May DayMidian, Southern Indiana

About May Day


May Day is our festival opening season celebration at Midian. May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls half a year from November 1 – another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European paganisms and the year in the Northern Hemisphere – and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.


What to Bring


Q): What should I bring to this festival?

A) Other than an open mind, and a magical spirit, we reccommend you bring supplies for a weekend of primitive camping, including a tent, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, spare clothes, a camp chair (for workshop seating), drinking water, and food. We have created a suggested festival packing list available for download here.


Q): Should I bring special clothing, instruments, or tools?

A) Bring those things that will help you feel at home. If you wish to bring ritual regalia, reenactment-style garb, ritual robes, tools, or other items, please do. Bladed weapons are welcome, but they must be peace-tied when they aren't being actively used in a ritual or demonstration.


Q): What should I not bring to the festival?

A): Firearms, drugs, pets. The standard stuff is prohibited. Use common sense about those things that may be disruptive or dangerous. If it is illegal outside of festival, it isn't allowed here, either. If you think something might be questionable, just ask. Please see Midian's Rules and Regulations here.


General Questions


Q): What does it cost to attend the festival?

A): Adult admission (for those 14 and older) is $50 for the weekend. Kids 13 and under are free, with each adult entry. We also have day passes available, and Work Barter positions are available for those 14 and up (with limited availability).


Q): What do you mean by "family friendly"?

A): May Day welcomes families with children of all ages, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. There will be special activities planned for children and teens during this event. Please note that this event is tops optional.


Q): Can I order a porta-john for my self/family/group?

A): Indeed! Though we plan on having plenty of clean potties onsite, we understand that some folks would like a little more privacy and control. One private porta-john will cost about $70 and must be arranged no later than two weeks prior to the festival. You'll need to bring your own lock (and key!) to secure it.


Q): What does it cost to vend at the festival?

A): Nothing! Vending is free to all attendees. You'll need to provide your own vending space (booth, awning, displays, signs, etc). You can choose to be in our Vendor's Village, or you can vend from your own campsite. The choice is yours!


Q): Can I arrive early or stay late?

A): Yes! Lots of dedicated folks will already be out on the land preparing it for this year's festival season!


Q): Do you give refunds for porta-johns if I can't attend?

A): We should be able to cancel your potty and refund those charges if you contact us with at least two weeks' notice. If we don't receive (and confirm) your potty cancellation in time to notify our service provider, though, we'll have to let the charges stand. Your porta-pot will have been delivered, which is a cost we can't absorb.


Q): What other festival rules are there?

A): We reserve the right to reject and/or revoke registration to any participant at our sole discretion. (This is for our protection, as well as our guests'. We want this weekend to be pleasant, meaningful, and safe.)


Q:) Is photography permitted?

A:) Photography and filming are permitted only if prior permission is requested of anyone whose photo you may be taking. This includes individuals in the background area of your shot. Failure to comply with these rules will cause security staff to enforce destruction of all film or digital files on your camera device, and may result in removal from the festival. That said, we do encourage photography at this festival.


Q:) Can I bring my pet?

A:) At this time, Midian isn't equipped for pets. We are working on making a solution available for your well-behaved, tagged, and vaccinated pets. 


Q.): Can I breastfeed at the festival?

A.): Absolutely! Caring for your children (in all the ways you do) is both applauded and encouraged.


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