FAQs for the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival

When did the Austin Reggae Festival begin?
The first year of the Austin Reggae Festival was 1994. So the 2018 event marks the 25th anniversary of this amazing event.

What bands have played the Austin Reggae Festival over the last 25 years?
Top dub, roots and ska acts who have performed at the Austin Reggae Festival since the event began in 1987 include The Aggrolites (2013), Akae Beka (2017), Alika (2015), Bunny Wailer (2016), Cartlon Pride (2004), Cas Haley (2012), Collie Buddz (2012), Culture (2008), Dr. Dubbist (2011), Dubtronic Kru (2012), Everton Blender (2014), Easy Star All Stars (2006), Full Service (2008), Grimy Styles (2011), Grupo Fantasma (2012), Inner Circle (2014), Israel Vibration & the Root Raddics Band, (2012), Jesse Royal (2017), Josh Heinrichs (2012), Katchafire (2016), Killer Bees (2001), Lance Herbstrong (2013), Luciano (2008), Lee “Scratch” Perry (2014), The Lions (2013), Mighty Diamonds (2010), Mystic Roots (2012), Qwiksand (2008), Raging Fyah (2016), Rootz Underground (2012), Sierra Leonne Refuge All Stars (2010), The Skatalites (2016), Stranger (2016), Tarrus Riley (2017), Tidal Waves (2012), Tribal Seeds (2011), Taj Weekes (2011), Tribal Nation (2009), The Wailers (2013), Watusi (2004), King Yellowman (2015), and many many many others.

Can I still buy advance tickets for the 2018 event?

Yes, advance tickets for the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival are available until 11:59 pm Central Time on Thursday, April 19.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?
Yes, tickets are available at the gate for $20 per day on Friday, April 20 and Sunday, April 22. For Saturday, April 21, the price at the gate is $30.

Are there still vendor booths open for the 2018 event?
Unfortunately, all vendor booths are sold out for this year.

Are dogs / cats / pets allowed at the Austin Reggae Festival?
Unfortunately not. Only humans who have positive vibes are allowed at the event.

Can I bring food and drink into the event?
No outside food allowed at the Austin Reggae Festival. For full list of what is and isn’t allowed at the event, check here.

Can I leave Auditorium Shores and then re-enter the park?
Only if you have a Three Day Wristband or a VIP Pass. If you only have single day ticket, then you can NOT re-enter Auditorium Shores after you leave the park.

How do I buy a Three Day Wristband so that I can leave and re-enter the Auditorium Shores?
Buy your Three Day Wristband here.

How do I buy VIP Passes?
Find out more about VIP Passes (which gains you access to a shaded seat and the backstage bar) on this page.

Who benefits from ticket proceeds from the Austin Reggae Festival?
The Austin Reggae Festival benefits the Central Texas Food Bank.

Is there overnight camping at Auditorium Shores?
Unfortunately not — all patrons must leave the park when the show ends at 10:00 pm each evening.

Is there still a free shuttle bus?
Yes — on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 only. The free shuttle bus does NOT run on Friday, April 20. Note that for 2018, we have a new shuttle bus pickup location. Read more about parking here.

Where is the new shuttle bus pickup location?
For 2018, the free Austin Reggae Festival shuttle bus pickup location has changed to the TX DOT Riverside Campus at 150 East Riverside Drive. Free shuttle bus only available on Sat, April 21 and Sun, April 22 — there is no free shuttle bus on Fri, April 20. Moreover, the long-time free shuttle bus stop at 4th and Colorado will no longer be serviced.

What are the best parking options for Auditorium Shores?
See parking information on this page.

What can I bring to Auditorium Shores?
For full list of what is and isn’t allowed at the Austin Reggae Festival, check here.

What is the cost for children to attend the 2018 Austin Reggae Festival?
Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or adult.

What kind of beer will you have at this year’s Austin Reggae Festival?
Click here for more information on the beer at this year’s event.

When do gates open?
Gates open at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 20 and at noon on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.

Which bands play on what days?
See the full day-by-day, hour-by-hour lineup here.

Where is Auditorium Shores?
Auditorium Shores is located in downtown Austin at 900 W Riverside Dr, 78704.

Who books the talent?
Angela Tharp of Flamingo Cantina books all the bands.

Will the event be canceled if there is bad weather?
Stay tuned to this website as well as Facebook and Twitter for weather-related updates.

Isn’t there an event for startups that happens about the same time as the Austin Reggae Festival?
Yes, check out the Austin Cannabis Entrepreneur (ACE) Conference on April 19-20 at the Hyatt Regency.

Do you have dates for 2019 yet?
Dates for next year are Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21. So, for next year, 4-20 falls on the Saturday of Austin Reggae Festival.

I have more questions. How do I contact you guys?
Email us at austinreggaefest at gmail dot com.