About Down on the farm

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2018, Down on the Farm is an annual two day music, camping, and arts festival held in Manhattan, Illinois. Bringing in both local and regional acts from around the Midwest in genres such as rock, funk, bluegrass, and folk, as well as a wide range of artists, visual performers, and crafters, the festival creates a truly unique atmosphere for families and adults alike. Each year for a decade, Down on the Farm has grown to welcome increasing numbers of fans and music across multiple stages, while maintaining a well-produced, exceptionally organized, and beautiful camping and festival experience for all.

Rules and Information


Event Information

The Festival and campground will open at 10:00am on the first day of the festival.  All attendees must enter through the front gate to receive wristbands and be escorted to parking.  Children 12 and under have free admittance to the festival, but must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Guests may bring their own food as well as alcoholic (if over 21) and non-alcoholic beverages.  Food and drink are also available for purchase from several vendors on site.

Early camping on Thursday night is now available for Down on the Farm 2018.  Early camping requires purchasing an early camping pass for $20 at the gate, which opens at 4pm on Thursday evening.  A special Soap acoustic set will happen that night. 

Festival Rules

  • No illegal drugs or weapons allowed on festival grounds.
  • Underage drinking is strictly prohibited-No exceptions!
  • No Glass Please – plastic, and aluminum only!
  • No fireworks or fires – small grills and camp stoves are fine.
  • Vending will only be allowed by registered vendors in the designated vending areas.
  • No fighting , you will be thrown out immediately
  • Take care of each other, be sensible, and behave responsibly
  • No having a bad time – violators will be cheered up quickly

Camping Information

Camping is included with your admission to Down on the Farm.  There are no cars allowed in the campground area unless an RV pass is purchased.

Primitive showers and restrooms will be available onsite.

Gate hours

Thursday: 4pm until Midnight
Friday: 10am – 3am
Saturday: 10am – 3am

For the safety of our guests and volunteers, no arrivals are allowed outside of front gate hours. Please plan your arrival accordingly, thanks!


Sorry, no pets are allowed.  We do love pets but we have to keep them at home. Service Animals which have been trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability are allowed, but must be checked in at the front gate.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What time and day do gates open?

Gates open at 10:00am on Friday, July 27th. We will not be allowing anyone with GA or other tickets on the grounds before the gates open.

Early camping gates open at 4pm on Thursday, July 26th.  An early camping pass must be purchased at the gate for an additional $20.


Thursday: 4pm until Midnight
Friday: 10am – 3am
Saturday: 10am – 3am

For the safety of our guests and volunteers, no arrivals after the gate closes each night. Please plan your arrival accordingly, thanks!

Can we enter Thursday night and camp early?

Yes! Starting this year, we’re doing Thursday evening early camping.  Its only $20 at the gate (you must also have a weekend or Friday only pass), and includes a special acoustic set from Soap that night!

How does camping work?

Tent camping is included with your festival admission. The campground is located adjacent to the concert bowl area in a beautiful apple orchard.

Can I camp next to my vehicle?

For the protection of the orchard trees, we do not allow cars in the campground area. However, assistance will be available during most parts of the day to help shuttle gear the short distance from the parking lot to the camping area.

For the safety of our guests, car camping is only allowed in the RV spaces or campground, and not in the parking lot area or concert bowl.

If you would like to park next to your campsite, please purchase an RV pass for an additional $20.

What if I have an RV?

RV Passes maybe be purchased here for an additional $20. RV Passes include primitive RV camping spots approximately 40’x16′ (no water or electricity). All RV passengers must also have a festival admission ticket.

Can I bring my own food/beverages/alcohol?

Yep! Please feel free to bring your own food and beverages for the weekend. Reasonable amounts of alcoholic beverages for personal consumption only may be permitted into the camping areas if you of legal age (21+). Be responsible, and please do not drink and drive.

Remember, glass is not allowed!

Will food/beverages/alcohol be available for purchase?

Yes! We will have several food vendors on site with a variety of food and non-alcoholic beverage options available. Additionally, we will have beer available for purchase in the concert bowl for attendees 21+. An ID is required for beer purchase.

Are fires allowed in the campground?

For the protection of the orchard trees, fires are not allowed in the campground area. Small grills and camp stoves are fine for cooking food.

Weather permitting, we will have a community campfire in the concert bowl area.

What time can I come if I have a day pass?

Friday day pass holders can arrive when gates open at 10:00am on Friday, July 27th. Friday only ticket holders may camp overnight, but must be off the festival grounds by 10:00 on Saturday, July 28th.

Saturday day pass holders can arrive anytime after 10:00am on Saturday, July 28th and can stay overnight until Sunday, July 29th.

Can I bring my dog/cat/hamster/etc.?

Sorry, no pets are allowed at Down on the Farm. We love our animals dearly also, but they must be left at home for this event. Service Animals which have been trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability are allowed, but must check in at the front gate.

Festival Grounds Map

Festival Location


Festival Site Address: 28041 S. Elevator Rd. Manhattan, IL 60442. 

The Google and Wyze locations for “Down on the Farm Festival” will take you to the actual drive in entrance, so please navigate to that if possible. Thanks!

Down on the Farm Location


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