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Welcome to Blue Ox Music Festival!

The Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin was founded in 2015 with the vision of an intimate Bluegrass and Americana music experience. Both the festival and campgrounds are family owned and operated by a team with over 30 years of music festival experience. It is our goal to provide a fan-centric festival experience that is welcoming and approachable for people of all ages. Blue Ox features over 35 artists spread across 3 days on three stages and on-site camping.

Blue Ox Experience/Activities:

  • The Soul Sanctuary: A wellness tent featuring yoga, sonic Ceremony, sound healing, meditation, breathwork, reiki and more.
  • Instrument Workshops: Learn more about Bluegrass, Americana, Roots and traditional string genres of music from instructors who are musicians themselves.
  • Potluck Pickin Area: Bring your instruments and meetup with fellow musicians for campground jam sessions hosted by the Potluck String Band.
  • Late Night Sets: Enjoy music on Backwoods Stage, located in the heart of the campground, after the headliner closes each night.
  • Family Stage Entertainment: Children activities provided by Boats and Bluegrass
  • On-site 9-Hole Disc Golf Course
  • Regional Food Trucks/Vendors & Hardgood/Craft Vendors
  • Beverage Options: An assortment of beer, liquor, wine and non-alcoholic beverage options. (2022 TBA)
  • Art Installations: An assortment of unique and engaging art created and installed by regional artists spread around the campground and within the festival bowl.

Over the past few years the Blue Ox Music Festival has featured artists such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Greensky Bluegrass, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Shakey Graves, The Sam Bush Band, Peter Rowan, Drive by Truckers, Molly Tuttle, The Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings, Leftover Salmon, Margo Price, The Infamous Stringdusters, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Devil Makes Three, Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, Tyler Childers, Son Volt and many more…

On this page, you’ll find all of the information you need in order to make your time here as enjoyable as possible. Blue Ox Music Festival will be working with Eau Claire City-County Health Officials keeping up with best practices and recommendations to mitigate risk from COVID-19. Read more about COVID-19 Safety HERE

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Blue-Ox-Hotels

Our festival is located just a few miles from multiple Eau Claire hotels, some of which are also on our shuttle schedule.

View our partner Hotels HERE.  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.

Shuttles

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SHUTTLES AVAILABLE FOR BLUE OX MUSIC FESTIVAL ONLY

NOT AVAILABLE FOR CAMPOUT IN THE PINES EVENTS

Price

  • 3 Days – $30/person
  • 1 Day – $15/person
  • EXACT CASH ONLY
  • Price good for unlimited rides
  • Pay driver at time of pick up
  • Reservations are NOT needed

View Shuttle Bus Schedule HERE

Right Way Shuttle Service (715) 210-6791

Rules

  • Please be waiting promptly at the listed times on the Shuttle Schedule
  • Buses will return to all locations after close of last main stage show.
  • No buses will leave unless full from 9PM to close of last main stage 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

Directions

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.

FAQs

ADA Accessibility Information

  • Are Service Animals Allowed?

    Yes, service animals are allowed with proper identification.

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  • ADA Accessible Parking

    Limited ADA accessible parking is available in the fields 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 arrival at 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

  • Do you have showers?

    Yes. We have a permanent shower building on-site. Showers are free to all campers.

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  • What's Allowed or Prohibited in the Campground

    The following are ALLOWED in the campgrounds: Food and drink (including alcohol), portable camping grill, wagons, campfires but must be contained and attended at all times. The following are NOT ALLOWED in the campground: NO pets (even small ones), NO glass containers, NO fireworks, Tikki torches, weapons, kegs or drones. NO golf carts, boats, power scooters or dirt bikes. NO illegal substances. NO vending (sharing, yes. Selling, No)  

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  • Can I camp in a tent on my Reserved Site?

    Yes, tents are allowed. The main requirement is that you stay within the bounds of your Reserved Campsite.

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  • Can I camp with my 1-day ticket?

    Those with a Saturday 1-day ticket can camp Saturday night into Sunday. Campground check-in on Saturday* is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *You will not be able to drive your car to your unreserved campsite to drop off your camping gear when you arrive on Saturday; even with a car camping pass. You must park your car in the free overflow parking area located in the Fields and walk your camping gear to your campsite.  Packing a wagon will make this process easier. All tent campers will be able to drive back to your campsite on Sunday to pack up. *Camp access is NOT included with 1-Day Thursday or 1-Day Friday tickets.

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

    You are allowed to drop off your belongings at your campsite in General Unreserved Camping until 7:00PM on Thursday of the festival. After this time, people who DO NOT possess a Car Camping Pass will be directed to overflow fields parking and will have to cart/walk their belongings to their campsite. A car camping pass does not give you in and out privileges, however if you need to leave the grounds you may do so. Upon your return you may drive back to where you were parked in General Unreserved Camping. NO vehicle traffic allowed after 8:00PM in The Pines Camping Area (Unreserved GA/Family, Family Reserved, Pines Reserved and Electric Reserved). All tent campers will 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.

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  • Can I park my vehicle at my unreserved campsite?

    Yes, but you will need to purchase a car camping pass. People who do not possess a Car Camping Pass will be directed to overflow fields parking and will have to cart/walk their belongings to their campsite. A car camping pass does not give you in and out privileges, however if you need to leave the grounds you may do so. Upon your return you may drive back to where you were parked in General Unreserved Camping. NO vehicle traffic allowed after 8:00PM in The Pines Camping Area (Unreserved GA/Family, Family Reserved, Pines Reserved and Electric Reserved).

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  • Will a water fill or pumping service be available for my RV?

    No. Please come prepared. Thank you

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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. Please make sure you purchase a site that can accommodate your camping units and vehicles, Blue Ox offers sites of various sizes with the largest reserved sites located in the new Prairie Reserved Camping area.

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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 12AM 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! There is also a non-family quiet camping area in the general unreserved section. If you are not staying with young children we encourage you to explore this option, since space in the family camping area fills up quickly.

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  • Can I leave and re-enter the campgrounds?

    A car camping pass/reserved campsite does not give you in and out privileges, however if you need to leave the grounds you may do so. Upon your return you may drive back to where you were parked in General Unreserved Camping or back to your reserved campsite. NO vehicle traffic allowed after 8:00PM in The Pines Camping Area (Unreserved GA/Family, Family Reserved, Pines Reserved and Electric Reserved). If you do not have a reserved campsite or car camping pass then you will be directed to park in the Fields Overflow lot.

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  • What are the camping check-in hours?

    Campground check-in times are Thursday  7:00 a.m. to Midnight, Friday 9:00 a.m. to Midnight. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Those with a reserved campsite (Electric, Pines, Family, Fields, Prairie RV, Prairie Tent or Glamping) will be able to move in 1-day early (Wednesday) and will receive sign up information via email closer to the festival dates. If you are arriving on Saturday, you will not be able to drive your car to your campsite to drop off your camping gear. You must park your car in the free overflow parking area located in the Fields and walk your camping gear to your campsite.  All tent campers will be able to drive back to your campsite on Sunday to pack up.

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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. Qualified service animals are 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 spread throughout the campgrounds. If you want to be guaranteed a fire ring you should bring your own. 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 on my reserved 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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Festival Bowl FAQs

  • What form of payment do you accept for food and drink?

    The Beer Tent and Blue Ox lodge only accepts cash so please come prepared. There will be an ATM on site if you need this. Most Food vendors accept cash only, some also accept card.

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  • What's NOT allowed in the festival bowl?

    All items carried into the festival gates are subject to search by Blue Ox Security. All items must be removed from the bowl at the end of the day. The following items are NOT ALLOWED! NO carry-in food or beverage, including alcohol (factory sealed water bottles are ok). NO PETS ALLOWED (even small ones). NO large EZ-UP/pop-up tents over 4ft tall (small shade structures are ok but must be set up at the rea of the bowl and removed at the end of the day). NO glass containers, NO fireworks, Tikki torches, weapons, kegs or drones. NO golf carts, boats, power scooters or dirt bikes. NO illegal substances.

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  • What's allowed in the festival bowl?

    All items carried into the festival gates are subject to search by Blue Ox Security. All items must be removed from the bowl at the end of the day. Blue Ox is not liable for any items left and they will be removed by staff. The following items are ALLOWED! Factory sealed water bottles, Empty hydration packs, Empty refillable water bottles. Backpacks, purses, fanny packs. Chairs, but must be set up in designated area behind the sound tent and removed at the end of the day. Small shade structures under 4ft tall allowed along the rear perimeter but must be removed at the end of the day. Blankets, wagons and kids strollers allowed.

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  • 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 time do the festival gates open?

    The festival/concert bowl gate hours are Thursday 4:30 pm, Friday 10:00 am and Saturday 10:00 am. The Campground entrance gate hours are: Thursday 7:00AM - midnight, Friday 9:00AM - midnight, Saturday 10:00AM - 11:00PM

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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. Small shade tents under 4 feet in height are allowed in the rear of the viewing area, please NO large popup tents/EZ-Ups.

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General FAQs

Hotels & Motels

Safety

  • COVID-19

    Blue Ox Music Festival will be working with Eau Claire City-County Health Officials keeping up with best practices and recommendations to mitigate risk from COVID-19. We are hopeful that 2022 resembles a more normal year in relation to the ongoing pandemic, and further action is unnecessary. But these decisions will be made at an appropriate time nearer to the event. *Refunds/Rollovers will ONLY be available for the 2022 Blue Ox Music Festival if the event is forced to be cancelled due to COVID-19 related Public Health Policy. Entry policy is subject to change. Read more about COVID-19 Safety HERE

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Ticket FAQs

  • Can I camp with my 1-day ticket?

    Those with a Saturday 1-day ticket can camp Saturday night into Sunday. Campground check-in on Saturday* is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. *You will not be able to drive your car to your unreserved campsite to drop off your camping gear when you arrive on Saturday; even with a car camping pass. You must park your car in the free overflow parking area located in the Fields and walk your camping gear to your campsite.  Packing a wagon will make this process easier. All tent campers will be able to drive back to your campsite on Sunday to pack up. *Camp access is NOT included with 1-Day Thursday or 1-Day Friday tickets.

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  • Will this ticket be accepted for the event?

    The only way to know that you are getting a genuine ticket is to purchase online from the Blue Ox Music Festival or through one of our ticket outlets. Make sure you keep your ticket in a safe place as 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, ticket prices increase a couple different times each year after the initial on-sale date. Each price level is available in limited quantities. Once the price level is sold out, tickets will continue to be sold at the next price level, while supplies last.

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  • Where can I purchase Blue Ox tickets?

    Tickets are available online, or at one of our ticket outlet locations (2022 locations TBD).  

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Vendor FAQs

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