Welcome to Blue Ox Music Festival!

Blue Ox Music Festival welcomes you to Eau Claire, Wisconsin! We appreciate your interest in our outdoor Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music festival and look forward to helping you create great memories when you join us. Tent Camping is included with all ticket purchases, car and RV camping are available. It’s sure to be the experience of a lifetime! Campground check-in opens at 7:00 AM on Thursday!

This Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music extravaganza will draw visitors from near and far. It’s our goal to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. On this page, you’ll find links to all the information you need in order to be a part of the Blue Ox Music Festival experience. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Tickets for Blue Ox Music Festival 2017 are available now. Check out the different ticketing options below, or go to our box office to purchase! Click here to read our ticket policy.

General Admission

Looking for tickets to Blue Ox Music Festival 2017? General Admission gives you access to entertainment and tent camping in the Whispering Pines Campgrounds. Reserved RV sites are also available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chair, if you wish to sit in the festival bowl, and you are set for the day!  See below for more information.

$2253-DAY GA

2017 General Admission Ticket good for one (1) person to attend all three (3) days of the festival. A 3-Day General Admission Ticket includes tent camping and parking.

Purchase Tickets

$1852-DAY GA

2017 General Admission Ticket good for one (1) person to attend Friday and Saturday of the festival. The Ticket includes a unreserved tent camping and parking in the adjacent lot.



2017 General Admission Ticket good for one (1) person to attend Saturday of the festival. Ticket includes unreserved tent parking in the adjacent lot.


*Taxes & fees will be added during checkout.

*Children 13 & under are free with a paid adult

Whispering Pines


Reserved sites for RVs or campers. Required for vehicles over 10' or tow behind campers.



Allows patron to park a car at your campsite. LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE.


Reserved Electrical Campsites Over 40'. Includes parking for 1 vehicle if your camper does not have a steering wheel.


Reserved Electrical Campsite Under 40'. Includes parking for 1 vehicle if your camper does not have a steering wheel.

EZ Pay

We make getting tickets…EASIER!

A little short on cash? With EZ Pay, you can buy your tickets now, and split the bill into 4 payments.

The first payment is due when your order is placed, and equal payments will be charged to your card each month on the date of your original purchase purchase. IE if you purchase on the 25th, the remaining charges will be billed on the 25th of each month. Once your order is paid in full, your tickets will be emailed to you from

NOTICE: If we are unable to charge your card on file for whatever reason, we will first try and contact you to get up-to-date credit card information. After two months of non-payment, your tickets will be forfeited and you will not be reimbursed for the first payment.

ALL EZ Pay orders must be paid in full before June 3rd. The number of payment periods available may be altered to ensure your tickets are paid before this date.

Consumer Warning
Blue Ox Music Festival® uses bar code scanning for ticket admissions. As a result, fans should be careful when purchasing tickets and should make sure the seller is a Blue Ox Music Festival® licensed contractor, otherwise, you may be purchasing a ticket that is invalid and will be denied admission.

Elevate is the ONLY authorized ticketing agent outside of the Blue Ox Music Festival® Box Office. If you purchase tickets from an unauthorized agent in the secondary market (Scalper, Ticket Broker, eBay, Craigslist, etc.), you risk purchasing counterfeit or invalid tickets.


Eau Claire Wisconsin has several great hotel options that are close by the festival grounds. We have partnered with the Hampton Inn as the preferred hotel for Blue Ox Festival attendees. Click below to view reservation details. If you would prefer to camp, please click here to view our campsite options.

Hampton Inn

Book your room here! Just off I-94, Hampton Inn Eau Claire offers a warm welcome to their hotel in Eau Claire—a charming city where an old-fashioned sense of community nestles in the natural beauty of Eau Claire County. Relax in a Hampton Inn Eau Claire guest room, which boasts a clean and fresh Hampton bed®. Accessible rooms have lowered amenities for your comfort. Stay connected from your room or from the lobby, where you’ll enjoy free coffee, with free WiFi access throughout this Eau Claire hotel.




  • 3 Days – $30.00 per person
  • 1 Day – $12.00 per person
  • Price good for unlimited rides
  • Pay driver at time of pick up
  • Click Here for hotel shuttle list


  • Please be waiting promptly at the above times.
  • Buses will return to all locations after close of last show.
  • No buses will leave unless full from 9PM to close of last show.
  • During weather-related emergencies, bus schedule may change.
  • We will only be serving the hotels on our schedule this year.
  • All buses are non-smoking.

Site Map


We look forward to seeing you at Blue Ox!

Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office issues all traffic restrictions and re-routing policies for the festival.
For up-to-the-minute traffic information and more, please visit the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office website.



ADA Accessibility Information

  • ADA Accessible Parking

    ADA accessible parking is available in the parking area.

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  • Is ADA accessible camping available?

    All Blue Ox campsites are considered to be ADA accessible. The campgrounds are considered primitive and different areas of the grounds include hills and other unstable ground. Traversing the campgrounds may be challenging in certain areas. Please notify festival staff if you will require a site that is close to the festival area prior to the festival.

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  • Is ADA accessible seating available?

    While our entire concert bowl is considered ADA accessible, we do not have an area specifically set aside for seating. There is no seating at this festival. You can bring a chair into the festival bowl and place it in the chair friendly area.

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Camping FAQs

  • How do I get my gear to my campsite without my car?

    You can drive to your campsite and drop off your camping gear before you park your car. You will also be able to drive back to your campsite on Sunday to pack up.

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  • Do electrical sites include admission?

    No, electrical sites are an add-on item. If you purchase an electrical site you will also need to purchase a General Admission ticket to enter the campground/festival ground. Your electric site does include one vehicle parking sticker.

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  • Can I park my vehicle at my campsite?

    Yes, but you will need to purchase a car camping pass and your vehicle must fit within your designated camping space. If you exit the campground at any time with this vehicle, you will NOT be allowed to re-enter Whispering Pines Campground. You MUST park in General Parking in Whispering Fields without refund of car camping pass. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. The general parking area in Whispering Fields is free and available for anyone who hasn't purchased a car camping pass. Your car may come and go from the parking area as needed.

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  • Are RVs/pop-up campers allowed?

    Yes! However, you will need to purchase an RV/Camper campsite which is a reserved site in a designated area. If you need an electrical site you will need to purchase an electrical site. For safety reasons, your RV will need to stay in the campground for the duration of the festival. If you purchase an RV/Camper site you can park one unit with a steering wheel within your allotted space. If your RV leaves the grounds at any time you will need to park in the Whispering Fields parking upon re-entrance.

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  • Can I sleep in my vehicle?

    Yes, but if you plan to use your vehicle as a sleeping unit, you will need to purchase a car camping pass in addition to your festival admission pass. There is only a limited number car camping passes available. For the safety of yourself and other patrons, we can not have traffic in the campgrounds. Your car must remained parked at your site at all times.

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  • Will there be family camping available?

    Yes. We will have an area set aside specifically for family camping. The curfew will be strictly enforced in this area. If you wish to camp in the family camping area, simply follow the signs upon your arrival. Make sure you get there early to ensure a site in this area, sites are limited!

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  • Can I leave and re-enter the campgrounds?

    You may exit and return to the general parking area of the campgrounds. However, if your vehicle with a car pass exits the campground at any time, you will required to park in General Parking in Whispering Fields upon your return. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

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  • What are the camping check-in hours?

    Whispering Pines Campground check-in times are Thursday and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ALL campers arriving Saturday may camp in Whispering Fields and check-in is 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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  • When does the campground open?

    The campgrounds open to check-in at 7 a.m. each day of the festival.

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  • Are pets allowed?

    We’re sorry, but for the safety of your pet and other festival attendees, pets are not allowed.

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  • Can I have a fire at my campsite?

    All fires must be contained within a metal or stone fire ring, limited quantities are available in the campgrounds. If you want to be guaranteed a fire ring you should bring one. Local burning restrictions will be enforced during the festival. Restrictions can change daily and will be enforced.

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  • How many people can camp at my campsite?

    As long as everyone has a ticket to the event, and you are not encroaching on your neighbor's space you can use your entire campsite to accommodate your group.

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General FAQs

  • Is smoking allowed?

    Although smoking is allowed, please be considerate of your neighbors. Security may ask you to refrain from smoking if it bothers those around you. You MUST follow the Security Staff’s instructions– which may include not smoking when in the crowd.

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  • What should I bring in with me?

    Blue Ox is an outdoor music festival. The event is rain or shine; you may want to bring a jacket or sunscreen, appropriate shoes, and bug spray. You can bring in an empty container to be filled with water inside the gates. You may also bring a camera. NO video recording equipment is allowed. All items carried into the festival gates will be subject to search by Blue Ox Security. No food or beverage carry-ins are allowed in the concert bowl. NO PETS ARE ALLOWED.

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  • What time do the festival gates open?

    The Main Camping Gates open daily at 7:00 am. The festival bowl gate hours are Thursday 4:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00 am.

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  • What can I do when there isn't music?

    There is Yoga free to all patrons Friday and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Bring your mat and stretch out before your day of dancing. Food vendors will open at 8 a.m. each day. Enjoy extra time with your campsite neighbors.

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  • Is the festival kid friendly?

    There are child friendly activities at the Family Stage during the day that include crafts and entertainment. There is also an open area for other yard games. Children 13 and under are admitted free to the festival.

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  • How do I get to Blue Ox?

    The Blue Ox Music Festival is located at 5024 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54703. Get driving directions to the Blue Ox festival grounds. There are local shuttles available from Eau Claire to the festival grounds if you are not staying in the campgrounds.

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  • Who is playing at Blue Ox?
  • Can a General Admission pass be used for different people on different days?

    All General Admission passes are for 1 person only. You will redeem your ticket at the gates and receive a wristband that you will need to keep on for the entire festival. Lost or broken wristbands will not be replaced. Single day tickets for Saturday are available for purchase for those wishing to come on Saturday only.

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  • When does the festival gate open?

    The gates will open at 4:30 pm on Thursday (June 8th) and 10:00 am Friday (June 9th) and Saturday (June 10th). Gate times may subject to change.

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  • Are carry-ins into the festival allowed?

    Carry-ins are not allowed into the concert bowl at the Blue Ox Music Festival. However, you are encouraged to bring an EMPTY mug/water bottle to fill at one of our water stations throughout the day. All bags are subject to search at the concert bowl entrance.

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  • Can I take pictures?

    Yes, you may take pictures during the event.

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  • Are pets allowed?

    We’re sorry, but for the safety of your pet and other festival attendees, pets are not allowed.

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  • Do I need to bring a chair?

    Chairs will not be provided for you. If you would like to sit, you may bring a lawn chair for general admission seating, but it is not required. You may also bring a blanket to sit on the ground, or stand.

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  • How do I get children’s tickets?

    Good news! Children 13 and under are free with a paid adult. Anyone over 13 years of age will be required to pay full-price.

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  • How much is daily parking?

    Parking is complimentary for all ticket holders in the parking area adjacent to Whispering Pines campground.

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  • When will the line-up be updated?

    The line-up is updated as soon as we sign an artists to perform. Announcement will be made throughout the year.

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  • Where can I purchase Blue Ox tickets?

    You can order tickets online, or stop by the Blue Ox office during business hours at 1711 S Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54701. If you need assistance with your order, you can also order tickets over the phone by calling 715.839.7500.

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Ticket FAQs

  • Will this ticket be accepted for the event?

    The ticket you receive from Blue Ox Music Festival and Fesitval Ticket and print is a valid, legitimate ticket. Make sure you keep it in a safe place like you would cash and protect it just like you would any other ticket! If any copies are made of the ticket, only the first scan of the barcode will be allowed entry. If more than one copy were to arrive, the barcode scanner will alert the attendant that the ticket has already been scanned.

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  • What if I lost my ticket?

    If you lose your ticket, we are able to redeem it through our system at the gates. If the ticket was won in a contest, promotion, or given to you for free, we will not be able to look it up and redeem it and you will need to purchase a new ticket. Lost wristbands will not be replaced under any circumstances, you will need to purchase another ticket.

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  • What if I experience problems printing my ticket or other problems?

    If you have not received your tickets via e-mail, check your junk email for an email from festivalticketing. You can also contact Blue Ox at 715-839-7500. Please explain what happened and we will help you with your order.

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  • Will ticket prices go up?

    Yes, prices increase a couple different times each year. Prices are higher at the festival gates every year. Prices may increase at any time.

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  • Where can I purchase Blue Ox tickets?

    You can order tickets online, or stop by the Blue Ox office during business hours at 1711 S Hastings Way, Eau Claire, WI 54701. If you need assistance with your order, you can also order tickets over the phone by calling 715.839.7500.

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