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Quite simply, Louisville’s Waterfront Park is one of the most stunning urban landscapes to host a major music festival. Designated as one of the Top Ten Urban Parks in the nation by the Urban Land Institute, it attracts more than 1.5 million visitors per year. And for Forecastle, the setting along the Ohio River, with the Louisville skyline as a stunning backdrop, it makes for an unbelievable visual experience, no matter who’s on stage. Each day of the festival, gates will open at 12:30PM, while the music will begin at 1:30PM and conclude at 11:00PM.

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  • Eco Vessel Hydration Stations

    FREE fill-ups are back! Two conveniently located Eco Vessel Hydration Stations will provide fresh, filtered water on site to all patrons, free of charge. Just bring an empty, refillable bottle of your own or snag a limited edition Forecastle Festival Eco Vessel bottle at the merch stands or beverage stations. It’s going to be warm out there, so stay hydrated!

  • Complimentary Bike Valet

    We strongly encourage patrons to cycle, which saves money and reduces your carbon footprint and impact on the environment. We are proud to offer a complimentary Bike Valet presented by MailChimp to all travelers who choose to ride instead of drive. In addition, just by parking your bike with us, you’ll be automatically entered to win a free bike, courtesy of Louisville’s own Parkside Bikes!

  • Eno Hammocks

    Eagle’s Nest Outfitters is a movement bringing hammocks mainstream. Conveniently dispersed throughout the festival grounds, take a rest in some of the ENO hammocks we’ll have set up for your usage – the perfect place to recharge for your weekend of music.

  • PlugGo Mobile Charging Stations

    Looking to keep your phone fully charged all day? PlugGo’s got you covered! Located on the Boom Stage lawn, they’ll be dishing out chargers all day for a small deposit, which you then either return or keep! Check out for more information.

  • Seating Areas

    We all need a break now and then, and since we’re conveniently located in one of Kentucky’s most beloved parks, there are plenty of places to kick back and relax, all the while soaking in the sights and sounds of Forecastle. Rest your feet a minute before hitting the stage circuit again!

  • Personal Storage Lockers

    This year at Forecastle, keep yourself light on your feet by using one of our lockers to stow your personal items. Entertainment Lockers will be providing safe, secure, and easy storage which you can access at any time during festival hours! When you reserve a locker online, you will receive an email 24 hours before the fest containing your locker location, locker number, and lock combination so you can simply find and use your locker without limitation. Book yours today!

  • Sober Sailing

    We’re proud to announce Sober Sailing, a group of passionate music fans who choose to remain drug and alcohol free at the festival. Sober Sailing is not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or any other 12-step organization. It’s just a group of friends gathering to offer each other support—and some traction in an otherwise slippery environment. The group will host formal meetings  twice daily Friday-Sunday, at their booth (times TBA closer to the festival). Look for the yellow balloons and friendly faces at the Sober Sailing information table.