NO PETS PLEASE...PRETTY PLEASE....NO PETS...OKAY?
Farmfest is a relaxed and intimate music festival the second weekend of August, in the beautiful Michigan north woods, the highlight of August for Michigan folk afficionados. The Farmfest main stage sits at the bottom of a visually and acoustically beautiful natural amphitheater. The stage was crafted of wood from the barn that stood at the top of the hill. The lineup tends to feature some of the best Michigan folk-spirited acts, from traditional folk and bluegrass to modern reggae and folk-flavored rock'n'roll. Come camp on site, or drive out for the day.
Starting Thursday, and ending Sunday, Farmfest is a four-day family focused folk and traditional world music festival. Mooosical Magic happens at Farmfest... it's a musician's playground. Gates open on Thursday. Main stage music begins on Friday. Drum Kiva, Fire Circle Jams, Dance Pavilion Events, Parkin' Lot Pickin', Candle Light Labyrinth Walk, 2nd Stage Open Mic, Blow-Your-Face-Off Harmonica Contest, Kids-Kids-Kids Stuff!, Workshops, Great Food, Sacred Land.
Year number 16!
Farmfest 2013 is bound to be another record breaking year. SO many Michigan musicians are finding sponsors. We are still the best bang for your buck when it comes to Michigan festivals. Tickets are $65 in advance or $70 at the gate for your weekend pass -- this includes camping. Volunteers get in for free. If you come to the gate and want to volunteer, you are required to pay the full amount, work your two 4-hour shifts sometime throughout the weekend...THEN get refunded. Volunteers are welcome to come set up camp on Wednesday. Go to our Volunteers page to sign up.
Please help us support Michigan artists! YOU (yes, YOU) might consider becoming a sponsor. Without our sponsors and our volunteers, Farmfest would be a memory. There are many bands without sponsors and we would love to help them keep the music alive. They can't do that if they don't get paid, folks. We need you...they need you...we need each other. Please call 989-619-3333. Sponsors receive weekend passes, an ad in the program, listings on this website, back stage access before and after your band's performance AND authority to announce your band prior to playing. It's a sweet gig....consider it.
AND NO PETS....We try really hard to get the NO PETS rule out there, but they come anyway...every year. PLEASE don't bring your pets.
Hugs to All,
Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks:
We are pushing and prodding Farmfest into the 21st century this year! We have partnered with Brown Paper Tickets for advanced ticket sales (click the button at the top of this page to purchase). We will be coordinating our volunteer efforts with the assistance of Help the Herd. And The Stage Couch TV will be on hand during the festival to record video interviews with artists and event go-ers. Watch for a link to the interviews after Farmfest is over.
A Few Downloads:
Here are a couple of items you might like to have before heading over to Farmfest this year. We have a new map of the Farmfest Grounds to help you find your way around. There is also a poster you can print out and put up somewhere in your community. And here is a coloring page of this year's Farmfest Logo -- fun for all ages!
Farmfest was born in 1998. It is hosted by Stacy Jo Schiller who owns the farm and her partner Barton Briley. The mission of Farmfest is to support the performing arts while blending nature and music.
Farmfest logo designed by: Mike Rosteck
October 26, 2013
Farmfest Halloween Party
Fall FUNdraiser. $10 donation entry fee. 12 and under free. Camping.
Tractor Tolley Rides to the pumpkin patch at 2 p.m. Fall Feast from the bounties of the harvest. Open Mic at 6 p.m.; winner gets booked at Farmfest 2014. Visit Big Bear's Haunted Market in Vienna; show a bracelet and get in for five bucks.
Later in the evening: Rocky Horror Picture Show! Come in character from the film and do the Time Warp Again! 18 and older please. After the film, jam with the party-goers.
Annual Sledding Party
Come frolic in the snow at the annual Farmfest Sledding Party. Bring your sleds and tubes. Snowmobiles are welcomed. $5 donation to get in; 12 and under are free. There will be a snow art contest and open mic as well. Enjoy great home cooking and beverages abound! Winter camping is available and space on the farmhouse floor if you like. We've installed a larger wood stove in the pavilion this year. Bring duct tape and cardboard for creating your own fun sled!
Late May, 2014
Building and Planting - Memorial Weekend
The greenhouse is filling up with amazing plants promising great organic food choices for us at Farmfest. The soils are prepared and the seeds are here waiting for your arrival.
Those of you who enjoy getting your hands in the soil, we will be planting the gardens on Memorial weekend. This is another great way to earn your weekend pass to Farmfest.
Bring a dish to pass, your camping gear and instruments for campfire jamming.
Get ‘er Done Vounteer Work Weekend
Preparing the farm for Farmfest is always a very rewarding experience. This is the time we can get creative. What is it that you would like to see added to the land? Let us know and help manifest it.
Of course there are the usual annual items that need to be done: Cow barrels, butt cans, prepping the stages and clearing the trails. Weed whacking and mowing. Organizing the kitchen. Etc etc etc.
Bring camping gear, food to share, instruments and a festive heart. It’s a great time to Git ‘er Done and together it is easy to do just that! AND of course you receive your Farmfest 2014 weekend pass before you go home.
Come enjoy a weekend of fun, family and music. Bring a camper, or a tent, or sleep under the stars!
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