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.
To see what tickets are available, visit the tickets page.
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
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.
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 railbirdfest.frontgatetickets.com (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.
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, frontgatetickets.com 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 railbirdfest.com. 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 10 years-old and younger will be admitted free of charge with a ticket-holding adult. Limit 2 children per ticketed adult.
To see what tickets are available, visit the tickets page.
*One parking pass per day included with each order
**Must be 21+ to consume alcohol
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Get The First Pick of Railbird Select Bourbon Bottles
Railbird just wouldn’t be a Kentucky festival without Bourbon. The Rickhouse is home to a highly-curated Bourbon experience, with hand-selected barrels from Kentucky’s finest distilleries and immersive whiskey experiences, including Four Roses Single Barrel Barrel Strength, 1792 Full Proof, Blanton’s Single Barrel, Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig Small Batch, Old Pepper Distillery Single Barrel Rye, Old Carter Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Old Forester Single Barrel Barrel Strength, and Pinhook True Single Barrel Barrel Strength. Bourbon Barrel selections will be 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.
While the 2020 festival will not take place as planned, the spirit of Railbird will live on this summer with our Virtual Bourbon Experience. Take a peek inside the selection process for the Railbird Rickhouse single barrel bourbons over on our YouTube page!
Pour a glass of your favorite bourbon and follow along at home as we walk through a full tasting AND sample each week of selects that will become Railbird’s first pick of 2020.
This week's episode, premiering Thursday at 6pm, will feature the sampling of Pinhook’s True Single Barrel Barrel Strength bourbon that will become Railbird’s next pick of 2020.
This week's panel is comprised of Samantha Fore of Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites, David Helmers of Railbird Festival, Writer and Journalist Aaron Goldfarb, Shae Thompson and Justin Sloan of Justins’ House Of Bourbon Lexington, Sean Josephs -- PinhookBourbon Master Taster, and host Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio! You can watch it here.
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.
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:
Prescription Medicine Requirements:
The following items are PROHIBITED:
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
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.
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!
4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510
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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.
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.
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.
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.