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.
Click the link below to view a large version of the campground map.
How do I get my band booked to play?
Drop us a line!
Where is the festival located?
Bill Monroe Music Park And Campground
5163 SR 135 N. Morgantown, IN 46160
*Your GPS may have a difficult time finding the town of Bean Blossom, IN
Click Here to visit our Directions Page
Who can I call about a ticket order?
Please call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
Can you tell me about camping at the festival?
Camping questions may be answered by visiting our camping page. or by calling the campground at (812) 988-6422.
Is there a fee for camping?
Yes there is! Camping is an additional fee. For info Click Here.
When can I show up?
You may arrive to the John Hartford Memorial Festival as early as noon on Tuesday, May 28. If you wish to arrive earlier, call the campground.
What are the gate hours? What if I arrive really late/early?
We will have security minding the gate after hours. If you arrive after hours you will need to leave your drivers license with them. You can pick it up in the next morning when you check in.
I'd rather not camp on site, do you suggest a local hotel?
Please visit our friends at our host hotel The Brown County Inn
They are located just a few miles away in Nashville, IN.
Do I get my money back if it storms?
This festival is rain or shine. No refunds. Come prepared for all four seasons.
What about, showers and dirty clothes?
Free hot showers and coin laundry is available.
Where is the closest place to get supplies and groceries?
There is a park store at the entrance to the festival. Nashville, Indiana, has lots of shopping and is just six miles down the road.
Can I empty my RV holding tanks on site?
The park has dump stations for RVs.
May I bring my own golf cart or ATV?,
Yes, you may bring your own golf cart. 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.Check our Guidelines page for our golf cart policies.
May I bring my own alcohol?
Yes, as long as you are 21+. Over intoxication may result in your removal from the premises. We will have a full bar on site and you must be 21+ to consume alcohol in Indiana.
May I bring my dog?
Good dogs are allowed and must be kept on a leash at all times. If your pet is disruptive you will need to remove them from the public. We expect you to pick up after your pet.
What if I lose something?
Lost and found will be at the artist merchandise tent.
What about recycling?
We are a green festival. We know all too well the benefits that come from recycling. Our recycling efforts are handled by Old Hippie Recycling, North Vernon, Indiana. You can help keep the planet green by separating trash from recyclables at your campsite.
I'd like to volunteer!
Follow this link and proceed with enthusiasm.
What will be going on besides concerts?
Songwriting Contest Showcase.
Band Contest Finals
Campground and Campfire Acoustic Pickin’.
John Hartford Storytelling and Story Telling Workshops. See Schedule and Program
Story Songs Workshop
Chompdown pitch-in breakfast with live music on Friday, June 1st from 10 am – Noon for all to participate in.
Arts & Craft Vendors.
If you have any additional questions please drop us a line by using the contact section of this web site.
Share the air- Smoking is a privilege, not a right. Fresh air is a right, so please, everyone, respect the air space of your non-smoking friends. Due to the close quarters in our tent stage area smoking is prohibited under the big top.
Speaking of air space- for the safety and privacy of our campers, the use of drones during JHMF is strictly prohibited except by our authorized photographers.
Please, no glass allowed in the concert areas. This is a long standing rule of the Bill Monroe Memorial Park Camp Groud and is for your safety.
Festival chair etiquette- You may leave your chair at a stage, but if you leave your chair at a stage you can expect it to be sat in by anyone who wants to. If you sit in someone’s chair, please quickly get up when the owner returns.
Recycle- Keep up the good work and use the bins and bags provided for all recyclables. Hey, rather than walk around or step over that trash on the ground, why not pick it up and put it in the can! Green and Clean leads to feeling really good! Yep, cigarette butts are litter too.
Friendly pets are to be kept on a leash at all times. Please pick up after your pet so nobody steps in it!
Alcoholic Beverages- Consumption by anyone under the age of 21 is strictly prohibited. Over indulgence will not be tolerated and could result in removal from the property.
Illegal Substances are not allowed anywhere on the festival grounds.
Golf carts are not to be operated by anyone under age 16.
Operating a golf cart or any other vehicle while under the influence or in a wreckless manner on festival grounds is strictly prohibited and could result in removal from the property. Headlights must be used on golf carts from dusk till dawn.