Break out your cowboy hats and your best festival getup because the Country Thunder Music Festival is coming to Arizona. For four days in April, the tiny town of Florence will ring with the sounds of some of the nation's most exciting country musicians. With a full lineup and plenty of options for food, drinks and shopping, this event has something for everyone in the family.
In 2020, Country Thunder takes place near Florence, Arizona. This small town is located about an hour southeast of Phoenix, and it's easy to reach from anywhere in the metro area. The festival itself happens in the desert about 10 minutes northeast of town; the exact address is 20585 E Water Way, Florence, AZ 85132.
In 2020, Country Thunder is packed with exciting country music acts. On Thursday, April 16, the fun starts with the electronic-infused stylings of Filmore followed by Meghan Patrick, Dallas Smith and Travis Denning. The first night closes with headliner Dustin Lynch. On Friday, the day starts with the classic sounds of Drew Parker. Throughout the afternoon, check out Seaforth, Parmalee, Parker McCollum and Ashley McBryde. The star of the show is Luke Combs; he's coming to Florence fresh off an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Bring comfortable clothes and a cozy chair on Saturday because you won't want to budge from your spot as Kameron Marlowe, Gabby Barrett, Chicks With Hits, Riley Green and Russel Dickerson take the stage. The night closes out with a performance by Kane Brown, one of the fastest-rising stars in country music. On the last day of the festival, Drew Gregory starts playing at 1:00 p.m. followed by Austin Jenickes at 2:30. Later, you can rock out to Tenille Townes, the Randy Rogers Band and Chris Janson. The last act of the festival is Eric Church, who joins the Country Thunder lineup after his tour of the United Kingdom.
If you're interested in country swing dance, don't miss the festival's Dancing With the Thunder event. Join in for the chance to win prizes: The top three couples get special tickets and packages for the 2021 event. Of course, you can just show up to watch the fun for yourself.
Need a break from the concerts at Country Thunder? Go for a walk around the festival grounds to discover everything the event has to offer. Near the Copperhead Stage, the food court is a great place to grab a snack or a meal. Be prepared for lines; it's also a good idea to have cash on hand. If you're in the mood for a drink, you'll find bars near the food court and the Electric Thunder stage. If you want to sit down, head to The Saloon in the northwest corner of the festival grounds; it offers reserved seating. You can also walk to the east to find the Country Thunder retail area to pick up CDs or grab a shirt from your favorite artists of the festival.
Many of the people who visit Country Thunder in Arizona come for the entire event, and to accommodate them, the festival offers a variety of on-site campgrounds. The campsites for 2020 are already full; however, you can still get on the waiting list using Lyte. Campsites are only available for the full weekend, so you'll need a four-day admission bracelet to enter the campground.
If you manage to snag a campsite at Country Thunder, you can expect a spot that measures about 19 feet by 39 feet. There are no hookups, but the festival allows you to bring a generator to use any time except for the quiet hours of 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. There are plenty of toilets available in camp and around the festival. Keep in mind that all recreational vehicles, including golf carts and ATVs, are banned during the festival.
Also keep in mind that Country Thunder is located outside of town, so it's a good idea to bring in everything you need. Stocking up on food and drinks is a great way to save money on food within the festival. Your campsite pass includes parking for one vehicle in addition to your RV. You can buy extra overnight or daytime parking passes for the standard parking lots as needed.
Need extra space for your RV? Consider getting on the waiting list for a premier camping package. The sites in this area measure 25 feet by 45 feet, so they're a better fit for big rigs. In addition, you'll get three full meals a day for two people in the Skybox, a grey and black water pump, electrical hookups, a parking pass, a water fill and a host who can help you with any issues that arise.
When the festival sites are full, you'll find free RV camping to the north. Along East Cottonwood Canyon Road, the BLM offers free dispersed camping for up to 14 days. If possible, consider arriving early; these spots can fill up fast. The access road and the sites themselves are accessible for most RVs, but it's a good idea to drive out first in a passenger vehicle to check the current status of the road and select a site. To get to this area, drive north from the festival site on Highway 79. After about 12 miles, turn right onto East Cottonwood Canyon Road.
Want to camp at Country Thunder even if you can't get an RV campsite? Glamping packages may still be available. With these packages, everything is ready for you. You'll get a safari tent with air conditioning and power, a queen or two twin beds and fresh coffee every morning. These packages also include two platinum experience passes and access to the glamping lounge, luxury shower trailer and luxury bathroom trailer.
Hotel options in Florence are extremely limited; book as soon as possible to get a room. If everything is full, your best bet is to look along Interstate 8 or Interstate 10 near Casa Grande. You'll also find plenty of hotels in Gilbert and Chandler about an hour to the northwest.
The easiest way to get to Country Thunder Arizona is to hop on Highway 87 from the Phoenix area or Highway 79 to Florence. Once you arrive, drive about 2 miles north on Highway 79 and turn right on East Price Station Road. The festival grounds are about 3 miles out, so just follow the signs.
If you're staying at an RV park near Mesa or Apache Junction, you can also take a Stagecoach Express shuttle to the festival. Check the company's website for schedules and tickets.
Country Thunder offers plenty of parking; however, the lots are designed for passenger vehicles rather than RVs. Single-day parking passes are available for $15 each, or you can buy a weekend pass for $80. Keep in mind that the parking lots are located a distance from the stage, so you can expect to walk.
Tickets for Country Thunder Arizona are available on the event's website. If you're planning to come for three or four days of the festival, the best deal is the four-day general admission ticket; it's $200. You can also buy $75 single-day tickets. Want a luxury trip? Choose the Platinum Experience tickets, which include access to the Skybox, comfortable restaurants and a private bar with appetizers. This ticket costs $600 for four days and includes a reserved parking pass. For a one-day ticket, you'll pay $300.
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