What is HOCO Fest?
HOCO Fest is an annual festival hosted by the historic Hotel Congress, taking over Downtown Tucson, AZ for Labor Day Weekend. The festival includes musical performances, DJ sets, panels and discussions, wellness workshops, experimental after parties, daytime pool parties, regional vendor flea market, art installations, food and beverage tastings, and of course, Sonoran Desert culture.
When is HOCO Fest?
HOCO Fest kicks off Thursday, August 29th, 2019 and runs through Sunday, September 1st with all day programming. Daily schedules TBA. The festival will take place rain or shine, unless otherwise posted.
Where is HOCO Fest?
HOCO Fest is spread throughout Downtown Tucson, AZ. This year’s participating venues are: Hotel Congress, Rialto Theatre, 191 Toole, Che’s Lounge, Owl’s Club, Wooden Tooth Records, Hotel McCoy, Boxyard, R Bar, Cobra Arcade Bar, EXO, Maynard’s Market and Kitchen, Tucson Museum of Art, Let’s Sweat, YOGAnnex, and The Grocery by Object Limited.
Geographically, the festival is located in Southern Arizona, roughly 70 miles from the border with Sonora, Mexico and at the intersection of the Sonoran Desert and four diverse mountain ranges, all built out with some of the best hiking, climbing and day-tripping around. Sabino Canyon, anyone?
How spread out are the events? Can I walk to them all?
Yes! A majority of our events are within walking distance from Hotel Congress - either on 4th Avenue or Congress St. If you’re not up for walking, we recommend getting a 3 day pass for the Sun Link, a streetcar that runs through Downtown Tucson (and slightly beyond, for the more adventurous). If you are driving to the festival, parking downtown is limited, but there are garages scattered around.
Ok I’m sold. How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased on our website through Eventbrite or at the door of any HOCO Fest event. Individual show tickets, day passes, and VIP packages are still available. There are no refunds permitted, so please read the fine print before purchasing tickets on Eventbrite.
I purchased an EARLYBIRD PASS or FULL FESTIVAL PASS, what does that get me into?
The Earlybird and Full Festival Passes will grant you access to ALL music related events between 4pm and 2am. Wellness, Tasting, Cultural, and Semiotic Sunrise events are NOT included in your Full Festival Pass. Please see hocofest.com/events for more information on specific non-music events. Some events are FREE with RSVP, some events are $25, please read the fine print.
What does the VIP Package include and can I purchase it on the website?
The VIP Package includes a night’s stay at the Hotel Congress (have you heard it’s haunted?!), breakfast at the award-winning Cup Cafe (vegan and gluten free options available), a day pass for the day of your choice plus a fast pass to skip the lines, and all the HOCO Fest goodies you could ever dream of. This package is 21+ only.
You can purchase the VIP Package on this website through “Tickets” above, and then take the steps to book your stay. Once you have selected your nights, your room (package only applies to rooms with one or two double beds), you will be prompted to select the VIP upgrade, and voila! You’re a VIP! We will have your wristbands and swag ready for you at check in.
Can I upgrade my full festival pass to a VIP Package?
Yes of course, assuming there are still VIP hotel packages available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will refund your original purchase so the VIP Package can be purchased.
I just bought a day pass. Does it get me into that night’s Semiotic Sunrise?
No. Semiotic Sunrise entry is NOT included in any Full Festival Pass or Day Passes.
What is Semiotic Sunrise?
Semiotic Sunrise is a series of experimental afterparties named for the majestic daybreaks of the mountainous Sonoran Desert. They are hosted at an undisclosed location during the wee hours of the night, to be released the day of via email. Last year’s lineup included Debit, M.E.S.H., Bearcat, Endgame and a surprise set from Dean Blunt himself.
Will HOCO Fest ship festival wristbands?
No. We are not offering wristband shipments for this event. They will be available for pick up at Hotel Congress starting August 29th through September 1st.
Can I purchase HOCO Fest tickets from outside of the United States?
Of course! We would love to have you join us here at HOCO 2019!
How old must I be to attend HOCO Fest?
HOCO Fest events range from all ages to 21 plus. There are no refunds permitted, so please read the fine print before purchasing tickets on Eventbrite.
Can I bring my kids to HOCO Fest?
Certain HOCO events are suitable for the entire family! Please read event descriptions closely.
Can my project play at HOCO Fest?
The 2019 lineup is now closed but email email@example.com with links regardless. We do our best to review all submissions for future events.
How do I volunteer at HOCO Fest?
Volunteer applications are now closed for 2019. Thank you!
How do I apply for a Press/Media Pass?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for all press/media inquiries. Include the name of your publication, intended festival coverage, and any other relevant information.
How do I partner with or sponsor HOCO Fest?
Please email email@example.com for all partnership/sponsorship inquiries and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
What CAN I bring to HOCO Fest?
- Summer friendly gear ie. sunscreen, hats, shorts, etc. (It may be the end of August, but it will be hot and sunny!)
- Bags including small bags and purses and single compartment backpacks. All bags are subject to search.
- Personal cameras with no detachable lenses. Please no flash photography unless coordinated through proper press channels.
- Cash (small bills) and credit cards. Most HOCO venues will accept cash and card.
- Ear protection is highly recommended.
What CAN’T I bring to HOCO Fest?
- Pets of any kind after 10pm (However, Hotel Congress is a pet-friendly hotel.)
- Outside beverages / bottles of any kind and food
- Tents, canopies, or other big pointy obstructions
- Weapons of any kind, or any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods
Can I take photos and video at HOCO Fest?
No professional photography, video, or audio recording equipment will be allowed without prior approval. If you are a member of the press and need media access, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there ADA access at HOCO Fest?
There will be plenty of ADA accessible parking throughout downtown Tucson and all HOCO Fest venues are ADA accessible. Should a line form at any HOCO venue, you may proceed to the front and ask a gate manager to help expedite your entry. Additional details regarding ADA access will be updated closer to the event. If you have specific requirements that you’d like to discuss with a HOCO staff member, please send an email to email@example.com with “ADA Access” in the subject line.
What if I become ill at the festival?
For strangers to the desert, it is easier to get dehydrated than you might think. Please drink plenty of water and seek shade as often as possible. However, should you become ill for any reason, please alert the nearest HOCO Fest staff member or volunteer and we will reach out to the Downtown Tucson Fire Department EMTs to assist you as needed. We are here to help you!
HOCO Fest aims to create a festival experience you won’t forget, and we certainly do not want to involve memories of harassment. As a result, we have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to non-consensual contact, non-consensual photography or recording, inappropriate and/or offensive comments of any nature, verbal or physical intimidation, stalking, and physical, verbal or sexual assault.
We are here to help you feel safe and seen, so we ask that all participants notify HOCO Fest security or other staff if they experience or witness these kinds of behaviors and we will make sure, through means you are comfortable with, that they do not happen again.
We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment free from racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, misogyny, agism, ablism, and classism.