Boots in the Park

Boots in the Park San Diego 2024

APRIL 06, 2024


The biggest country music in San Diego brings a ho-down to surfer country.

San Diego may be far from Nashville, but that doesn’t mean SoCal is short on country music fans. For one heel-stomping day, Boots in the Park brings tens of thousands to Waterfront Park to see country music hot shots. Yes, the festival lives up to its name, with the crowd looking more Nashville bar than probably any actual bar in Nashville. It’s less Johnny Cash and more the vibe of Bo Burnham’s country song from Make Happy. But as long as slick mandolin is your jam, and you don’t think too much about how much the performer’s boots cost, you’ll have an absolute blast. This year’s iteration will be headlined by Thomas Brett and Lee Bruce. Also performing are Scotty McCreery, LOCASH, Rhett Akins and Alana Springsteen. 

Don’t worry about missing any of the star power: Boots in the Park keeps things simple with one big stage and some jumbo video screens. Between sets, chill back and look out over Waterfront Park’s fountains and reflection pools, or clack those heels all over the dance floors of the festival’s popular line-dancing tent. As the evening comes on and the sun sets behind the palm trees, settle in with a craft cocktail. Too fancy for you? Don’t worry. Boots in the Park covers both high and low. For fans of Walker Hayes’s song Fancy Like, there are plenty of more straightforward options, like Bud Light Seltzer. 

The Specs

  • Around 20,000 people attended last year. 
  • General Admission: $99
  • GA Pit Pass +: $199
  • VIP: $299
  • The event is 21+ only.
  • Looking for more while you’re there? Check out our Guide to San Diego


What is the closest airport to the festival?

San Diego International Airport is just 10 minutes from the festival. 

Where is the festival held?

At San Diego’s Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101.

What time do the gates open?

Doors open at 1:00 pm. The final set ends around 11:00 pm.

Is the festival ADA-accessible? 

Yes, Waterfront Park is ADA-compliant and wheelchair accessible. 

What is the bag policy?

You can bring handbags (12″x6″x12″) and small backpacks (12″x8″x4″). 

Is there parking nearby? 

Boots in the park does not offer exclusive parking. However, there are several paid public parking lots in the area. 

Who’s performing at Boots in the Park 2024?

Thomas Brett, Lee Bruce, Scotty McCreery, LOCASH, Rhett Akins and Alana Springsteen.




BY Sébastien Luc Butler