Weekend Passes


VIP Sonic Explorer Weekend Pass

Guaranteed entrance at all seated venues until 10 minutes before showtime

Premium viewing areas at seated venues until 10 minutes before showtime

Priority entrance at all non-seated venues

Advance notification of secret shows

Access to private VIP events

(1) exclusive brunch hosted by a local Knoxville chef

Commemorative gift package


Premier Weekend Pass

A GA weekend pass with “jump to the front” line access at all venue GA entrances, subject to capacity

Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues across all 4 days of the event, subject to capacity


General Admission Weekend Pass

Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues across all 4 days of the event, subject to capacity


Film Program Pass

Includes access to all Big Ears film programming and screenings across all 4 days of the event, subject to capacity

Daily Tickets

Premier Thursday Ticket

A GA Thursday ticket with “jump to the front” line access at all venue GA entrances, subject to capacity. Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues on Thursday, March 23, subject to capacity.

Premier Friday Ticket 

A GA Friday ticket with “jump to the front” line access at all venue GA entrances, subject to capacity. Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues on Friday, March 24, subject to capacity.

Premier Saturday Ticket

A GA Saturday ticket with “jump to the front” line access at all venue GA entrances, subject to capacity. Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues on Saturday, March 25, subject to capacity.

Premier Sunday Ticket

A GA Sunday ticket with “jump to the front” line access at all venue GA entrances, subject to capacity. Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues on Sunday, March 26, subject to capacity.

General Admission Thursday Ticket 

Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues on Thursday, March 23, subject to capacity.

General Admission Friday Ticket

Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues on Friday, March 24, subject to capacity.

General Admission Saturday Ticket

Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues on Saturday, March 25, subject to capacity.

General Admission Sunday Ticket

Includes access to all Big Ears performances, screenings and venues on Sunday, March 26, subject to capacity.

Ticket Information

  • All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Each attendee will be required to exchange his or her pass/ticket for a festival wristband upon arriving at the event. This wristband will be your proof of entry for the whole weekend or single day that you are attending. Wristbands are not transferrable once applied to a patron’s wrist and should not be tampered with or removed for the duration of the event.
  • All venues are subject to capacity and, once full, will initiate a “one-in, one-out” policy.
  • Patrons of all ages are welcome. Passes/Tickets will be required for patrons age 2 and older.
  • A portion of our included ticket fees will directly benefit our Little Ears partners and our two historic downtown theaters, the Tennessee Theatre and the Bijou Theatre.
  • All acts advertised have confirmed their appearance at Big Ears 2017; however, acts and performance times are subject to change without notice. Any changes in lineup will not be grounds for a refund of any sort.
  • Passes/tickets that are lost or stolen will not be replaced.
  • There is a limit of eight (8) passes/tickets per General Admission and Premier Pass order and a limit of four (4) passes/tickets per VIP Pass order.
  • Management reserves the right, without the refund of any portion of the pass/ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venues, local, state or federal law, or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by management.
  • Persons entering the venues are subject to search for contraband, unauthorized merchandise, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, firearms, fireworks, cameras, video equipment, or recording devices, which are expressly forbidden.  Any persons found attempting to enter the venues with forbidden item(s) will be refused access, or, at venue’s discretion, allowed to give up the forbidden item(s). Confiscated items will be destroyed or given away at venue’s discretion.
  • Pass/ Ticket/ Wristband user assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the event.
  • The resale or attempted resale of passes/ tickets/ wristbands at a price higher than that appearing on the face of the pass/ ticket is prohibited and if discovered will result in the ticket being voided without refund.
  • The sale of unauthorized merchandise is not permitted.  Purchaser agrees he/she may be ejected from the event if found selling unauthorized merchandise.
  • Passes/ tickets/ wristbands may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests and sweepstakes), or other trade purposes without the express written consent of Big Ears.
  • Pass/ ticket/ wristband user consents to Big Ears and its affiliates’ use of his/her image or likeness incidental to any video display, transmission, or recording of the event.
  • For questions regarding a previously placed order, please call Ticketmaster customer service at (800) 653.8000 or email tickets@bigearsfestival.com.