FAQ

BOATS AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL IS AN ALL-AGES FESTIVAL; KIDS 16 AND UNDER ARE FREE WITH ADULT
FESTIVAL DATES AND TIMES
4pm-12am
THURSDAY, SEP 27
10am-12am
FRIDAY, SEP 28
SATURDAY, SEP 29
10am-12am

CAMPING

Camping is included with the purchase of an all weekend pass (Thursday 1p to Sunday at 1p).  Camping is located a short walk (50 feet at its closest) from the festival site.  These non-electric sites will accomodate a range of tent and RV sizes. If you are planning a Wednesday arrival please purchase a Wednesday camping pass through the Boats and Bluegrass ticket portal. 

 

There are three areas of camping:  

 

1. The East Campground is the largest campground.  This area is dividied into quiet camping and late night camping. Late night camping areas need to be respectful about volume, but playing of acoustic instruments is permitted and encouraged. There are hundreds of trees there, and shade is not hard to come by.  This campground is nearest to the flushing toilets and showers.  There is a kids playground, and general store as well.  To access the East Campground enter at the Main Entrance Gate.

 

2. The West Campground is on the West side of the Main Festival area.  This is a quiet campground at 10:00p, with the expection of the festival music. This campground will have portable toilet access.  There is also a playgound with in the area, and no parking lot to cross to come and go from the from main festival area.  To access the West Campground get your writband at the Main Entrance Gate, then head toward the Day Parking Lot.

 

3. The Electric Campground is the electricl sites on the East side of the main festival area, these sites are booked through the Priaire Island Campground office.  They are also the furthest away from the Main Festival grounds.  To access these sites enter at the Main Entrance Gate. To make a reservation for an electrical site please follow the link to the Prairie Island Campground Office.  

 

Camping in the West and East Campgrounds is first come first serve basis, make sure to welcome and include neighbors who arrive after you!    

 

We ask that you do NOT BRING DRUMS.  It is very hard to hear a Banjo over a drum.  Also amplified music that can be heard outside of your site will not be allowed after 10pm. 

 

 

RESTROOMS AND SHOWERS

 

In the campground area there are flush toilets and showers at the Campground Office.  In the campground there are also Pit Toilets, and Portable Toilets.  If you prefer flushing toilets to Pit or portable toilets set up camp near the campground office.  Portable toilets are also availbe in the main festival area and are open for use when the main festival grounds are open. 

 

FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Here are a few things to expect when you come.  We like to think of the festival as a family reunion.  We strive to make this a festival where everyone is welcome but families come first.  Many of our artists bring their families to the fest as well. KIDS 16 AND UNDER ARE FREE WITH AN ADULT TICKET PURCHASE! 

 

Boats and Bluegrass is located on a City of Winona Park called Prairie Island.  It is not quite an Island but is mostly surrounded by water and is on the banks of the Mississippi River. 

 

Please NO CARRY INS into the festival area. We are working toward reducing our waste and recycling each year we opperate.  Reusable cups will be available for the Rusty Paddle Saloon at the Tent Stage.  We picked this location because it has everything we need.  Water for the canoe trips, camping and great views of the river. 

 

The Main Festival area is NO SMOKING.  After many requests from guests we will smokefree festival area this year.  There will be two designated smoking areas near the main festival grounds. 

 

Winona is less than a five minute drive away so if you forgot something don’t worry civilization is close at hand.  

 

Dogs are allowed in the campground but DOGS ARE  NOT ALLOWED IN FESTIVAL AREA.

 

 

HISTORY

We started Boats and Bluegrass in 2005 as a way of promoting our business at the time Red Tail Outfitters.  We were a canoe and kayak sales and rental company and were looking for creative ways to market our company.  So we decided to try and start a festival that would promote our shop through a family friendly festival.  The festival was born and year one had plenty of highlights including the headliners Trampled by Turtles as well as the northern lights!  Every year after we have strived to do better than the year before.  We don’t want to be a huge festival.  We cap our ticket sales at 1500. We feel it is important for a festival to be sustainable.  Both environmentally and economically.   Is it all bluegrass music?  Nope.  We try and provide a good mix of music we think you will enjoy.

 

 

BOATS

What is the Boats in Boats and Bluegrass for?  On Friday and Saturday we will be taking canoe trips out into the backwaters of the Mississippi River.  Led by Winona State University Outdoor Education and Recreation Center staff we will explore the wonders around Prairie Island.  This area was a gathering place for many of the first people to live in this area and is now home to many creatures large and small.  We take many trips during the two days and the paddle is included with a weekend pass.  We provide the boats and life jackets are required and provided.  We have lots of child life jackets but if you have your own please bring it.

 

 

COOLERS

There will be lots of great beer options again this year.  We will also have wine and other drinks on sale as well.  Please NO CARRY INS or Coolers into the main festival area.

 

 

ATMS

We will have an ATM on site for your convienince, however most vendors as well as the Boats and Bluegrass Merchandise center accept credit cards.

 

VIBE/RULES

Main thing with the festival is DON’T BE THAT GUY/GAL.!  We have a zero tolerance for stupidity.  If you are looking to go to a festival to use or abuse drugs and alcohol this is not the place for you.  Anyone seen using drugs will be asked to leave.  Anyone who is intoxicated will also be asked to leave and forfeit your wristband.  We believe strongly that we need to keep each other safe and for this weekend we are all family and should treat each other as such.  So please come and have fun and be respectful.

 

 

TICKET AVAILABILITY ON SITE

For the past three years we have sold out prior to the event and do not sell any tickets at the gate. 

 

 

WRISTBANDS

Wristbands are required in all campgrounds as well as the main festival site. 

 

 

ENTRY & SECURITY

Re-entry is allowed at main festival area.  We have security/first responder staff on site all weekend.

 

 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Please NO CARRY INS into the festival area. Sales are provided by a certified catering service and are subject to all Minnesota regulations.

 

 

WEATHER

It is the fall in Minnesota so expect anything as far as weather.  It usually rains.  Sometimes a lot.  We go on rain or shine.  Sorry no refunds due to weather.

 

 

PETS

Dogs ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CAMPGROUNDS OR FESTIVAL AREA. You will be with friends and enjoying music all weekend, please keep you dog home where he will not be frightened by crowds and happier! 

 

 

THESE ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED

Drums, fireworks, illegal drugs, dogs, and things that just are not safe.  

In the main festival area coolers, carry ins, and smoking.

 

Boats and Bluegrass maintains the right to remove any person from the event at the discretion of the promoters and staff.

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