A: Official AOCFEST venues include Carolina Theatre, Durham Armory, Pinhook, Motorco, Beyu Caffe and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
IYC/ Start of Cool are also gearing up to offer incredible educational programming during the 5th Anniversary AOCFEST in September. Both IYC/Start of Cool will remain under The Art of Cool Project nonprofit umbrella.
Persons entering the facility and their bags may be subject to search for the following, all of which are expressly forbidden on the Festival premises and subject to confiscation:
No. Audio and video recording equipment with an external microphone is not allowed at Art of Cool Festival—please leave this type of gear at home.
The Art of Cool Festival partners with many downtown area restaurants, as well as will have food trucks and food stations at the festival, so outside food and beverage will not allowed.
Yes, umbrellas are welcome at Art of Cool Festival. Please be courteous to other attendees while using your umbrella.
The area hotels that have special rates for AOCFEST are listed on our hotel page.
Animals (including pets) are not allowed at AOCFEST, except for service animals.
AOCFEST will go on, rain or shine!
Yes! All previous ticket purchases will be honored. See you in September!.
Yes, all tickets include admission to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
General Admission one-day and weekend passes get you access to all official AOCFEST venues and activations. Premium VIP Weekend passes get you access to all venues with exclusive VIP areas and perks, and VIP Sunday Brunch locations. Official AOCFEST venues include Carolina Theatre, Durham Armory, Pinhook, Motorco and Beyu Cafe.
All performance spaces have limited capacity, especially indoor venues. VIP entry in smaller venues is subject to capacity; therefore early arrival for each performance is advisable to secure admission and your ideal vantage point.
Admission cannot be guaranteed once capacity is reached. VIP ticket holders have access to reserved seating/standing at select Festival venues, subject to individual venue capacity.
If you’re unable to attend the festival, consider reselling your ticket or gifting to a friend!
Have no fear... current donors will still get their donor perks for 2018. We appreciate your support!
Eventbrite and DBAP tickets can be reprinted; however, once the ticket is scanned it can no longer be used.
Unfortunately, wristbands CANNOT be replaced. You must purchase an additional wristband if it is lost.
All ticket holders MUST exchange their ticket for a wristband before obtaining entry into any venue. Art of Cool wristbands MUST be worn securely and are non-transferable and non-replaceable. Wristband City is located at the box office at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (409 Blackwell St) and is open from September 27th-29th, 2018.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Current prices can be found here.
Anyone aged 6 and over will need a ticket to enter Art of Cool Festival grounds. Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. We DO NOT accept, checks, money orders or foreign currency.
We will do our best to notify attendees of all changes and cancellations in advance, however all events are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice. There are NO TICKET REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES, even in the event of an artist cancellation.
Yes, AOCFEST allows re-entry. Your ticket/wristband will be required for re-entry.
Downtown Durham is surrounded by a generous amount of public and private parking. However, due to the popularity of the Festival, parking can sometimes be difficult to find, especially in the afternoons. A few tips:
Let DATA do the driving! Durham's transit system, DATA, offers many regular routes that run to and from our various festival venues. Please see the Public Transit Planner for more information on the various bus routes that run to the festival venues. Please remember the Sunday schedule (reduced service) will be in effect on the Sunday of the festival.
The Art of Cool Festival is located within biking distance from many of Durham's cool neighborhoods. Bicycle parking will be located throughout the festival footprint, and there are bike racks at our festival venues. Bicycle parking is free and highly encouraged. Don’t forget to bring a bike lock!