“After three great years in Williamsburg, we have decided to put Funhouse Fest on hiatus in 2019.”
The statement on the Funhouse Fest website said event headliner Bruce Hornsby will instead be spending the year working on new projects.
Named after his 1998 song “Funhouse,” the festival was developed by Hornsby and the Virginia Arts Festival, and has featured a variety of performers including Sheryl Crow, Ricky Skaggs, Shawn Colvin, blues master Taj Mahal, Amos Lee and Alison Krauss – just to name a few. Approximately 7,000 to 8,000 people attended the event each year.
In an effort to fill the void, the Williamsburg Planning Commission recently voted to recommend approval of a new outdoor concert venue located across from the Colonial Williamsburg visitor center. If approved, the facility will hold 5,000 and attract concerts, festivals, live theater performances and more.