Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival Tickets Available For Purchase Today | Culture & Leisure


Tickets for the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival 2022 officially go on sale this morning.

At 10 a.m., tickets will be available for purchase at for the annual event scheduled for May 7 in downtown Tyler.

Organizers are urging hopeful attendees to buy their tickets quickly, as the festival has sold out every year since its inception and is expected to sell out again. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

VIP tickets are $175, general admission tickets (which include access to all of the barbecue and the concert) are $85, and concert-only tickets are $60.

Details on the three ticket levels:

  • VIP tickets: Noon door time. Tickets include entrance to the festival one hour earlier, samples of all barbecue restaurants, a festival t-shirt, two free drink coupons, a private VIP lounge area and a private standing room area in front of the stage .
  • General admission: 1 p.m. door time. Tickets include samples of all barbecue restaurants and access to the concert. There will be a designated area for standing guests and plenty of room for chairs in the general admission area.
  • Concert only: 3:45 p.m. door time. Tickets include access to the concert. There will be a dedicated area for standing guests and plenty of room for chairs in the GA area.

Children 5 and under will be admitted free.

RELATED: Revisit photos from the festival over the years.

The annual event features the best barbecues in the state and, in 2022, more music programming than ever.

Robert Earl Keen, who will be retiring from touring later this year, will headline the festival. Other artists include Wade Bowen, Kolby Cooper, Pecos & The Rooftops, Kylie Frey and William Beckmann.

American singer-songwriter and artist, Keen is a Texas Cowboy Hall of Famer, known for his songs like “Sonora’s Death Row” and “The Road Goes on Forever (and the Party Never Ends)”. The Houston native has 21 records under his belt and thousands of shows under his belt, according to his website.

“Every music fan should see Robert Earl Keen,” says his website.

In addition to the music, the festival will feature more than 25 of Texas’ best barbecues, showing off their smoked meats to attendees.

According to the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival website, the barbecue lineup is expected to feature a number of barbecue joints from East Texas as well as several from across the state.

Food trucks and local vendors will have food available from 4 p.m., along with any restaurants that choose to sell food after the barbecue portion of the festival ends.

Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival partners with The Heart of Tyler, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Tyler. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go directly to support downtown revitalization.

The festival is committed to bringing the best of the best from Texas to its stage each year, previously featuring the Randy Rogers Band, Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours and more.

For more information on the festival and lineup, visit

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