By Tony Atkins
Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 25, 2014
With two out of three days in the books so far, the inaugural RedFest has been everything you would expect it to be. Country music, beer, cowboy hats, boots and everything else Texas has taken residency at Circuit of the Americas for the weekend.
Big names such as Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy have given RedFest the spotlight this Memorial Day weekend. Outside of the big shows on the main stage, RedFest was broken up into nine different "villages," which offered a little bit of something for everyone.
Out of the nine villages, these five stuck out and might be worth checking out if you plan on visiting RedFest Sunday.
Austin360 Amphitheater: For playing host to shows from Tim McGraw, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more, the Austin360 Amphitheater clearly serves as RedFest’s main hub. Even when shows weren’t playing, swarms of fest-goers broke out their lawn chairs and blankets to congregate on the green just behind the rows of seats. With it being a home to the big acts, it just might be worth hanging out in this central area if you go.
Best for: Music, food, socializing, adult fun.
Bud Light SportsZone: Just west of the Austin360 Amphitheater is the SportsZone. Throughout the daytime hours, this area is very popular for families and the younger audiences. Games of HORSE (basketball) and volleyball kept people engaged throughout the day. However, it is the countless battles of dodgeball that to take the main stage in this village.
Best for: Families.
Military Village: As homage to those who served this country in the Military, RedFest made sure to honor veterans with their own lounge area. Simply by showing a military ID, patrons in this village are able to get discounted merchandise. There are also booths for charities for those willing to donate in this village as well as a chili cook off.
Best for: Families.
Speed City USA: Outside of the amphitheater, this was one of the most popular villages at RedFest. This area features a go cart track where you can rip up the roads for about eight minutes per turn. If you don’t feel like waiting in line for the go carts, there is also a ram truck ride and racing simulators.
Best for: Everyone.
Busch Hunting & Fishing Village: This is my personal favorite area of the bunch. If nothing else on site distinguishes RedFest from any other festival, activities such as knife and tomahawk throwing contests definitely will. People love throwing their knives here. Outside of throwing those beloved sharp objects, the hunting and fishing village offers a fly fishing and casting competition and an archery range.
Best for: Families (Even with the throwing. It’s safe.)
Outside of these five venues, RedFest offers four other village areas to check out as well as shopping, games and a carnival area. While the stage features some big names later on Sunday, RedFest definitely offers other things worth checking out in the meantime.