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Got a question? We’ve likely answered it below! If not, drop us a line at info(at)forecastlefest(dot)com.

General

What can I bring?

To make sure you have everything you’ll need while aboard the ship, please feel free to bring the following items with you:

  • Sun block
  • Blankets, sheets and towels
  • Small backpacks and purses
  • Empty water bottle
  • 1 sealed bottle of water

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

Do you allow re-entry?

Those visitors with a General Admission Weekend Pass, VIP Weekend Pass and VIP Single Day Ticket will have re-entry privileges. General Admission Single Day Ticket holders will not be allowed re-entry.

Where should I park?

  • There is plenty of street parking and many open lots near Waterfront Park. Please click here for a map of parking lots, or visit our Transportation page. Pay attention to signage and park only in areas where public parking is permitted. The Forecastle Festival is not responsible if your vehicle is towed or ticketed.
  • We also encourage you to ride your bike! It reduces your carbon footprint, provides great exercise, and sustainable transport. We will have a bike valet service available for you outside the secondary entrance on the southwest side of the park.
  • We also encourage walking and public transit. Click here to learn more.
  • Also, please travel safe and enjoy the festival responsibly. On-premise, there will be cab or City Scoot services available. We all want to make sure you make it home safely!

Is this event family friendly?

We are certainly a family friendly event and welcome guests of all ages. Children under 6 will be admitted for free with an adult admission.

What should I leave at home?

We make every effort to provide an environment where all travelers can fully enjoy their time aboard the ship. With that in mind, kindly leave these items at home:

  • Weapons
  • Food and Drink
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Umbrellas
  • Coolers
  • Lawn chairs
  • Lasers
  • Glow sticks
  • Stickers
  • Silly String
  • Confetti
  • Glitter
  • Spray Paint
  • Pets (Service Dogs will be permitted)
  • Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans
  • Scooters or Personal Motorized Vehicles
  • Recording devices of any kind including professional recording equipment, detachable lens camera, audio recording equipment, and video recording equipment
  • No unauthorized vendors will be permitted
  • No solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.

REMEMBER: All travelers and their belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of the front gate staff. These items are subject to change at anytime and at the discretion of the front gate and security staff.

What time do gates open each day?

Gate times will be released closer to the event.

Where is Forecastle?

The Forecastle Festival will take place at Waterfront Park, part of a scenic, $60 million riverfront investment by the City of Louisville, which attracts 1.5 million visitors a year.

Tickets & Shows

What is the difference between the ticket tiers?

There is no difference between the tiers. It’s simply an incentive to purchase sooner rather than later. The earlier you buy, the more you save!

What does VIP include?

The centrally located VIP hang area is an elevated portion of Waterfront Park situated directly between the two main stages. The area offers impeccable views of the festival grounds, downtown and the Ohio River. Mast and Boom stage viewing areas are also included. These tickets are available in very limited quantities. For more information on VIP options, please click here.

If I bought a weekend pass or daily ticket, am I automatically admitted to the late-night shows?

These are separately ticketed events. Full details can be found here. Capacity for these events is very limited, so be sure to make plans early.

Can I purchase individual drink tickets or Option 1 for the Bourbon Lodge in advance?

No, individual drink tickets will only be available on site at the Bourbon Lodge. Full memberships are the only option available for purchase in advance.

What delivery options do I have when purchasing a Bourbon Lodge membership in advance?

If you purchase your Bourbon Lodge membership along with your Forecastle festival ticket, your membership voucher will be set to the same delivery method as your festival ticket. For example, if you chose to have your festival tickets mailed, your Bourbon Lodge membership voucher will also be mailed to you. If you purchase your Bourbon Lodge membership separately, you will be able to choose your delivery option (print at home, mail, or shipping). Regular per order delivery charges will apply.

How do I redeem my Bourbon Lodge Membership voucher for my mug and drink tickets?

Mugs and drink tickets will be available for pickup in advance of the festival at the below Louisville Liquor Barn locations the week of the event (Wednesday through Friday). Vouchers can also be redeemed on site at the main merchandise tent during the festival weekend. More information will be emailed directly to Bourbon Lodge Members closer to the festival dates.

  • 4301 Towne Center Drive
    Louisville, Kentucky 40241
    PHONE: (502) 426-4222
  • 1850 S. Hurstbourne Parkway
    Louisville, Kentucky 40220
    PHONE: (502) 491-0753
  • 3420 Fern Valley Road
    Louisville, Kentucky 40219
    PHONE: (502) 968-1666

Lodging

Do you offer special hotel rates?

Yes! Check out our exclusive Forecastle hotel rates here.

Do you offer camping?

  • KOA offers camping within a 3-mile driving distance from Waterfront Park. Please click here for more info. Directions and contact info is as follows:
  • Louisville Metro KOA
    900 Marriott Drive
    Clarksville, IN 47129
    (812) 282-4474

Accessibility

Access Center

Just inside the main entrance to the festival grounds near the Information Booth will be the Access Center. There you can find maps identifying the restricted viewing areas reserved for patrons with mobility limitations (plus one companion). The space in these viewing areas is limited however and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also found at the Access Center are large-print programs as well as one printed in Braille. A power outlet will be available for recharging power wheelchairs. The Access Center can also be used for breastfeeding but there may be more privacy in the Medical tents.

Viewing Areas

There will be slightly elevated, restricted viewing areas near the Mast Stage and the Boom Stage for people with mobility limitations. Stop by the Access Center to pick up the specially identified Access wristband that will allow a patron with a disability plus one companion access into the viewing areas. Please note: having a wristband does NOT guarantee entry to the viewing areas. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first served basis. When capacity is reached the viewing areas will be closed and no one else will be allowed entry.

Seating is mandatory in the viewing areas to allow a clean line of sight for everyone. Chairs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please cooperate with festival staff if asked to make room for additional patrons. There is no smoking in the viewing areas and no saving of seats. Any violation of these policies can result in immediate expulsion from the viewing areas.

Patrons With Mobility Limitations

The festival is held outdoors in a park. There will be a lot of natural terrain to travel over and if it rains it could become muddy. There are sometimes great distances between stages.

Personal assistance, wheelchair pushes, and any type of transportation, including golf cart rides, are NOT provided by the festival. If you require any additional assistance please plan on bringing a companion. Wheelchairs are not available for rent or loan.

Wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and small three or four-wheeled scooters are allowed in the festival. Other power-driven devices will be considered only on a case-by-case basis. A power device should not move faster than a person can walk and extreme care needs to be taken when operating such devices due to the large crowds expected at the festival. Therefore, large, fast and heavy mobility devices are not appropriate in this situation.

Accessible portalets can be found at the end of each row of portalets.

Service Animals

Pets are NOT allowed at the festival however service animals, which are trained to provide assistance to a patron with a disability, are welcome. The owner of the animal may be asked what service the animal provides. A Notice of Responsibility should be filled out by the owner for the service animal. These can be requested from access@forecastlefest.com. Be prepared to show this Notice to the Security Staff when arriving at the festival.

Special Dietary Needs

If a patron has a special dietary restriction, those items will be allowed onto festival grounds if accompanied by a doctor’s note.

Any medically necessary medicine and materials must be in the name of the patron. Your ID will be matched with the label on the items brought to the festival. Please dispose of any medical waste and syringes at the First Aid stations found around the festival grounds. Please do not dispose of them in trash bins.

Parking

There is no parking on-site, however walkable street parking and public parking lots are nearby. Please check the Louisville/Transportation tab on the Forecastle Festival website for a map of parking lots.

Please feel free to contact access@forecastlefest.com with any other questions you may have. We’re looking forward to see you at the festival!

Safety & Medical

If you need medical attention, we will have two medical tents located on-site as well as a medical team at both the Mast stage and Boom stage. If you can’t make it to one of the medical tents or team, grab an event organizer or member of our security staff, and we will assist you.

It’s important to us that everyone take good care of themselves. Please make sure to eat good healthy foods and drink lots of water! All that dancing can take a lot out of you, so take a break if you don’t feel well.