As a result of the ongoing uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 in Texas and after consultation with a group with expertise in medicine and risk planning, the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation Board has decided to limit the duration and capacity of the upcoming Kerrville Folk Festival planned for October 1-11.
The Festival will now occur on two consecutive weekends, October 1-3 and October 8-12 at Threadgill Theater in the campground. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each day.
Unfortunately, all mid-week events are cancelled. Eleven-day ticket holders will be contacted directly with an offer to a refund for the mid-weekdays.
All shows will be live streamed for those who are not able to attend in person.
As previously planned, all attendees (except for children under 12) must provide proof of being fully vaccinated to attend. Children 3+ will be asked to wear a mask outside their home camp.
This was an incredibly difficult decision for the Foundation Board. Like you, we were all looking forward to gathering with our Kerrville family and sharing the music and community that makes the Festival special to so many of us. But the health and safety of the Festival family, the town of Kerrville, and our friends and loved ones back home had to be considered. We hope and believe that we’ll be able to safely gather in larger numbers in May next year.
As we create structure around this new configuration, there are numerous adjustments we are making. We are committed to fairness and safety as we create another magical Kerrville experience. Inevitably, some decisions will not suit everyone, so we ask for your understanding and trust that we are doing the best we can in inordinately challenging times. Below are some of the questions we know will arise, and there will be more. We will stay in close communication with our ticket holders, volunteers, and artists as plans evolve.
If there are questions you would like to add to the FAQ below, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post updates on our website and in emails to keep you informed.
Frequently Asked Questions
I already bought an 11-day ticket, will I get a refund? You may receive a full refund if you choose not to attend at all, or if you want to attend the two weekends, we will refund you up to $80 for the mid-week shows that are cancelled. (Of course, if you want to donate all or part of the $80 that would be most welcome!)
What about Land Rush? The campground will open for folks to set up early on Thursday, Sept. 30th at 12:00 noon. A fee of $10 per person will be charged for camping that evening.
Can I stay on the ranch between weekends? Yes, if you already had tickets for the mid-week, and you have provided proof of vaccination. Be aware there will be very limited services available, other than trash and sanitation (bathrooms and showers). There will likely be one, maybe two food vendors, and campers will be on their own for ice and beverages.
What about food and beverages during the weekends? Right now, we have one food vendor (crepes!!) who plans to be on site. We are actively seeking another food truck (please let us know if you have a suggestion)! Because we are requiring proof of vaccination, TABC refuses to issue us an alcohol permit, so this will be a “bring your own alcohol” event. Kerrtry Store will not be open, so campers will also need to provide their own coffee and soft drinks. We will have two water bottle fill stations supplying filtered water and some bottled water available to purchase in the Foundation Booth.
I tried to buy a ticket for Saturday, Oct. 2nd and was unable to do so. Are they all sold out? Almost. We turned off all ticket sales for 11-day tickets and for first weekend because we are so very close to the cap already. When the plans were modified, we wanted to get this information out first, and then we will resume sales, subject to availability. Because we know we will sell out we will send out a notice at least 24 hours in advance of opening sales for the few remaining tickets for first weekend dates.
Details about providing proof of vaccination: In order to attend the festival in October, you must provide proof of full vaccination via email ahead of the event, or you may show proof upon check-in at the festival. If you would like to send it ahead of time, please email a digital copy (scan or photo is fine) to: email@example.com
The Kerrville Folk Festival Updates COVID Protocols
We can’t wait to welcome you to Quiet Valley Ranch in October. We also must assure the safety of everyone at the 49th Kerrville Folk Festival. After discussion with the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation Board Members and on the advice of our COVID Task Force which includes medical professionals, (one of whom specializes in infectious disease control), we are updating our COVID protocol to require anyone over the age of twelve who attends, volunteers for, or plays, the 49th Kerrville Folk Festival show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID at least 2 weeks prior to coming onto the ranch. Any attendee under the age of twelve must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
This means, if you are arriving for Land Rush on September 25, 2021, you must be fully vaccinated by Friday, Sept. 10th. Backing up 28 days, this means you will need to have your first round of vaccine on or around August 13, 2021. If you are not attending Land Rush but plan to arrive on October 1, the opening day of the Festival, and you are taking a two-dose vaccine, then you will need to get round one by Aug. 20, 2021. We lay out this timeline because we want you to join us and hope that if you are not vaccinated, you will start the process as soon as possible.
We do not make this decision lightly, but from our social responsibility to our “chosen family” and the Kerrville community as a whole.
We will be sending instructions on how to provide your proof of vaccination in advance within the next several days.
At the Festival, we will ask all attendees to be respectful to fellow attendees who choose to wear a mask and /or maintain physical distancing from others.
And a Note to All of You Who are Not Vaccinated…
Please know that we have no desire to impose a specific point of view or set of values on anyone. We truly wish the situation were different, but it is part of recovering from the pandemic.
The likelihood of COVID transmission in May and October last year forced us to cancel our plans then. With rising infection rates trending again, the only difference in now and a year ago is better protection through vaccination. If you can not attend, we will miss you so.
Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation