Ten campgrounds and about 80,000 fans are how you spell fun at the WE FEST Country Music Festival near Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Guests come from all over the nation and join together for an outdoor concert experience topped with camping, food, and fun.
The Soo Pass Ranch setting is perfect for this boot-loving music crowd. In the past, We Fest has welcomed Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Carly Pearce, and dozens of other creative music artists. Bring your best foot stomping beats, a few friends, and plenty of country music vibes to share with your RV neighbors!
With multiple campground options to choose from at this country music festival, you are sure to find a setup that suits you and your RV camping dreams.
If you want to go all out in your endeavor, WE Club and VIP Experience options will add even more magic to your musical trip with special privileges and up close views. WE FEST is your place to enjoy the summer sunshine in the presence of others who love the same thing you do: country music and camping!
WE Fest tickets typically fall under three categories: VIP Seating; Reserved Seating; and General Admission. All of the categories are for all three days, no single-day tickets are available, and children under 10 are free. The event is rain or shine, no refunds or exchanges will be given after tickets have been paid for; tickets purchased from a third party or other sources can't be guaranteed and could result in not being accepted. Scheduling of artists and showtimes may change.
Country Road 22 on the east side of the festival is one-way southbound during the festival; campgrounds should be on your right-hand side. Police are out in force at this time, so be sure to obey the speed limits. Remember to watch for pedestrians in the area.
Parking can be purchased in advance for the entire weekend, including options for disabled guests and VIP or GA parking. Single day parking can only be purchased at the show if space is available. Parking is available at Becker County Fairgrounds; guests can take a shuttle bus to the festival.
Shuttles can take guests from the GA parking lot to the festival gate; campers staying at the festival can take a shuttle into town by showing their camping bracelet and also take shuttles around the campsite by waving one down.
WE FEST offers separate campsites for VIP, GA, and accessibility (for guests with a disability). Most campsites are a 5 to 10-minute walk, and the furthest is 15 minutes to the entrance gate. Camping tickets must be purchased at the same time as the festival tickets, and all sites are first-come, first-serve (guests may not hold neighboring sites for their friends; those wanting to camp together must arrive together).
Guests must have a camping pass and a festival (three-day) ticket to enter the campground. Some of the sites have electrical outlets (no water or sewer), the others are primitive (no hookups). All campsites are 25 x 40 feet and allow one vehicle and one shelter (some sites allow for tents); RV units are considered both vehicle and shelter.
All vehicles and other items must fit inside the campsite area; if not, guests must purchase a second campsite. Campsites generally sell out quickly, so it might be better to make sure your equipment will fit within the campground limitations. Firewood must be purchased inside the campground, but guests should bring their own fire rings. VIP camping can be purchased without a VIP festival pass.
The Detroit Lakes area offers a multiple campgrounds near the festival site, and several within a twenty-minute drive. Guests can RV camp, fish, enjoy water activities at some of the nearby campgrounds. Due to the time of year that WE FEST take place, reservations should be made a sufficient amount of time in advance to guarantee a site.
Shuttles are available to ferry guests from the festival into town and back and may be able to assist guests staying at campsites not associated with the festival. Taxi service is available in case shuttle service isn't available, and campground staff members are often able to direct guests with information on local transportation if necessary.
Festival-goers should plan for both hot and inclement weather. The average temperature around this time of year is in the low 80's, and it can cool off slightly at night, so light shirts and shorts would be appropriate. Rain gear should be considered since the festival will continue rain or shine. Head gear such as baseball caps with cloth that can be lowered to protect the neck would be a good investment toward preventing sunburn and heat stroke.
Small bags are allowed within the venue but will be searched upon entry; backpacks and larger bags are not allowed. Guests may bring in lawn chairs and umbrellas, but tents are not allowed (even in the event of rain). Specific information is available on the website; guests should familiarize themselves to pass through security checks more quickly.
Sunscreen and insect repellant are useful items to have on hand, as well as a small first aid kit (although there will be emergency staff on hand). Contact numbers in case of an emergency are recommended. Festival-goers can take empty plastic bottles inside the festival where there are water refilling stations located intermittently.
Campers may cook for themselves at the campsites, but grills must be at least 12 inches above the ground or any vegetation such as grass. Guests should make certain they dispose of their waste (such as food wrappers, etc.) in an appropriate manner.
There are a few restaurants within a short walking distance of the festival, located near Lake Sallie and Detroit Lake. Guests will find a larger collection of eating establishments a short trip to the north and can be reached using one of the festival's shuttle buses.
No outside food or drink is allowed inside the festival (with the exception of one sealed water bottle or an empty water bottle). Vendors are on hand in the event that guests become hungry and desire something to eat. Specific vendor details will start to show up on the We Fest website as the festival weekend approaches.
In the case of an emergency, security staff and police will be inside the festival grounds to help. If you have a situation or see someone in distress, wave or flag down one of the security personnel. Guests should also be aware that screening will occur each time you enter the grounds, even if re-entering. Backpacks are not allowed, and guests should be mindful of other forbidden items prior to entry.
Rain gear is recommended for the possibility of uncooperative weather. Umbrellas are allowed inside the festival grounds. Waterproof footwear is also an excellent choice, as the ground may be muddy in some areas.
Medical stations are located within the festival; guests are recommended to notice where they are located in advance in case an emergency should occur. In the event of an emergency, security staff and police officers can help guests make their way to a station.