Memorial Day Weekend | May 22, 23, & 24, 2020
190 Townsend Road
Martinsville, Ohio 45146


Nowhere Else Festival 2020 FAQ: 

Hey good folks, 

We are still basking in the afterglow of another great festival in 2019, but are already looking forward to 2020! This will be our fifth annual Nowhere Else Festival, and these gatherings have undoubtedly become some of the highlights of our career.

Thanks to all of you who have attended for helping us establish a world-class boutique music and arts festival that feels like an extended musical family reunion in a beautiful green space on our small farm in Ohio. It really is a festival unlike any other.

We are beginning to confirm a truly amazing group of musicians, writers and artists. Feeling grateful. We are looking forward to being inspired and making many new connections and discoveries right along with the rest of you. Can’t wait to see you on the farm again, May 22, 23 & 24, Memorial Day Weekend 2020!

Rivers and oceans,

Linford and Karin


(Discounts available for teens, college students with ID and active military service personnel. Children 12 and under admitted free.)

Questions/comments, email us: 

*Please note: We are not able to offer refunds for 2020 festival passes, but they are fully transferable. If you re-sell, transfer or gift your passes, please email us the names of the new recipients, and we will update our lists.

***(No hard tickets will be mailed. All names will be waiting at festival check-in. Wristbands distributed at check-in.)***

Stay tuned at for updates!


(subject to small tweaks/additions)

FRIDAY, MAY 22 (VIP Ticket Holders)
4pm Gates Open
5:30pm VIP Farm to Table Picnic
7pm Intimate Concert with Over the Rhine

9am Gates open
10am – 1pm Workshops, readings, conversations, artists presenting work

1pm – 9:45pm

9am Gates Open
10pm – 1pm Workshops, readings, conversations, artists presenting work

1pm – 9:45pm
9:45 Festival Finale



Nowhere Else is located at 190 Townsend Road, Martinsville, Ohio 45146.

Basically, we are located about 15 miles West of the small town of Hillsboro, Ohio, and about 15 miles South of Wilmington, Ohio.
(Columbus, Ohio, is about 75 miles away from Nowhere Else. Lexington, Louisville and Indianapolis are apx 2-3 hours drive.)


Airports/flights: Both the greater Cincinnati Int’l Airport (CVG) (which is technically in Northern Kentucky just across the river from Cincinnati) and the Dayton Int’l Airport are approximately the same distance from Nowhere Else, roughly an hour’s drive. The Columbus, Ohio, Int’l Airport is about 75 miles North of us.

If you’d like to stay close to Nowhere Else:
Wilmington, Ohio, is an old Quaker college town about 20 minutes up the road. They have a number of hotels, B&B’s etc. There is a nice bike trail in Wilmington.
There are also a smattering of B&B’S in Hillsboro, Ohio, and the surrounding area.
The Roberts Centre is a nearby, large Holiday Inn/Convention Center with amenities located at 123 Gano Rd, Wilmington, OH 45177. Easy access from Interstate 71.



We are going to allow some limited camping on the festival site this year. If you are interested, please email us!

There are cabins and tent camping facilities available at Cowan Lake State Park (15-20 minutes away). And at Rocky Fork State Park near Hillsboro, Ohio (30 minutes away). There are other state parks close by/in the vicinity – Caesar Creek State Park, Stonelick State Park, Paint Creek State Park etc.

Murphin Ridge Inn (about 45 miles south of Nowhere Else) has more luxurious cabins and guest rooms, and beautiful grounds (150+ acres) right in the heart of Amish Country. (Murphin also has a restaurant in an old 1828 farmhouse with a good wine list etc.)  

If you’re hungry for green space, there is also great hiking East of Nowhere Else about 25 miles:
(They have lodging/cabins etc available as well.) You will feel like you went down a rabbit hole and ended up on the Appalachian Trail. Gorgeous area.

Other activities in the surrounding area (Monday is Memorial Day): There is much to explore in Clinton County and the surrounding areas. The city of Cincinnati is about an hour away, and has much to explore – the Cincinnati Art Museum, beautiful parks, the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine, Findlay Market, many excellent restaurants. Karin and I were married at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, right across from the Cincinnati Art Museum. Mt. Adams is a fun neighborhood with great views near the park. If you’re unfamiliar, you will love Cincinnati. There are also sprawling parks along the riverfront.

Please note:
Children are welcome – age 12 and under are admitted free.
Discounted passes are available for teens, college students with ID and all service/military personnel. Please help us spread the word about these discounts.
No pets please.

NOWHERE ELSE FESTIVAL is taking place on a small farm.



Comfortable/sturdy walking shoes (there are no sidewalks on site – grassy green space only, be prepared to walk up to 10 minutes from parking areas)
Blankets to spread out on the lawn if you’re so inclined
Lawn chairs (chairs will be provided in the main music tent and barn)
Seat cushions
Clothes/layers for chilly, rainy or warm weather/be flexible
Sun block (also provided on site)
Flashlight (for walking after dark) 

We will have food trucks on site and craft beer, espresso, and assorted beverages for sale. (Please note: the event is no longer BYOB.)

Also, all who attend the festival will receive a complimentary Nowhere Else Festival stainless steel water bottle and access to free filtered water.

If you are so inclined, bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share as part of our famous “cookie carry-in” so you have a little something sweet to go with Chuck’s espresso and lattes – the best we know of on earth.

More info to come – updates will be emailed to those who purchase tickets and posted at



If you would like to help us out by volunteering at the festival, we would love the help!

Please email and put “Festival Volunteer” in the subject heading.

Thank you!



If you need wheelchair access, have a handicap parking permit or have any special needs, we have parking in close proximity to the main performance tent reserved for you. Please email and we will get you on the list and reserve space.

Please email any questions to and we’ll try to be as helpful as we can. 

Thank you for joining us as we all lean into a beautiful weekend together.

Peace like a river, love like an ocean,

Linford and Karin



WHO: Over the Rhine and Many Special Guests – Musicians, Artists, Writers

WHAT: NOWHERE ELSE FESTIVAL – A weekend overflowing with music, workshops, artists presenting their work, an extended musical family reunion.

WHERE: Nowhere Else, 190 Townsend Rd, Martinsville, OH 45146 

WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 22, 23 & 24, 2020, Memorial Day Weekend. Festival gates open at 9am. Music starts at 1pm. (Friday, May 22, VIP farm to table Picnic and Intimate Concert for VIP ticket holders. Thank you for your generous support/patronage of the festival.)

WHY: Proceeds from the festival will help us continue restoring a 140-year-old barn into a fully-functioning performing arts center where we can “pay forward” some of what we’ve learned in the last 25 years. We plan to host intimate concerts and workshops, record future albums, nurture younger artists and share all the good stuff: good music, good food, good conversation, good wine, good stories, good moonrises. Join us!