Nelsonville Music Festival 2017

Date(s) - June 01, 2017 - June 04, 2017
All Day

Big acts bring big crows to Nelsonville Music Festival in Athens County, Ohio. But the fest goes well beyond the main stage by featuring small local acts and up-and-coming musicians. Here three of our own share their perspective on what makes this fest so great. Photograph by Joel Prince | Courtesy of Stuart's Opera House and the Nelsonville Music Festival

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SAVE THE DATE! The 13th annual Nelsonville Music Festival takes place on June 1-4, 2017 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio!

Round 1 of lineup announcements for the Nelsonville Music Festival includes:

Ween, Emmylou Harris, Rodriguez, Son Volt, Parquet Courts, Twin Peaks, Sara Watkins, Big Thief, Honeyhoney, Margaret Glaspy, Sallie Ford, Mothers, Ron Gallo, Marisa Anderson, Hellnaw, Weedghost, and Aaron Michael Butler With The Tied For 5th Percussion Group.

Round 2 of lineup announcements for the Nelsonville Music Festival includes:
Conor Oberst (headlining Thursday, June 1st), Cloud Nothings, Frazey Ford, Michael Hurley, Tyler Childers, Aldous Harding, Mirah, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Valley Queen, The Easy Leaves, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Wesley Bright & The Honeytones, Adam Remnant, Swarming Branch, Counterfeit Madison, Doc Robinson, Caitlin Kraus, and Blue Moth. 

The third round of lineup announcements for NMF17 includes:
They Might Be Giants (headlining Friday, June 2), Jenny Lewis (Saturday, June 3), Shannon and the Clams, The Cactus Blossoms, Mr. Elevator, Jay Som, Ona, St. Lenox, Apple & The Moon, Chris Biester, and Max Knouse. The 11 new additions join a lineup that already includes Ween, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, Rodriguez, Cloud Nothings, Parquet Courts, Son Volt, Twin Peaks, Sara Watkins and more. 

Presented by Stuart’s Opera House, a non-profit historic theater and performing arts center in Nelsonville, NMF features over 60 musical acts in four days on multiple stages plus on-site camping, kids activities, food, a beer garden, artisan vendors, and much more. A festival where the focus is on the music and the experience, with the proceeds benefiting a historic non-profit theater and its programming throughout the year. NMF has been named the Best Festival in Ohio by The AV Club, one of the Best Festivals in the Midwest by Time Out Chicago, and the Best Music Festival in Ohio by Ohio Magazine.

Billboard has called Nelsonville Music Festival “one of the best kept secrets of the U.S. music festival circuit”, and Andrew Bird said, “It’s the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you’d lose something.” The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Catch live music on multiple stages including a small “no-fi” cabin and a picturesque “porch” stage in addition to our main stage. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of our regional flavor.

Past performers have included Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Gillian Welch, John Prine, The Avett Brothers, Randy Newman, Dinosaur Jr., Cat Power, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, George Jones, Gogol Bordello, 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

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