Your Complete Guide to Country Thunder Arizona 2022: Tickets, Schedules and More

Country Thunder Arizona promoters are making up for lost time. The 2022 version of the annual Florence music festival takes place this weekend, around six months after last year’s edition in October 2021.

Like other programming oddities on the local concert scene over the past two years, it’s a byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not that Country Thunder Arizona fans are complaining, as they attend two editions of the popular festival, which draws tens of thousands of people, in less than a year.

The 2022 version of Country Thunder Arizona – taking place Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, on the grounds of Florence’s Canyon Moon Ranch, will offer all of its usual attractions and amenities. The lineup of country music artists and actors will be star-studded as ever, as names like Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Chase Rice, Tracy Lawrence and controversial artist Morgan Wallen are all set to perform.

What else can you expect at the four-day festival, partner? Read on for our complete guide to Country Thunder Arizona, y’all.

When and where is Country Thunder Arizona 2022 taking place?

This year’s festival is scheduled to take place Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 11 at Canyon Moon Ranch, 20585 East Water Way in Florence.

What are the schedules ?

This varies depending on which part of the festival you are talking about. Will call and the Canyon Moon Ranch front door will be open 9am-10pm daily from Wednesday April 6th to Sunday April 11th. Campgrounds will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The festival performance area (or “bowl”) is scheduled to open at 1 p.m. daily Thursday through Sunday.

How much is admission?

If you buy online, general admission tickets are $175 for Saturday and $150 for Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Four-day general admission passes cost $275 for the entire four-day festival. Both options will get you access to the festival bowl, general admission areas, and campgrounds, but offer no benefits beyond that. If you’re planning on attending, it’s best to buy some early, as single-day tickets tend to sell out.

VIP Style Tickets”Platinum Experience” (which offers the ability to view the performance from an exclusive skybox to view the performance, as well as access to luxury restrooms and a private bar) are only available on Thursdays and Sundays and cost $300 per day.

(Note: prices increase if you buy your tickets at the Country Thunder box office on site.)

Tickets for Reserved Seating are officially sold out, but you may be able to purchase some from various stockists or on Craigslist. (Members of various Country Thunder Arizona groups on Facebook have also been known to sell their unwanted tickets). Keep in mind, however, that the prices will be a bit higher and the festival does not endorse any of these options.

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Thunder Buddies at last year’s festival.

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How much does camping cost?

Officially, this year’s Country Thunder campgrounds have been full for weeks. That said, you might be able to find them for sale on Craigslist or through local Facebook groups. (Again, the festival frowns on this practice.)

Are there age limits?

Nope. Country Thunder Arizona is open to cowboys and cowgirls of all ages. Children 10 and under may enter the Festival Bowl and GA areas with a paying adult. You must, however, be of legal age to purchase and consume alcohol, and party-friendly campgrounds are only open to people 18 and older.

What will the weather be ?

Fair weather throughout the duration of Country Thunder with scattered clouds on Saturday and windy conditions on Sunday. Temperatures will be in the 90s all four days. In other words, the weather is going to be nice for the festival, but dress accordingly and bring sun protection (including cowboy hats).

How to get to the Festival?

Anyone from the Valley or Tucson is off on a long trip. If coming from the Valley, take US Highway 60 eastbound (or Superstition Freeway) approximately 40 miles to the end. From there, continue 13 miles to Florence Junction, then head south along State Highway 79 for 17 miles. Turn left onto Price Station Road/Water Way and follow the signs.

Will there be a shuttle service to Country Thunder?

You bet, partner. Stagecoach Express Shuttle will provide round-trip service to the festival from two East Valley locations over the four days. Pickup and drop off locations will be at Walmart at 240 West Baseline Road in Mesa and Goodwill at 185 West Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Departure times are 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Rates for the first person are $45 from Walmart, $39 from Goodwill, and $23 for each additional person from either place. More information is available here.

Where can I park at Country Thunder?

One-day parking passes are $30 per vehicle, per day, and weekend passes covering all four days of the festival are $60 per vehicle. No overnight parking is allowed and you must get your car out by 2:30 every night or it will be ticketed and towed. No exceptions.

All other parking options are sold out.

Click to enlarge Don't forget your cowboy hats, y'all.  - COUNTRY THUNDER

Don’t forget your cowboy hats, y’all.

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What will entry into the festival consist of?

Government-issued photo ID is required to pick up tickets from the call. There will be entries for general admission patrons at the east and west ends of the festival. A separate entrance for ADA and reserved/VIP seating will be on the northwest side. Bag checks will take place at each entrance and security will only allow clear bags up to 14 inches by 17 inches by 6 inches, one-gallon disposable freezer bags and small pouches no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

What else is allowed at Country Thunder?

Sun protection like hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses are allowed (and highly recommended) at the festival. Beyond that, you can bring cell phones (make sure they’re fully charged), beach towels, fanny packs, non-professional or disposable cameras, and lighters. Blankets, soft garden chairs and pushchairs are also allowed, but will be searched at the entrance. Prescription medications are acceptable (as long as the name on the bottle matches your government-issued photo ID), as are over-the-counter medications (provided they are new and factory sealed).

What is not allowed?

Weapons like firearms or anything with a blade are prohibited in Country Thunder. Laser pointers, fireworks, noisemakers, illegal substances, selfie sticks, drones, backpacks or large bags, glass containers, monopods or tripods, umbrellas, computers laptops, radios, outside food and drink, canopy chairs and non-service animals are also strictly prohibited. verboten.

Will food and drink be available?

Sure. A food court will be set up on the south side of the festival grounds. You can buy food and drink tickets or use your credit/debit card.

Will there be alcohol?

You bet. (Let’s face it, a country music festival without booze and beer isn’t a country music festival at all.) Bars will be scattered throughout the festival grounds and a brewery will be set up at the north end. Anyone 21 and over will need a wristband to purchase adult beverages, which can be obtained at two ID checkpoints located next to the east and west entrances to the festival.

What about water?

Each participant will be allowed to bring a factory sealed bottle of water. Vendors will also have water available for purchase.

Click to enlarge A map of the festival grounds (click top right corner to enlarge).  - COUNTRY THUNDER

A map of the festival grounds (click top right corner to enlarge).

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What do I hear about partying in campgrounds?

One of the most infamous aspects of Country Thunder is the huge campground where festival patrons relax and party (sometimes until the wee hours) when they’re not watching the shows. Theme camps are also popular. As we mentioned, every campsite is officially sold out, but there are spaces available for purchase on Craigslist. Ticket holders aged 18 and over can access es, although you must purchase a four-day pass and be over 18.

What is Country Thunder Arizona’s program?

The music starts a few hours after the festival bowl opens each day on the Main Stage (which will feature headliners and big-name artists) and the Copperhead Stage (which features local country bands and artists and on tour). Here is the complete program.

Thursday, April 7:

main stage
5 p.m. – Nolan Sotillo
6:30 p.m. – Lindsay Ell
8:00 p.m. – Randy Houser
10 p.m. – Riley Green

Copperhead Scene
4:00 p.m. – Salt River String Orchestra
5:30 p.m. – Young Country
7 p.m. – Ryan Sims
9 p.m. – Kaylee Rose
11:30 p.m. – Robby Johnson

Friday, April 8:

main stage
2 p.m. – Jackson Dean
3:30 p.m. – James Barker Band
5 p.m. – Phil Vassar
6:30 p.m. – Michael Ray
8:00 p.m. – Gabby Barrett
10 p.m. – Blake Shelton

Copperhead Scene
2:30 p.m. – Parker Jenkins Band
4:00 p.m. – Britnee Kellogg
5:30 p.m. – Bailey Callahan
7 p.m. – 10th and main
9 p.m. – Steven Cade
11:30 p.m. – Brewer Caiden

Saturday April 9:

main stage
2 p.m. – Tyler Braden
3:30 p.m. – Mackenzie Porter
5 p.m. – Blanco Brown
6:30 p.m. – Tracy Lawrence
8 p.m. – Hardy
10 p.m. – Morgan Wallen

Copperhead Scene
2:30 p.m. – Brewer Caiden
4 p.m. – Palmer Anthony
5:30 p.m. – Shari Rowe
7 p.m. – Jaty and the black stallions
9 p.m. – Tyler Braden
11:30 p.m. – Drew Cooper

Click to enlarge Spotted in the crowd at last year's festival.  - COUNTRY THUNDER

Spotted in the crowd at last year’s festival.

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Sunday April 10:

main stage
2:30 p.m. – Maggie Rose
4:00 p.m. – Sawyer Brown
5:30 p.m. – Jameson Rodgers
7 p.m. – Rice Hunt
9:00 p.m. – Georgia Florida Line

Copperhead Scene
4:30 p.m. – The pompous beggars
6 p.m. – Ryan and the Renegades
8:00 p.m. – Drew Cooper
10:30 p.m. – Nathan Dean and the Damn Band

What else can I do at Country Thunder?

In addition to the music, there is also the “Electric Thunder” tent, which will be set up in the middle of the festival grounds. In years past, it has featured its own lineup of local musicians, DJs, and entertainment (as well as activities like line dancing lessons) throughout the day and late into the night.

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