When is the Festival?

Boxcar Country Music Festival will run for two nights — July 28 & 29, 2023. The Waterfront Container Village will have family-friendly programming during the day.

Where is it?

We’ll be popping up beside the AREA 506 Waterfront Container Village, in the same location as the AREA 506 Festival — Pugsley Terminal. You’ll enter through the Container Village at 85 Water St.

How can I get tickets?

You’ll find everything you need here.

What about timing? Can I buy tickets right now?

You sure can! Tickets went on sale Thursday, March 2. Early Birds will be available for a limited time or until they’re gone.

Who’s playing?
How much are tickets?

There are lots of answers to that. We’ve got loads of ticket options – you can choose from single day passes to full VIP weekend experiences. You’ll find all of the details here.

Is Boxcar Country Music Festival an accessible event?

Yes! The site is recently paved and relatively flat to help with getting around, and we’ve done our best to create space for anyone with mobility challenges. If you have specific questions, email hidden; JavaScript is required.

What’s included with VIP tickets?

VIP tickets include access to a preferred viewing area to the side of the stage that provides great sight-lines, dedicated washrooms and VIP bar access. Note that VIP passes are for those 19 years of age and older.

And I've heard something about pods. Are there pods?

Yes! The reviews say that folks really liked the pods, so let’s do it. Pods are 10’ x 14’ and can hold up to ten people comfortably – they include all VIP amenities, plus a private seating area. Think of it like your own little party cabana.

How are you dealing with COVID-19 in 2023?

We always do our best to create events and experiences that are comfortable and safe for everyone. Our commitment is to align with Public Health directives and, at this time, no specific COVID-19 Operational Plans are required. We encourage all attendees to use their best judgement and be respectful to those around them.

Can I bring a chair?

Sorry, no chairs. We’ll have some seating options available around the concert site, but you’ll want to leave folding/​portable/​camp chairs at home. If you need to take a break from the action, you can also visit the Container Village where you’ll find additional seating.

Do I have to be 19 to attend the Festival?

No! This experience is open to anyone, and those under the age of 12 can even attend for FREE as long as they’re with their grown-up! The only exception is the VIP area — that’s only for those 19+. Everyone will receive a wristband at the gate to identify those under the age of 19

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely, yes. Check out the Contact’ section and fill out the form. We’ll touch base with details.

Is there re-entry into the site?

Yes, you can re-enter with your ticket and a wristband.

Can I bring my pets?

Well-behaved pets on their best behaviour are welcome in the Waterfront Container Village (when on a leash) but unfortunately, we won’t admit any furry/​fluffy/​scaly friends in the licensed, ticketed area. 

Where can I stay in Saint John?

Lots of places! Our first suggestion is always with our friends at the Delta Saint John, but there are lots of other options – try the hotel locator tool by Discover Saint John here.

What can I bring with me?

You can bring a reasonably-sized bag with you — a purse or a small backpack — security will check it at the gate. You should bring a sweater, the waterfront can get chilly at night, even in July. You can bring one (sealed) bottle of water with you past the gates.

Things you’ll want to leave at home: folding chairs, umbrellas, pets, and bad vibes.

What’s this about Early Bird tickets again?

Now you’re paying attention! We’re making a limited number of Early Bird weekend passes available — they’re Weekend Passes specially priced for early supporters. They’re available for a limited time/​while supplies last.