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Forecastle Festival: What you need to know before you go

Returning after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, Forecastle Fest starts this weekend! It's best to be prepared, so here are some do's, don'ts, and some FAQs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Returning after a 2-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forecastle Music Festival is back at Waterfront Park.

The three-day music festival is this Memorial Day weekend starting May 27 through May 29.

With some big named stars in the lineup, including Tame Impala, Phoebe Bridgers, 6LACK, and hometown artist Jack Harlow, the festival is expected to be a popular and packed event.

It's best to be prepared, so here is everything you need to know.


Admission prices range from $120-650 depending on what type of admission (GA, GA+, VIP) and how many days you plan on going.

It's $265 for a 3-day general admission ticket, whereas a single day ticket will cost $120.

Click here to buy tickets for Forecastle 2022.


More than 50 artists across multiple genres will perform during the three-day event. Headliners include Jack Harlow, Tame Impala and Tyler, the Creator.

Click here to see a full schedule of who will be performing each day and at which of the music festival's three stages.

Traffic and Safety

Where is it?

Forecastle will take place May 27 through 29 at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Entrances are located near the corners of East Witherspoon and North Preston Street and East Witherspoon and North Brook Street.

What time do gates open?

  • Friday, May 27 from 2-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 28 from 1-11 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 29 from 1-11 p.m.

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Parking & Ride-sharing

There are several city-owned, paid parking lots around Waterfront Park. The Parking Authority of River City (PARC) has 15 garages and 2 lots in and around downtown. You can visit their website to find more info.

However, the festival recommends utilizing ride-sharing such as Uber or Lyft.

There is a designated Uber/Ride-share drop-off zone on Witherspoon Road at the corner of North Preston Street and River Road. Put that location as your pick-up or drop-off location.


Every person entering the festival will go through a full body search and any bags will be searched as well. 

If you do not comply with the searches you will not be allowed into the festival. 

Prohibited Items


  • Baby Strollers
  • Frisbees
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets, Sheets, Towels
  • Cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras) without detachable lenses and other accessories
  • Empty reusable water bottles and hydration packs, and plastic or aluminum water bottles
  • Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less
  • Personal sized hand sanitizer

Not Allowed

  • Monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts, and other camera attachments
  • Chairs of any kind
  • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind
  • Umbrellas
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Coolers
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry

For a full list of all the allowed and prohibited items, visit the Forecastle website.

Entry Policy

Make sure you bring your festival wristband in order to get into the festival. 

Bag Policy

Small clutch purses and fanny packs do not have to be clear but they cannot have more than one pocket. 

All bags must be clear and no larger than 12" x 12" x 6".

Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited. 


There is no local requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test result, vaccine card, or vaccine record for entry at Forecastle.

However, if you are unvaccinated, the CDC encourages you to bring and wear a mask to keep yourself and others safe.

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