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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. It is our goal to provide a fan-centric festival experience that is welcoming and approachable for people of all ages and walks of life. In addition to the music held across three stages Blue Ox offers a variety of other activities throughout the day including musician workshops, yoga, disc golf, and children’s programming. Food and beverage options feature a variety of local and regional food trucks, breweries, wineries, ciders, and craft distilleries. Both the festival and campgrounds are family owned and operated by a team with over 30 years of music festival experience.

Over the past five years the Blue Ox Music Festival has featured artists such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Greensky Bluegrass, The Sam Bush Band, Peter Rowan, Drive by Truckers, The Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings, Margo Price, 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. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Blue-Ox-Hotels

We partner with select hotels in the Eau Claire area to get you the guaranteed best rates during festival weekend.  Our preferred hotel is the Hampton Inn as it is also one of the closest hotels to the Blue Ox Music Festival. If you plan to stay in a hotel during Blue Ox 2020, we suggest that you book early as rooms will be in high demand June 11-13th, 2020 and may be sold out if you wait until the last minute.

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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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

  • 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. Whispering Pines 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 campsite to drop off your camping gear when you arrive on Saturday. You must park your car in the free overflow parking area located in Whispering Fields and walk your camping gear to your campsite.  You will be able to drive back to your campsite on Sunday to pack up.

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  • 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. This will be allowed on Thursday only. 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.

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  • Can I park my vehicle at my unreserved campsite?

    Yes, but you will need to purchase a car camping pass. 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 overflow parking in Whispering Fields without refund of car camping pass. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. The overflow parking areas are located both on the North and West ends of the property as well as the adjacent Whispering Fields. Overflow parking is free and available for anyone who hasn't purchased a car camping pass. Your car may come and go from the Whispering Fields 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. 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 will also be non-family quiet camping areas new for 2020. 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?

    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  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. 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 Whispering 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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General FAQs

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

    Our lineup typically does not come out until December - January each year. Join our email list and follow us on social media for updates! View our full lineup online

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  • Can a General Admission pass be used for different people on different days?

    All General Admission passes are for 1 person only, tampering with or sharing wristbands is not permitted. 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 bowl open?

    The gates will open at 4:30 pm on Thursday, 10:00 am on Friday and 10:00 am on Saturday . Gate times subject to change.

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  • What is allowed in the festival bowl?

    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. Reasonably sized shade tents (under 4 foot tall) are allowed along the rear perimeter of the festival area, larger pop-up style tents/EZ-Ups are NOT allowed. Chairs are also allowed in designated areas. All Items brought into the festival area must be removed by the end of the day. Blue Ox is not liable for any items left and they will be removed by staff. 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. Qualified service animals are 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. 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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  • 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. Announcements will be made throughout the year.

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  • Where can I purchase Blue Ox tickets?

    Tickets are available online, or at one of our multiple ticket outlet locations (TBA for the 2020 festival). Blue Ox Music Festival Office: 5024 Crescent Ave in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In addition tickets are available for purchase at Pert Near Sandstone shows by visiting their band merchandise table.

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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. Whispering Pines 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 campsite to drop off your camping gear when you arrive on Saturday. You must park your car in the free overflow parking area located in Whispering Fields and walk your camping gear to your campsite.  You will be able to drive back to your campsite on Sunday to pack up.

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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 multiple ticket outlet locations (TBA for the 2020 festival). Blue Ox Music Festival Office: 5024 Crescent Ave in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In addition tickets are available for purchase at Pert Near Sandstone shows by visiting their band merchandise table.

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Vendor FAQs

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