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Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival can only be described as eclectic. With bands like Thirty Seconds to Mars and headliners like Wiz Khalifa, they have something for everyone’s musical taste. According to festival creators, Bunbury means “to have a made-up excuse to get out of doing something boring.” Why not use Bunbury Festival as your excuse to get away from mundane life or work or whatever else you’d rather escape?

Here is everything you need to know about Bunbury 2017.

Bunbury Date & Location

Bunbury Festival takes place on Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4 , 2017 at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove in Cincinnati, Ohio. Festival gates open at noon Friday and Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday.

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Bunbury Lineup

Bunbury’s eclectic lineup performs across two main and two side stages throughout the weekend. VIP Passes get you front-stage viewing access.

Headliners Wiz Khalifa and G-Eazy kick off the festival on Friday night with back-to-back performances. On Saturday, Bassnectar and Pretty Lights Live will take to the stage. Bunbury will conclude with a performance by Muse on Sunday night.

Curious who else is playing? Check out the full Bunbury 2017 lineup.

Bunbury Tickets

All Bunbury tickets are available at early-bird tiers but will sell out quickly. Below are the maximum prices for each ticket.

1-day Pass – $89

Single-day general admission to the festival.

3-day Passes – $189

Multi-day general admission to the festival.

3-day VIP Passes – $399

VIP Pass includes a separate entrance, stage-front viewing area, complimentary food and water, lockers, air-conditioned tent, WiFi, private restrooms and a private lounge with DJ.

3-day Ultimate VIP – $1299

Ultimate VIP Pass includes VIP amenities plus a designated side stage viewing area, four drink tickets and parking pass for all three festival days.

Get your Bunbury Festival tickets.

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Getting to Bunbury

A festival venue near downtown Cincinnati makes for an easy commute to Bunbury.

Bus – Metro Bus routes 1 or 85 will get you to the festival. Get off at Nuxhall Way and Merhing Way.

Car – The festival has teamed up with Parking Panda to help festival goers secure a guaranteed parking spot near the festival.

Walk – If you stay in downtown Cincinnati, you’ll have a little less than a 20-minute walk to the venue.

Street Car – The Cincinnati Connector has several stops downtown. Take stop #1 and walk east on Pete Rose Way towards Sawyer Point

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Where to Stay for Bunbury

Bunbury is not a camping festival. Luckily, the venue is close to downtown Cincinnati, so you have several options for nearby hotels, Airbnbs, and even hostels. These are some of our favorites in the area.


The Cincinnatian Hotel is a 4-star hotel near Fountain Square, a lively, downtown square full of restaurants, bars, and lounges. It’s the ideal place to stay if you’re looking for both comfort and fun activities post-festival. Rooms start at $141/night.

The Westin Cincinnati is another downtown option. With a pool, onsite fitness center and prime downtown location, you might enjoy your stay as much as you do the festival. Find a room starting at $239/night.


If you’re looking for something more exclusive for you and your friends, try this cozy cottage in Bellevue, KY, which is only three miles from downtown Cincinnati. Rent the entire house for you and five other friends for $196/night.

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Bunbury Music Festival is Cincinnati’s most eclectic music festival with headliners ranging from Muse to Wiz Khalifa. The 2017 festival takes place from June 2nd to June 4th in downtown Cincinnati, and is set to bring in 15,000 people each day. With such a sizable crowd, you may need some advice on how to navigate the festival. Here are some tips from the Bunbury pros.


1. Bring cash

Bunbury is a cash-only event. If you run out of money, there are plenty of ATMs around, but the fees may not be worth it. So, try to bring enough to cover you for the day.

2. Book accommodations early

Bunbury Festival is a non-camping event, so make sure to book accommodations nearby as soon as possible before the good deals fill up.

3. Protect your valuables

Grab a locker just inside the main gate to hold all of those extra things you don’t want to carry around all day.

4. Leave the prohibited items at home

That includes alcohol, selfie sticks, stickers, glass containers, food/beverage and video recording equipment.

5. Re-entry rules

Re-entry is only allowed for 3-day wristbands. Otherwise, there are no ins-and-outs.

6. Create a schedule

Take advantage of Bunbury’s “create my schedule” platform and decide what bands you want to see before you get to the festival.

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