Farm Aid Returns to Wisconsin

Event Set for Sept. 21 at Alpine Valley

July 9, 2019

From Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee. Kitty Dunn photo

For the first time since 2010, and for the second time in its history, Farm Aid will happen in Wisconsin.

According to a release, Farm Aid’s annual music and food festival will return to the heart of dairy country on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. CDT.

The lineup is impressive.Of course Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, will perform. Added to the lineup this year--Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Margo Price, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Yola, and Particle Kid. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.

More from the press release: “With devastating weather, low prices and harmful farm and trade policies, America’s family farmers are facing immense challenges to hold on to their farms. It’s not right … family farmers are essential for all of us,” Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said. “By bringing our festival to the heart of the struggle, we will stand side by side with farmers. At Farm Aid 2019, we’ll highlight solutions and show our support for family farmers’ contributions to our health, economy and environment.”

If I make it to Alpine Valley in September, this will be my 3rd Farm Aid. I was lucky enough to attend in 1998 in Chicago, and again in 2010 when the festival and fundraiser was held at Miller Park. In addition to the music, you'll want to check out the Homegrown Village. It features hands-on exhibits to help you understand the Farm Aid mission, learn agrarian skills and talk with farmers and organizations doing critical food and farm work all over the country.

Ticket prices range from $54.50 to $249.50 and will be available for purchase at A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be made available for sale beginning at 10 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 10, at The pre-sale requires purchase of a pre-sale pass for $50, which will go to Farm Aid causes.