of Blind Willie McTell and the Blues Festival


What time do the festival gates open?
Gates open at 11:00 am.

What time does the music start?
Music starts at Noon.

Where I can buy tickets in advanced in the Augusta, Ga area.
Other than online, tickets can be purchased at the Forward McDuffie office in Thomson. 149 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824.

Can I buy tickets at the gate?
Yes. Gate tickets are $40.

Are we permitted to bring a small cart to transport chairs, blankets etc from the parking area?

Can we bring in coolers/food and drinks?

Is there an ATM on site?

Will you be selling Beer or Wine?
Yes. There will be beer and wine available.

How many people bring children?  Would you say this event is kid friendly?
This is a very kid friendly event! Lots of southern hospitality and friendly folks! We do not, however have a designated area for kids to play. If your kids are restless and do not like music, this may not be the event for them.

Are service dogs/pets allowed?
NO pets, please. McTell Fest abides by ADA guidelines and owners of Service Dogs are requested to DOWNLOAD THE ADA POLICY for Service Dogs in public places.

Is parking inside the ticketing gates?  Will we be able to return to our cars after entering?
Parking (which is free) is right next to the festival site but outside of the ticketing gate. You will be allowed to leave and return up to 3 times.

How far are the cars from the gate if outside?
Not very far. Parking is right next to the festival site.

Do kids under 12 require a ticket?
No. Kids 12 and under are free.

Is the venue wheelchair friendly?  What about restrooms?
We do have handicap restrooms available. This event is in an open field. We have had patrons in wheelchairs attend, but be aware that there are grades and unleveled areas to deal with.

Do you allow 10x10 canopy tents?  and the regulations on them if you do?
Yes. Canopy tents are allowed on the back perimeter of the seating area.

What time does _______ band go on?
We will release a schedule a few days out from the event.

How late in the day does the festival usually run?
The last act goes on at 6:30. Everything is usually wrapped up by 8:30.

Is there a TAXI service in Thomson we can plan to use while visiting for the festival?

Can you point out a couple of good hotels in the Thomson area?
Our area hotels can be found here

How can I be considered to be a performer?
We have a CLOSED artist submission process.

How can I be considered to be a vendor?
Vending fee is $150. Use the Contact Us form and send us descriptions of your service, booth appearance, your craft or food items and price points; event-service history; and links to photographs of your booth, showing your banners, signs and staff. If there is an opening, we will contact you.