Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Expo Center
937 Philips Lane
Lousiville, KY 40209


Fan Hotel Rates

We’ve partnered with the best hotels around Louisville to bring you the best rates possible for your Hometown Rising weekend. Use the link below to find the perfect accommodations for you and your crew!

Make A Reservation


Join us at Hometown Rising all weekend long with one of our camping options! These include a site for your car, tent and/or RV and access for up to 4 campers. Each camper will enjoy dedicated entry lanes to the festival and unlimited re-entry to and from the festival grounds and campgrounds all weekend long.

Check out camping options here

On Site Locker Rentals

Do you want a safe and secure place to store your things while you attend Hometown Rising? Personal lockers with unlimited cell charging will be available so you can free up your hands and avoid losing any personal items during the fest. Lockers measure 8”h x 12”w x 18”d.

Reserve a Locker


Cleanup Crew
Volunteer with Clean Vibes and help keep Hometown Rising clean in exchange for admission to the event! Work two shifts assisting with the recycling and cleanup effort and enjoy the entire weekend of music! Both during show and post-event positions are available.

For more info and to sign up, go HERE.

Want to volunteer at Hometown Rising? Read below for opportunities to get involved at this year’s event!

Info Booth/Access Center/Lost & Found
Help our Hometown Rising patrons with Fahntoosh Enterprises in exchange for your admission to the two day event.

Volunteer positions will include:

  • Access Center – distributing ADA Access wristbands and answering questions from patrons with disabilities
  • Access Platforms – staffing the viewing platforms to host the ADA patrons
  • Info Booth/Lost & Found – staff the info booth answering questions from patrons and assisting with the Lost & Found program

Read more about Fahntoosh HERE


Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Will re-entry be allowed at the festival?

No. Once you have entered the venue each day, you will not be allowed to leave and come back in. Please plan accordingly.

What time do the doors to the venue open and when will it be over?

Doors will open at 11:00am each day. The show’s end time will be posted closer to the event dates.

What ages are allowed?

This is an all ages event. Attendees ages 5 and over will need to purchase a ticket. We strongly encourage parents to bring hearing protection for their children.

What about the weather?

Hometown Rising is an outdoor event and is held rain or shine, except in the case that the festival may be delayed and/or canceled and the festival grounds may be evacuated if inclement or severe weather poses a threat to patron and staff safety. We encourage patrons to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly (e.g. in the event of rain, we advise ponchos and rain boots). No refunds or exchanges will be given as a result of weather conditions; and no refunds or exchanges will be given for inclement or severe weather that necessitates an evacuation, delay or cancellation in part or whole of the event.

Where should I park?

Detailed parking information will be posted closer to the event date.

Can I use a credit/debit card to buy tickets, food, beverages or merchandise? Will there be ATMs available?

Most of our food and beverage stands do accept credit cards. Our merchandise booth does also accept cards. There will also be multiple ATMs inside the venue.

Is there camping at the event?

Yes, please visit our Lodging page for full details.

Is the venue ADA accessible?

The venue is accessible and there will be special viewing areas at the main stages for those with mobility limitations. The festival is held outdoors in a park. There will be natural terrain to travel over and if it rains it could become muddy. There are sometimes great distances between stages.

Personal assistance, wheelchair pushes, and any type of transportation, including golf cart rides, are NOT provided by the festival. If you require any additional assistance please plan on bringing a companion. Wheelchairs are NOT available for rent or loan.

Wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and small three or four-wheeled scooters are allowed in the festival. Other power-driven devices will be considered only on a case-by-case basis. A power device should not move faster than a person can walk and extreme care needs to be taken when operating such devices due to the large crowds expected at the festival. Therefore, large, fast and heavy mobility devices are not appropriate in this situation.

Accessible restrooms can be found at the end of each row of porta-lets throughout the venue.

Viewing areas for Patrons with Mobility Disabilities:
To find their locations visit the Access Center inside the entrance, look for the wheelchair symbols on event ramps, and watch for the signs with the wheelchair symbol.

Who May Use these Areas?
Patrons who use wheelchairs, scooters or other mobility devices. Patrons who have mobility limitations of such significance that it substantially limits their ability to stand.

We use a wristband program to facilitate the Access Program. We recommend that anyone needing to use these viewing areas stop by the Access Center upon arrival to request a designated wristband. Viewing areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those whouse wheelchairs. The platforms will fill up for the most popular acts, and we ask for your cooperation. Companions and patrons who are able may be asked to step off the platform to make more room for those who use wheelchairs. We have Access Program staffon-site to manage the Access Program and answer any questions that may arise.

Companion Policy:
Each person eligible for the Access Program may bring ONE adult companion into the reserved viewing areas at any given time. Families, consisting of no more than two adults and any minor children, when one member of the family has a disability, may stay together in the reserved areas.

What’s NOT Cool?
Faking it! We must reserve these viewing areas for patrons who genuinely have mobility disabilities. Overcrowding the Access areas defeats the purpose. Have a heart; do NOT abuse the system!Still have questions?

Email us at access@hometownrising.com and we will do our best to help you out.

I am a breastfeeding mother, what are my options?

Breastfeeding mothers can come by the Info Booth / Access Center and we will have power and an area you can use to pump. It is not private, so be prepared to bring in any cover you will need to feel comfortable. You can bring items necessary to pump into the venue (pump, small soft-sided cooler, ice packs, cover) however, we are not responsible for loss or damage of any items brought inside.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to access@hometownrising.com.


For further questions, please email info@hometownrising.com.

Which stage and what time will bands be playing?

A full schedule with set times will be posted about 2 weeks before the show on our Schedule Page.


What Is Moshing?
• Moshing occurs when a group of patrons run at and slam into each other during a show.  It often takes place in a loosely organized circle within a general admission crowd (a “mosh pit”), although it can be as simple as two people repeatedly running into each other during a show and bouncing off in another direction.
◦ Moshing can occur in any area of a general admission crowd, including directly in front of the stages.

What’s the big deal about Moshing?
• Moshing can be dangerous to both participants and bystanders.
• Moshers can suffer bruises, cuts, sprains, and broken bones, especially where some participants are bigger than others, are moshing more aggressively, or if someone gets hit when they’re not ready.
• Moshing is also dangerous for non-participants standing nearby.  A mosher who breaks through the circle can seriously injure a bystander who is just watching the show and not bracing for impact.

I don’t want to Mosh!! What can I do?
• Be aware of your surroundings!  If you see a Mosh Pit forming near where you’re standing, and are uncomfortable being in the proximity of such activities, find an alternate location from which to enjoy the performance!

Crowd Surfing
What is Crowd Surfing?
• Crowd surfing occurs where a patron is lifted up onto the hands of other patrons, who then pass the surfer along the top of the crowd.  Surfing can take place anywhere in a general admission crowd.
◦ Crowd surfing most commonly (but not always) occurs in the areas directly in front of the stages.
◦ Surfing most commonly (but not always) travels from the back of the crowd TOWARDS the stage.

What’s the big deal about Crowd Surfing?
• It is dangerous for both the surfer and other patrons.
• Crowd surfers have virtually no control of their bodies once they are above the crowd.  Surfers can be groped, hit, or dropped.  Although crowds experienced with surfers generally try to pass them towards the stage, there is no guarantee where or how the ride will end or how the surfer will find their friends in the crowd once they come down.
• Most of the audience is looking at the Stage!  Surfers literally put their health and safety in the hands of people they don’t know who are paying attention to something else.
• Surfers also endanger other people.  A crowd surfer struggling to stay aloft can kick someone in the head or poke them with their hands.  Surfing is especially dangerous during an artist’s set, when most patrons are facing the stage and the surfer is being passed from behind them.

I don’t want to Crowd Surf!!  What can I do?
• Be aware of your surroundings!  If Crowd Surfing is taking place near where you’re standing, and you are uncomfortable being in the proximity of such activities, find an alternate location from which to enjoy the performance!

All of us are responsible for our own safety!  Have a great time at the show, and take care of yourself and others!

Ticket FAQs

Where can I buy tickets in advance?

You can purchase tickets online via Front Gate Tickets. Please see our TICKET DETAILS page for full info. At this time, there are no physical outlets for cash ticket sales.

Can I upgrade my GA ticket to a VIP ticket?

Yes, as long as VIP tickets are still available, you can upgrade to a VIP pass with Front Gate by visiting support.frontgatetickets.com.

I have an issue with the tickets I purchased. Who can help me with that?

For any ticket-related issues, please visit support.frontgatetickets.com.
From there, you can call, email or chat with our ticketing customer service team for help.

Can I get a refund?

No. We do not offer refunds or exchanges on ticket sales. All artists and scheduled performance times are subject to change. Festival is outdoors and is rain or shine.

When and where will the box office be open on site?

Box Office hours and location will be posted closer to the event dates.

I bought a VIP package and I have a child who is 5 years old, can my child accompany me into VIP with a paid General Admission ticket?

Yes, children under the age of five are allowed into the VIP area with an adult who has paid for VIP.

Can I purchase a meet and greet for bands playing the event?

No, we do not offer any sort of official meet and greet packages for our events.

What type of ID is accepted at the box office?

The box office will accept a State issued Driver’s license, a government-issued Non-Driver ID Card, Military ID, or Passport. Please make sure to have one of these forms of ID with you!

What is the wristband policy?

Danny Wimmer Presents is using RFID-enabled wristbands to enhance your festival-going experience. Your wristband serves as your admission ticket to enter the festival fast – with a quick tap of your wristband!
– All sales are final. No exceptions.
– Wristbands must be worn on the RIGHT wrist.
– Your wristband is good for the entire weekend. Do NOT remove your wristband in-between days.
– Only tickets purchased through the Hometown Rising official website or Front Gate Tickets are valid. Hometown Rising will not confirm the validity of a ticket purchased through a third party.
– Wristbands that have been tampered with or stolen are void and Hometown Rising is not responsible for these wristbands. Wristbands cannot be loosened so please be mindful when putting it on!
– Your Hometown Rising wristband cannot be removed, tampered with, decorated, twisted, or exposed to extreme heat or cold.

If you purchased tickets before March 14th, your order will be shipped to you before the festival. If you have already received your wristband, you can register HERE and get the most from your festival experience!


What if I lose my wristband or if it’s stolen while at the festival?

If your wristband is lost, stolen or damaged in some way while you are already at the festival, you can see a representative at our Box Office. Replacements are subject to verification of the wristband order. Please make sure to bring your government-issued photo ID for verification that you are the original purchaser. If you are not the original purchaser please be sure to have a note from the original purchaser stating you have permission to use their ticket, a copy of their government-issued photo ID, and a copy of the original confirmation email. Replacement wristbands are subject to a $25 replacement fee.

The event is NOT responsible for lost or damaged wristbands.

My wristband is too tight! Help?!

Please go to the Box Office when you arrive at Hometown Rising. Make sure to bring your government-issued photo ID for verification that you are the original purchaser and the ORIGINAL WRISTBAND. If you are not the original purchaser please be sure to have a note from the original purchaser stating you have permission to use their ticket, a copy of their government issued photo ID and the ORIGINAL WRISTBAND. The staff at the Box Office will remove your wristband, and issue you a new one. Replacement wristbands are subject to a $25 replacement fee.

Can I pick up my wristband at will call?

If you do not receive your wristband in the mail you can pick them up at our Box Office. All you need to bring with you is your original order confirmation email and a government-issued photo ID. If you are not the original purchaser please be sure to have a note from the original purchaser stating you have permission to use their ticket, a copy of their government-issued photo ID, and a copy of the original confirmation email.

Can someone else pick up my wristband at will call?

Yes, someone other than the original purchaser can pick up the wristbands. However, they will need to bring the original order confirmation email, a copy of the original purchaser’s government issued photo ID and written consent from the original purchaser stating they can pick up the wristbands.

When will I receive my wristband?

U.S. Orders
If you purchased your passes before March 14th, your passes will be mailed out to you. As each order is fulfilled, an email will be sent with a tracking number. Once you receive your wristband, register your wristband online before you arrive at the event. For those who purchased passes after the deadline, please bring your order confirmation and government-issued photo ID to the Box Office to exchange your ticket for your wristband.

International Orders
All international orders (including Canadian orders) will be available for pick up at the Box Office. Please bring your order confirmation and government-issued photo ID.

If you have questions about receiving your order, shipping address, tracking info, etc. please contact Front Gate Tickets support team: support.frontgatetickets.com

My buddy and I purchased our passes the same day. They received their order, but I have not received mine yet. Should I be worried?

Not to worry! Hometown Rising passes are fulfilled and shipped in batches over several weeks. If your order is being shipped within the U.S., you will receive a tracking number once your pass has been mailed.

Can I buy tickets at the festival?

This will be strictly dependent on availability and if we do not sell out beforehand.

Are payment plans available?

Yes, layaway is an available option at checkout to split your purchase into 4 manageable payments. Please note layaway is only available until 6/28/19.

The Layaway Plan provides for an initial payment at the time you enter into the Layaway Plan and a certain number of additional payments to complete your layaway plan and receive the Passes. The percentage or amount of the initial and additional payments, and the number and due dates of the additional payments, are disclosed when you select a Layaway Plan on our purchase page. You must make each payment by its due date in order to complete your layaway purchase and receive your festival passes. Failure to make payment by its due date will result in termination of the order.

Read more about Front Gate plans HERE


What is not allowed in?

No coolers or picnic baskets
No outside food or beverages
No glass containers
No Strollers
No video cameras or Go Pros
No audio recording devices
No laptops or tablets
No professional cameras or cameras with removable lenses
No selfie sticks
No lasers or laser pointers
No drones
No umbrellas
No hula hoops or totems
No balloons or beach balls
No confetti or glow sticks
No aerosol cans
No whistles or air horns
No fireworks or explosives
No musical instruments of any kind
No bags, backpacks, draw-string bags or duffle bags
No weapons of any kind
No drugs or drug paraphernalia
No pets (with exception of documented service animals)
No chains, chain wallets, or spikes
No unauthorized vending or advertising

*** We do not provide on-site storage for prohibited items. ***

What is allowed in?

One factory-sealed bottle of water (20oz max)
Sunscreen (non-aerosol)
Small, point-and-shoot digital camera
Hats and sunglasses
Light blankets and towels
We strongly encourage you to not bring chairs of any sort. If you must bring a chair, please abide by the following:

We strongly encourage you to not bring bags of any sort. If you must bring a bag, please abide by the following:
– Small purse or hand-held clutch (maximum size: 4.5” x 6.5”)
– A small or medium sized clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bag (maximum size: 12” x 6” x 12”)
– A clear one-gallon re-sealable zip-top bag (maximum is freezer size: 10” x 12” x 2”)
– A clear or mesh drawstring bag

What bags are allowed and not allowed into the show?

Can I bring a prescription medication or medically necessary food items into the festival?

Yes. If you present your prescription, medication and a photo ID at the festival gates, you will be allowed to bring it in with you. If you have dietary restrictions that require special snack or beverages to be brought into the show, you may do so when presented with a doctor’s note at the festival gates.

Are chairs permitted?

We strongly encourage you to not bring chairs of any sort. If you must bring a chair, please abide by the below chair policy. There is no storage for chairs and we do not permit chairs into VIP viewing or the stage-front area of General Admission. Please see our map HERE for clarification on no-chair zones.


For further questions, feel free to drop us a note at info@hometownrising.com.
For Access or ADA-related inquiries, please contact us at access@hometownrising.com
For press inquiries, please contact kristine@am-media.net
For partnership and sponsorship inquiries, contact partnerships@dannywimmerpresents.com.


For food vendor inquiries, apply HERE
For bartending inquiries, apply HERE
For trinket vending inquiries, apply HERE