Festival Dates & Hours


Railbird Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. The health and safety of our fans, artists, staff, and community is our number one priority. Rest assured Railbird will return to the grounds at Keeneland August 20-21, 2021. Current ticket holders will have the opportunity to retain their ticket(s) for Railbird 2021 by logging into their Front Gate account and selecting the rollover option before Monday, July 13 at 8pm ET. All ticket holders who do not select the rollover option will be automatically refunded in as few as 30 days after July 13. Full details will be sent to 2020 ticket holders soon. We cannot thank the city of Lexington, our dedicated fans and partners, and everyone who’s come together to help build this amazing experience enough for their continued support.

We plan to keep the spirit of Railbird alive by moving forward with the release of our 2020 Railbird Select Single Barrel Bourbons. All 2020 ticket holders (21+) that choose to retain their ticket(s) for 2021 will have early access to purchase these exclusive bottles from our partners and collaborators at Justins’ House of Bourbon this fall. In addition, we're working on new ways to activate our original weekend in 2020 with preferred access in mind for 2021 rollover ticket holders. Stay tuned to the Railbird Festival channels as we have lots more to share in the coming days.



Ticket Types

To see what tickets are available, visit the tickets page.

Contact Front Gate Tickets

If you need to contact our ticket service provider, Front Gate Tickets, call their friendly support team at 888-512-SHOW Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST. undefined

Official Wristband Policy

  • Wristbands will be mailed in advance of the festival.
  • All sales are FINAL – no refunds and no exchanges.
  • Only wristbands purchased through Front Gate Tickets are valid. If you purchased from an unauthorized source and/or the ticket is counterfeit, you will not be allowed entry.
  • Wristbands MUST be worn securely on wrist and cannot be slipped on and off.
  • Tickets must be scanned upon exit at the gate in order to re-enter that same day.
  • Do NOT remove between days, stretch or tamper with your wristband in any way or you will not be allowed entry.
  • Subsequent and/or multiple presentations of a counterfeited wristband are VOID and will be seized by Festival security staff.
  • If your wristband is removed by Festival security/event staff for any reason, it WILL NOT be replaced.
  • All ticket holders must pass through security and are subject to bag inspection. Prohibited items will be confiscated by event staff.
  • The festival takes place rain or shine.

Lost or Stolen Wristbands

If your wristband has been lost or stolen, please contact our ticket provider, Front Gate Tickets or call 888-512-SHOW (7469) in advance of the festival.

Wristband Registration

Fans will need to activate their wristbands before heading to the festival to ensure a smooth process entering the gates. Wristband activation verifies the wristband authenticity. You can associate an emergency contact to your credential, as well as help expedite any issues you might have once at the fest. Activation link and directions will be available closer to the festival. Fans can securely link their wristband to a credit or debit card to pay with a tap of the wrist at food vendors, bars, and Festival merchandise tents. Fans can sign up for Cashless closer to the festival.

Can I change my payment method or pay off my layaway plan early? Yes! When you buy a ticket you are required to create an online account with Front Gate Tickets (our official ticket provider). Simply go back to (where you buy the tickets in the first place) and click “sign in” at the top. From there you can manage your orders, change credit cards or shipping address on file, and even pay it all off early if you’d like.

Buying for Third Party Sellers

Only wristbands purchased through our official ticket website are guaranteed to be authentic, with properly coded and activated RFID technology. If you want 100% confidence in your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets through the link on our tickets page, or through a friend’s link in our OFFICIAL ambassador program powered by Verve. In the event of a festival cancellation, your tickets may only be refunded when purchased through our official site. Tickets from other websites or resellers cannot be verified by the festival. WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO GET SCAMMED!

PLEASE BE AWARE: We are not responsible for any counterfeit tickets, wristbands or car passes. In addition, any wristbands reported lost or stolen will have their RFID chip deactivated and will not be valid. For your own protection, please do not purchase wristbands from any source other than Fake or deactivated wristbands may look like the real thing but they will be identified by our scanning system at the front gates. Those in possession of fake wristbands – or ones reported lost or stolen – will not be admitted to the festival and the wristband(s) will be confiscated.

Removing a wristband automatically voids it (unless by accident or for safety reasons, in which case you need to get a replacement wristband from a customer service booth at the festival – this will require you to prove your purchase information). Festival Security will check every wristband to assure it has not been removed or passed between multiple people.

Children at the Festival

Children 10 years-old and younger will be admitted free of charge with a ticket-holding adult. Limit 2 children per ticketed adult.

The VIP Experience


Available Ticket Types

To see what tickets are available, visit the tickets page.

What's Included?

  • Access to an elevated VIP viewing deck overlooking the Limestone main stage, featuring grandstand seated drink service, designated bar, top-floor standing room, and prime stage viewing
  • (NEW to 2020) Access to up-front viewing at the Limestone and Elkhorn stages with assorted canned beverages available for purchase from cooler bar stations* (cash & RFID)
  • (NEW to 2020) Access to the VIP Village, featuring: Shade and seating in a private tent with misting fans, All-day complimentary hors d’oeuvres and tapas from local vendors, Complimentary spa services including massages and flower crowns, as well as hair styling stations by the Drybar, A designated merch pop-up store and VIP gift package pick-up location, Artisanal cocktail bar with drinks for purchase*, and a Water refill station
  • Invitation to the exclusive VIP Friday night opening reception at The Rickhouse, where guests will enjoy live music and the first-pick of Railbird Select Bourbon bottles
  • Access to an air-conditioned VIP Lounge, featuring lounge seating and a TV with live streamed performances of the Limestone main stage
  • Access to the VIP Lawn, featuring: Shade and seating in a private lounge with misting fans, A private bar and water refill station, and Air-conditioned, flushable restrooms
  • (NEW To 2020) VIP reserved parking near the festival grounds**
  • Express entrance lane into festival
  • Commemorative Railbird VIP gift package, including a leather journal, t-shirt, socks, felt pennant, tote bag, and more
  • Concierge services
  • Access to all the amenities of General Admission

*One parking pass per day included with each order
**Must be 21+ to consume alcohol

Have a question about the VIP experience?

Premium Viewing

Get In On The Action With Up-close, Front-row Viewing

With VIP front-row viewing areas at both stages and an elevated viewing deck overlooking the Limestone main stage, you’ll be up-close and in the action all weekend long. The viewing areas, located directly in front of the stages, are stocked with coolers of cold-canned beverages available for purchase, so you don’t have to miss a beat!

The Rickhouse VIP Event

Get The First Pick of Railbird Select Bourbon Bottles

Compare VIP Perks & Access

The Rickhouse


The Rickhouse

Railbird Festival is thrilled to announce the release of our hand-selected Rickhouse single barrel bourbons for 2020 from Kentucky’s finest distilleries. Barrel selections were chosen in collaboration with co-owners Justin Sloan and Justin Thompson of Lexington’s treasured Justins’ House of Bourbon, a well-known stomping grounds for bourbon beginners, lovers, and collectors. The process was conducted virtually this year and each session is available to view on the Railbird YouTube page. You’ll find host Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio leading a crew of extended friends, Kentuckians, and bourbon connoisseurs in discussion alongside master distillers, brand ambassadors, and more to make sure we delivered perfection with each selection.

Railbird rollover ticket holders will get first crack at purchasing the first round of releases (VIP on Tuesday, September 29 and General Admission on Wednesday, September 30) before the public on Thursday, October 1. Rollover ticket holders will receive an email early next week with details on how to access their pre-sale windows. Details on the second round of releases will be announced later this fall.

Browse your options below and get ready to shop Round 1 releases online next week at!

Round 1 Releases - October 1
Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Strength ($89.99)
Elijah Craig Small Batch (44.99)
Old Carter Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($225.00)
Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength ($89.99)
Pinhook True Single Barrel Barrel Strength ($69.99)

Round 2 Releases - TBD
1792 Full Proof ($79.99)
Blanton’s Single Barrel ($109.99)
Buffalo Trace ($39.99)
Old Pepper Distillery Single Barrel Rye ($49.99)

*All prices plus applicable taxes, fees, and shipping. Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol.

*Limit one bottle per barrel per customer during the pre-sale windows for rollover ticket holders.

Sip & Savor


Come for the music, stay for the food with Railbird’s Sip & Savor, located in the air-conditioned Keene Barn. During Sip & Savor demonstrations, patrons will enjoy intimate, up-close-and-personal culinary experiences with world-renowned chefs in a studio kitchen setting. Samples of the chefs’ creations will be passed around to taste.

In addition to world-class dining, Sip & Savor will feature a specialty craft cocktails and mixology demonstrations. (Must be 21+ to consume alcohol)

Culinary demonstrations are free and open to all ticket types.

Previously scheduled chefs.

Allowed & Prohibited


Guests and their belongings are subject to search upon entry or re-entry. You can help keep the lines moving quickly by leaving large bags at home.

The following items are ALLOWED:

  • YES Sun block (no aerisol cans)
  • YES Blankets, sheets, and towels
  • YES Point-and-shoot cameras
  • YES Small purses, totes, and drawstrings must be under 14″ x 11″ x 5″ and have no more than one pocket or opening
  • YES Small hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holder for the bladder
  • YES Strollers
  • YES Rain jackets and ponchos
  • YES Empty water bottle
  • YES Selfie sticks are allowed, but must expand to no longer than 40″ in length and must be made of light material (light metal, rubber, plastic). All selfie sticks are subject to Railbird staff discretion and may or may not be allowed

Prescription Medicine Requirements:

  • Anyone needing prescription medicine at the festival must present the pharmacy-labeled container which states the prescription, dosage, and patient name to our medical staff at each entrance gate. Patrons are only allowed a sufficient supply of the prescribed medication for that day.
  • Medicines needing to be inhaled or smoked are prohibited unless in a prescribed inhaler.
  • Over the counter medications are allowed in a sufficient supply for the day. Bottle contents will be verified by medical personnel at the entry gates.

The following items are PROHIBITED:

  • NO Weapons
  • NO Large backpacks, purses, or any bag over 14″ x 11″ x 5″ in size and has more than one pocket or opening will not be allowed
  • NO Food and drink
  • NO Alcohol
  • NO Illegal substances of any kind
  • NO Umbrellas
  • NO Coolers
  • NO Lawn chairs or picnic baskets (This is for the safety of our patrons. Benches will be on site, and ADA seating will be available. Upon arrival, ADA patrons can request accommodations at the Info Booth on site)
  • NO Lasers
  • NO Glow sticks
  • NO Stickers
  • NO Inappropriate headdresses
  • NO Silly string
  • NO Confetti
  • NO Glitter
  • NO Spray paint
  • NO Pets (Service dogs will be permitted)
  • NO Glass containers and metal aerosol cans, including sunscreen in aerosol cans
  • NO Scooters or personal motorized vehicles
  • NO Detachable lens cameras
  • NO Recording devices of any kind including professional recording equipment, GoPros, audio recording equipment, and video recording equipment
  • NO Remote-controlled vehicles or aircrafts, including drones
  • NO unauthorized vendors will be permitted
  • NO solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.

REMEMBER: All patrons and belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of the front gate and security staff

Bag Policy

All small purses, totes, and drawstrings must be under 14″ x 11″ x 5″ and have no more than one pocket or opening. Small hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holder for the bladder.


Strollers are allowed. However, wagons will not be allowed on the festival grounds.


Blankets are allowed into Railbird Festival. However, blankets, crazy creek chairs, and inflatable air loungers are NOT to be used inside the VIP viewing areas. These areas are standing room only. When spreading blankets in permitted areas, please be courteous of fellow patrons.


Smoking (including e-cigarettes) on festival grounds will only be permitted at the designated smoking area. Location will be revealed closer to the festival.


Yes, patrons with a WEEKEND PASS can leave and re-enter the venue at any time. However, if you plan on re-entering you will need to scan your wristband each time you exit and re-enter.

Water Refill Stations

Hydration is important – seriously. Alcohol dehydrates and staying hydrated is important for having a good time. Railbird offers free, 100% filtered and drinkable water located throughout the festival. Check your festival map (COMING SOON) for locations. Bring a water bottle or cup and stay hydrated!

Getting Here & Hotels


Festival Location

4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510


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Add on a parking pass during checkout and save on the day of the festival! Forgot to add parking during checkout? No problem! Email

  • $20 for the weekend when purchased during checkout
  • $20 for the day when purchased day of the festival

Passenger Drop Off & Pick Up Location

Our official passenger drop off and pick up location is:

is 4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510

Planning For Weather

Just a friendly reminder that Railbird is a rain or shine event. So even if there are some showers, the show will go on!

That being said, your safety is our FIRST priority, so here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you have a great weekend and stay dry!

Listen to all directions from official Railbird staff If there are any weather updates, we will alert fans on social media @RailbirdFest and on the stage screens

In case of lightning or high winds, we may temporarily ask that you seek shelter in your vehicles till things are safer (if you don’t have a vehicle, make a friend!) If there is a temporary evacuation of the festival site, all patrons will need to re-enter through the main festival entrance and go through security again.

ADA Access & Accommodations


ADA Accommodations

Railbird is fully ADA compliant and provides options for fans with disabilities to come and have a great time. Please stop by the info booth on the way in for details.

Patrons With Mobility Limitations

The Festival grounds are wheelchair accessible, but please be aware it is an outdoor music festival situated on the grounds of Keeneland. Therefore, most travel is over natural terrain. If it should rain, there will be mud in some places.

We do not provide personal care or push services. Please plan ahead and bring attendants if needed. In addition, the festival does not provide wheelchairs for rent or loan. Please make arrangements in advance if a wheelchair is needed.

Wheelchairs are allowed for use by Patrons with mobility disabilities. For safety reasons, requests to use other power-driven mobility devices will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Service Animals

Animals and pets are not allowed within the festival grounds, however, patrons with disabilities are welcome to utilize fully-trained and ADA-recognized service animals at the Festival. Please bring official paperwork with you and our security team will get you and your animal squared away upon entry.