Dear NMF Family,
It is with great sadness to announce that the 2020 Nelsonville Music Festival is being postponed until 2021.
As most of you know, Ohio, like much of the country, is under a state mandated moratorium on public gatherings. Please know that much thought and consultation went into this difficult decision, which included exploring the feasibility of postponing until later this year. Because we are a small, independent, non-profit organization, with limited resources, even without an International pandemic, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest to postpone until next year.
It is our greatest hope and belief that we will emerge from this crisis as a more conscious, caring, and connected group of people, ready and excited to continue our celebration of live music, art, community, and life itself.
For everyone who has already purchased tickets to NMF 2020, please look for emails from us, starting next week, with refund options.
Meanwhile, please keep listening to and supporting working artists by buying their records and merch! Please keep Stuart’s Opera House, the sole producer of NMF, in your thoughts as we, like all small businesses, navigate these financially difficult times. You can financially support the Nelsonville Music Festival by making a tax-deductible donation (link in comments) and by purchasing merchandise from our NMF online store (link in comments). Ticket holders will also be given the option to donate, if you choose.
Thank you to all of our NMF artists, staff, volunteers, crew, vendors, and most of all, thank YOU. We couldn’t do this, we can’t do this, without you.
Please stay well and stay safe.
Founder and Executive Director
Nelsonville Music Festival
16th ANNUAL NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 16th annual Nelsonville Music Festival takes place June 4-7, 2020 in Nelsonville, Ohio featuring many musical acts in four days on multiple stages along with on-site camping, artisan vendors, kids activities, food, a beer garden, and more. NMF is a presentation of Stuart’s Opera House, a non-profit historic theater and performing arts center in Nelsonville, Ohio. All proceeds raised from the Nelsonville Music Festival benefit Stuart’s Opera House and our Arts Education Program. Your support of this festival is more than a fun weekend, you are helping to support the arts for kids in Southeast Ohio. Thank you.
Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival “one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit”, and in our 16th year NMF continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this intimate festival offers live music from a variety of genres on multiple stages from national, regional, and local acts. Catch live music on multiple stages: NMF features a main stage of course, but also a picturesque Porch Stage, the small No-Fi Cabin featuring artists performing with no electricity, and our FREE Boxcar Stage with music from an old train car turned into a stage backdrop and mural. The Nelsonville Music Festival strives to have a positive impact on our community and environment and we are a Zero Waste event, diverting 92% of the waste created at the festival from the landfill in 2018 with recycling and composting. All kids 12 and under are free and the festival features a huge kids area with activities all weekend. The AV Club and Ohio Magazine have named NMF as the “Best Music Festival in Ohio”, and Time Out Chicago has called it “one of the Midwest’s best festivals”. Past performers have included Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, The Breeders, Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Loretta Lynn, Gillian Welch, John Prine, Tyler Childers, The Avett Brothers, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Randy Newman, Ween, Merle Haggard, They Might Be Giants, The Decemberists, Emmylou Harris, Dinosaur Jr., Iron & Wine, Yo La Tengo, George Jones, Courtney Barnett, and many more. The Nelsonville Music Festival is a production of Stuart’s Opera House, a historic, non-profit theater located in Nelsonville that features over 75 events a year including live music, theater, films, educational programming and more. You can find out more about Stuart’s by visiting stuartsoperahouse.org.
June 4-7, 2020
Tickets on sale now!
URBAN LIVING TOUR 2020
This year’s Urban Living Tour event has been postponed due to COVID-19, but will be returning later this summer!