Country Thunder kicks off this Thursday in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and here is all the information you need to know to have a blast this year's festival!

Let me first say this; there's a reason Country Thunder received the 2015 ACM for Festival of the Year! Not only do they have an amazing entertainment lineup waiting for you, but they also have an awesome new app to check out, and they have made getting to the festival even easier this year! Here's all the details:

Travel: Shuttles and travel services are available, but most have already sold out.

  • Rockford Day Tripper Package from RYDE on Saturday, July 25 to see Blake Shelton - $49.00 per person, Departs from the Starbucks on East State St. at 11:30 a.m. and departs from Twin Lakes 30 minutes after music ends that evening.
  • Uber - Download the Uber app and use the code CTNATION for a free first ride up to $20 off.

Download the official Country Thunder app - Get all the info you need on the go including artist info, directions, stage lineups, social media links, attractions and much, much more.


Frequently asked questions about Country Thunder:

Q: What time do the gates open each day?  Thursday 2p.m.; Friday – Sunday at 1p.m.

Q: What time does the music start each day?  Main Stage entertainment begins at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. There are also additional side stages featuring live music throughout the day including The Boathouse Cabana and Electric Thunder.

Q: Are there tickets available? Yes, but they are going fast! Limited numbers of 4-day and individual day passes are available at participating local Walgreens locations, online at, or in person at the gate in Twin Lakes beginning Thursday. (If supplies last of course)

Q: How do I get there? Since I am HORRIBLE with directions, I will just send you here instead of telling you how I get there. (I take 173 to Harvard, then take a couple turns, and Boom! I’m there. See, I told you. Not very helpful.)

Q: What can I bring with me/ what are the festival rules? Bring your party pants, your singing voice, and don’t get arrested. That’s my advice, but here is the complete list of festival rules.

Q: I’m camping this year, and I am not sure where my camping site is.  Your camping pass should say what section you are in, and here is the site map to find the location.

Q: Is there food and other merchandise and services available for purchase? You bet! There are even shower facilities available for a small fee if your fun gets a little too dirty. Here’s the complete list of services available.

Q: Where can I find Q98.5 at the festival? Everywhere! But, be sure to look for our Woodstock Harley Rollin stage near the skybox seats near the entrance to the vendor area.

Q: Does the fun end when the Main Stage entertainment is over each night? Heck no! The festival bowl is rockin’ til 2a.m!

Q: What should I wear to Country Thunder? Whatever you want and don't mind getting dirty. Seriously. Here's a look at the Country Thunder fashion from last year to help you make your wardrobe decisions...