The Werk Out

If you’re taking an RV trip through the Midwest, be sure to make some time for The Werk Out Festival, a celebration of the region’s music held in Thornville, Ohio.

Event information

Werk Out Music and Arts Festival is a music event that takes place in Thornville, Ohio. The unique and lively music scene of the Midwest serves as the inspiration and the driving force behind the festival.

It takes place at Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground. Several stages and installations are set up across the site. The event was started as a collaborative effort between the band, “The Werks” and Trickle Productions. The band headlines the event every year, and its members interact with fans at the meet-and-greets.

New, upcoming local artists, as well as established bands, are featured at the event. Musicians who have performed at The Werk Out Festival in the past include Big Gigantic, The Floozies, Lennon Claypool Delirium, Cory Wong, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Future Rock, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Greensky Bluegrass, and The Motet.

Fans from all over the country travel to Thornville to witness the live performances and experience the area at its best. In addition to the music, there will be many other activities for guests to enjoy, like giant art installations, a themed pool, interesting workshops, and a DJ stage. Werk Out celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019.


Tickets for The Werk Out can be purchased online or at the box office. Patrons can choose between General Admission Passes, VIP passes, and Early Arrival Passes. In recent years, passes have been offered for a single day or for the entire weekend.

General Camping is included with a weekend pass. Guests can also opt for other paid camping options like Premium Camping and RV Camping. Children may be able to attend the festival without a ticket, as long as an adult accompanies them.

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Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground is a 25-mile drive from Downtown Columbus. It is easy to reach thanks to its location close to I-70 in Thornville. You can drive your RV directly to the campground and park it there for the weekend. Be sure to check if Perry County authorities have issued any road alerts when planning your route.

Parking areas

The Werk Out offers a number of parking options available at the venue, including day parking, RV camping, and camp parking. Spots are limited, so it's a good idea to book yours early. A special day parking pass will need to be purchased for larger vehicles like RVs. If you plan on camping at the event, you can buy an RV camping pass.

Public Transportation

Direct buses and trains can be hard to come by in the area. If you’re staying in an offsite campground, talk to your fellow campers or the camp manager to check if anyone else plans on attending the festival. You may be able to meet up with your crew in Columbus and travel as a group to the campground.

Where to stay


Onsite camping spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you want to camp in your RV, you’ll need to purchase an RV camping pass, which are limited, so plan to book yours early. No electrical, water, or sewage hookups are available during The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival.


Home to fabulous lakes and attractions, Central Ohio is an excellent place for RV camping. If you’d prefer a campsite with more facilities than the ones provided at the festival campground, there are a couple of options to choose from close to the venue. Dillon State Park is less than 30 miles away and offers sites with partial hookups. Buckeye Lake / Columbus East KOA rests just under 10 miles from The Werk Out and has plenty to enjoy in addition to your music adventure.

Getting around

The festival takes place outdoors, so you’re likely to come across some natural, uneven terrain. There will be accessible pathways throughout for patrons with mobility disabilities who need to get around using wheelchairs. Bicycles, skateboards, ATVs, wagons, and other personal vehicles will not be allowed in the performance areas.

What to pack


While some festival-goers will be casually dressed, you’ll see others going all out in costumes and creative attire. Feel free to express your individuality with stand out headgear or quirky sunglasses. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Carrying a light jacket is recommended to keep away the nighttime chill.


Pack flashlights, a waterproof tarp, extra batteries, and emergency care items. On the day of the festival, carry a small bag with sunscreen, bug spray, and other essentials. Some vendors may not accept cards, so taking a small amount of cash is recommended. In the past, there has been ATM access on site.

Health & Safety

Water refill stations will be available on the grounds. The venue is large, and public phones are not available, so designate a common meeting point for your group. Carry a portable charger to make sure your phone stays powered if you plan to use it. Dispose of any waste responsibly using the trash bags and containers available on site.

Where to eat


You’ll be able to prepare meals using the stove in your RV or a small portable appliance. If you’d like to cook over a campfire, check with one of the festival staff members first. Open fires may not be allowed during certain weather conditions, so go prepared with easy to cook meals. Basic supplies like ice will be available for sale at The Werk Out.


There are some great local restaurants to dine at in Thornville. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual meal, a quick snack, or a fine dining experience, you're likely to find an eatery that suits you. Some of them are located right by the water, so you can enjoy a magnificent view as you eat.


At The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival, most of the food and drink vendors will be located close to the main performance area. Visitors can enjoy typical music festival fare, cuisines from all over the world as well as plenty of vegan and vegetarian offerings. A variety of foods will also be available in the camping area.



Private security personnel will be conducting bag and vehicle checks at the front gate of The Werk Out. They will be making rounds in the main concert area as well as the campground. There will be a lost and found area close to the main stage where you might find any items you’ve misplaced.


Visitors might be treated to daytime temperatures ranging in the low 80s. Ohio does get a good amount of rain, so go prepared with waterproof camping gear. On the days of the festival, carry a rain poncho so that inclement weather doesn’t get in the way of your fun.


There will be a medical unit staffed with trained professionals on site. If you or someone you know needs help, you can head there or reach out to one of the festival staff. Festival organizers can be contacted in advance for special requests or queries regarding the medical or ADA facilities.