Get ready to kick up your heels and make a little noise! Because that’s just what you’ll wanna do when you experience the great barbecue and live bands at the Stomp ’n’ Holler Taylor BBQ and Music Festival. Here in the heart of the Texas Barbecue Trail, we’ve perfected the Holy Smoke that makes our barbecue pretty close to a religious experience. Add the out-of-this-world energy of the Grammy Award-winning band, The Mavericks, and sublimely cold beer, and you’ve got all the fixin's for a divine weekend.
We’ll whet your appetite with samples of mouth-watering barbecue from members of the Texas pantheon of pitmasters. And there will be enough cold brew on site to wet your whistle and keep you singin'. So, get your tickets now, and don’t dare miss a minute of this Taylor made good time.
Here you can find answers to just about everything you need to know about the 2018 Taylor Stomp 'N' Holler BBQ + Music Festival. Check out the FAQs below and, if you still have a question, give us a holler at 512-352-6364 or email us at stompnhollerfest.com and we'll get right back to you.
01. WHAT’S ALL THE STOMPIN’ AND HOLLERIN’ ABOUT?
Stomp ‘n’ Holler BBQ & Music Festival where folks from all over come to get touched by what we know around here as the “religion of barbecue.” You’ll get to try smoke-kissed samples from some of the state’s most revered pitmasters, and revel in the charismatic power of live music and ice cold craft beer. And if that doesn’t have you ready to kick up your heels and make a little noise, nothin’ will. Here in the heart of the Texas Barbecue Trail, we’re pretty sure we do barbecue better than any place else on earth. If you’re not a believer before the festival, you’ll be converted by the time you leave.
02. WHO’S SMOKIN’ WHAT?
Click here to see a list of the pitmasters participating in the festival. Each of the talented individuals on this list are masters at the art of barbecue — and have a devout following to prove it.
03. WHAT DOES MY TICKET INCLUDE AND HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
Well, that depends. We have three exciting levels of tickets to choose from, so you can be as festive as you want. Regardless of which level you choose, every ticket includes a heck-of-a-lotta fun.
Closet Vegetarian (Concert Only) $20We won’t tell if you don’t. This level will get you into the concert but no stage access or BBQ. We’re pretty confident once the fantastic stage show and the smoky aroma hit you, you’ll wish you hadn’t passed on the other tickets. So, no whining if you change your mind. (There will, of course, be BBQ and other food that you can purchase. It's just not covered in the ticket price.)
Holy Smoker $100Being a Holy Smoker means you’ll get the full VIP treatment. Not only will you enjoy the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted, but you’ll get the best seating. And if that weren’t enough to tempt you, upon arrival you’ll also receive, coupons for two free beverages (code for beer), and access to the VIP area and standing room only section in front of the stage for the concert.
A Cut Above $350If "all (the other options) do is bring you down," A Cut Above gives you everything a VIP deserves PLUS a meet-and-greet the band before the show and exclusive access to the after party. There are only 50 of these available to the public. Get yours now.
04. WHO’S PLAYING?
We’ve got some great tunes lined up to keep things hoppin’ all weekend including headliner and Grammy Award-winning band, The Mavericks. Click here to see a complete lineup and a bit about each band.
05. WHEN ARE THEY TAKING THE STAGE?
Get ready to hear some great music begins.
1 pm - Dale & Waylon
2:15 pm - The Mismatch
4:30 pm - Nick Dittmeir & Sawdusters
6 pm - Monte Warren & the Dangers Few
7:30 pm - Dirty River Boys
8 pm - The Mavericks
06. WHEN AND WHERE CAN I GET A TICKET?
They are on sale at Eventbrite until we run out. The day of the concert, Closet Vegeterian will be the ONLY tickets available.
07. CAN I GET A TICKET AT THE GATE?
Only Closet Vegeterian tickets will be available the day of the festival. All purchases should be made through Eventbrite so you can know before you head to Taylor if there’s room for you.
08. WHAT’S THE TIMELINE FOR THE FESTIVAL?
Entry begins at 1 p.m. Word to the wise: get there early to get beverage and BBQ tickets, enjoy shopping AND check out the cars in the the Stomp 'N' Holler Covert Chevy show downtown.
09. CAN I COME AND GO FROM THE FESTIVAL?
Sure. As long as you are still wearing the wristband that will be given to you when you first enter the festival. No wristband, no re-entry.
10. DO I NEED CASH?
Not necessarily. We will be selling tickets for barbecue and beverages in a centralized location and you can swipe your card with us.
11. HOW WILL BEER + BBQ SALES WORK?
If you want to purchase beer and barbecue at the festival, you’ll need to purchase tickets. There will be several locations where tickets can be purchased. Non-refundable tickets are redeemable at the bar and at our pitmasters.
FREE: Holy Smokers and those with Cut Above Tickets will be able to sample about an ounce of BBQ from our pitmasters until 5 p.m.
12. HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?
Tickets will be available in $5 increments with green valued at $5 and yellow at $1. One greeb ticket = one beer. Seriously, $5 for a beer! And not just any beer. A really good beer. And the math is easy. (You’ll probably want to bring some cash to purchase water.)
Sodas will cost $3 and BBQ prices will vary at the will of the vendor. Holy Smokers and Cut Above ticket holders get FREE samples from our BBQ vendors until 5 p.m.
13. HOW MUCH IS PARKING, AND WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
We’ll have free shuttles running to and from the following locations:
Taylor High School, 355 FM 973, Taylor, Texas 76574
Taylor Middle School, 304 Carlos G. Parker Blvd NW, Taylor, Texas 76574
Taylor Main Street Intermediate, 3101 N. Main Street, Taylor, Texas 76574
Click here for a parking locater map. No matter where you park, you assume all risk and responsibility.
14. CAN WE BRING LAWN CHAIRS, BLANKETS, ETC.?
PLEASE DO! Just keep in mind that the concert-only area will be very crowded and it’s likely that most people will find it impossible to stay seated during the awesome performances. We can’t guarantee that you will be able to see the stage once the show starts — and you’ll still have to lug those chairs around all night.
NOTE: NO lawn chairs will be allowed in the VIP area directly in front of the stage. This area is standing room only, no exceptions. VIP ticket-holders have paid for the privilege to stand, dance and otherwise revel in the music — if they so choose. A VIP area for your chairs will also be available.
15. WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE TO CONCERT-ONLY TICKET HOLDERS (AKA CLOSET VEGETARIANS)?
Participating restaurants can sell additional food items if they wish, and we know that many of them are planning to, but we cannot guarantee that food will be available at any given time. Pricing is up to the restaurants, and whether they accept cash, credit or debit cards. An ATM is just across the street should you get desperate.
16. WHAT CAN I NOT BRING?
Sorry but no outside food or drinks will be allowed inside the gate. So, don’t show up with your cooler and hope you’ll get lucky. No weapons (not even your pocket knife), of course, and no non-service-animal pets — unless you want them to be barbecued.
17. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Well, it goes without saying that you should bring a hearty appetite for BBQ and fun. Also, keep in mind it’s summer in Texas. So, we suggest some sunscreen with a high SPF, a nice pair of shades and a chair. And be sure to bring your ID and tickets!
18. CAN WE BRING THE KIDS?
Sure! As long as you take them back home. Kids 3 and under are free.
19. DO YOU CHECK IDS?
Yep. Count on it. Please come prepared to show yours. Since alcohol will be served at this event, it’s the best way to keep everyone safe. All festival-goers will be asked to show identification at the front gate and the beer ticket tents. Those 21 or older will get a special wrist band. Any person seen partaking of alcohol and not wearing a wristband will find themselves exiting the festival immediately via security escort. So, don’t take them off. Please note that bartenders can — and will — ask to double-check your ID in addition to asking to see your wristband.
20. WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
If you don’t want to come rain or shine, don’t buy a ticket. Otherwise, if you can’t come, give your ticket to someone who can. There will be no refunds for event or BBQ + beverage tickets.
21. DO YOU HAVE A PHOTO POLICY?
If you want to bring your camera or smart phone and take some pictures, click away! But just know we’ll snapping a few as well for publicity purposes. If you purchase a ticket, you’re basically saying “cheese” and agreeing that you’re OK with possibly ending up on our marketing materials. No professional photography will be allowed.