Frequently Asked Questions

The River Grill Before the Big Chill is a rain or shine event.

1How do I get a ticket?
All tickets will be purchased at the main gate upon entry.
2How much does a ticket cost?
Tickets are only $5 per person each day of the event. Children 12 and under are FREE with a paying adult.
3Do you accept credit cards?
No. We will not accept credit cards at the point of entry due to the low ticket price. Tickets can be bought with cash only and ATM's will be available. Other food and beverage vendors in the event may accept credit cards.
4Will seating be provided?
There will be some tables and chairs throughout the venue. We encourage you to bring your own chair or blanket to enjoy the music.
5Where can I park?

The Sawyer Point Parking is located at 750 East Pete Rose Way at the intersection of Pete Rose Way and Eggleston Avenue.
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No overnight parking, bus parking, or tailgating is permitted.

The special parking rate during the River Grill event will be a flat rate of $10 per day. Monthly parking passes are not valid during River Grill. Cash, Visa, or MasterCard are accepted at the parking booth.

Additional Parking Options

Parking is also available at Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, the CENTRAL RIVERFRONT GARAGE beneath Smale Riverfront Park, and at various private and public parking venues throughout the immediate area.

Plenty of ATM’s will be at the gates and inside the venue.
Cincinnati Parks’ Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove are fully accessible with ramps. If you have specific questions regarding accessibility, please call Jessica Young at 357-2609. Service animals accompanying an individual with a disability are permitted.
8Event Map
Festival gates open at 5 through 11pm Friday, October 9th and 12 noon through 9pm Saturday, October 10th.
Staff members at admission tables will stamp your hand upon exiting. You can exit and re-enter the event site for the day.
11Who can I ask for help?
All Cincinnati Park Staff can assist you. The River Grill Before the Big Chill has a twitter account. You can tweet live questions to @CincyRiverGrill on Twitter and the tech staff will help answer your questions or you can visit the Cincinnati Parks River Grill Merchandise booth.
12Permitted Items

- Seating (folding chair or blanket)
- Rain Gear
- Baby strollers or small wagons
- Empty water bottles (no glass!)

13Prohibited Items

- Fireworks or explosives of any kind
- Illegal substances or drug paraphernalia
- Food, beverages, coolers or filled water containers
- Glass containers of any kind
- Framed or large backpacks
- Tents or large umbrellas
- Pets (except service animals)
- Carts, bicycles, skateboards, scooters or segways
- Vending is prohibited unless you have received a River Grill vendor's permit from the Park Board
*All prohibited items are subject to change.

14Info center
For more festival information during the event, please visit the Cincinnati Parks River Grill Merchandise booth.
Plenty of security and medical staff will be on hand for your safety and security.