The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is the world center for the presentation of the history, culture, and future of bluegrass music. We develop and maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music through an exciting and educational experience.
Although ROMP 2020 is postponed until next year, we appreciate everyone who joined us for the virtual ROMP last month as we cheered on some of our favorite performances going all the way back to the inaugural festival in 2004!
For those who have already made a decision regarding their ROMP 2020 tickets, we appreciate your response. Ticket buyers have three options:
Transfer tickets to ROMP 2021
If you've already requested a refund, be confident that we are working hard to process your refund with most receiving their funds over the course of the next few weeks. Many have already heard from us.
For those who have not submitted the form indicating a preference for their ROMP 2020 tickets, please click below for options. If you do not specify a preference by 7/31/20, your ROMP 2020 tickets will be transferred to 2021. Please click below to submit a preference.
Dear Hartford Fest Family, We regret to inform you that the 10th annual John Hartford Memorial Festival rescheduled for this fall has been cancelled due to COVID19 and circumstances beyond our control. We do not feel confident that we can produce a festival this year similar enough to the previous festivals that everyone has come to know and love, earning its nick name “The Most Laid Back Festival in America”. The crowds that we have seen in the past years would make it extremely difficult to follow COVID 19 protocols including social distancing during the festival.
Due to uncertainty of what 2021 will bring us, at this point we will not be rolling over your tickets to a rescheduled festival next spring. There is still a real possibility for a festival next year to happen, but we have decided to wait things out before planning another event. June 3-5, 2021 would have been the date for JHMF11 had things not gone sideways. We will be evaluating the situation carefully over the next six months to determine the possibilities of hosting a 2021 festival. If it happens, the festival may have to be modified and may have a very different look.
Because of all this uncertainty, we have decided to refund all tickets purchased for the 2020 festival. To request a refund visit our homepage www.HartfordFest.com and fill out the required form. You must fill out the form completely. We will then refund your ticket purchases in as timely a manner as possible. Refunds will only be made to the original purchaser. Unfortunately, due to the length of time that has passed, we will not be able to simply refund your purchase through Pay Pal or your credit card. We will instead issue a refund via an E check system that is proven safe and secure.
Please note; *All Refund requests must be received by August 31, 2020 *
MerleFest, dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the gold standard for bluegrass, Americana, and string-music festivals,” is normally held the last weekend of April, but the 2020 festival was canceled due to public safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Officials stressed that this would be a one time only move to the fall and they plan to return to the traditional April weekend in 2022. “We chose to announce this change now to give everyone an opportunity to put this on their calendar and to allow us time to secure all artists and contract the necessary support services,” said Festival Director, Ted Hagaman. “Lineup information and other festival details will be coming soon.”
“After months of deliberation and extensive research with leading medical experts we feel it is in the best interest of our fans, artists, staff, college, and community to reschedule the 2021 festival to the fall,” stated Hagaman. “We have a reputation for providing a quality, safe, and organized festival and feel this move is necessary to again deliver that type of event. We’d like to express appreciation to many for their ‘can do’ spirit in rearranging schedules and plans to accommodate this move. I’d especially like to thank the organizers of Carolina in the Fall for agreeing to forego their festival next year in order to support our festival. It truly is a team effort in our community.”