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June 8 - 11, 2019
Manchester, TN, United States | $299.5

What to Do at Bonnaroo Music Festival

How splendid would it be to travel to a Tennessee in the middle of June, fully equipped to brave scorching temperatures with thousands of potential new friends. The added bonus is you are likely to see some of your favorite musicians, plus discover a broad range of new acts.

This is not Coachella. No one cares if you are dressed like a bohemian lily or whether >Eugenia Kim designed your hat. To be fair, nobody really cares if you’re dressed at all. This festival is not for the bells and whistles and frills. It goes back to the roots of why we go to music festivals in the first place: to hear music.


When it comes to choosing what to do at Bonnaroo music festival, the type of experience you have starts with choosing one of the tickets below:

General Admission

  • Pre-Sale GA is $299.50 USD (+$34.90 fees)
  • 4-Day GA is $324.50 USD (+$34.90 fees)


4-Day VIP is $1,548.50 USD (+$34.90 fees) VIP Package includes:

  • (2) VIP tickets
  • Exclusive VIP entrance to festival grounds, Centeroo and the Main Stage Venue
  • Preferred parking and camping near venue in VIP area for one car (See below for RV upgrade info.)
  • Special shower and restroom facilities with attendants
  • Exclusive VIP lounges located in VIP Courtyard and Centeroo which includes games, live video feeds of festival performances, and free Wi-Fi available 24/7 in VIP Courtyard and Centeroo lounge
  • Exclusive viewing areas for the What and Which stages
  • Priority access and seating for VIPs at Comedy Tent performances
  • VIP Pre-event party on Thursday night
  • Gospel Brunch party on Sunday morning with gospel choir performance in VIP Campground
  • Yoga classes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the VIP Campground
  • Public wifi available 24/7 in VIP Courtyard
  • Exclusive Charging Station service in VIP Courtyard & VIP Centeroo Lounge for all your gadgets
  • Commemorative Bonnaroo merchandise packages

VIP tickets are sold in pairs only ($99.50 per pair), and there are payment plans available for all ticket purchases. The VIP price is definitely worth hanging out in the uber cool backstage area. A VIP ticket opens a new world of options for what to do at Bonnaroo music festival.

Getting There

The festival is located on a 700-acre farm in Manchester TN, about 96 km (60 mi) southeast of Nashville and 64 km (40 mi) northwest of Chattanooga.

Be prepared for traffic and fill up your gas tank before you get into the festival grounds, as there are no gas stations on site.

More Than Just a Festival

If you aren’t tantalized by the high level of diverse talent the festival offers, there are other ways to keep entertained, with a ferris wheel, a cinema tent, comedy acts, art galleries, salons, and a silent disco at your disposal. We call this a “renaissance festival” – very well-rounded.


The key to optimizing your experience at Bonnaroo is battling and defeating the elements, mainly heat and rain. Weather for the festival is often unpredictable, so it’s best to be packed perfectly and prepare to embrace it.

The heat can be sweltering, so stay hydrated and spend plenty of time at the giant mushroom shower. In the evenings, the temperatures drop and humidity from the day will have made the ground damp. When it rains we often choose to embrace the mire, pretending we are in a humongous, skin-cleansing mud bath.

Having said that, you will still want to keep a bag of wet wipes nice and handy.

Additional Preparations

Bonnaroo preparation starts with two basic human needs: water and beer. When we arrived in Manchester, we parked our car and pitched a tent, with the help of our neighbors. We woke early each morning, already sweating through our clothes, as the temperatures hovered around 90°F (32°C).

Our solution was to bounce out of our tent, run to our car, and blast the AC for a few hours to continue nap time.

9:00 a.m. was shower time, and when I say shower time, I mean dumping a gallon of water over our heads as we stand in the dry dirt. After drying in the sun, we clothed and hiked to the entrance gates, navigating the bag check and making a beeline for the diverse range of food trucks for a hangover-curing breakfast.

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June 8 @ 11:00 am
June 11 @ 11:30 pm
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