Open to adults and kids of all ages (children under two are free) and perfect for families—family-pack tickets are available—In the MKNG is set to host 150 makers and vendors, live demonstrations, workshops, interactive activities, food, and, in a loving nod to the ’69 festival, live music by locally based musicians. Acts slated to appear include Lauren Davidson, Wild Planes, Don’t Believe in Ghosts, and Zach Matari, with more set to be announced in the weeks ahead.
“In the MKNG was born out of a desire to inspire creativity on a new level across people of all ages and backgrounds,” says Mark Hill, the president and CEO of the Association for Creative Industries, the festival’s organizers. “Our research shows that participation in crafting is growing and is not exclusive to a specific gender or age.”
Festival goers will be able to meet the makers and take part in make-’n’-take sessions and craft competitions. On the 800-acre site, there will be a fun-filled kids pavilion that will allow children to explore their budding creativity under the guidance of craft instructors, as well as a “shop local” pavilion designed to foment community support by offering handmade goods and other products from artists and businesses based in and around Sullivan County. Food and beverage dealers will be on hand to dispense culinary delights and regional craft beer and wine.
Supporting charitable causes is another one of In the MKNG’s signature elements, as is pet adoption, and there will be booths in place at the event to connect attendees with information on each of these efforts—not to mention instruction on DIY crafting for pets.
Hotel lodging and camping are available nearby. Bethel Woods is accessible from the New York State Thruway and Stewart Airport. Inthemkng.com.