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Boise's Treefort Music Fest Postponed Until Fall 2021

Treefort Music Fest is being postponed until September of 2021. Just weeks before the festival was scheduled to happen in March, organizers pushed the five-day event until September. 

The festival estimates around 25,000 people attended last year, but with limits on large gatherings and a surge in cases, organizers think even spring of next year would be too risky.

“We’ve decided to postpone all the way to September 2021 to give us and our community time to get through the pandemic in hopes to be able to bring Treefort back to its normal size and overall experience,” said Eric Gilbert, Treefort’s director and co-founder.

Cancelling this year’s festival will be a financial hit to the organization, which has 10 year-round staffers and employs another 130 to support the event. Last year, the festival estimated it boosted Boise’s economy with more than $5 million in direct and indirect sales. Treefort is still finalizing options for ticket holders, but is encouraging people to hold onto their tickets to make up for lost sales.

“Without that ticket inventory to sell again for next year, we’re definitely going to be spending the next year, trying to figure out how to make up that revenue to make sure we can bring the festival back,” Gilbert said.

Treefort organizers plan to return the 2022 festival back to its spring time slot in March.

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