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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 third annual Boonerang Music & Arts Festival will take place June 20-21, 2025. Friday will feature a free evening concert and a silent disco. Saturday is a day-long event that includes multiple live music stages, a vendor market, kids zone, dance lot, international fest, silent disco, and more.

Where are the venues?

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

How much does it cost?

Boonerang is a FREE event on Friday and Saturday. 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 performances at the Appalachian Theatre, dance lot, international fest, silent discos, afterparties, and other fun activities. Guests can also visit downtown galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Where can I park for the festival?

Hourly metered parking is available along King Street, with long-term meters located on Queen Street. Designated spots along King Street in front of the Jones House and Post Office area will be reserved for handicap access. Additional nearby parking is available in ASU public lots and decks (see info at ), at the Boone First Baptist Church, and at the Watauga County Social Services lot (off of Poplar Grove Connector). *Please carpool and carefully read and obey all parking signage.

What should I bring?

A few things you'll want to be sure to bring with you are:

-ID - you will need this to purchase your wristband if you plan to drink alcohol at the festival

-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 at the information tents
-Cash/Credit cards - it's a good idea to be prepared for various types of payment (cash, credit, debit, Venmo) depending upon the specific vendor
-Sunblock, hats, sunglasses - we're hoping for a sunny day

-Rain gear - be prepared for any changing Boone weather

-Friends and Family - the more the merrier!

Can I bring outside food and drink?

No outside alcohol or coolers may be brought into the festival area. 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. All those who intend to drink alcohol at the festival must have their ID checked and purchase a wristband. 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. Their will be a pet water station at the festival, but also be sure to bring backup water for your pets.

What is the weather policy?

The festival will continue rain or shine, though we reserve the right to shift stage lineups and schedules as necessary. Please bring what you need to be prepared for any type of Boone weather. In the event of nearby lightning strikes, festival activities will be temporarily suspended until it is safe to resume.

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. Volunteer perks include an exclusive Boonerang T-shirt, reserved parking, and access to a volunteer lounge - not to mention the feel-good vibes of helping out with a trademark Boone event.

Are you accepting vendors?

The vending application for Boonerang 2025 will open in the fall of 2024. Check back to the vendors tab for updated information.

Are you booking musicians?

While we appreciate hearing from interested artists and bands, we do not accept or respond to solicitations for our Boonerang music lineup.

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