What are the beverage options onsite?

Culligan is providing a FREE water station.

Here is our bar menu.

What if I can’t attend in 2021?

All passes purchased for the 2020 festival will be valid for the 2021 event. If you are unable to attend the 2021 event, you can transfer or sell your passes via LYTE, our verified third party ticket sales platform.

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

It’s simple: We trust health care professionals. The health of our community is our first priority. The safest way to enjoy live music right now is to be vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure a safe event and a lasting tradition, we ask that all attendees (with the exception of children under 2) be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and/or provide negative Covid-19 test results within 72 hours of arrival at the festival. Vaccination status and test results must be verified through CrowdPass


COVID-19 Testing Resources:

To get a COVID test through MU Health Care, make an appointment for the COVID-19 collection site at 2003 W. Broadway, Suite 100, in Columbia. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m. Learn more at https://www.muhealth.org/conditions-treatments/coronavirus/testing.

Walgreens offers self-swabbing for BOTH PCR and rapid testing ages 3+. Click here to find a location and make an appointment.

GeneTrait offers travel-related COVID testing on-site without a physician’s order.

  • <48 hour results: $150
  • <24 hour results: $200
  • Same day results*: $250

If you do not have a PCP and are uninsured or underinsured, Compass Health/Family Health Center (1001 W. Worley St.) does testing. Call 573-214-2314, you should be set up for an over-the-phone evaluation with a swab taken on the east side of the parking lot.

For more information, visit Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services.


Do not attend the festival if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your group:

  • Within 14 days before attending the festival you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending the festival, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
  • Within 14 days prior to attending the festival you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.


Proof of vaccination can include an original, a direct photocopy or photo of your valid vaccine card.


In order to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, obtain your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson by September 10.

Can I purchase a pass for 2021?

All passes purchased for the 2020 fest are valid for 2021. Passes are currently on sale for 2021 via this link. Single Day passes will be available in July 2021.

How do I activate my wristband?

Visit this link to activate your wristband and connect it to a payment method.

What about the weather?

We are a rain or shine event, so the show will go on. We work closely with the City of Columbia and Boone County Joint Communications to monitor the weather conditions for the safety of our guests. In the case of inclement weather, announcements from the stage and push notifications to the Roots N Blues Festival smartphone app will provide instructions. If weather interrupts or delays the festival, we will shuttle guests to Boone Hospital. Volunteers will direct guests to the shuttles. To download the official Roots N Blues Festival mobile app, click here: Google Play & iTunes.

Do you offer a Military Discount?

Yes! Together with Veterans United, we are happy to honor our service members with a 40% ticket discount on weekend passes. Valid Military ID must be presented at ticket gate upon entry. 1 ticket per valid ID please. Use code V3T3RANS at checkout.

What kind of arrangements do you have for accessibility?

We are happy to do our best to accommodate everyone and have been working with a committee to make the festival accessible for all our fans. ADA parking will be available at the Riechmann Pavilion Lot (2300 E Walnut Street). If you are in need of assistance or have any requests, please contact us at info@rootsnbluesfestival.com. We will also provide transport around the festival grounds for ADA individuals. Visit the accessibility page for more details.

The MU Health Care stage will feature an ADA viewing tent, sponsored by Restoration Eye Care.

Where can I pick up will call tickets?

Will call tickets can be picked up at the festival box office near the ticket gate. Please bring your photo ID and/or confirmation number with you to make the process quick and easy. Will Call is only available to those who purchase tickets on August 29th or later.

The box office is located at the festival entrance, 2300 E Walnut St.

Box office hours:

Wednesday, Sept 22 & Thursday, Sept 23: 12 Noon – 8pm

Friday, Sept 24: opens at 2:45pm

Saturday, Sept 25 & Sunday, Sept 26: opens at 11am

What can I bring to the Festival?

The following items are allowed at Roots N Blues Festival:

  • Blankets
  • Strollers and small wagons (only for the purpose of transporting your children)
  • Folding chairs- you will be asked to remove camping chairs from cases upon entry for safety inspections.
  • We ask that everyone follow our festival seating guidelines and keep all chairs, blankets, and children’s strollers/wagons within the marked point to keep pedestrian pathways clear at each stage. All are subject to search and wand by our security each day upon entry.
  • Non-professional recording equipment (point & shoot cameras, flip video cameras, etc.)
  • Re-fillable water bottles (they must be empty upon arrival at the gate)
  • Backpacks and bags are permitted. All patrons and all bags are subject to search and wand by our security personnel at entry each day upon entry.

The following items are NOT allowed at Roots N Blues Festival:

  • Glass Containers of any kind
  • Guns, pocket knives, or any other weapons
  • All outside beverages are prohibited. Free water is available inside the gate. The water refilling station is located at the East end of vendor row near the Missouri Lottery Stage.
  • All outside food is prohibited, multiple food vendors have a variety of options available for sale.
  • Coolers
  • Umbrellas or canopy tents
  • Noisemakers and laser pointers
  • Professional recording equipment
  • Pets (however, service animals which have been trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability are welcome).

*All fans are subject to search by festival security upon entry.


Can I leave the festival and come back in later in the day?

Yes, re-entry will be allowed. Individuals seeking re-entry will need to wear and present their valid day-of or weekend wristband to re-enter. Wristbands that have been tampered with are not considered valid. Damaged, lost, or stolen wristbands will not be replaced or allowed entry.

Is this festival family-friendly?

Yes. Children 14 and under will be admitted for free to the Festival when accompanied by an adult. Children are wristbanded with a matching paper wristband to be worn by the accompanying adult to ensure the safety of our underage attendees.