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Funhouse Fest on ‘hiatus’ in 2019

Bruce Hornsby performs Saturday, June 23, 2018, on the closing day of Funhouse Fest in downtown Williamsburg. (Bryan DeVasher/WYDaily)
Bruce Hornsby performs Saturday, June 23, 2018, on the closing day of Funhouse Fest in downtown Williamsburg. (WYDaily file photo)

After three years, there will be no Funhouse Fest in 2019.

The Virginia Arts Festival, which co-presents the annual music festival, announced on their website Monday that Funhouse Fest is on “hiatus” in 2019.

Event organizer and headliner Bruce Hornsby will dedicate himself to some “ambitious” projects in 2019, and the Virginia Arts Festival will work to bring “exciting new performances” to Colonial Williamsburg, according to the Funhouse Fest website.

In addition to Hornsby and the Virginia Arts Festival, Funhouse Fest is organized and presented by the City of Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, Visit Williamsburg and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Funhouse Fest began in 2016 and has brought several national acts to Williamsburg, including Sheryl Crowe, Allison Krauss, Amos Lee, Lake Street Dive and the Wood Brothers. The festival has been held on the green in front of Colonial Williamsburg’s Art Museums and guests could enjoy local food and beverage.

Full statement:

“After three great years in Williamsburg, we have decided to put Funhouse Fest on hiatus in 2019.  We’re grateful to everyone at the Virginia Arts Festival, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the city of Williamsburg, the artists, the vendors and especially all the fans who joined to help us create so many memories together.  Bruce will spend the new year dedicating himself to some ambitious new projects while our friends at Virginia Arts Festival will continue to bring exciting performances to Colonial Williamsburg this summer.  We can’t thank you enough for all your support and look forward to sharing updates with you soon!”

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