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​1152 Monarch St, Lexington, KY 40513

How much does CRAVE cost?

Admission: $12 daily admission / $15 weekend pass. Kids 10 and under are free. 

Discounted packages of Crave Bucks are available HERE through Friday, July 26th. 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!

Parking: Free

Food: Vendors will offer items some at $3-$5 and other price points. Digital CRAVE Bucks 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 $140,000 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 and giant board games are among the activities geared toward the kiddos. Live Green Lexington will also offer no-charge activities. 


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. 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)

  • Baby strollers

  • 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:
  • Outisde Food or Drink

  • 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 

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.


CRAVE is a rain-or-shine event. There are no refunds of admission tickets or CRAVE Bucks.

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