School is out, and festival season is upon us! To help prepare you, we’re going to post ten articles about the best punk-rock music festivals! Part one: Vans Warped Tour!

Ah, yes. Warped. The classic, all ages, punk-rock festival. This year, Warped kicks off on June 16th in Seattle, Washington and wraps up on August 6th in Pomona, California. It will travel through 33 states and be available at 41 venues (Catch the specific dates here).

Things you can bring to Warped include a small lightweight backpack, a small expandable umbrellas, sunscreen, a small homemade snack (Canterbury Park, Shakopee excluded), one sealed bottle of water, a camera with no removable lenses or tripods, a sharpie for autographs and writing set times, a fully charged cell phone, comfortable sneakers, and a hat. You can refill your water bottle at the Warped Hydration Stations!

Warped does not allow selfie sticks, chains (ex: wallet chains), alcohol, recording devices, firearms, weapons, knives etc., or any illegal substances.

Make sure you have everything with you before you enter the venue. Once you’re in, you’re in. You may not leave and come back in without purchasing another ticket.

Before your show, download the Official Vans Warped Tour iPhone and Android app to make your Warped experience the best one possible! This app shows you what bands will be playing at your venue and when they will be performing. “It also includes tips on how to have the most fun and stay safe at the show with Warped 101. Get exclusive updates, content, prizes and more from Warped sponsors and partners”. (

Doors will open at 11 AM and close by 9 PM, but you can donate 3 canned goods to the Feed Our Children NOW! tent outside your venue to get an early entry wristband!


Tickets cost around $40 a piece and will also likely be available the day of the show. If you need a parent to come with you, no worries! Any child 16 or younger can bring a parent 28 or older for free. This guardian has to be a parent, it cannot be a sibling and you cannot switch parents partway through the day. If your parent doesn’t want to walk around with you, they can sit in our air conditioned Reverse Daycare tent!

The Music Saves Lives foundation will also be offering a backstage access wristband to the first 100 fans per venue that redeem their Music Saves Lives Blood Donation Voucher. To obtain a voucher, you need to donate blood at a MSL sponsored blood drive. The information for signing up and donating blood can be found at regarding the program can be found on the Music Saves Lives FAQ or addressed directly to

Make sure to stop by the SideOneDummy tent to pick up your Vans Warped Tour 2017 compilation CD!

A quick reminder: Don’t ever buy tickets, VIP passes, merch, etc in the parking lots!

Stay safe this summer, and have fun!


2017 Lineup:

Attila, Bowling For Soup, Cky, Futuristic, Hawthorne Heights, I Prevail, Jule Vera, Never Shout Never, New Years Day, Sammy Adams, Watsky, American Authors, Andy Black, Beartooth, Dance Gavin Dance, Falling In Reverse, Goldfinger, Hands Like Houses, Memphis May Fire, Neck Deep, Our Last Night, Save, Ferris, Streetlight Manifesto, Being As An Ocean, Blessthefall, Candiria, Counterparts, Fit For A King, Hatebreed, Silent Planet, Stick To Your Guns, Sylar, The Acacia Strain, After The Burial, Carnifex, Emmure, Gwar,  Hundredth, Silverstein, Sworn In, Too Close To Touch, Alestorm, Bad Seed Rising, Barb Wire Dolls, Big D And The Kids Table, Lakeshore, William Control, Microwave, Plain White T’s, Riverboat Gamblers, Sonic Boom Six, Stacked Like Pancakes, Street Dogs, Twilight Creeps, War On Women, The White Noise, The Adolescents, The Alarm, Alvarez Kings, Anti-flag, The Ataris, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, The Dickies, Doll Skin, Fire From The Gods, Municipal Waste, Sick Of It All, Strung Out, The Suicide Machines, T.s.o.l., Valient Thorr, Assuming We Survive, Bad Omens, Boston Manor, Carousel Kings, Courage My Love, Creeper, Dead Girls Academy, The Dukes, Eternal Boy, The Fantastic Plastics, Farewell Winters, Feeki, The Gospel Youth, Knocked Loose, Montage, Movements, My Heart Might Explode, Naked Walrus, One Last Shot, Playboy Manbaby, Sarah And The Safe Word, Separations, Shattered Sun, Tillie, Trophy Eyes, The Waves.