Uncle Pen Fest


**2023 Information Coming Soon!**


Uncle Pen Fest

SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2023

Featuring 2 days of various bluegrass performers, workshops and jams plus the Bluegrass Hall of Fame Induction.

*Camping and festival admission purchased separately

Get Your Advance Tickets!

Advance ticket sales end Sept. 14, 2022 

  

Founded in 1974, Uncle Pen Days began as a tribute to Bill Monroe’s maternal uncle, James Pendleton Vandiver. “Uncle Pen” played the fiddle and Monroe later said that he was the “fellow that I learned to play from.” Bill Monroe’s parents had both died by the time he was 16, and Monroe lived part of the time this his uncle, where he would play mandolin while his uncle played fiddle at local square dances and social events.

Greatly influenced by Vandiver, Bill Monroe wrote a song about him, Uncle Pen, in 1950 — a song that went on to be a hit for Porter Wagoner (1954) and Ricky Skaggs (1984).

Uncle Pen Fest is 4 days of different styles of bluegrass music, some workshops, jams and lots of gathering of friends and fellow campers. If you like to camp, there are plenty of campsites available from primitive to water/electric hookup for any size camper. Camping reservations are separate from admission tickets, each person staying at the campsite is required to purchase their own admission ticket. Reserve your campsite online through our reservation system. If camping isn’t your style, book a room at our host hotel. Make plans to arrive on Wednesday so you don’t miss a minute of the entertainment that begins Thursday-Saturday. 

Order your admission tickets and reserve your golf cart to get around online today! Every person entering the campground/festival grounds is required to purchase an admission ticket. Campers are required to purchase admission tickets that correspond to their camping reservation. Children 12 & under are free and do not need an admission ticket. 

The festival is held rain or shine, all tickets and camping are non-refundable. Come enjoy the fall weather and enjoy the beauty and history of Bill Monroe Music Park and Uncle Pen Fest. 

Tickets & Golf Cart Rentals

Weekend Admission Tickets 

  • $120 | Pre-Sale Ends March 13 
  • $140 | Advance March 13-September 14
  • $180 | Gate September 14-21   

Any Day Tickets 

  • $35 | Pre-Sale Ends March 13 
  • $45 | Advance March 13-September 14
  • $55 | Gate September 14-24  

Golf Cart Rentals – 4 DAYS  

  • 2 Passenger – $320   
  • 4 Passenger – $480    

2022 Uncle Pen Fest Daily Lineup

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

  • Becky Buller | Workshop 4-4:30 pm | Main Stage 8-9:30 pm
  • Junior Sisk Band | Workshop 2:30-3 pm | Main Stage 6-7:30 pm
  • Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road | Workshop 7:30-8 pm | Main Stage 1:30-2:30 pm & 4:30-5:30
  • Carley Arrowood with Daniel Thrailkill | Workshop 5:30-6 pm | Main Stage Noon-1 pm & 3-4 pm

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

  • Lonesome River Band | Workshop 4-4:30 pm | Main Stage 8-9:30 pm
  • Sideline | Workshop 2:30-3 pm | Main Stage 6-7:30 pm
  • Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n | Workshop 7:30-8 pm | Main Stage 1:30-2:30 pm & 4:30-5:30
  • Lincoln Mash & Heather Alley | Workshop 5:30-6 pm | Main Stage Noon-1 pm & 3-4 pm

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

  • Dale Ann Bradley Band | Workshop 4-4:30 pm | Main Stage 8-9:30 pm
  • The Kody Norris Show | Workshop 2:30-3 pm | Main Stage 6-7:30 pm
  • Kentucky Shine | Workshop 7:30-8 pm | Main Stage 1:30-2:30 pm & 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Tony Hale and Blackwater | Workshop 5:30-6 pm | Main Stage Noon-1 pm & 3-4 pm

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

  • The Dillards | Workshop 4-4:30 pm | Hall of Fame Induction 7:45 pm | Main Stage 8-9:30 pm
  • Bobby Osborne | Workshop 2:30-3 pm | Main Stage 6-7:30 pm
  • The Price Sisters | Workshop 7:30-8 pm | Main Stage 1:30-2:30 pm & 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Williamson Branch | Workshop 5:30-6 pm | Main Stage Noon-1 pm & 3-4 pm

Food Trucks

El Taco Azteca

Tacos | Quesadillas | Nachos | Burritos | Salads Empanadas | Sopes | Toastadas | Burgers

Hot Dogs 

MEATS: Asada – Steak, Pastor – Marinated Pork, Pollo – Chicken, Camaron – Shrimp, Carne Molida – Ground Beef 

Junkyard BBQ

SANDWICHES: BBQ Pulled Pork | Chicken | Nachos – Pork or Chicken 

Soft Tacos – Pork or Chicken | BBQ Burrito – Pork or Chicken w/ Mac-n-Cheese | Loaded Mac & Cheese – Pork or Chicken | Buffalo Chicken Mac Burrito 

SIDES: Mac n’ Cheese; Potato Salad; Cole Slaw Homemade Ice Cream  

Me Hungry Food

Steak or Chicken Tacos | Teriyaki Pork Kabobs Pulled Pork Sandwiches | Tomato Sandwich Double Smash Burger | Ribeye Steak Sandwich Veggie Burger | Loaded Nachos or Fries | Bacon Topped Hotdog | Deep Fried Veggies 

BREAKFAST: Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel 

Sausage or Bacon Egg & Cheese English Muffin 

Mighty Mini Donuts

Fresh Mini Donuts

Granny’s Goodies on the Go

Ice Cream

Stay With Us… Or Book With Our Host Hotel

Campsites

If you are interested in camping during our festivals, our family and pet-friendly campground can accommodate campers of all sizes from tent camping to large motorhomes.  rates are based on 2 guests, each additional guest is $15 per person, per night, up to 6 guests per campsite. 

RATES

30 amp W/E – $40 per night based on 2 guests

50 amp W/E – $45 per night based on 2 guests

Primitive Tent Camping – $15 per person, per night    

Boondocking – No hookups, first come, first serve   $22 per night based on 2 guests       

Festival booking dates Sept. 21-25

No refunds, all guests staying in the campsites are required to purchase festival tickets.  Rates do not include fees and taxes. 

Camping Cabins

Our pet friendly camping cabins offer you the best of both worlds – enjoy the festival, then retreat indoors for a good night’s sleep.  Cabin rates are based on 2 guests, each additional guest is $15 per person, per night.

Our Deluxe Camping Cabins feature a small kitchenette and bathroom – $250 per night based on 2 guests. Minimum stays apply. Maximum 6 guests.

Regular Camping Cabins have a few basic amenities to make your stay comfortable – electricity, microwave, mini fridge, no bathroom, bring your own linens. $175 per night based on 2 guests Minimum stays apply. Maximum 6 guests. $125 per night based on 2 guests Minimum stays apply. Maximum 4 guests.

Festival booking dates Sept. 21-25

No refunds, all guests staying in the cabins are required to purchase festival tickets.  Rates do not include fees and taxes.

Rent A Camper

Are you looking to experience camping, but you don’t have your own camper?  

We have two 26′, fully furnished Jayco campers that you can rent onsite. Rates are based on 2 guests, each additional guest is $15 per person, per night, up to 4 guests per camper.  

Rutherfords Roost and Bill Monroe Lakeside campers are located on lakeside sites, with beautiful views of the lake. Each camper sleeps up to 4 guests.

 RATES 

 $200 per night based on 2 guests Maximum 4 guests. Minimum stays apply.  

Festival booking dates Sept. 21-25

No refunds, all guests staying in the campers are required to purchase festival tickets.  Rates do not include fees and taxes.

Sleep Inn & Suites

Conveniently located off I-65, easy 20-minute drive to Bill Monroe Music Park. Click on the Book Online to receive festival discounts. 

Free Hot Breakfast, Fitness Center, Business Center, Designed to Dream Property, Premium Free WiFi, Elevator(s), Exercise Room, Sleep & Relaxation App, Access Fitness Center, Outdoor Parking, Interior Corridors, Indoor Heated Pool, No Pets Allowed, Free Coffee, Sun Deck.

2335 Jonathan Moore Pike Columbus, IN 47201

(812) 372-7200

Brown County Inn

Brown County Inn is located less than 10 miles from the Music Park. Click on the Book Online to receive festival discounts. 99 guest rooms, (2 suites), Dining room and lounge serving 3 meals per day, 7 days per week, Complimentary parking, Complimentary WiFi high-speed internet, staffed 24 hours a day. Porch or balcony every guest room plus coffee maker, flat screen TV, hair dryer, and individual climate control, accessible rooms available, 2-story building no elevator. Year round indoor/outdoor pool, miniature golf. 4 Tesla and 2 universal free electric car charging stations   

51 State Road 46 East Nashville, IN 47448

(800) 772-5249

Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys – Uncle Pen 1965