How much does CRAVE cost?
Admission: $10 daily admission / $15 weekend pass. Kids 10 and under are free.
Discounted packages of Crave Bucks are available HERE through Friday, July 29. Admission tickets can also be purchased at the gate, and Digital Crave Bucks can be added to your cart at any time during the festival using the festival website or app.
NOTE: University of Kentucky students get half-off admission at the gate with a valid student ID, thanks to our partner WRFL 88.1!
Food: Vendors will offer items for $5 and other price points. Some have $2 and $3 options. Digital CRAVE Bucks (available HERE) must be used for all food and beverages inside the festival. $1 = 1 CRAVE Buck.
Music: Included with admission
Bounce houses and other kids' activities: Included with admission
How do CRAVE Bucks work?
CRAVE Currency is all-digital payment system for food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases inside the festival. Bars will accept Digital CRAVE Currency, as well as cash and cards. We recommend creating your account in advance to save time at the festival, or download the Crave app!
To start an account, click HERE and enter your email address. You will receive an email with a link to create your CRAVE account. Once you've signed in, you can add any denomination of CRAVE Bucks to your account.
Use the QR code attached to your account at vendors throughout the festival to purchase your favorite food and drinks - vendors will scan your code directly from your mobile device (pro-tip: take a screenshot of your cocde for easy access!). You can also transfer CRAVE Bucks from your account to your friends and family if you want to share the fun!
Food vendors can only accept Digital CRAVE Bucks - no cash or card sales will be permitted at food vendors.
Bars will accept Digital CRAVE Bucks as well as cash and credit/debit cards.
You can add more Digital CRAVE Bucks to your account from your mobile device at any point during the festival. While Digital CRAVE Bucks are non-refundable, you can easily transfer leftover currency to a friend.
If you don't want to use a mobile device at the festival, no problem! Visit our Info Tent, located at the entrance of the festival, to activate your account and receive a paper card with a QR code to access your CRAVE Bucks. Be sure to hold on to your card!
Box offices at the admission gate can accept cash, card or pre-purchased admission tickets.
How many CRAVE Bucks should I buy?
Average per adult: $30-$40
Average per child: $15-20
Average per family of 4: $100
Does CRAVE support a charity?
CRAVE partners with several charities during the festival, with GreenHouse 17 receiving the largest portion of festival proceeds of all of our non-profit partners. CRAVE has contributed $120,000 to GreenHouse 17.
Are there kids activities?
CRAVE is a family-friendly event with lots of activities for every age group! Inflatables, games, face painting, giant board games, books and kids' art projects are among the activities geared toward the kiddos. Live Green Lexington will also offer no-charge activities.
What's the deal with the car show?
The annual CRAVE Classic Car Show will take place 1-5 p.m. each day. A Judge's Choice and a People's Choice trophy will be issued each day - festival attendees are encouraged to check out all the cars and vote for your favorite each day! This is a laid-back, casual show and there's no need to have a concours-level car to enter. Please click HERE if you are interested in showing your car. There is no charge, and you get in FREE!
Who created CRAVE?
CRAVE is a 2-day food + music festival produced by Smiley Pete Publishing, the independent Lexington-based company behind Chevy Chaser and Southsider Magazines, Business Lexington, Lexington Burger Week, Bluegrass BBQ Fest, Lexington Pizza Week, Lexington Boutique Week, CRAVE Taco Week and tadoo.com. The festival started in 2013 and has grown ever since!
What should/can I bring?
The following items are allowed for your personal comfort:
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, bug repellant
Lightweight blankets to sit on
Ponchos or handheld umbrellas
Seating (low-back folding chairs or camping chairs)
Wet wipes and pocket hand sanitizers always come in handy
Backpacks are allowed, but are subject to search at the gate
Patrons are NOT ALLOWED to bring any of the following:
Coolers or picnic baskets
Flasks, thermos, or drink containers of any kind other than clear water bottles
Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind
Fireworks or explosives of any kind
Pet Policy: With the exception of service animals, there are NO PETS ALLOWED inside Masterson Station Fairgrounds
CRAVE is a festival specially designed for humans - please leave your pets at home. As much as we love our dogs, cats, turtles, lizards and pet fish, to maximize the safety and enjoyment of all guests we cannot allow animals inside the fairgrounds during this (very food-centric) event.
We regret that we will not be able to offer Doggie Day Care this year as we have in years past.
CRAVE is a rain-or-shine event. There are no refunds of admission tickets or CRAVE Bucks.