What to expect at this weekend's first Railbird Festival

Three stages, 34 acts, one fun weekend
Posted at 5:56 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 18:34:49-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Six months after the announcement of the first Railbird Festival, the weekend music fans have waited for is almost here.

With the traffic going into Keeneland this weekend, it will feel like the Fall meet. The popular Lexington racecourse will be the venue a two day music festival.

The festival's co-producer David Helmers told LEX 18's Conroy Delouche that the preps are coming down the homestretch (yes..that phrase was used on purpose).

"We have three stages on the grounds of Keeneland. One is up in an area most people around here refer to as the Hill. The second stage is down in the Meadow, and then we have a third stage tucked in next to the Keene Entertainment Complex," said Helmers.

There will be three stages and 34 acts.

The parking lots open at 10 a.m. and the gates will open a few hours later, so you can tailgate in Keeneland tradition.

"We know that's a tradition here. So you can start your morning in the parking lot, and then head on in, and enjoy the activities," Helmer said.

The Keene Barn will host The Rickhouse, which Helmer describes as an upscale bourbon bar and culinary kitchen.

"None of the music is going to be here in the grandstand or the paddock area. But they are going to be open for some unique experiences," he said.

If you need your horse-racing fix, the Lucky Day Plaza will offer simulcasts of other race tracks along with on-site BETologists.

For more information on planning your visit, click here.