Some Frequently Asked Questions

For less than what you might pay for a single concert ticket, you get a full day of music with a great mix of local and national acts.

PLUS, there is a field full of fun activities with inflatables, bungee jumping – all included! (Activities are available Saturday only. Activities close at 6pm on Saturday.) Your wristband allows you to come and go throughout the day and enjoy all of this for one low price – the only additional money you might spend is on concessions.  Many folks bring a cooler to keep in their car and go out to the parking lot for picnics and save a little money that way!

You can purchase early entry tickets and get in 1 hour before gates open to avoid a long wait in line (but remember that early entry does not give the ability to save spaces for others)!

The Inflatable Toys area and attractions will be available for the kids only from 10:00am – 6:00pm on Saturday. They will not be open on Friday.

Early entry does not give the ability to save spaces for anyone else.

The event is scheduled to go on rain or shine, so you will want to make sure to pack accordingly. In the event of severe weather, local authorities will help us make sure you and your family are safe.

No.  Spots are unable to be saved from Friday to Saturday. Items left on the field after the concerts on Friday will be thrown away.

There is no camping allowed.

There is plenty of free parking at the National Sports Center – just follow the signs!


Money for food


Comfortable shoes


An umbrella

A 32 oz or less water bottle (please fill it on site rather than bringing it filled)

A small toddler wagon

No audio or video equipment

No pets

No outside food, beverages or coolers

No tarps

No tobacco, alcohol, firearms or drugs

No sports equipment (i.e. balls, frisbees)

No drones or hover boards

No large, lounging style lawn chairs.  Small camping style portable chairs are permitted on the field, but not permitted in the stadium seats.

Large wagons

Umbrellas are permitted.

This accommodation is for single person sized umbrellas and all other larger types of umbrellas will not be permitted. Umbrella must be no larger than 36″ in diameter.

For safety reasons all umbrellas need to have blunt ends. No pointed ended umbrellas will be allowed into the event site.

In case of high winds we reserve the right to ask you to put your umbrella away in order to help ensure your safety and those around you.

Joyful Noise requests that those with an umbrella be courteous of those around them throughout the entire day, so all can have an opportunity to see and enjoy the event.

Sure! But please no audio or video recording of performances.

Yes!  The wheelchair section is located house left or north side of the field. Close to the stage.  This is also the same location for viewing the sign language interpretation.

All wristbands will be mailed in May.  If you have questions regarding your order please contact the Northwestern Ticket Office at 651-631-5151 or ticketoffice@unwsp.edu.

Graduating High School Seniors receive a free ticket to both Friday and Saturday of the Festival. These tickets can only be requested at the Ticket Tent on the day of the event – Please Do NOT buy tickets in advance for your graduating senior. Seniors must bring proof of their graduation (examples include copy of diploma, picture in cap and gown, student’s ID with current year and grade, student’s graduation party/open house announcement, etc.). Please contact the Northwestern Ticket Office if you have specific questions regarding graduating high school senior tickets, call 651-631-5151 or email ticketoffice@unwsp.edu.