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Got a question about the 2017 Bud Light 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. More than 20 of the best barbecue restaurants from all over the state will be on hand to let you sample their tasty smoked meats and we’ll have live music all day on two stages.

What restaurants are attending?

We’re bringing in more than 20 of the best and most celebrated barbecue restaurants the Lone Star State has to offer. 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: $90 (SOLD OUT). 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: $50 (SOLD OUT). This ticket allows you access to both the BBQ and concert parts of the festival. This includes samples from every restaurant.
  • Concert only: $25 (SOLD OUT). 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 on Wednesday, February 1, but are sold out this year.

Will there be tickets sold at the gate?

Unfortunately, no. Red Dirt has sold out for the fourth year in a row.

What’s the timeline for the festival?

VIP entry is at 1 p.m. General admission (combo tickets) entry is at 2 p.m. Gates open for the concert at 4 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 alcohol, 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 beer sales work?

Drink tickets must be purchased for beer. There will be several beer ticket tents selling tickets. Tickets are redeemed at the bar for beer. Beer ticket tents will be cash only.

How much are beer tickets?

Beer tickets are $5 (cash only). One ticket = one beer. 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. It’s free since Red Dirt is on a weekend.

Can we bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc.?

Of course! Please keep in mind that if you bring them and use them for the concert, it will be extremely crowded and we want everyone to have a great time and be as close to the stage as possible. Plus, we think you should stand for killer music anyway.

NOTE: Lawn chairs will NOT be allowed in the VIP area directly in front of the stage. This area is standing room only in order to give every VIP ticket-holder the chance to be up front. There will be a seating area for VIPs in front of the Bank of America building. This will be strictly enforced by security during the festival.

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. Prices will be set at the discretion of the restaurants, as well as whether or not they will accept credit/debit cards. Again, if you need cash, there will be several ATMs on site.

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.

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?

If you already bought tickets, we’ll see ya’ there! If not, bummer :(

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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