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40th Annual WE FEST

When: August 1 – 3, 2024

Where: Soo Pass Dude Ranch in Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Hotel Accommodations are booked separately from event tickets.

To Book your room, call The Lodge (directly) at 218-847-8439.

GUEST SHUTTLE services to/from The Lodge & We Fest 1p-1:30a daily (fee applies).

CofC FREE Shuttle Thu–Sat: Noon-2a; every 20 min. w/stops at Fairgrounds near beach & at We Fest West Gate.

WE Fest 2024 Headliners Announced: Jelly Roll, Parker McCollum and Eric Church, Koe Wetzel, Carly Pearce, Elle King, Trace Adkins, Warren Zeiders, Paul Cauthen, Lonestar, The Bellamy Brothers, Lauren Watkins, Stephen Wilson Jr, Tanner Adell, and more.

Since WE Fest began in 1983, it has been one of the leading country music festivals in the nation. Twice nominated for the Country Music Association’s prestigious Best Special Event award, the WE Fest is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding events of its kind in the nation.

Expect lineups for the Country Club Stage and Barn Stage to be announced in the coming weeks. This year, the Country Club is upping its game with a bigger footprint, more private performances on the Country Club stage and surprise guests! Passes for the Country Club are available to purchase but supplies are limited. Get yours while you can!

2024 We Fest Headliners

Outright genre-bending singer/songwriter Jelly Roll has quietly been building a remarkable career, under the radar and on his own terms. Born and raised in Nashville’s Antioch neighborhood, the former addict and drug dealer released his album Ballads of the Broken in 2021, ahead of his sold-out hometown show at the famous Ryman Auditorium, which sold out in under an hour.

The introspective 10-track album shows Jelly Roll’s growth as an artist and man, drawing from his personal experiences to tell the story of a man who has been through the ringer and isn’t afraid to share his raw truth, featuring his multi-week No. 1 Rock hit “Dead Man Walking” and his No. 1 Country debut single “Son of a Sinner.” Now after a history-making “breakthrough year” (American Songwriter), having just sold-out Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and released the riveting anthem “Need A Favor” along with the soul-stirring ballad “She” from his debut country album WHITSITT CHAPEL, the reigning No. 1 of Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart for 25 weeks is well on his way to mainstream, multi-genre stardom. (from Jellyroll Youtube page)

Jelly Roll Website | Jelly Roll Facebook Page

Brad Paisley has earned his place in country music history as one of the genre’s most talented and decorated male solo artists. Over the past 20 yA mostly solitary songwriter prior to his entrée into Nashville, Parker has now written with some of country music’s finest. Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (a.k.a. The Love Junkies), David Lee Murphy, Brett James, and Ashley Gorley all contribute to Never Enough, along with Parker’s Texas peers Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, and Ryan Beaver. “That’s been the biggest change since coming to Nashville: having access to some of the best songwriters in the world and sitting in a room with them to write,” Parker says. “The way these songwriters care and write, it’s from a place that I think I do as well. It’s made me look at songwriting differently.”

The proof is in Parker’s chart history. He scored his first-ever No. 1 country hit with 2020’s “Pretty Heart,” his debut single. “To Be Loved by You” followed suit, also hitting No. 1. Now, he’s staring down a career-making single in “Burn It Down,” a moody, smoldering break-up song that equates a busted relationship to a house reduced to just ashes and smoke. Written with the Love Junkies, “Burn It Down” was born during a writing session at Parker’s home, where he spontaneously started singing the words “burn it down” over and over again. “Some days are like that, where the melody and the idea for the song is so good and everybody is on the same page,” he says. “If you’re talking about moving the needle in my career, ‘Burn It Down’ is probably going to be the song.”

Parker lives for the type of spontaneous creation that happened that day. He’ll often challenge himself to write a song without changing a single word. He did that with “Too Tight This Time.” With a pretty acoustic guitar lick, a Dobro guest shot by Jerry Douglas, and a heavy dose of humility and introspection in Parker’s vocal performance, “Too Tight This Time” is Parker’s favorite track on Never Enough. “I said, ‘Let’s pour this thing out and whatever it is in 15 minutes, that’s what it’s going to be forever.’ I love to write songs like that and live with the end result. This one was easy to do because the melody was so good,” he says. “The line ‘There must be something broken inside this lonely man’ just hits so hard.”

For all his quiet strength and rough-hewn masculinity, Parker isn’t afraid to bare his soul. But, ironically, one of the most personal songs on Never Enough is the only song he didn’t write: “Things I Never Told You,” penned by Monty Criswell, Lynn Hutton, and Taylor Phillips, parallels Parker’s relationship with his mother. “When I moved away from home/I didn’t realize how much I’d miss ya,” he sings. “A phone call don’t take the place/of your smilin’ face cooking in that kitchen.” “Those lines were all in there. People send me songs all the time and I never really hear any that I’m blown away by,” he says. Currently getting ready for a massive summer tour, including stadium dates with Morgan Wallen, Parker debuted “Things I Never Told You” for his mother during rehearsals. “We were in this massive amphitheater and my mom came the last day and I sang it for her. It was pretty cool.”

To Parker, the gesture was a way to show he cared. Never Enough then is a testament to how much he cares about country music. “Sometimes I wish I didn’t care so much because everything would be easier. Hopefully one day people will look back at what I’ve done in country music and think it was honest and good for the genre,” Parker says. “This album may be called Never Enough, but if they see that what I did was real, that’ll be enough for me.”

Parker McCollum Website | Parker McCollum Facebook Page

Eric Church (born May 3, 1977) is an American country music singer-songwriter. He has released nine studio albums through Capitol Nashville since 2005. His debut album, 2006’s Sinners Like Me, produced three singles on the Billboard country charts including the top 20 hits “How ‘Bout You”, “Two Pink Lines”, and “Guys Like Me”.

His second album, 2009’s Carolina, produced three more singles: “Smoke a Little Smoke” and his first top 10 hits, “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart”. 2011’s Chief, his first No. 1 album, gave him his first two No. 1 singles, “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen”, and the hits “Homeboy”, “Creepin’”, and “Like Jesus Does”. His third No. 1 single was “The Only Way I Know”, which he, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan recorded for Aldean’s album Night Train.

A fourth album, The Outsiders, was released in February 2014. It produced five new singles between 2013 and 2015 with the title track, “Give Me Back My Hometown”, “Cold One”, “Talladega” and “Like a Wrecking Ball”. “Talladega” and “Give Me Back My Hometown” each reached number one on the Country Airplay chart. Eric Church got his sixth No. 1 hit with Keith Urban in May 2015 with the single “Raise ‘Em Up”. His fifth studio album, Mr. Misunderstood, was released in November 2015 and went on to produce two number one singles with “Record Year” and “Round Here Buzz”. On July 13, 2018, Church released the first single and title track of his album Desperate Man, which was released in October 2018. In April 2021, Church released the triple album set Heart & Soul. (from Wikipedia)

Eric Church Website | Eric Church Facebook Page

Koe Wetzel (born July 14, 1992)is an American singer and songwriter. His music has been described variously as a “blend of rock and country”,[4] outlaw country,[5] and “fusing country and grunge”.

Wetzel was born in Pittsburg, Texas, with one of his names being a reference to outlaw country singer-songwriter David Allan Coe.[2] His mother was a touring country singer, bringing the young Koe along and his father worked in construction. He would perform on stage for the first time at age six.[6] Later, Wetzel was a linebacker at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where he decided to pursue a career as a musician instead.

Wetzel formed “Koe Wetzel and Konvicts”, and self-released an EP and one full-length album. His “rowdy” music and lyrics became popular among college students and young adults, and Noise Complaint, released in 2016, was considered to be his breakout album.[6] Beginning with Noise Complaint, the full name of the band was dropped, though Wetzel still performs with a bassist, one drummer, and two guitarists.[7] The band signed with Red 11 Music in Austin, TX in early 2018 while being managed by 4-Tay Management out of Stephenville, TX until 2019 when the band signed a management deal with Floating Leaf Entertainment, establishing a joint venture between Wetzel and Jeb Hurt who had previously been the band’s agent at Red 11 Music.

Wetzel’s music is usually described as fusing genres, especially rock and country while he has been rumored to personally refer to his blend of music as “Hillbilly Punk-Rock”. In his youth, Wetzel was exposed to country, hip-hop, rap, and grunge including the music of Nirvana. In an interview for American Songwriter, Wetzel described his album Harold Saul High as “…90s country meets early 2000s punk rock with early ’90s grunge and hip-hop music in the background.”

His lyrics often deal with mature subject matter, and are known for containing explicit language. One example is the song “February 28, 2016”: a song about drunkenness, and a reference to his arrest for public intoxication in Stephenville on that day. In 2019, Wetzel’s performance at the Great Texas Balloon Race was the subject of some controversy, after some festival goers were offended at his refusal to make his songs more family friendly. Wetzel responded in a tongue in cheek manner, taking credit for breaking attendance records.
(from Wikipedia)

Eric Church Website | Eric Church Facebook Page

Details below from 2023; To be updated when info is available.


ALWAYS a HOT Item; Book NOW before they’re gone.

Note: Minimum Stay is 3 Nights for We Fest weekend.


Full prepayment is required to guarantee each reservation.
Once prepaid, deposits are non-refundable, and reservations are non-cancellable. No exceptions.
Any “no shows” on the date of arrival, forfeit the full deposit; all remaining reservation dates are released.
Reservations are non-changeable and non-transferrable.
A deposit may not be transferred to another person, nor applied to a future stay.

Additional WE FEST Details
Book hotel lodging separately from event tickets. “Click to Call” The Lodge on Lake Detroit directly at 218-847-8439
for best room rate and availability.

Parking: We offer GA Parking, GA Accessible Parking, and VIP Weekend Parking. Please review the ticketing descriptions above for more details on these options. Single Day Parking is sold onsite at the event and may not be available based on availability.

Use of cameras in the concert area: Small cameras will be allowed in the venue area. Professional cameras and video cameras will NOT be allowed. This includes any camera with a detachable lens.

Pets at We Fest No pets. Please let your pets at home. They are not allowed in the venue or camping areas. Service animals will be permitted with proper paperwork and registration. For more information on bringing a service animal to the event, please visit the We Fest accessibility page.

WE Fest Shuttle Service Information: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce has arranged for shuttle bus service to and from We Fest. Save the hassle of all the festival traffic, finding a parking place, and then walking from the parking area.

  • Service times: Thursday – Saturday: Noon to 2 a.m. Shuttle run every 20 minutes with stops at the Fairgrounds near the beach & at the We Fest West Gate.
  • Cost: $10 – Daily Pass | $25 – All 3 Days | Campers free (show wristband)
  • Pickup Locations: Becker County Fairground and Downtown Detroit Lakes @ Washington Avenue
  • Parking: Free
  • For More Information: Call the Chamber at 218-847-9202


WE Fest offices are located on the Scenic Soo Pass Ranch, which also contains a natural amphitheater that accommodates up to 50,000 people, including 7,000 reserved seats, and 10 separate campgrounds with a total camping capacity of 35,000 people. WE Fest employs a year-round staff of professional sales, marketing and administrative staff.

Fully developed as a concert venue, the Soo Pass Ranch has a permanent stage and backstage compound, including air-conditioned dressing rooms with running water, catering and production facilities, including permanent sound towers and mix station. The concert bowl also contains 50 permanent concession stands, and locations for dozens of additional portable concessions. The company has invested heavily in developing the concert site, including bringing city sewer and water lines to the ranch, which allows for running water, and permanent rest rooms in the concert bowl.

WE FEST Website | WE FEST Face Book Page

Best Hotels Near We Fest in Detroit Lakes

The Lodge on Lake Detroit & The Spa Within

WE Fest is a massive country music festival that takes place annually in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The host venue is a large plot known as Soo Pass Ranch that affords visitors from all over the opportunity to enjoy three full days of top-notch country music entertainment and a festive environmen. While many attendees prefer to camp on-site, hotels in Detroit Lakes are booked to capacity each year for folks that want to kick back with all the creature comforts of a modern hotel. If you’re looking for the best hotel near We Fest, start with the Detroit Lakes hotel consistently voted top hotel by TripAdvisor Guests. Best Western Premier The Lodge On Lake Detroit is a Lifestyle Lakefront Minnesota Hotel, offering a great location that is directly across Big Detroit Lake from The Lodge (6.5 mi). The Lodge is a natural to host a crowd of We Fest visitors, as it hosts live musical entertainment throughout the year in its Fireside Lobby.

With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, we stand out among other lodging choices in Detroit Lakes, MN. For couples or family getaways, we offer a variety of rooms and suites with king, queen or two queen beds. Our free hot breakfast (currently using Grab & Go Bags while Covid precautions are in place), free local calls, indoor heated pool and fitness center make the hotel a great place to recharge between enjoying Detroit Lakes attractions and activities. View hotel detail.

All rooms feature lakefront views, free Wi-Fi and wired internet, flat-screen TVs with extended channels. Rooms are equipped with mini-frige, microwaves, and coffee makers and are pet and smoke free. View accommodation detail.

Detroit Lakes Day Spa: The Spa Within at The Lodge offers an extensive menu of select spa treatment services, many of which are signature treatments exclusive to this spa. These revitalizing treatments include the use of warm and cold basalt stones for face and body, and a variety of facials and massage therapies that are sure to induce a state of deep relaxation.

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