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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About 2018 Fort Thomas' Merchants & Music Festival


The 14th annual Merchants & Music Festival is brought to you by the Fort Thomas Renaissance Board. The outdoor festival celebrates the merchants of Fort Thomas, KY and pairs them with nationally-acclaimed recording artists as well as fun activities for the entire family. It includes live music, shopping with our local merchants, and food vendors. The festival is FREE to the public and takes place at the historic Tower Park Amphitheater on September 22nd 2018.

This year the festival's chair is Frank Twehues. Fort Thomas' Katie Walters, from Q102, will emcee the event.

RELATED: Listen to the official Merchants and Music playlist on Spotify


3:00     Shut Up and Drive
4:30     The Tillers
6:00     Element3
7:30     Scott Miller
9:15     10,000 Maniacs
11:00     The Leftovers


2:00-6:00 p.m. Inflatables, Faceprinting, Caricature Artist, Balloon Artist, Belle!


Shuttles will be provided by Executive Transportation and will run from 3 p.m. continuously until 1a.m.

Parking and Shuttle Locations

Call Ashley Barlow. 859-781-5777. This is an advertisement. 
KLH Building: 1538 Alexandria Pike
Fort Thomas Plaza: 90 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Street Parking Available Near Tower Park:

Stables: 1038 S. Fort Thomas Ave.
Armory: 950 Cochran Ave.
On street parking

- Using your GPS? Type in 950 Cochran Avenue; Fort Thomas, KY 41075. That gets you to Tower Park, the site of our event.

- Douglas Avenue is closed to traffic. You may enter on River Road (the south end of the park). However parking is at a premium. You may also park on most any street in Fort Thomas and walk.

- Braxton Beer is our source for your beer. Please note: On all three Braxton trailers there is Miller product. We heard the cry for domestic beers. All beers are $5.00. Please, no coolers. 

- The event begins at 2:30 with the first band, Shut Up and Drive, playing at 3:00.

- The Kids Zone runs from 2:30-6:00 p.m. Inflatables and activities. At 3:00 Jennifer Ellis will be leading a sing-along with the kids in the shelter behind the restroom facilities.

Stilt walkers. 
- In addition to the brick restroom building, we will have 26 portable toilets and 8 handwashing stations throughout the park. We have lights for them at dusk.

- Please do NOT bring your dogs. It’s dangerous for them. We will have the Greyhound Rescue with several of their dogs in one of the booths.

- We have volunteers driving quads to help the handicapped get from the entrances to the Amphitheater. Flag them down if you need help!

- Our Fort Thomas Police and Fire Departments will be on site. If you have any problems, please call our dispatch number: 859-292-3622.

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