Planning to join us for the 2nd annual Mac & Cheese Festival presented by Dakota Community Bank & Trust this May? Check out our full FAQ section to help plan and create a better experience for your family when you join us at the festival.


Online: Funatix Events | In-person: 201 W Front Ave Bismarck, ND 58504 | Phone: (701) 877-4386

The Funatix Events ticket site ( is the only authorized online ticket-seller for Mac & Cheese Festival. Unlawful resale (or attempted resale), counterfeit or copy of tickets is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Funatix Events does not guarantee the authenticity of tickets purchased from any non-authorized third-party (such as brokers or individuals). We require you purchase tickets directly through the Funatix Events Ticket Office to ensure authenticity.

When you purchase your all-inclusive ticket, you choose how many tokens are included when you attend the event. After your ticket is scanned, a member of our team will give you a wristband with tabs to be redeemed at each vendor. Mac and cheese wristbands are yellow, beer wristbands are blue, and kids wristbands are pink. If you purchased a ticket that includes beer, you’ll receive (2) wristbands.

Still hungry or want another beer? You can purchase additional tokens — Golden Tickets — at the event for $3 per token.

Kids three (3) years old and younger get in for FREE! Kids that are older than four (4) years old must have a Lil’ Mac ticket to attend the event. Kids older than 12 years old must purchase a Just the Mac ticket or VIP Mac Daddy ticket with no beer. If you are a VIP Mac Daddy ticket holder, Lil’ Mac ticket holders in your party will be allowed to enter with you during the early access period.

All ticket sales are final. This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT! In the event inclement weather forces Funatix Events to postpone the event on May 11th, Mac & Cheese Festival will be rescheduled for a later date, and tickets will be transferred to the updated date. If Funatix Events is forced to cancel the event, refunds will be sent to all paid tickets (not including tickets fees). Once the event starts, refunds will not be issued for any reason. On the day of the event, weather forecasts are continuously evaluated at the event site and all decisions are made as early as possible. Funatix Events will have the final call on whether the event is canceled or not.

You can! Find the token station on your event map and you may purchase additional mac or beer tokens. We will accept cash or credit cards at the event. Additional tokens (Golden Tickets) are $3 each (both mac and beer). We will not have an ATM machine on site.

The event officially kicks off at 4 PM. VIP ticket holders receive 1 hour of early access to the event, starting at 3 PM CT. Lil’ Mac tickets will be allowed to enter with VIP ticket holders in their party.

Mac & Beers and Just the Mac ticket holders choose from two different time slots, 4 PM and 5 PM. These new slots, introduced for 2024, allow for a smooth flow of attendees into Dykshoorn Park and a better experience.

Forward the email with the PDF ticket to the person(s) you are wanting to share the ticket with! When a ticket is scanned once, it cannot be scanned again.

Before You Arrive

Appropriately documented guide dogs and animals are welcome.

Masks are not required inside the event venue (Dykshoorn Park). If you are unsure about attending the event due to your health, consult with your local health care provider.

If you are feeling unwell during the event, please find a member of the Funatix Events staff to help you receive the necessary care.

  1. Guests shall be respectful of others around them.
  2. Guests shall refrain from using foul/offensive language, fighting, obscene gestures, throwing objects and engaging in other behavior detrimental to the experience of other guests.
  3. Guests shall not smoke anywhere in the facilities.
  4. Guests who consume alcoholic beverages shall do so in a responsible manner.
  5. Guests are encouraged to report inappropriate or offensive behavior to an Usher, Security Officer or Funatix Events staff member.
  6. Guests shall comply with requests from the Funatix Events staff regarding operational and emergency procedures.

The Funatix Events staff has been trained to intervene when deemed necessary and to use their best discretion to help ensure that guests who ignore the Code of Conduct do not interfere with other guests’ ability to enjoy an event. Guests who violate the Code of Conduct may be subject to ejection without refund and, to the extent their conduct constitutes a violation of law, may be subject to arrest. We thank you for your cooperation.


Outside food and drinks are not permitted at Mac & Cheese Festival. Non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase at the event at the beer garden. The Mac & Cheese Fest will provide ticket holders of tickets with beer a cup for sampling. Limit one (1) cup per ticketed attendee. Water stations will be available for free around the event site.

This is not a gluten-free, peanut-free or lactose-free environment. It is possible that some chefs may serve gluten-free options but it cannot be guaranteed. Menu items with special options will be noted on the menu, if available.

General Information

No! All ages are invited to Mac & Cheese Festival. You must be 21 years or older to purchase a ticket with beer tokens.

There will be an ID check station when securing your beer token wristband. However, there are non-beer tickets available for non-alcoholic beverages, sold at the beer garden. Parents can purchase Lil’ Mac tickets for kids ages 3-12.

There is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on smoking at the event site. This includes any type of vaping or e-cigarettes as well. If a guest chooses to smoke, they must exit the festival area and smoke at least 20 ft away from the entrance.

There are plenty of places to park in downtown Mandan to make your way to the event at Dykshoorn Park. Some great locations to park are the Runnings parking lot, along main street, at the Mandan-Morton Public Library, or in additional Dykshoorn Park parking. Handicap accessible parking is available nearby, but may require additional walking to enter the event.

Parking will not be permitted in street parking closest to Dykshoorn Park to ensure the safety of all attendees entering and exiting the event. Learn more about the venue.

If fans wish to exit the event site, under only special circumstances and event official will put a mark on the exiting fans’ hand. Only fans that have a mark or unscanned ticket will be able to re-enter the gates.

Yes, there will be a limited number of seating via picnic tables available at a first come, first serve basis. The event is designed to be a mix and mingle event. Learn more about seating here.

Yes, strollers are allowed at Dykshoorn Park. There are sidewalks throughout the park that will allow you to access the different vendors and entertainment areas in the venue.

When fans purchase a ticket, they agree to allow Mac & Cheese Festival, Visit Mandan, and Funatix Events to reproduce their likeness for promotional purposes. If a fan wishes to not have their photo use for promotional purposes, please email

We want to see your pictures! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #GetCheesy.

At this time, the only way to get Mac & Cheese Festival swag and merchandise is by purchasing a VIP ticket. No merchandise will be sold at the event.

VIP tickets include a commemorative can koozie and a special edition Mac & Cheese themed hat.

We’d love to help! Send an email to Will Satler at or call the Funatix Events office (regular business hours apply) at (701) 877-4386 and we’ll find an answer, whether looking for attendee, vendor, or business information.

Vendors will need to pass local health inspections prior to the event while on site. Hand washing stations will be provided for vendors only. In an effort to keep the event space clean, there will be multiple garbage cans available for attendees to use.

The second annual Mac & Cheese Festival takes place at Dykshoorn Park in Mandan, which is located at 511 W Main St, Mandan, ND 58554.

Members of the media looking to cover Mac & Cheese Festival should contact Will Satler via email ( for more information.
Credential passes will be given on a first come, first serve basis and must be approved by Funatix Events.
Mac & Cheese Festival logos, videos, and photos are not to be used without express written permission. Please contact Will Satler for assistance.

We are committed to fostering an environment where vendors, guests, and employees feel safe and secure. Weapons are not permitted inside the park.

No firearms (with or without a permit) are allowed at Dykshoorn Park during the event. All persons, bags (including purses) and articles are subject to screening and search.

This list is subject to change at any time and without notice.
Venue Management reserves the right to deny any item it deems to be a safety hazard or distraction for guests.

  • Guns and Other Weapons (with or without a permit)
  • Knives
  • Pepper Spray/Mace
  • Oversized Bags
  • Outside Food and Beverage
  • Cans
  • Bottles
  • Alcohol and Drugs (except those prescribed to the individual)
  • Laser Pens
  • Markers
  • Spray Paint
  • Masks (and Face Paint)
  • Smoking