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What is Boonerang?

Boonerang is a free music and arts festival in downtown Boone. The festival includes multiple concert stages, primarily made up of artists with Boone connections. Other festival highlights include local food and beer, a vendor market, a kids zone, silent discos, and afterparties.

When is the festival?

The second annual Boonerang Music & Arts Festival will take place on June 15-17. Thursday and Friday will feature evening concerts. Saturday is a day-long event that includes a vendor market.

Where are the venues?

Music and events will be happening throughout downtown Boone. The primary concert areas include street stage on South Depot and North Depot, a lawn stage at the Jones House, a side stage at Espresso News, and the Appalachian Theatre. There will be a kids zone at the Watauga Library and food/beverage and craft vendors will be set up along the streets.

How much does it cost?

Boonerang is a FREE event. No tickets are required for admission to concerts and vendor areas. The only money you'll need is what you plan to spend on food, beverage, merchandise, and Boonerang swag.

What else is there to do?

In addition to our concert stages, vendor market, and kids zone, there are other events and happenings surrounding Boonerang, including a concert at the Appalachian Theatre, silent discos, afterparties, and other fun activities. Find out more here.

Where can I park for the festival?

Long-term festival parking will be available in ASU's Peacock Lot (via Rivers Street). Additional overflow parking is available at the Watauga Social Services lot at 132 Poplar Grove Connector. For those visiting downtown businesses, long-term paid parking is located along Queen Street and metered spaces are available on King Street.

What should I bring?

A few things you'll want to be sure to bring with you are:
-Lawn chairs - seating will not be provided at the stages and some areas will be designated for standing room only
-Water bottles - water refill stations will be located throughout the festival
-Cash - many vendors will accept credit, debit, Venmo, etc, but some may be cash only
-Sunblock - we're hoping for a sunny day

-Friends and Family - the more the merrier!

Can I bring outside food and drink?

While outside food and snacks are allowed, festival goers are encouraged to take advantage of on-site food and beverage vendors and downtown restaurants. Water refill stations will be available for those who bring their own water bottles. No open alcohol containers are permitted outside of designated festival zones.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are permitted at the festival, but must remain on a leash at all times. Owners must clean up after their pets and should be respectful of other festival guests.

Where can I stay for Boonerang?

If you are looking to make a full weekend of your Boonerang experience, you can find out more about lodging, things to do, and nearby attractions at Explore Boone. There is no camping at the festival.

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in helping out with Boonerang, please fill out a volunteer application, so we can get you more information. Volunteers will be entered to win two 3-day passes to FloydFest in July and get other perks including an exclusive Boonerang T-shirt and access to a volunteer lounge with goodies from local restaurants and businesses - not to mention the feel-good vibes of helping out with a trademark Boone event.

Are you accepting vendors?

Information about vending at Boonerang 2023 can be found here.

Are you booking musicians?

While we appreciate hearing from interested artists and bands, we are not seeking solicitations for our 2023 lineup.

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