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Boise Music Festival FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About the Summer’s Biggest Concert

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You’ve fought through the phone lines or hung out with us on the streets to get your Boise Music Festival tickets.  Your outfit for Saturday is picked out.  But what time do gates open at Boise Music Festival? What can you bring with you? We’ve got all the answers you need!

What time do gates open for Boise Music Festival at Expo Idaho?

Boise Music Festival is a day full of live music! Come early to check out the four stages of local bands! Gates open at 10 a.m.!

I have a wedding reception in the middle of Boise Music Festival.  Can I leave Expo Idaho and get back in?

Yes! Boise Music Festival allows re-entry until 4:30 p.m. Getting there late? The last first time entry will be allowed through the gates until 8:30 p.m.

Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media
Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media

My boss gave me the day off at the last minute.  Can I still buy a Boise Music Festival ticket at the gate?

Yes! Pit Passes, Cool Zone Tickets and General Admission Boise Music Festival tickets will be on-sale at the Expo Idaho box office on Saturday.  The Pit Passes and Cool Zone Tickets are premium seats, so there is a limited number available.  Know a few days ahead of time that you still need your tickets? Get our BMF Combo Pack with a ticket to the Roaring Springs Pre-BMF Pool Party on Thursday, June 21 and general admission ticket for BMF for just $20! (That’s two parties for the price of one and it saves you $5 on your BMF ticket.  Buy those HERE!)

Do my kids need tickets to Boise Music Festival?

Depends how old they are! Kids 12 and under can get into BMF without a ticket.

Can I bring my dog with me?

Expo Idaho does not allow pets of any type on their grounds with the exception of authorized service animals.

How much does parking cost at Expo Idaho?

Parking at Expo Idaho is FREE! The lots fill early, so the earlier you get there, the better chance you have at getting a parking spot!

Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media
Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media

Any shuttles to the concert available?

Boise Music Festival is not running shuttles this year.  We suggest using a ride share service to get to the festival.  There will be pick-up/drop-off zones for ride share drivers to easily drop you off.  That’s traditionally been by Hawks Stadium just past Gate C!

I just found out there’s a carnival at Boise Music Festival! How do I get the ride all day wristbands for my kiddos?

There’s a couple ways! You can buy your carnival wristbands online HERE until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 22 for $30! They’ll also be available on the mid-way at Boise Music Festival at a slightly more expensive price point.  The wristbands DO NOT get you into BMF.  You’ll still need a GA ticket to get to the carnival.  Don’t have one yet? Get the Carnival Combo pass for $45 (it includes your $30 carnival wristband and a discounted $15 BMF GA ticket) HERE!

What do I get with a Pit Pass?

Pit Passes presented by Pioneer Federal Credit Union give you a chance to get up close and personal view of Robin Thicke, Echosmith, Mat Kearney, Granger Smith, Parmalee and Baby Bash! It’s a standing room only area similar to being in the first twenty rows at a concert that doesn’t have a reserved area like this.  This ticket gets you into all the GA access areas of the festival as well.

Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media
Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media

How about the Cool Zone?

It’s a 21+ area with reserves seating just to the right of the main stage. It’s got tents and tables to keep you cool, a free trip to the buffet to keep you from getting hungry and two free drinks.  It opens at 1 p.m.

Can I bring a lawn chair with me?

Low back lawn chairs are permitted.  (And if you bring one of those Hangout Bags, please show us the easy way to fill them up!)  No pop-up tents or umbrellas are permitted inside the venue.

How about a cooler and some snacks?

Sorry, no coolers or outside food/drink are allowed through the gates at Boise Music Festival with the exception of factory-sealed, never been opened bottled water.  You may bring an empty water bottle to fill inside the venue. For a complete list of what you can and cannot bring into Boise Music Festival please click HERE.

Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media
Michelle Heart, Townsquare Media

What time does the live music start?

Music on the local stages begins at 11 a.m.  The Commercial Tire Main Stage comes alive at 1:30 p.m.

Speaking of the main stage, when does everyone go on?

  • 1:30 p.m. – Mat Kearney
  • 2:45 p.m. – Parmalee
  • 4:15 p.m. – Baby Bash
  • 5:30 p.m. – Echosmith
  • 6:45 p.m. – Granger Smith ft Earl Dibbles Jr.
  • 8:30 p.m. – Robin Thicke

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