When We Were Young 2023 in Las Vegas: Set times, lineup, tickets, how to get there

When We Were Young 2023 returns to Las Vegas this weekend for two days of pop-punk with headlining sets by Green Day and Blink-182.

It’s the same lineup both days with artists performing on four stages — Green, Pink, Ghost and Stripe.

Green Day will, of course, be headlining the Green Stage.

At last year's When We Were Young festival, My Chemical Romance and a reunited Paramore topped a bill that also featured two of Arizona's biggest bands you might expect to find in such company, Jimmy Eat World and the Maine.

The 2023 festival also features two great Arizona artists — folk-punk legends AJJ (formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) and Michelle Branch, the Sedona native who named her double-platinum breakthrough, 2001's "The Spirit Room," after a corner saloon in a haunted historic hotel in Jerome.

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re going to When We Were Young 2023.

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What are the dates of When We Were Young 2023?

When We Were Young will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22.

Where is the When We Were Young Festival?

When We Were Young is at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, an open-air venue at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada.

It’s a 26-acre facility with a capacity of 85,000 people, north of Circus Circus Las Vegas.

The address is 311 W. Sahara Ave., Winchester, Nevada.

Festival grounds are only accessible by walking, rideshare and Las Vegas Monorail. There is no direct access to the festival grounds for passenger vehicles.

Parking at When We Were Young

There is no parking at When We Were Young.

Who is playing at When We Were Young 2023?

Green Day and Blink-182 are this year's headliners.

Other artists of note include the Offspring, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Rise Against, Good Charlotte, Set It Off, Bowling for Soup, Sum 41, All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, Pierce the Veil, Joyce Manor, AJJ, Less Than Jake, Thrice, Beach Bunny, Citizen, the Front Bottoms, Turnover, Tigers Jaw, the Movelife, KennyHoopla, The Ataris, New Found Glory, Motion City Soundtrack and Michelle Branch.

When We Were Young 2023 schedule

The lineup is the same on Saturday and Sunday.

The Green Stage

11:45 a.m. — The Ataris

12:55 p.m. — Something Corporate

2:05 p.m. — Yellowcard

3:25 p.m. — 5 Seconds of Summer

4:45 p.m. — Sum 41

6:05 p.m. — Good Charlotte

7:35 p.m. — The Offspring

10 p.m. — Green Day

The Pink Stage

11:10 a.m. — Fenix TX

12:20 p.m. — Motion City Soundtrack

1:30 p.m. — New Found Glory

2:45 p.m. — Pierce the Veil

4 p.m. — All Time Low

5:25 p.m. — Rise Against

6:50 p.m. — Thirty Seconds to Mars

8:25 p.m. — Blink-182

Ghost Stage

11:35 a.m. — Magnolia Park

12:10 p.m. — Zebrahead

12:45 p.m. — Now More Than Ever

1:20 p.m. — Jaden Hossler

1:55 p.m. — No Pressure

2:30 p.m. — Citizen

3:05 p.m. — Finch

3:40 p.m. — The Academy Is…

4:15 p.m. — Hot Mulligan

4:50 p.m. — Beach Bunny

5:25 p.m. — Relient K

6:10 p.m. — Saves the Day

6:45 p.m. — Simple Plan

7:35 p.m. — Thrice

8:10 p.m. — Less Than Jake

8:45 p.m. — Set It Off

9:20 p.m. — Joyce Manor

9:55 p.m. — Lit

10:30 p.m. — Ekkstacy

Stripe Stage

11:15 a.m. — Games We Play

11:50 a.m. — Knuckle Puck

12:25 p.m. — The Movielife

1 p.m. — The Veronicas

1:35 p.m. — Michelle Branch

2:10 p.m. — Tigers Jaw

2:45 p.m. — The Wrecks

3:20 p.m. — Goldfinger

3:55 p.m. — Turnover

4:30 p.m. — Plain White T’s

5:05 p.m. — MXPX

5:40 p.m. — Gym Class Heroes

6:15 p.m. — The Front Bottoms

6:50 p.m. — Movements

7:25 p.m. — Say Anything

8 p.m. — Waterparks

8:35 p.m. — AJJ

9:10 p.m. — Bowling for Soup

9:45 p.m. — Jean Dawson

10:20 p.m. — KennyHoopla

When We Were Young 2023 tickets

There is a waitlist for tickets at whenwewereyoungfestival.com.

  • General admission tickets start at $279.

  • General admission-plus tickets start at $439.

  • VIP tickets start at $539.

  • VIP cabana tickets start at $17,000.

If the tickets requested become available, you will be notified and charged automatically. Requested tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting to When We Were Young

Flying to Vegas?

The Las Vegas Festival Grounds are a few miles from Harry Reid International Airport.

When We Were Young's official airline partner is Allegiant.

Walking to When We Were Young?

If you are staying on The Strip, it’s an easy walk to the festival, with views of the city along the way.

  • It's a 12-minute walk from Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.

  • A 25-minute walk from the Venetian and the Mirage.

  • A 30-minute walk from Caesars Palace.

Public Transportation to When We Were Young

Ride the Las Vegas Monorail to the Sahara Las Vegas Station. Upon arrival, take the Monorail pedestrian bridge across Paradise Avenue and walk through Sahara before crossing Las Vegas Boulevard to enter the festival grounds.

You can purchase discounts for the Monorail at lvmonorail.com.

If you’re coming from the other side of the Las Vegas Strip, check out the Deuce, a 24-hour bus service that picks up every 15 minutes. Buy a ticket ahead of time on the rideRTC mobile app. You can also pre-purchase your pass at one of the RTC's ticket vending machines located at many of their stops. For more information, visit the RTC’s website.

Taxis and limousines

You can get dropped off by a taxi or limousine in the festival’s transportation lot at 810 Circus Circus Drive at the south end of the Festival Grounds, just across the street from Circus Circus Hotel & Resort. At the end of the night, there will be a taxi queue there.


The rideshare dropoff is at the festival’s transportation lot at 810 W. Circus Circus Drive at the south end of the festival grounds, just across the street from Circus Circus Hotel & Resort. At the end of the night festivalgoers are encouraged to walk to surrounding hotels and casinos to use the existing rideshare operations there.

At the end of the night, Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed to through traffic and patrons will be directed south on the Strip. When heading south, you will be able to use existing rideshare operations.

When We Were Young Festival 2023 bag policy Vegas

Guests and their belongings are subject to search upon entry. You can help keep the lines moving by leaving large bags at home.

Backpacks, purses and bags must meet the following requirements:

  • Small clutch purses and fanny packs that are 6 inches by 9 inches or smaller do not need to be clear and can have no more than one pocket.

  • Bags larger than 6 by 9 inches must be clear and smaller than 12 by 12 by 6 inches.

  • Hydration packs are allowed and do not need to be clear, but must be empty and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.

Larger iridescent, color-tinted and opalescent bags are not allowed; they must be clear.

What items are prohibited at When We Were Young?

The following items are banned:

  • Aerosol products/aerosol cans/aerosol sunblock

  • Air horns or noisemakers

  • Audio recording devices

  • AVPs, MODs or liquid to refill cartridges

  • Bags that don't comply with the bag policy

  • Bicycles, skates, scooters or skateboards

  • Blankets and beach towels

  • Chairs or coolers

  • Chains or chain wallets

  • Detachable lens cameras

  • Drones

  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia

  • Fireworks or explosives

  • Flags

  • Flyers, samples, giveaways or promotional items

  • Glass or metal containers

  • Glow sticks or LED gloves

  • GoPros

  • Hammocks

  • Hula hoops

  • Hoverboards or segways

  • Instruments

  • Laser pointers

  • Mesh bags

  • Metal, steel or aluminum water bottles

  • Misters

  • Outside food or beverages

  • Pepper spray or mace

  • Pets or other animals

  • Selfie sticks or tripods

  • Sharpies, markers or paint pens

  • Stuffed Animals or inflatables

  • Tarps, tents, canopies of shade structures of any kind

  • Totems

  • Umbrellas or parasols

  • Unauthorized vendors or solicitors of any kind

  • Video cameras

  • Wagons or wagon carts

  • Walkie talkies

  • Weapons of any kind

What can I bring into When We Were Young?

The following items are OK to bring:

  • Baby strollers

  • Binoculars

  • Cameras (non-pro)

  • Chapstick and lip balm (sealed/unopened)

  • Cigarettes and lighters (one pack of cigarettes per guest)

  • E-cigs and vape pens

  • Ear plugs

  • Eye drops (sealed/unopened)

  • Feminine hygiene item (sealed/unopened)

  • Flip cams

  • Personal-sized hand sanitizer and baby wipes

  • Hats

  • Nonaerosol makeup

  • Medication (prescriptions must be in original container with patron's name on bottle and ID to verify; only one type of medication in bottle, which may contain only the appropriate amount of medication necessary while in attendance; prescriptions may not be expired; medications that require refrigeration can be brought to the medical tent for storage)

  • Mobile phones and chargers

  • Ponchos and rain jackets

  • Service animals (comfort, therapy and emotional support animals do not meet the definition of a service animal)

  • Sunblock (nonaerosol, personal-sized)

  • Sunglasses

  • Water bottles (empty, plastic, reusable, nonmetal, 32 ounces, one per guest)

Security screening at When We Were Young

All patrons are subject to a search prior to entry. By purchasing a ticket, you agree to submit to a full body pat-down and magnetometer screening.

If you would like to be screened by personnel of your same gender, please let security know prior to the search process.

Screening of children will always take place with the consent of a parent or guardian.

Persons who do not comply with the search policy will be refused entry.

When We Were Young reentry policy

Reentry is permitted until the box office closes at 11 p.m.

Where is the box office at When We Were Young?

The When We Were Young box office is on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Circus Circus Drive.

Box office hours for When We Were Young are 10 a.m.-midnight both days.

Reach the reporter at ed.masley@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-4495. Follow him on Twitter @EdMasley.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Ultimate guide to When We Were Young 2023 in Las Vegas