WE Fest 2016 is a massive country music festival that takes place annually in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The host venue is a large plot known as Soo Pass Ranch that affords visitors from all over the opportunity to camp onsite and enjoy three full days of top-notch country music entertainment and a festive environment at the beginning of August. Even in its host year of 1983, this Minnesota country music festival attracted some 50,000 fans over the course of three days. It has steadily grown in attendance ever since and now attracts some of the biggest acts in the genre. There is no reason why WE Fest 2016 should not be a record busting year for attendance. The entertainment and this Minnesota festival is sure to be second to none.
WE Fest Style of Music
This is a celebration of all things country western. Fans of this style of music young and old will relish the opportunity to see legendary acts from days past, as well as today’s brightest stars. The fact that everyone is camping and enjoying the songs together is especially conducive to this style of music. Past performers that have graced the stage at WE Fest include Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, and Blake Shelton. The lineup generally consists of a who’s who of top artists in the world of country. The three-day schedule means more bands to enjoy. The entertainment gets started early and lasts into the late night.
Tickets to WE Fest
You can purchase a general admission pass for all three days for around $100. If you plan to pull a vehicle into the grounds and camp at Soo Pass Ranch, you will also need to purchase a camping permit and a vehicle permit. For all vehicle permits you must have three-day passes for the festival as well as camping permits equal or greater than the number of people you plan to bring in your vehicle. It is a reasonably inexpensive affair when you consider the fact that you will be covering your accommodations as well as tickets to see the best acts in all of country music.
Directions to WE Fest
The WE Fest Amphitheater is easy to find. It is located four miles to the south of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota off of Highway 59. From the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas you can take 94 West to 59 North for 40 miles until you reach exit 50. You can also use the 10 West.
Lodging near WE Fest
There is a small selection of hotels in Detroit Lakes and nearby Perham, but the majority of attendees take advantage of the low-cost camping that affords them the option of not having to drive to and from the event each morning and night. There are shuttles that operate from the Fairground located right outside the West Gate of the amphitheater. The shuttle bus operates everyday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and runs back and forth to downtown Detroit Lakes where you can find groceries, alcoholic beverages, and other sundries. There are electrical hookups for RVs and public facilities including bathrooms, showers, 24-hour security, and EMTs on the premises.