :(

Can I be a sponsor or a vendor?

We have limited sponsorships and very limited vendor booth spaces available for the festival this year. Click here and fill out the form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

What if I have a question but I don’t see it here?

Must be a unique one! That’s no problem — just click here to go to our Connect page and send us an email. We’ll get back to you soon.

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