Where is Forecastle?
The Forecastle Festival will take place at Waterfront Park, part of a scenic, $60 million riverfront investment by the City of Louisville, which attracts 1.5 million visitors a year.
What does VIP include?
The centrally located VIP hang area is an elevated portion of Waterfront Park situated directly between the two main stages. The area offers impeccable views of the festival grounds, downtown and the Ohio River. Mast and Boom stage viewing areas are also included. These tickets are available in very limited quantities. For more information on VIP options, please click here.
What time do gates open each day?
We will post opening times closer to the festival. Please check back in July for more details.
Do you allow re-entry?
Those visitors with a General Admission Weekend Pass, VIP Weekend Pass and VIP Single Day Ticket will have re-entry privileges. General Admission Single Day Ticket holders will not be allowed re-entry.
Do you offer camping?
KOA offers camping within a 3-mile driving distance from Waterfront Park. Please click here for more info. Directions and contact info is as follows:
Louisville Metro KOA
900 Marriott Drive
Clarksville, IN 47129
Please visit our lodging page for complete list of urban and rural options.
What’s the deal with the late-night shows?
These are separately ticketed events. Full details will be revealed at a later date. Capacity for these events is very limited, so be sure to make plans early.
Is this event family friendly?
We are certainly a family friendly event and welcome guests of all ages. Children under 6 will be admitted for free with an adult admission.
What can I bring?
To make sure you have everything you’ll need while aboard the ship, please feel free to bring the following items with you:
- Sun block
- Blankets, sheets and towels
- Small backpacks and purses
- Empty CamelBak and/or waterbottle
REMEMBER: All travelers and their belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of the front gate and security staff.
What should I leave at home?
We make every effort to provide an environment where all travelers can fully enjoy their time aboard the ship. With that in mind, kindly leave these items at home:
- Food and Drink
- Illegal substances of any kind
- Lawn chairs
- Glow sticks
- Silly String
- Spray Paint
- Pets (Service Dogs will be permitted)
- Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans
- Scooters or Personal Motorized Vehicles
- Professional recording equipment
- Detachable lens camera
- Audio recording equipment
- Video recording equipment
- No unauthorized vendors will be permitted
- No solicitations, handbills, sampling, give-aways, etc.
REMEMBER: All travelers and their belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of the front gate staff. These items are subject to change at anytime and at the discretion of the front gate and security staff.
Where should I park?
There is plenty of street parking and many open lots near Waterfront Park. Please click here for a map of parking lots, or visit our Transportation page. Pay attention to signage and park only in areas where public parking is permitted. The Forecastle Festival is not responsible if your vehicle is towed.
We also encourage you to ride your bike! It reduces your carbon footprint, provides great exercise, and sustainable transport. We will have a bike valet service available for you outside the main gate.
We also encourage walking and public transit. Click here to learn more.
Also, please travel safe and enjoy the festival responsibly. On-premise, there will be cab or City Scoot services available. We all want to make sure you make it home safely!
Where will I pick up the elements of my travel package?
All Travel Package elements will be available at the Travel Package will call located at the hotel. Here you will receive your tickets and merchandise. Exact Will Call Location and times will be sent to you within two weeks of the event.
When I called the hotel they did not have my reservation even though I purchased a travel package, what’s up?
Although you have purchased a travel package the hotel may not have you reservation in their system until 2 weeks before the event. Please contact CID Entertainment to confirm your reservation.
I purchased a travel package but have not received any information yet.
You will receive an email with all of the details in regards to your travel package no later than two weeks before the event. CID Entertainment Guest Services is also available to answer any of your questions before the event via phone or email.
Who should I contact with questions about my Travel Package?
Please contact CID Entertainment with any questions about your travel package:
CID Entertainment Guest Services
888 805 8930
Hours: M – F 10am to 6pm EST
We want to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy great music in a beautiful setting. We will make every effort to accommodate to your accessibility needs, including an accessible viewing area for the main stage. Service dogs are always welcome to come aboard Forecastle ship!
Safety and Medical
If you need medical attention, we will have two medical tents located on-site as well as a medical team at both the Mast stage and Boom stage. If you can’t make it to one of the medical tents or team, grab an event organizer or member of our security staff, and we will assist you.
It’s important to us that everyone take good care of themselves. Please make sure to eat good healthy foods and drink lots of water! All that dancing can take a lot out of you, so take a break if you don’t feel well.