What To Expect When You Arrive:
You may arrive at the John Hartford Memorial Festival as early as noon on Tuesday, May 29.
1. All tickets are will call with your name on a list at gate. There are no physical tickets. Please have photo ID to confirm identity.
2. Any name changes on tickets must be made by calling Brown Paper Tickets while online tickets are still on sale, which is through Monday May 27. Their number is 800.838.3006. If anyone shows up saying you gave them or sold them your ticket they will not be admitted unless the name has actually been changed beforehand through Brown Paper Tickets. This is done totally to protect the original ticket purchaser as we have no other way to confirm you have actually transferred your tickets.
3. The gate situation has changed a bit from previous years. This year the front gate will only be handling camping check-ins and purchases. If you are staying in a hotel or only there for one day and not camping you will be able to bypass the first gate and proceed to park in the day parking area past the gate to the right. Please pay close attention to the parking attendant as we have a lot of cars to fit into a limited space.
4. After checking in for camping or parking in day lot please proceed to the festival ticketing area. Here we will check you off of the will call list. You may park in ticketing parking area if in single vehicle. If you are in a big rig or pulling a trailer you will need to line up along the right shoulder and pull forward as the line moves up, drivers must remain in vehicle while in line. We will issue arm bands and programs at this stop and you will be ready to go.
Camping Reservation Info
The campground and the facilities are maintained and operated by Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground.
Camping cost is NOT included in the festival ticket purchase. If you are camping you must pay a separate camping fee. Camping cost is per person. 12 and under are free.
Reservations are not required for primitive camping but are highly recommended for RV campsites. Primitive camping locations are spread throughout the park and are first come first serve.
If you would like to reserve an RV site with hook ups you must call the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground at (812) 988-6422. We urge you to do this as soon as you can. These sites are coveted and will go fast! For any additional questions about camping reservations, camping with hook-up prices, or anything else regarding camping, call the Campground.
The Brown County Inn
Not staying on site? Brown County is loaded with great places to camp and comfortable hotels for those looking for a little more ease.
If camping is not for you, please make reservations now at our new host hotel, The Brown County Inn. Newly Renovated with a full Restaurant and Bar, Year Round Covered and Enclosed open-air Pool Pavilion with a 2500 square foot sun-deck and live entertainment. Located just six miles from the park, and only a three block walk from beautiful downtown Nashville, IN.
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Primitive Camping & Vehicle Policy
The Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground (the kind folks who allow us to use their park), initiated a new parking policy for primitive camping areas. No cars will be allowed to park in the primitive camping areas. There will be parking as close as possible to those areas and we will have some shuttles running to help move you around. Cars will be allowed to unload and then will need to be moved to the closest available parking. Please arrive with that in mind. This will allow more campers in the park and will also create a better camping environment for all. We will look at special circumstances such as personal handicaps on a case by case basis. We know you understand and look forward to seeing all of you.
Nestled in the beautiful hills of Brown County in Southern Indiana, in a little slice of heaven called Bean Blossom, the park is located on a 55-acre tract of land. The historic music park boasts over 55 years of music and is the home of the Brown County Jamboree, the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Museum, and Bill Monroe’s world famous Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival and now, our festival, The John Hartford Memorial Festival. Bill Monroe fell in love with this small town, and the property he owned, calling it his home away from home for more than forty years. Once you visit, you too will experience the magic of Bean Blossom. Come experience the history, become a part of tradition and find out why so many call this the Mecca of Bluegrass Music.
Where do I find the Bill Monroe Music Park And Campground?
Bill Monroe Music Park And Campground
5163 SR 135 N. Morgantown, Indiana
The park is located on state highway 135 between Morgantown and Nashville, IN.
There are two town’s in Indiana named "Bean Blossom". Make sure you are going to the correct one!
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The GPS Coordinates are as follows.
The campground will accept campers for the John Hartford Memorial Festival as early as 10am on Tuesday, May 28th If you wish to arrive earlier, call the campground.
The campground has over three hundred 30 and/or 50 amp electric and water hookups and over three hundred primitive tent sites. With over 55-acres, the campground offers both wooded and open sites,most of which are Big Rig Friendly. The facilities are complete with hot showers, clean restrooms, coin laundry facility, two dump stations, stocked fishing lake (no license required), walking trails; assorted picnic tables, fire rings, and barbecue grills; large covered pavilion, camp store, gift shop, and museum. (your festival wristband gets you in the museum!).
In order to provide a safer environment for all festival attendees and campers, ATV’s and/or 4-wheeler’s will not be allowed into the campground. A limited number of golf carts (both two and four passenger) will be available to rent onsite from the campground. If you would like to reserve a golf cart you must call the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground at (812) 988-6422.
The Park store is located at entrance to the festival. There is a new Dollar General located across the highway where the old store was, that is fully stocked with groceries and supplies. Remember there is a small camp store in the campground office and one of America's coolest little towns, Nashville IN, is located just five miles south and has a full service grocery store, liquor store, fine restaurants and everything you need to stock yourselves for the duration. Please remember to visit and patronize the food and craft vendors on site. Remember to always have a designated driver so you and other folks on the highway can have a safe, hassle free experience.
- There will be plenty of onsite food vendors and merchandise vendors
- This is a rain or shine, no refund event. Come prepared for all four seasons
- No one under 16 may operate a golf cart
- No consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21
- No illegal substances
If you have any additional questions please drop us a line by using the contact section of this web site.