Do I need a ticket for the Watermelon Festival or just the Rock the Rind event?
A ticket is only required to access the Rock the Rind event. You will be able to enjoy all the Watermelon Festival events and vendors without a ticket.... but you're going to want a ticket for entertainment!
Will Chairs be Permitted within the event?
YES! This is a standing room/general admission event. We highly encourage you to bring a chair. Chairs will not be permitted in the VIP section, within 30 feet of the stage.
Are coolers and outside food/beverages permitted within the venue?
Per our Indiana excise permit, no outside *alcoholic beverages* or coolers are permitted within the venue. You will be permitted to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages within the ticketed area. Feel free to grab some grub from one of our many food vendors and pop back in for the show!
Will Re-entry be permitted to the ticketed event?
Yes! We have a long day of "rind-rocking" music lined up. You will be free to come and go as you please (with a wristband) and enjoy the wide variety of events and vendors packing the Courthouse Square.
Are Pets allowed?
Unfortunately, your furry friends will have to stay home for the weekend. Pets are not permitted on the festival grounds.
Do Children require a ticket?
Children under the age of 6 do not require a ticket to Rock the Rind.
How are you going to keep people from enjoying the concert outside the ticketed area?
Feel free! Like any event, the experience is always better on the inside and views will be obstructed outside the designated ticketed area. Per Excise approval, alcohol will only be permitted within the ticketed area. We made it a priority to keep tickets affordable and hope you join us inside the designated area for a much more enjoyable experience!
Where in the world is everyone going to park?!
Great Question! A parking place in Brownstown will be a hot commodity the first weekend in August, as Travis Tritt, CWG, Bryan Martin and all their friends roll into town for the Jackson County Watermelon Festival & Rock the Rind. While public & street parking will be available downtown we have partnered with local businesses to designate large lots for free parking, festival weekend. In addition, we will be providing a shuttle service from the fairgrounds lot, just East of the County jail. Although parking is limited around the courthouse square, we promise it'll be worth the walk!