Editor’s note: This article was adapted from a news release that was recently distributed to the media.
The world’s largest Christian music festival makes an encore this year at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Ky., south of Cincinnati. The large-scale event, with 150 music artists, is called “40 Days & 40 Nights of Gospel Music at the Ark” and will run August 2–September 10, 2022. Multiple concerts will be held Monday through Saturday and a worship concert on Sunday afternoons, along with well-known speakers and opportunities to experience the popular Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. New additions are featured this year.
The expanded musical roster will feature over 150 artists, performing country, bluegrass, southern gospel, inspirational, worship and other musical styles over 40 days and nights at the attraction’s huge 2,500-seat Answers Center. Also new this year, musical performances will be held at the Ark’s sister attraction, the Creation Museum 45 minutes away in Petersburg, on Wednesday mornings. In addition, outdoor concerts will be held at Noah’s Village at the Ark Encounter, Monday–Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., plus the main event concert at 4 p.m. in the Answers Center. On Sundays at the Ark Encounter at 4 p.m., the Ark’s resident artists TrueSong will lead a special worship time and speakers from Answers in Genesis, operators of the Ark, will give live talks.
Attending concert performances is free with regular Ark Encounter or Creation Museum admission for that day.
Music artists and groups include:
Music enthusiasts will also hear from speakers such as Ark founder and popular speaker Ken Ham, TV pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, Dr. Tim Hill, Pastor Javon Ruff, Pastor C.T. Townsend and many more. Guests will also tour the life-size Ark Encounter and its exhibits, explore the grounds, take their children or grandchildren to the playground, and meet the zoo animals.
Ham declares: “Millions of people across America love these styles of music. Abraham Productions and the Ark Encounter are offering a unique combination of award-winning groups, all coming to the world’s leading Christian themed attraction. The Ark is also the number one attraction in Kentucky as determined by Attractions Magazine.”
Abraham Productions is the organizer and promoter, well known for producing large gospel music events such as “Singing In The Sun,” a 6-day event with 30 major artists and national speakers, taking up the entire 250,000 square foot Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Singing In The Sun” attracts people from more than 45 states and several countries. Abraham Productions is also known for some of the most successful national concert tours and Christian music cruises.
“We believe ‘40 Days & Nights’ will be our largest-attended music event to date,” said Ray Flynn, president of Abraham Productions. “We expect many guests will come for more than one day, so the final attendance might end up being even higher than last year’s event.”
Daily admission to the Ark Encounter gives free access to all the concerts and speakers and allows guests to explore the Ark, which at 510 feet long is the largest timber-frame structure in the world.
Daily admission to the Ark Encounter gives free access to all the concerts and speakers and allows guests to explore the Ark, which at 510 feet long is the largest timber-frame structure in the world. Built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, the Ark features three decks of striking teaching exhibits. Other attractions include the live animal Ararat Ridge Zoo, a Virtual Reality Experience, a new Italian-built carousel, movies, family playground, ziplines, family dining at Emzara’s Kitchen, gift shops and more. At the Creation Museum and its beautiful gardens, guests enjoy a 4D theater, a high-tech planetarium show, animatronics, lectures and stunning exhibits.
Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis which owns and operates the Ark Encounter, declared: “I’m thrilled our world-renowned Ark attraction will once again host this ambitious music festival. We expect to welcome visitors from all over the country and, as travel restrictions wane, from abroad.”
Ham added: “Each concert is included with general admission to the Ark Encounter. Likewise, the Wednesday concerts at the Creation Museum are included with a regular museum ticket. To encourage people to attend as many concerts as possible, we want visitors to consider purchasing a Bouncer Pass, with three-day and annual options. The new three-day pass lets guests ‘bounce’ between the attractions with unlimited access to both the Ark and museum for three days within a seven-day period.” Ham added: “There’s even a new one-year Ultimate Bouncer Pass, which gives an individual, couple, or family twelve months’ worth of bouncing between the two attractions, with free parking! Yes, all 40 days of our music festival can be enjoyed with the Ultimate Bouncer Pass.”
Admission prices, discounts, Bouncer pass information, hotel options and additional details are available at 40DaysOfGospelMusic.com. Tickets and Bouncer passes can be purchased through ArkEncounter.com or by calling the Ark Encounter at 800-721-2298.
Abraham Productions, Inc., was founded in 1998 and is one of the largest and most-respected concert production companies in the gospel music industry. The music festival is also sponsored by Christian Health Care Ministries, Inspiration Cruises & Tours, and Singing News.
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry based in northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati. The Ark Encounter opened in 2016. The Creation Museum (west of the Cincinnati Airport and next to the AiG headquarters) has also become a major family attraction in the Midwest. For more information on the two attractions, visit CreationMuseum.org and ArkEncounter.com.
*“40 days and 40 nights” is the well-known phrase from Genesis 7:4 of the number of days it rained during Noah's Flood.
Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.