General Information

Welcome to Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival! Here’s some information we hope will help you plan your visit with us!

Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival is held the first full weekend of October every year. For some information on how it all started see “About”.

Need a place to stay? Check out some of the local lodging.

Prefer Camping? Here’s some festival campground info.

How do I get there & is there a charge for day parking?

  • Driving Directions
  • Day Parking is free and volunteers will direct you to parking. No day parking in campground, which is for those who have paid to camp.
  • For Day parking entrance turn North off Hwy 33/Noble Ave. on 6th or 7th streets.

Tickets?

  • If you have already purchased your tickets please take them to the ticket booth at the front entrance across from the parking area where they will be exchanged for a wristband.
  • If you need to purchase a ticket please visit our ticket booth where you may pay with Cash, MC or VISA, or a check (made out to OIBF). You will receive a wristband and the volunteers at the gate will help you put it on. For your convenience you can also purchase your tickets online and bring them with you.
  • WRISTBANDS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES AT THE FESTIVAL. Be careful not to lose your wristband as we cannot replace it.

If I leave, can I come back in again?

  • Yes, as long as you have a wristband for that day you may leave and re-enter. Just show your wristband at the front entrance.
  • Examples: You purchased a one-day ticket for Thursday and on Thursday you leave for a while and come back later in that day – you may re-enter.
    • However, you may not re-enter with your Thursday wristband on Friday. You must have a ticket for Friday. 3-day tickets are good for the whole event.
    • Friday all-day tickets are good till end of event on Friday
    • but Friday Night Only ticket holders can only enter at 9 pm or later for the late night show.

What kind of weather can I expect? Click here for local weather report.

  • This is an outdoor festival and the weather in September/October can be changeable. The festival goes on, rain or shine. Occasionally we’ve had to take a pause while a shower passes through and then resume the performances. But, on the occasions when that has happened, we’ve ended up with jamming in the merchandise tent. Bluegrassers are hardy and inventive folks!
  • Be prepared for hot or cold. It’s a good idea to have sunscreen and a hat available for daytime and a jacket for the evening. Check the weather beforehand. We always hope for clear weather but we’ve had rain so be prepared. Experienced festival goers have been seen heading for their cars as it cools down to bring their jackets and blankets in to get comfortable for the evening show.
  • Will I be bugged? We have the property sprayed a week before the event to cut down on insect issues, but feel free to bring some insect repellent to spray yourself and your kids if you have a concern. Please be courteous of those around you when you apply your spray.

What should I bring?

  • You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs or a blanket for seating.
  • We practice “festival seating” which means if there is an empty chair you may use it until the owner returns. When the owner returns please graciously let them have their seat and find another seat.
  • Sunscreen & hats for daytime; jackets and/or blankets for evenings; insect repellent if you worry about bites (we do have the property sprayed a week in advance).

What CAN’T I bring?

  • No Pets (of course, service animals are permitted).
  • No Drugs.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed. Alcohol is not sold on the premises.

Are food and beverages available at the festival?

  • Yes, we have multiple food vendors with food, coffee, soft drinks, water available. Please support our vendors as this helps support the festival. Here is a list of some of the types of food available: BBQ (brisket, pulled pork, ribs); Greek (gyros, Greek salad, grilled chicken on a stick); Indian Tacos; Burgers, corn dogs, & other “fair” type foods; Kettle Korn plus fresh lemonade and shaved ice; handmade ice cream and more. Alcohol is not sold on the premises.

Can I get a souvenir of the festival?

  • Yes indeed! We have festival t-shirts, hats and lots of other “wearables” available in the merchandise tent.
  • Artists will sell their CD’s, videos, etc. at a designated area inside the merchandise tent after each performance. Stop by and say hello to the artists and take home some of their music!
  • We have several musical instrument vendors in the merchandise tent, in case you’re looking for a nice guitar, mandolin, fiddle or other acoustic instrument.
  • We have an Auction on Friday and Saturday at 5:00 pm where you can bid on some great instruments, a special quilt commemorating OIBF’s 20th anniversary, the original artwork of this year’s poster and t-shirt art and other special items. All funds raised at the auction go towards providing youth Scholarships for music lessons, music camps, and music workshops – one of the main missions of OIBF. The OIBF Scholarship Fund has provided youth scholarships for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, dobro and bass for almost 20 years.

I have a little trouble walking / I have a wheelchair, can I get around at the festival?

  • The festival area is outdoors, but is not too large and surfaces are gravel (the entry road) and grass. As with most outdoor areas, the ground can be uneven so use caution. We have many attendees with canes and wheelchairs (both electric or manual) who have come for years. There are wheelchair accessible portable toilets available.
  • Rain – if we get a LOT of rain the area can get pretty soft so use caution.

I’m not camping. Can I get in the campground to jam with my friends who are camping?

  • Yes, you may walk into the campground from the audience area as long as you have a wristband for that day, or a 3-day wristband which is good for the entire festival. Parking is free in the day parking area near the main entrance and you may leave your vehicle there while you visit the campground. If you’d like to know more about camping at OIBF, visit our camping information page.

Who are all those people wearing “Crew” t-shirts?

  • The OIBF “Crew” is made up of our wonderful Volunteers. Without these great people volunteering to help set up, tear down, sell tickets, clean up before and after the festival, mow the property, put up decorations and tents, man the merchandise sales area, provide security, help our visitors and so much more Oklahoma’s International Bluegrass Festival would not be possible!
  • Between 1997 and 2015 over 8600 volunteers have contributed more than 663,000 HOURS of their time and energy to make this festival a great time for everyone.
  • So, if you see someone in a Crew T-shirt please take a moment to thank them for their time and effort.

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