Tips to Consider Before Going to Your First Country Concert

Make Sure to do These Things Before a Country Concert

If you’re new to country music, the idea of going to a concert can be slightly daunting. There is a difference between country music concerts and concerts for other genres. Before going out for the first time, there are some important things you should know. 

The following tips will prepare you for what you need to do before you head out and give you a sense of what to expect.

Being prepared is the best way to ensure you have a great time

Unlike some other types of concerts, country concerts are often held outdoors in places like parks or fairgrounds. This means that preparation is very important. Dress appropriately for the weather and check the forecast. In most cases, even if it is not ideal weather for a concert, it is unlikely they will cancel it. 

If the concert doesn’t have designated seating, be sure to set up in a spot early where you are comfortable. While getting up close to the stage is a popular option, some people may feel claustrophobic having tons of strangers shoulder-to-shoulder jumping, dancing, and screaming around them. Others may feel that if they are too far from the stage, they are missing out on the experience. Planning where to be before arriving can help ensure that you have the best experience. 

Dress the part

What you wear to a concert is pretty important. If you’re going to be spending hours on end walking around, dancing and cheering, then it’s best to wear boots or shoes that are comfortable and easy to walk in. You should dress in layers so that if it gets too hot or cold, you can easily take them off or put them on as needed. It’s also helpful if the clothes aren’t too tight—you don’t want anything restricting your movement!

Country concert goers might wear cowboy hats, diamond earrings, boots, jeans or jeans shorts, and a t-shirt or plaid shirt. While dressing like this isn’t required, it is the most common style, and it can be a fun to dress it up, especially if it’s different from your usual style. 

Be prepared for mud and dust

Mud and dust are common during country concerts. If you’ve never been to one before, you may not be prepared for the amount of mud and dust that will fly into the air during the concert. Even if it isn’t raining, with so much foot traffic, even a slightly wet ground can get muddy.

Depending on plans following the concert, it may be a good idea to bring an extra pair of clothes and shoes to change into, especially if you are planning on driving a long distance or going out afterwards. 

Bring cash and check rules for food/drinks

In a world where everything is digital and paying in cash is almost rare, concerts, and especially outdoor country concerts still heavily rely on cash in order to buy food, drinks, and souvenirs. 

Many concerts invite local businesses and clubs to set up stands to help raise money for fundraisers and to help the local community. Buying snacks or drinks from a local scouting troupe or a high school FFA club is very common. 

Before going to a concert, check their rules on food and drink. Many places will not allow outside food/drink meaning that if it is hot or lasting a few hours, prepare to spend money to eat and stay hydrated. No concert is fun if all you can think about is how hungry you are, or needing to drink water.


Going to your first country concert is a memorable experience that you will never forget. But to ensure you have the best time possible, it’s important to remember these tips. Above all, have fun! Nobody will judge you for jumping around, enjoying the music, and having a great time!