*Feature to be determined. Given that individual team fundraising has been a somewhat integral part of the historical core identity of this event (2003-present), some reasonable conditions and/or limitations should/may apply to the quantity of available “free/included” samples from teams that are competing in the actual Hot Wing Cook-Off / Contest.
** This information has not been provided to the website as of 2/27/2015. Once we are made known of this information it will be updated. No guarantees on if/when this may occur. Direct inquiries on VIP may be addressed to: [email protected]
Before buying your ticket…
Please take a few moments to review some of the commonly asked questions that we usually receive as feedback from folks who are first time attendees at our event. If you have a question that we have not already covered below, please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to assist.
- POPULAR QUESTION POP I Purchased a Ticket. What all is included?
Please note that general admission tickets are valid for admission and entry only. Our competing hot wing teams will be offering assorted samples of their hot wings to admitted ticket holding patrons in exchange for small ($1-2) additional donations to the RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE as part of the fundraising efforts of this event.
Tickets permit festival patrons to enter into the grounds for the duration of the event including access to all music, entertainment, and activities throughout the day. VIP and higher tier ticket packages may provide additional benefits.
- POPULAR QUESTION POP Can I Bring a Cooler or Beverage Carrier?
No outside food, drink, or carriers are permitted at our event.
Absolutely all outside coolers, food, or beverages are prohibited from entering the festival grounds during the event. You will be asked to surrender any such items upon entry or be turned away at the gate and refused admission.
- What is included with a VIP Ticket?
- Where do I get the advanced discounted tickets?
Advanced / Discounted tickets will be available for purchase either directly at the Ronald McDonald house or at any participating Mapco Mart. Stay tuned with our website or social media accounts for announcements on general availability and sales.
- How young is too young for children?
There is no particular restriction or limit, but use your best parenting judgement. This will be a fairly active event replete with ongoing live entertainment that may be noisy in some areas. Extremely young children (e.g. less than one - two years of age) may find such an active and noisy environment to be overwhelming or overstimulating in their still developing worldview, so if you are in any way concerned please consider calling up your favorite babysitter or dropping your youngin off with the parents or in-laws for a few hours while you come down and enjoy some wings.
All children are the responsibility of their respective parents and guardians. DO NOT leave any child unattended while on the festival grounds.
- We are bringing our child who is 12 years old. Does he need a ticket?
No Children 12 Years of age and under are admitted for free and do not require tickets in order to gain entry to the event. Supervising adults, however, will need to purchase a General Admission ticket.
- What is the Policy on Pets?
A truly loyal pet obeys his or her master. A truly responsible pet owner obeys Pet Policies.
Please kindly leave your four legged friend at home.
When you and Fido are hanging out in the park on any other beautiful day, there is usually ample space for other people to spread out and keep their distance from you if say, for example, they do not like pets, have a pet specific allergy, or even possibly a fear of a certain kind of pet or breed. So when all of a sudden a bunch of people start cramming into this confined space for a rather large scale event such as ours (at points shoulder to shoulder) .... hopefully the potential for problems becomes more evident ....
You end up with all these strange unknown people that Fido has not ever seen before, all in close proximity, occasionally bumping or accidentally brushing into poor ol' Fido and next thing you know Fido's innate animal instinct takes over and somebody gets bitten or attacked. Whether accidentally, purposefully, or anywhere in the vast gray area in between -- It is the possibility, no matter how remote, that we are concerned with as it not only increases your liability as the pet owner, but also puts Southern Hot Wing Festival at risk of fines, lawsuits, and any number of other actions that could jeopardize our ability to continue hosting this fun and festival Memphis tradition.
Bottom Line Folks: We are pet owners as well and we love our pets as much as we are sure you love yours. However for the sake of avoiding unnecessary conflict with our gate volunteers and staff please do as we do and leave your pet at home. They will miss you ... but only for a little while. Thanks for being responsible!
2015 EVENT WARNING Please note that for the 2015 Hot Wing Festival we will be more aggressively enforcing this policy at each of the entry gates. Anyone attempting to enter with a pet (of any kind) will be denied entry.
- Can I Bring Blankets or Lawn Chairs?
Yes you sure can. You are permitted to bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets into the event for general seating in the park. All items, however, are subject to search by security at the gate and will be the responsibility of the patron to maintain during the event.
- Do you have group ticket packages?
If you are looking to purchase tickets in bulk for a group or special event, just give us a shout and we will be glad to assist.
Please clearly and carefully read through our FAQs if you have any questions and before you purchase your tickets and please contact us or hit us up via social media if you need help or clarifications. We assume this information to be accurate based on all information that has been communicated with the website crew. Changes may be implemented at the discretion of event staff at any time.