Rocklahoma 2016 is all about the music. Fans of hard rock, metal, and classic rock flock to the festival held for three days at the end of May in central Oklahoma. Every year, the Rocklahoma lineup features the many acts who spend three days rocking the crowds gathered at the outdoor concert held in the small town of Pryor.
Rocklahoma History and Facts
The first festival happened in 2007 when more than 100,000 people came to rock out. By the next year, Rolling Stone named the concerts one of the music festivals that should not be missed. Over the years, the festival has drawn a long list of bands and solo acts—some who made their name in the 80s and other more current bands, from Axeticy to Zebra. Cinderella, Vince Neil, Slaughter, and Papa Roach have all made appearances at Rocklahoma.
Tickets to Rocklahoma
General admission tickets give you access to all three days of the festivals and all of the great music in the Rocklahoma lineup. Single-day tickets are not an option, but upgraded VIP packages are a real possibility. The upgraded tickets include priority parking and seats close to the stage. You'll also have access to the VIP tent with air conditioning, a welcome respite from the summer heat. Ticket holders also have access to soft drinks and limited beer service as well a buffet park with hearty foods and desserts.
Other ticket packages build on the VIP experience by adding access to a backstage green room or a elevated deck with a great view of the stage. Or if you prefer, you could go for the package that guarantees seats in the first few rows, up close to the stage and the entire Rocklahoma lineup.
Directions to Rocklahoma
You'll find the festival, campgrounds, and parking lots five miles south of Adair and four miles to the north of Pryor along Highway 69. If you have general admission tickets, follow Highway 69 and then turn east onto County Road 450 until gate 5. VIP ticket holders can follow the same route, but should continue to gate 9. General admission campers should enter gate 1, while VIPs will head to gate 3.
If you're coming from Oklahoma City, follow Interstate 44 through Tulsa and keep going until you reach Highway 20, Will Rogers Boulevard. Continue until you reach downtown Pryor and the junction with Highway 69. Then, head north until you find County Road 450.
If you're coming from Bartlesville, follow U.S. 60 to the east. It connects with Highway 69 just north of Big Cabin. For those who prefer to leave the driving to someone else, they can catch a shuttle at the Tulsa airport and head in comfort to Pryor.
Lodging near Rocklahoma
Many of the festival goers turn a trip to Rocklahoma 2016 as a reason to do some Oklahoma camping. The onsite campground has a security detail and a convenience store, both 24 hours a day. Campers also have access to showers and fresh water at both the general admission and VIP campgrounds. All of the camping packages include a parking pass.
If you'd prefer to stay in a hotel, you'll find many Oklahoma hotels located in and around Pryor. The Comfort Inn & Suites at Comfort Inn and Suites at 307 MidAmerica Drive is right at the junction of Highway 69-making the trip to Rocklahoma a quick and easy one. Each of the 64 guestrooms features cozy linens and big TVs, and the suites add extra space and kitchenettes. High-speed Internet is included in the room rate as the breakfast bar in the morning.