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
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.
Winona is less than a five minute drive away so if you forgot something don’t
worry civilization is close at hand!
We have many tasty beer, cider, and non-alcoholic drink options for sale on the festival grounds. Please NO CARRY INS or coolers into the main festival area. Personal water bottles only.
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. To assure your presence, please
purchase your ticket in advance.
Please NO CARRY INS into the festival area.
We are working toward reducing our waste
and recycling each year we operate.
Reusable cups will be available for purchase
for the Bent Paddle Saloon near the Tent
The Main Festival area is NO SMOKING.
After many requests from guests we have a
smokefree festival. There will be two
designated smoking areas near the main
***Boats and Bluegrass maintains the right to remove any person from the event at the
discretion of the promoters and staff.
We will have an ATM on site for your
convenience, however most vendors
as well as The Boats and Bluegrass
Merchandise Center accept credit
Wristbands are required in
all campgrounds as well as the main
festival site. There are multiple wristband checks through out the festival, please make sure you are wearing it at all times.
It is the fall in Minnesota so expect
anything as far as weather. It can
rain, sometimes a lot! We go on
rain or shine. Sorry, no refunds due
THESE ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED
Drums, fireworks, illegal drugs, dogs,
and all things not safe are prohibited
in both the campgrounds and festival
areas. Use your head, folks! In the
main festival area coolers, carry ins,
glass, and smoking out of
designated areas are prohibited.
Parking is included with the All
Weekend Pass. Most parking
is inside the camping area.
Day parking is available as
well, with a pass.
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.
Entry & Security
Re-entry is allowed at main festival area. We
have security/first responder staff on site all
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