Frequently Asked Questions


General Info:

Festival starts Friday 8pm - Ends Sunday 10pm

The Fresh Effect Music Conference starts Saturday and Sunday 12- 4 (American Tobacco Campus) 

Main Stage Gate (Blackwell Street) opens 4:45pm Saturday & Sunday

Recommended Parking: Corcoran Street Deck & Street Parking

Performance Line up is subject to change

Where is the festival?

Friday Night:

Beats n Bars Festival Kickoff Party

American Underground @ Main Rooftop

201 W. Main Street

Durham, NC

Saturday & Sunday: 


The Fresh Effect Music Conference(12-4pm):

American Tobacco Campus

300 Blackwell Street

Durham, NC

Main Stage (5 - 10pm):

300 Blackwell Street (Across from The Bullpen)

When is the festival?

August 24 - 26, 2018 - Rain or Shine

What is Beats n Bars Festival?

Beats n Bars Festival has become North Carolina’s platform dedicated to cultivating the founding influences of hip hop culture. The art of MCing, B-Boying, DJing and Graffiti all are integral elements that are culturally represented in our community.  With craft and love of the culture, the Beats n Bars experience includes art display fixtures, panel discussions on culture relations and community impact, exposure to real hip hop music and an introduction to break out artists.

Where can I buy tickets?

Passes will be available online for purchase through Eventbrite, you'll receive a email confirmation at that time. Please make sure to check spam/trash folder for ticket confirmation. All Sales are Final. 

I lost my wristband, what do I do now?

After you check-in and receive your wristband, you are 100% responsible for it.  If your Beats n Bars wristband has been lost or stolen, you'll have to purchase a new one.

Can I get a Media Pass?

More information for Media Pass - please fill out this form.

What’s the age limit for Beats n Bars Festival?

Festival age restrictions are 18+

21+ to purchase alcohol on festival grounds and venue

I’m an Artist, DJ, Breakdancer, how do I submit to perform?

Submission for Beats n Bars is open from November to March yearly.  Submissions are now closed but we still love to get your music for future events held with us and The Underground Collective.  Please send EPKs, videos, submissions to