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We are Taking it Back to the Cross.
Back to the roots of America’s most historic Christian Music Festival, where a longing exists for deeper discipleship and to put Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at “Center Stage”. While we will strive to provide a high quality show, we want this event to be about so much more..
We want to share our love for Jesus with the world. We want people who attend to leave renewed and refreshed. Hopefully, we’ll be able to share the Gospel of Jesus with some folks who haven’t made a commitment to follow Him yet. With so much going on in the world, we need to gather, worship, pray and focus on the good that is all around us in all of God’s blessings and provision.
We pray that this will be a day filled with wonderful music, fun and blessings for all who attend. Our primary focus will always be to worship and honor God, our Father, His precious Son, Jesus, and Holy Spirit!
Beginning in 1970, following the historic Asbury Revivals, Ichthus became known as one of the nation’s longest running Christian music events. Taking its name from ichthys, the fish symbol used by early Christians, Ichthus carried out a mission to be an alternative to secular events like Woodstock and was designed to reach high school and college students.
In 2013 the Ichthus grounds at Wilmore were purchased by Joe and Cheryl Lycan, who renamed the property “Servant Heart Farm”. The couple is dedicated to bringing the complete Ichthus experience back home to the farm.
With new ownership and a new vision for ministry, through a partnership with a small group of volunteers and local contributors, Ichthus was relaunched in 2021.
We can’t wait for you to join us in 2023 at Servant Heart Farm (the “Ichthus Farm”) as we Take it Back to the Cross.
Ichthus Music Festival will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2023. The exact schedule is still being finalized, but we're planning to open the gates at 11:00 AM and the last concert of the day to end around 10:30PM.
If you've attended Ichthus in the past, you will see some changes. First, the festival is a one-day event for 2023, not the multi-day format of yesterday.
Ichthus is now under the guidance of Joe and Cheryl Lycan, Christians who bought the original 100+ acre farm in Wilmore, KY to preserve it for ministry purposes. The Lycans also acquired the Ichthus name and with the help of great group of volunteers and ministry partners, along with the Beacon Foundation, now produce the new Ichthus Music Festival. Ichthus Music Festival is a volunteer-run, Christ-centered ministry that uses music to share the love and hope of Jesus.
There are a lot of memories and nostalgia attached to Ichthus. The goal is to build Ichthus into a sustainable ministry as America’s premier Christian music festival.
Ichthus will be held at the Servant Heart Farm in Wilmore, KY, the same location the festival was held from 1999 to 2012!
Servant Heart Farm
9533 Harrodsburg Road
Wilmore, KY 40390
You can find the current cost for tickets by clicking here. Order early as ticket prices increase as we get closer to the event.
Please note that children 7 and younger are free and do not need a ticket. Also, please look through the "add on" options you can purchase with your tickets to upgrade your experience.
Yes. However, they will be a higher price at the gate. Ordering your tickets in advance ensures you received the best price. Click here to order tickets.
To be determined. Check back for details. We recommend visiting the Jessamine Chamber of Commerce's member directory to view lodging options.
Yes. You'll need to present your ticket(s) at the gate for scanning either printed on paper or shown on the screen of a smart phone. However, we recommend printing in advance as unreliable cell service could make it difficult to display your ticket on your phone and could slow down lines. If you do not have your printed ticket and/or you are unable to display your ticket you will not be able to enter the festival without purchasing a new ticket.
Our ticketing partner is iTickets. If you have any trouble with your ticket please contact iTickets at (800) 965-9324.
Once you order your ticket(s), you will receive an order confirmation email from iTickets on behalf of Ichthus. Your ticket(s) will be sent in that confirmation email to the address you used at checkout (attached as a PDF). If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, check your junk/spam folder. If you still do not see your order confirmation email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help you out.
No. Parking in the main lot at Ichthus is free. However, we do have a "Premium Parking Pass" that you may purchase when ordering your tickets that allows you to park in a special lot with easy in/out access.
If you have a handicap tag please notify a parking volunteer when you arrive to be shown the closest available handicap space.
Yes, you are welcome to bring snacks and drinks with you to the festival. However no hard coolers of any size will be allowed on site.
We will have multiple food truck options on site.
No. There is no seating provided at the festival. You may bring your own chair or blanket to set up on the grass in the designated area. The festival is not responsible for chairs, blankets, or other items left to save your spot during the day. The area immediately in front of the main stage is standing room only.
Please note that pop up tents and shade canopies will only be allowed at the very back of the main stage field and you may be asked to move your tent or canopy to accommodate other guests.
Yes! You are more than welcome to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. However, they can only be set up in the designated area. No chairs or blankets can be setup in the immediate area closest to the Main Stage (this area will be standing room only). Please keep an eye out for signs or ask a volunteer where you may set up your chair or blanket.
No large coolers, pets, professional cameras (anything with a zoom lense), large bags/backpacks (small drawstring bags ok), alcohol, illicit or illegal substances.
You may bring camp/beach chairs, blankets, strollers, or wagons. If you bring a pop up tent, canopy, or any other item for shade it can only be set up in the designated area at the very back of the field to not obstruct the view of others.
If you have any questions about items not listed here please email email@example.com.
We reserve the right to to search belongings.
No. Only service animals will be allowed on site.
Ichthus Festival is a rain or shine event. Please come prepared for the day's weather forecast.
If severe weather happens we may need to temporarily shut down the stage(s) for safety, but will resume as soon as the weather allows.
No. While many vendors accept credit cards, we recommend bringing cash as unreliable internet and cell service can sometimes make it difficult for credit card transactions at outdoor events.
Yes. Portable restroom facilities will also be brought in for the event and available throughout the day.
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