Northern Kentucky's Birds of a Feather Might Be the Only Music Fest Happening This Summer

The 200-plus acre venue will offer plenty of space for social distancing, outdoor activities, art and live music from local and national bands

click to enlarge Rumpke Mountain Boys performing at Birds of a Feather Fest in 2019 - Photo: Mike Howard Photography
Photo: Mike Howard Photography
Rumpke Mountain Boys performing at Birds of a Feather Fest in 2019

Despite a challenging year, we can still maintain hope in one Northern Kentucky summer tradition. 

Going on its sixth year, Birds of a Feather Music & Art Festival will return to Morning View's Thornville Farm this Aug. 13-16, offering live music from both national and local bands, camping, outdoor activities, vendors, food, drinks and more. 

The festival venue spans over 200 acres and is surrounded by the Liking River and Thornville Lake, offering an abundance of space for social distancing, swimming and hiking trails and "plenty of shade and space to dance under the stars," according to the festival's website. 

In addition to ensuring a venue where festgoers can space out, visitors will receive a mask and have their temperature taken upon entry; organizers have zoned off certain areas where masks are mandatory (though masks are encouraged throughout the fest); merch booths will have additional free masks available; there will be sanitizing stations throughout the festival; portalets will be cleaned and restocked twice daily; and more. See full list of COVID-related precautions here. 

"Were ready to meet the challenge of hosting a festival responsibly during these trying times," says co-organizer Nathan Chambers, who runs the festival with Brandon Whitson.

Musical acts scheduled for the 2020 festival include Tropidelic, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Dizgo, Fletcher's Grove, Mama Said String Band, Strange Mechanics and more. 

General admission (which includes parking and camping) for the four-day fest costs $75 and there are options for Friday through Sunday tickets, Saturday only tickets and kids tickets, and a range of various camping add-ons, like lakeside RV camping, car camping, early bird camping and more. You can even bring your dog along for $40. See ticket options here. 

A map is available for download that outlines the camping zones, stages, mandatory mask zone, restrooms, vendors and more. 

The website asks that all eventgoers clean up after themselves and also notes that a portion of the ticket proceeds will go toward keeping the Licking River clean.

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