A guide to Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA

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Sacramento’s biggest rock and heavy metal music festival is upon us as Aftershock prepares to kick off Thurs., Oct. 6-Sun., Oct. 9.

No need to be quaking in your boots about what to expect: We’re here to give you a complete guide to the festival, so you can rock and roll all night and party every day.

Map of Aftershock Festival

Use this map to make sure you see everything the festival has to offer.

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The bands 🎸

More than 90 bands will grace the event’s four stages at Discovery Park across its four-day running time. Here are the three headlining acts for each day:
Thursday headliners

  • Evanescence, 6:25-7:25 p.m., Jack Daniel’s Stage
  • Rob Zombie, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Kolas Stage
  • Slipknot, 8:35-9:55 p.m., Jack Daniel’s Stage

Friday headliners

  • Danzig, 6:55-7:45 p.m., Jack Daniel’s Stage
  • Lamb of God, 7:50-8:50 p.m., Kolas Stage
  • KISS, 8:55 p.m.-10:45 p.m., Jack Daniel’s Stage

Saturday headliners

  • A Day to Remember, 7:20-8:20 p.m., Jack Daniel’s Stage
  • Papa Roach, 8:25-9:25 p.m., Kolas Stage
  • My Chemical Romance, 9:30-10:50 p.m. Jack Daniel’s Stage

Sunday headliners

  • Bring Me the Horizon, 6:20-7:20 p.m., Jack Daniel’s Stage
  • Shinedown, 7:25-8:25 p.m., Kolas Stage
  • Muse, 8:30-10:00 p.m., Jack Daniel’s Stage

Set times for each band, as well as which stage they’re performing on, are listed on the official mobile app, which can be downloaded for free.

How to get to Aftershock Festival

Use this to plan the best path to the festival for you.

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Getting to the show 🚗

There are two entrances concertgoers can use to get into Discovery Park, one from Garden Highway to the north and another off Jibboom Street to the south.

There is no parking inside the festival grounds.

Visitors are encouraged to use rideshare services, take advantage of free SacRT service to and from the festival, or purchase a Park and Ride pass which will allow them to park at Cal Expo during the festival. The Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates have also partnered with the concert to provide a free bike valet service for anyone who wishes to head to the concert on two wheels.

The experience 🍻

Music isn’t all there is to see, with local food vendors such as Drewski’s and Bacon Mania serving up grub, a wine garden with offerings from Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards (owned by TOOL’s lead singer, Maynard James Keenan), the Punk Rock & Paintbrushes art exhibit, and more for visitors to enjoy in between some sweet headbanging.

Tickets for the event are still available to purchase, with one-day passes at $139.99 for Sunday and $149.99 the remaining days, and four-day passes available for $399.99.

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