Roots N Blues Festival Map
First Launched in 2007, The Festival features over 30 artists representing the genres of roots, blues, gospel, country, folk, bluegrass, rock, and soul. The line up includes international, national, regional and local artists. American Blues Scene Magazine called it “One of the most prominent festivals in the country!” As well as live music, fans enjoy delicious BBQ from local and regional vendors. The Festival includes a kick-off event Thursday night, a ½ Marathon, 5K and 10K race on Saturday morning and a Sunday Gospel Celebration. The Festival is a fun, true, and unique celebration of music, food and culture.
It’s easy! Our ticketing partner, Ticketfly, makes it simple for you to have your tickets in an instant. Order tickets online or over the phone at 877-987-6487 for an additional fee.
Can’t find your tickets, receipt, or still have questions?
Box Office Coordinator, Erika Hammerschmidt
Tickets are available online and at the MSA/GPC Student Box Office located at the MU Student Center. Student and Faculty discounts will be offered for Mizzou students starting August 17. Ticket prices will only be offered at the MSA Student Box Office with a valid student/faculty ID.
All fees are applied online, in our box offices and at the ticket gate.
*While General Admission is free and open for children 12 and under, The Roots N Blues Whole Hog VIP experience caters to adults. An additional $50 VIP ticket will need to be purchased for children ages 2-12 that accompany adults in the VIP areas. Fans over the age of 12 must purchase a full price VIP ticket to be admitted into the VIP areas.
Roots N Blues has gone cashless! Instead of paying with cash or card at festival vendors, you’ll simply use your pre-loaded wristband to pay. Check out our cashless page for more information on why cashless will improve your festival experience, how it all works and how to get started with registering your wristband.
FREE Festival Shuttles will be running round trips to and from Downtown Columbia. Park in any of the downtown parking garages and hop on the shuttle to be transported directly to the festival gates. Shuttles start 1 hour before gates open each day. Parking in Garages is free after 6pm on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. ADA Accessible buses are available.
The City of Columbia will be running Go COMO for FREE all festival weekend! Ride from your house, hotel, or another location, we’ve got stops all over the city! Get the complete Go COMO or route specific maps here. Call (573) 874-7282 for free, individualized trip planning. All Go COMO buses are ADA Accessible.
Late Night Trips Home: Meet your bus at the gate and don’t worry about transferring buses! For the last trip of the night (ONLY), all routes will pick up at the Riechmann Pavilion after the last performance.
To support our sustainability efforts, check out the GetAbout bike map and take one of the routes to the festival. Then, park your bike in our free secure bike parking at the festival entrance.
Bike maps can be found at all local bike shops and at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Office located at 1 S. 7th St in downtown Columbia. For bike safety and tips, read GetAbout Columbia’s A Guide To Your Ride.
The festival entrance is only about a mile from downtown. That’s a leisurely 16 minute walk. Follow Walnut Street East all the way to the festival and be sure to use the cross walks for safety.
Maps can also be found at all local bike shops and Columbia Parks and Recreation, located at 1 S. 7th St. Please be sure to follow all traffic laws and bike safely! For tips, read GetAbout Columbia’s A Guide To Your Ride.
Individuals seeking re-entry will need to wear and present their valid day-of or weekend wristband to enter. Wristbands that have been tampered with are not considered valid. Damaged, lost, or stolen wristbands will not be replaced or allowed entry.
The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Roots N Blues N BBQ:
*All fans are subject to search by festival security upon entry.
All camping chairs must be removed from cases before entering the festival.
We don’t allow outside food or beverages to be brought in to the festival, but there will be a FREE water filling station located at the east end of the row of food vendors. Refillable water bottles are encouraged, but please be sure to bring them in empty. Other beverages will be available for purchase at festival bars and from vendors.
Find more information about what’s happening in Columbia at www.visitcolumbiamo.com
Tuesday, September 25 – Family Night at Flat Branch Park, featuring Jim Valley
FREE, FAMILY- FRIENDLY EVENT
Wednesday, September 26 – New York based Comedian & Juggler, Marcus Monroe
Supported by local folk duo, The Burney Sisters
FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT!
Thursday, September 27 – May it Last: A portrait of the Avett Brothers
Contact: Erika Hammerschmit at BoxOffice@rootsnbluesnbbq.com
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Foundation has brought joy and music education to thousands of children by providing the Blues in the Schools program. Students have the opportunity to write and perform with award-winning guest musicians and internationally recognized music educators in their classrooms.
For more information on The Roots N Blues Foundation or Blues in the Schools, please check out our website, missouribits.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our other sustainability projects!
Firstly, it is a rain or shine show, so the show will go on! If the weather gets too bad and we have to delay the festival, we will be shuttling people to Boone Hospital. We will be keeping track of the weather for you & there will be announcements on the stage if necessary. There will be volunteers who will direct you to the shuttles. Be sure to download the official Roots N Blues N BBQ mobile app to keep up with any delays and urgent information. Click here to download: Google Play & iTunes. Also, make sure to download the KOMU Weather App to keep updated with all the current weather conditions.
FREE Festival Shuttles will be running round trips to and from The District in Downtown Columbia. Park in any of the downtown parking garages and hop on the shuttle to be transported directly to the festival gates. Shuttles start 1 hour before gates open each day. Parking in Garages are free after 6pm on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. ADA Accessible buses are available. Free Shuttles will run from 3:30pm – 12:00am on Friday, 10:30am – 12:00am on Saturday & 10:30am – 9:00pm on Sunday. Please a
To support our sustainability efforts, check out the City of Columbia’s bike map and take one of the routes to the festival. Then, park your bike in our free secure bike parking at the festival entrance.
Bike maps can be found at all local bike shops and at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Office located at 1 S. 7th St in The District. For bike safety and tips, read GetAbout Columbia’s A Guide To Your Ride.
The festival entrance is only about a mile from The District. That’s a leisurely 16-minute walk. Follow Walnut Street East all the way to the festival and be sure to use the cross walks for safety.
Use the Uber or Lyft app to get a ride to and from the Festival. The Uber and Lyft drop off & pick up location will be in the Stephens Lake Parking Lot.
There is a taxi stand just for those of you who want to get your own ride home. It is located across Walnut from the Festival entrance, on Divot Street.
Stay at one of our preferred sponsor hotels. Click on the hotels below for more info and to book.
Go COMO will be running free shuttles to the festival! Shuttles will be stopping at regular posted bus stops, many of which are near our preferred hotels. Please check the map for routes and connections. Information will also be available at each hotel.
Click here for more information about hotels and visiting Columbia, Missouri!
Sunday, Sept. 23th — Shop the District!
– Visit some of your favorite shops (they’ll have special promos!) for your chance to win FREE Whole Hog Weekend passes! ($798 value!)
– Starts with a kickoff brunch at DrinKraft. 11 a.m. Kombucha & Brunch — what more can we say??
Monday, Sept. 24th — Jazz at Broadway Brewery @ 5:30 p.m.
– Official start of RNB week, amazing music, and we’ll reveal the ticket winners from Shop the District!
Tuesday, Sept. 25th — Family Night at Flat Branch Park @ 5:30 p.m.
– Jim Valley and Grant Elementary School students with TJ Wheeler
– FREE, FAMILY- FRIENDLY EVENT
Wednesday, Sept. 26th — Family Fun at Missouri Theatre @ 6:30 p.m.
– New York based Comedian & Juggler, Marcus Monroe 7:45pm
– Supported by local folk duo, The Burney Sisters at 7:00pm
—FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT!—
Thursday, Sept. 27th — Rose Music Hall presents… May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers
– Come cry your eyes out at this FREE screening, begins at sundown
And Friday… The Festival begins!
Thumper Entertainment is working with a committee to create an accessible event for all music lovers to enjoy at Stephens Lake Park.
ADA parking will be available at the festival gate in the Riechmann Pavilion parking lot. Spaces are limited and are first come, first serve. Access to this lot requires ADA hangtag or license plate. Go COMO buses are all ADA accessible and have many stops all over Columbia. Please check for routes and stops on our transportation page. The Downtown route has a stop at the festival gate.
The event entrance is off of Walnut Street next to the Riechmann Pavilion. A route as flat as possible will be mapped out in advance from the entrance to each of the stages. The grass will be cut prior to the event to keep the terrain as manageable as possible.
Within the festival grounds, an accessible golf-cart shuttle will be provided to all fans for free. Carts will run to marked stops that can be found throughout the festival grounds, or call the number listed on the stops for a ride. ADA accessible porta potties will also be available at the event in easy to access locations.
If you have questions about accessibility or are in need of assistance, please contact us 72 hours in advance to identify your needs and approximate arrival time in order that we may better serve you.
Sure, there are great bands, great food, and good times, but what really makes this festival work is you our volunteers. We literally couldn’t do it without you! All we need are two 4-5 hour shifts from you, and in return you get a rock’n Roots N Blues t-shirt and a free 3-day pass to the festival.
To apply as a volunteer, follow these steps:
+ STEP 1 – Become familiar with the process by reading the Roots N Blues N BBQ 2018 VOLUNTEER PROGRAM GUIDE
+ STEP 2 – Peruse the list of positions available in the VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DIRECTORY
+ STEP 3 – Once you know how it all works and what you want to do, fill out a VOLUNTEER APPLICATION
For questions, please contact: VOLUNTEERS@ROOTSNBLUESNBBQ.COM
The vendors for The 2017 Roots N Blues N BBQ have already been selected. But don’t worry, we’ll be back next year! Visit this page May 2018 for more information and applications.
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We strive for a sustainable environment with great music and atmosphere, but we can’t do it alone. Here are some ways we’ve started to become more sustainable:
Here are some ways you can help!