Where is Red Lodge?

Red Lodge is located approximately 70 miles from the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone Park, which takes about 90-120 minutes by car over the beautiful Beartooth Highway. We are 60 miles south of Billings, MT and 65 miles north of Cody, Wyoming. Both Billings and Cody airports have commercial air service. We are a small resort town with a year round population of approximately 2500 people and an elevation of 5600 ft.  In June we are on Mountain Daylight time and around the summer solstice the sun will be up by 5:30 ish and won’t set until 9:30 ish. A great time to be here. Daytime temperatures should be in the mid to upper 70s and nighttime temps should be in the 40s, although high 30s that time of the year is not unusual, afternoon thunderstorms are common so layers for warmth and a raincoat may come in handy. Most of your shows are inside but several are outside and two of the late night sessions are outside.

When will the lineups of songwriters for each venue be released?

The festival songwriter lineup in each venue is historically released the week of the event.

What credentials do I need to get into the Shows?

To be admitted to any venue, each person must have either a pass, ticket or wristband. Wristbands for the Rising Star shows are available at the Festival Box Office, Roman Theater, or at the venues. They are $5.00 per day or $10.00 for all three days. If you have a ticket for the Nashville Songwriter Show for that day you automatically receive a wristband. Tickets for the Nashville Shows are available online, at the Box Office or at the Venues prior to the shows. Note some of these shows will be sold out prior to the day of the festival.

Do all shows require a ticket?

Most shows require either a wristband, a ticket, or a pass. Breakfast at the Songwriter Festival which takes place on Friday and Saturday mornings at Honey’s Cafe, the show on Saturday, 6/22, at Lions Park, and the Late Night shows do not require a wristband, pass or ticket.

Where can I exchange my receipt for my tickets/wristband/pass?

You may exchange your receipt for tickets, wristbands or passes ticket at the Red Lodge Songwriters Festival headquarters which are located at the Historic Roman Theater, 120 S Broadway, Red Lodge, MT.  

RLSWF/Historic Roman Theater Box Office

Box Office & Will Call | 406.690.5988

120 S Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

  • Wednesday, June 19 | 3PM – 6PM
  • Thursday, June 20 | 12PM – 6PM
  • Friday, June 21 | 12PM – 7PM
  • Saturday, June 22 | 12PM – 4PM

What is the difference between a Rising Star Wristband, General Admission Ticket, All Access Pass, and Multi Day Pass?

  • All Access Passes:  Access to all venues throughout the 3-day weekend.
  • VIP Passes:  Access to all venues throughout the 3-day weekend. Reserved seating at Nashville Songwriter Shows
  • Multi Day Passes:  Access to all venues on Friday 6/21 & Saturday 6/22.
  • Rising Star Wristband: Access to the Rising Star shows. Rising Star Wristbands are $5 per day or $10 for the three day weekend.  
  • General Admission Ticket: Access to the Nashville Songwriter Show on the day of the ticket and a wristband for the Rising Star shows that same day.

Will single show tickets be available?

If the Nashville Songwriter shows on Thursday, 6/20, and Friday, 6/21, are not completely sold out, single show tickets will be sold at Festival Box Office or at the venue. We will make announcements via our website and social media regarding ticket availability. There will be plenty of tickets available for the Saturday evening show at Doug Brown field.

Where Can I buy Merchandise?

Merchandise will be available at Red Lodge Songwriter Festival Headquarters located at the Historic Roman Theater and at the Nashville Songwriter Shows. Individual songwriters may be selling their CDs in the venues at which they perform.

Is there camping available?

There is abundant camping in our area. The Red Lodge KOA is four miles from downtown Red Lodge and a sponsor of our festival. There is also a number of US Forest Service campgrounds in the area.

Where can I find parking?

Downtown Red Lodge and our venues are located within four blocks of each other, many within the same block. Once you find a place to park you can walk to all the venues. Parking is either on the neighborhood streets near the venues on a first-come, first-served basis or there is also ample parking at the Civic Center which is located at the corner of 14th & XXX. Please see directional signage.

Do you have shuttles?

No we don’t have a shuttle. All of our venues are within a short walk of each other, four blocks maximum, many within the same block.

Where do the proceeds from Red Lodge Songwriter Festival go?

The RLSWF has historically granted a portion of its proceeds to the Red Lodge Public Schools Music Department. In 2018 it was $10,000. This coming year our grant program is open to all public school music departments in Carbon County, Montana. To date the amount awarded by the RLSWF exceeds $20,000. Other past recipients have been Operation Second Chance and Friends of the Beartooths. The RLSWF Inc., is  a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that champions music education through leadership, funding, programs and education. Your support as a ticket-buyer, partner or volunteer helps us provide an opportunities to support the community.

What is the policy regarding talking during the shows & saving seats prior to the shows?

We work to make our venues listening rooms during the shows, so please be respectful of the songwriters and your neighbors by keeping conversation to a minimum. You may be asked to take your conversation outside of a venue if it becomes a distraction to those around you.These shows are full and crowded and up front seating is a premium. We ask you not to save seats. Please have all persons in your party enter the venue at the same time. We frown on people having to stand when there are open seats in front.