You’ll Never Meet a Stranger at
The Moonshiner’s Ball
The Moonshiner’s Ball is an annual music festival that was started in 2014 by a rag-tag group of musicians and music-loving friends, including members of the band Blind Corn Liquor Pickers. Since 2018, the fest has taken place at Rockcastle Riverside, a beautiful and secluded private concert venue and campground located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, a little over an hour southeast from Lexington, Kentucky. With average attendance around 1,000, this small, grassroots festival allows plenty of space to spread out and steal away from the crowds; we are limiting capacity in 2021, with COVID-19 safety in mind.
Meticulously curated by a team of music lovers, The Moonshiner’s Ball embraces a diverse variety of music, with the unofficial tagline “folk by day, funk by night.” We take great pride in our region, and love to spotlight our favorite Kentucky acts, but are also excited to host some of our favorite musical discoveries from well beyond our state on our two stages. Genres range from bluegrass, Americana and singer-songwriter to funk, R&B, electronica and beyond.
Beyond the music, festival features include camping, kayaking / canoeing (arrange for a paddle experience on-site!), community bonfires, tons of kids’ activities, top-shelf culinary vendors, creative merch and retail vendors, and tons of new friends you didn’t know you needed in your life. The vibe is blissful, friendly and laid-back. We’re pretty sure you’re never gonna wanna leave.
After a year of hibernation, we are more excited than ever to welcome you to join us in 2021.
Note: Moonshiner’s Ball takes place inside a dry county. While we can’t sell alcohol on-site, you are welcome to bring your own beverages of choice!