Festival Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Texas Reds Festival?
- Why do we have the festival? Who does it support?
- What are the hours for the festival?
- Will the festival continue, rain or shine?
- Are wine and beer tastings anytime throughout the weekend or only at scheduled times?
- Are there any hotels nearby?
- Is there a list of the wineries, breweries, vendors and bands participating in this year's Texas Reds Festival?
- Are the steak specials at the listed Downtown Bryan restaurants available throughout the whole weekend of the festival?
- Is there seating available at the festival?
- Are debit/credit cards accepted at the festival?
- How do I get the latest information and updates?
How do I get Tickets and which tickets should I buy?
- Do I need a ticket to get into the festival?
- Can I buy tickets the day of the festival or only online in advance?
- When do tickets go on sale?
- Where do I buy tickets at the festival?
- Is there a benefit to buying tickets sooner rather than later?
- Will any refunds be offered for ticket purchases?
How can I drink wine and beer?
- How can I drink wine or beer?
- What exactly do the beer and wine tasting tickets include?
- Will the wine and beer vendors offer anything else besides the tasting?
- Can I purchase tasting tickets only and sample wine or beer under the tents?
How do i get to and around the festival?
- Where are the best places to park for the festival?
- What roads are closed during the festival?
- Is the festival accessible?
How can I Participate?
- How late can I apply to be a vendor?
- How can I participate in the steak cook-off?
- How do I volunteer to help at Texas Reds Festival?
- I'm a business, how can I participate in the festival?
What is the Schedule?
- Will there be a detailed schedule of everything going on each day of the festival?
- When will the music schedule be released?
What to bring?
- What can I bring?
- Can I bring my golf cart to the festival?
- Can I bring any outside beverage or food?
- Are animals allowed at the festival?
Q: What is Texas Reds Festival?
A: Texas Reds Festival is a celebration of two major industries in Texas: beef and wine! We will be celebrating with three days of beef and wine. We hope you’ll join us!
Q: Why do we have the festival? Who does it support?
A: Texas Reds Festival is an event managed by the Downtown Bryan Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Originally started in 2007 by the City of Bryan, Texas Reds Festival was established to showcase the revitalization of Downtown Bryan, and to be the signature festival for Bryan. Since taking over management of the festival in 2014, the Downtown Bryan Association has given back almost $25,000 to local non-profit and civic organizations and awarded scholarships to Bryan ISD graduates. Each year, we look forward to giving back even more than the year before!
Q:What are the hours for the festival?
A: Friday, September 28: Street dance and concert only. Opener begins at 7:30 p.m. Headliner begins at 9:30 p.m. Stage located at the intersection of 28th St. and Main St.
Saturday, September 29: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (All tents and vendors will close at 8 p.m. The music stage and surrounding food vendors will be open through the final concert and closing around 11 p.m.)
Sunday, September 30: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Q: Will the festival continue, rain or shine?
A: Texas Reds Festival is a rain or shine festival. However, in the event of severe weather, the festival works closely with a team of highly-trained emergency personnel and will make a decision as to whether to continue the festival. Patron safety is always priority one.
Q: Are wine tasting and beer tasting anytime throughout the weekend or only at scheduled times?
A: Wine and beer tent hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 29.
Q: Are there any hotels nearby?
A: We recommend staying at the LaSalle Hotel located in Downtown Bryan, where the festival is just outside your window. Located right outside Downtown Bryan is the Milton Parker Home Bed and Breakfast. You may also check out www.experiencebcs.com for other hotels in the area.
Q: Is there a list of the wineries, breweries, vendors and bands participating in this year’s Texas Reds Festival?
A: A complete list of wineries, breweries and vendors will be available at the beginning of September. A full line up of bands will be announced on August 1 when tickets go on sale.
Q: Are the steak specials at the listed Downtown Bryan restaurants available throughout the whole weekend of the festival?
A: They will be available throughout the weekend for you to enjoy!
Q: Is there seating available at the festival?
A: There will be small seating areas throughout the festival. Festival attendees are welcome to bring camp chairs.
Q: Are debit/credit cards accepted at the festival?
A: All Texas Reds Festival ticket booths will accept credit cards; however, we cannot guarantee that all vendors will take credit cards. ATMs are available on festival grounds if needed.
Q: How do I get the latest information and updates?
A: Visit www.texasredsfestival.com as the website will be continually updated as the event approaches. You can also signup here to receive the latest news about the Texas Reds Festival via email.
HOW DO I GET TICKETS AND WHICH TICKETS SHOULD I BUY?
Q: Do I need a ticket to get in the festival?
A: No, the festival is free to the public. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the music, browse the vendor booths and enjoy the Kid's Zone at no charge. However, tickets must be purchased in order to participate in the Texas Wine tasting, Craft Beer tasting, Saturday night steak dinners and the Sunday steak and egg brunch.
Q: Can I buy tickets the day of the festival or only online in advance?
A: Tickets can be bought both online or the day of the festival. However, some events have limited tickets such as the special event dinners, so advance purchase is recommended.
Q: When do tickets go on sale?
A: August 1! Online tickets will be available throughout the festival.
Q: Where do I buy tickets at the festival?
A: 2018 Ticket Booth locations will be announced soon.
Q: Is there a benefit to buying tickets sooner than later?
A: YES! If you purchase tickets online, it means no waiting in line once you get to the festival! Once you arrive, all you will need to do is to get your age-verified wristband and you can enjoy the festival! Also, the earlier you purchase, the more you save!
Q: Will any refunds be offered for ticket purchases?
A: There will be NO refunds for ticket purchases. However, you may transfer your tickets to a different holder through our ticketing software.
Q: How can I drink wine or beer?
A: There are two ways to drink wine or beer at the festival.
Option 1: If you would like to participate in the Texas Wine or Craft Beer tasting tent, you MUST purchase a full tasting package with glassware. Without the current festival glassware, you will not be allowed to sample or purchase a glass of wine/beer under the tent. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for additional samples or glass of wine/beer.
Option 2: Purchase wine/beer tickets only and you may consume any alcohol sold at our bars located throughout the festival which include wine slushes, our custom blended festival wine or domestic and craft beer.
Q: What exactly do the beer and wine tasting tickets include?
A: Individual tickets may be redeemed for a Texas wine or craft beer sample under the respective tent or 5 tickets may be combined together to purchase a glass of wine or beer.
Q: Will the wine and beer vendors offer anything else besides the tasting?
A: Wine and beer vendors will be serving full glasses for 5 tasting tickets.
Q: Can I purchase tasting tickets only and sample wine or beer under the tents?
A: No, you must purchase a tasting package to participate in the wine or craft beer tents. However, you can use those tickets to purchase a glass of wine or a can of beer at various locations throughout the festival.
HOW DO I GET TO AND AROUND THE FESTIVAL?
Q: Where are the best places to park for the festival?
A: There is a free park and ride service located at Blinn College. Directions to Blinn College can be found on under Parking & Directions at the bottom of the page. The park and ride will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and the last bus will leave the festival at 10:30 p.m.
Q: What roads are closed during the festival?
A: Maps will be available as we approach September. They will include details of road closures due to the festival.
Q: Is the festival accessible?
A: Look for the Accessibility Help Desk near The Queen Theatre on Main St.. Under Accessibility at the bottom of the page, you can find a list of what the Accessibility Help Desk will have to offer you.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Q: How late can I apply to be a vendor?
A: The deadline for vendor applications is September 1. You can apply to be a Food or Non-Food Vendor through the Vendors section of the website.
Q: How do I volunteer to help at Texas Reds Festival?
A: There is an application available at under Volunteer Opps on this website and you must register directly online. FAQ are also available online under Volunteer Opportunity at the bottom of the page.
Q: I'm a business, how can I participate in the festival?
A: Check out the various partnership opportunities available under Become A Sponsor at the bottom of this page.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE?
Q: Will there be a detailed schedule of everything going on each day of the festival?
A: We will release a full list of activities at the beginning of September. To stay up to date, join our newsletter here!
Q: When will the music schedule be released?
A: A full schedule of live music acts will be announced on August 1 when tickets go on sale.
WHAT TO BRING?
Q: What can I bring?
A: We encourage you to bring camping chairs to enjoy the concerts in comfort. Coolers, outside food or alcohol and motorized vehicles are not allowed.
Q: Can I bring my golf cart to the festival?
A: The use of bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, golf carts and other motorized utility vehicles are prohibited inside festival boundaries during festival hours, except as used by Bryan police and fire/EMS personnel and official Reds Festival staff. The use of walkers, wheelchairs and motorized mobility scooters are allowed for persons who use these types of transportation aids on a regular basis.
Q: Can I bring in any outside beverages or food?
A: Outside food and beverages, including coolers, are not allowed at the festival. There are many Downtown restaurants and food vendors that serve a variety of options.
Q: Are animals allowed at the festival?
A: Service animals are welcome. However, we do not recommend bringing other pets as this is a street festival and the pavement and sidewalks can be hot in September.