The Red Barn Convention Center just 40 mins from Cincinnati, and 2 hours from Lexington, Louisville, Huntington, and Columbus a family owned and operated facility providing music events right here at the heart of Appalachian in rural Adams County. Home to great Native American earthworks’ Serpent Mound, a vibrant and growing Amish community with shops, bakeries, furniture, and craftspeople, beautiful nature preserves, and birthplace of the nation’s Quilt Barn Trail.

The History
The Cantrell Family purchased the now known Red Barn Convention Center in 2010, that very building was once known as the unfinished abandoned mega-church alongside the Appalachian Highway flapping with strips of weather torn house-wrap and waist-high weeds. The dream was to create a family-oriented place people of all ages and backgrounds can unite to enjoy concerts, festivals, camping, and so much more in a relaxing environment. Robert Cantrell, Sr. and his crew completed the Red Barn Convention Center to be a state of the art facility fully equipped to seat 1000, a cafe for food & beverages, several lounges, an excellent place to view shows in an intimate setting from artists of a variety of genres.

The Red Barn Convention Center is for everyone, and we recognize that some of our patrons may have special needs. The Red Barn Convention Center is fully equipped to accommodate mobility-impaired patrons through its unique one level floor plan. Furthermore, a curbside drop-off area that offers direct access to the box office and convenient parking spaces are located all around the building. Including a handicap section right by the door, all vehicles using these spaces must display a valid disability placard. Wheelchair seating is also available and should be requested at the time of ticket purchase.


The Red Barn Convention Center has been designed for both patron comforts and stage performance technology, in additionally, it is the region’s largest and most versatile event room. The Auditorium offers plush seating for 1,000. The fully-equipped stage features state-of-the-art lighting and sound. Features of the Red Barn Convention Center include a house sound system, spacious backstage area and professional technical and events staff to make any type of performance or production possible. The main foyer, where patrons can gather during intermission can accommodate more than 300 and enjoy a full-service cafe. Entertainers enjoy full-service hospitality perfectly situated backstage and convenient access to and from their buses and trailers. In addition, the Red Barn Convention Center affords hospitality events staff to ensure the comforts of entertainers and their crews during their time at the Red Barn Convention Center.

Attending a musical festival, traveling from afar, or just passing through, the Red Barn Convention Center Campground offers 70 full hookup campsites including pull-thru sites available up to 46 feet, dump station, and group rates.

Recent Improvements

In 2020 we done several upgrades to the Red Barn Convention Center. We've added TV's for viewing shows in the lobby as well as to help promote businesses throughout the county. We are adding a massive double sided LED Digital Sign 9'X17' that will be situated right on St. Rt. 32 to promote upcoming shows, as well as businesses who would like to promote as well. We have added state of the art showers for our artists & their crew.


Future Improvements

In January of 2020 the Red Barn Convention Center purchased a 78 acre lot adjacent to the West of the Red Barn lot. In the future we plan to offer tiered camping sites, ranging from basic to luxury sites, as well as adding cabins available to rent for those just passing through or visiting the county for a show. We plan on updating the amenities of the campgrounds including an outdoor pavilion for cookouts & gatherings, we plan on adding a playground, splash pad, and basketball court. The long-term plans are to add a miniature theme park to help attract more outsiders to visit the beautiful Adams County.