If you love rockin' music, delicious food truck and festival fare, and extravagant fireworks shows, you need to be at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's Saturday in the Park free music festival in Sioux City. Headlined by Joss Stone, this year's Saturday in the Park will be held on Saturday, July 1st, 2017, at the Grandview Park Bandshell. Nestled just north of downtown Sioux City, Grandview Park's Bandshell was built as a Civil Works Administration project during the Great Depression and provides an architecturally interesting, as well as an acoustically pleasing backdrop for Northwest Iowa's best Fourth of July weekend music festival. Saturday in the Park was started as a blues festival and has seen performers like Aretha Franklin, Foster the People, BB King, Carlos Santana, Michelle Branch, Melissa Etheridge, Sublime, Ben Harper, Counting Crows, the Wallflowers, and many more grace her stage. It has expanded to include a wide variety of music forms including (but not limited to) blues, funk, rock, country, r& b, rap, alternative, and indie music. This year British singer Joss Stone will bring her bluesy soul music to the main stage, as will Grammy-nominated bandleader Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, rockers the Revivalists, duo JOHNNYSWIM, bluesman Eric Lendell, desert rockers Port Nocturnal, and local favorite 35th and Taylor, who are from the Sioux City area!
Besides the main stage, Saturday in the Park also features the Abe Stage. Named after Grandview Park's iconic statue of Abraham Lincoln, the Abe Stage is the place to be for indie and alternative bands. This year, Sharkweek, Brother Ali, and Prof are headlining the Abe Stage.
Saturday in the Park also features craft vendors, food trucks with everything from funnel cake and frozen lemonade to tacos and BBQ, and a kids zone complete with face painting, an inflatable obstacle course, a ferris wheel, and more (to read more about Saturday in the Park's kids zone, check out the Siouxland Families Blog post about attending the Saturday in the Park music festival with kids). And when Joss Stone is done for the night, Sioux City's best fireworks show will begin. Many local families intentionally come just to see the sky light up in a patriotic display like no other! A big change this year is that no outside food, beverages, or coolers will be allowed (you won't need them with the amazing food vendors there!) and only clear bags, which does apply to backpacks, purses, and diaper bags. Bring a comfy blanket or camping chairs as bench seating is extremely limited (and not located under the best trees). Parking in the park and neighborhood fill up quickly, so plan on coming early, walking a bit, or park at the Tyson Events Center and take the shuttle (free for kids under 5, and under $2 for everyone else.)
You can find out more information about why you should be at Saturday in the Park 2017 on their website, on Twitter, their Facebook page, on YouTube, and on the Abe Stage Facebook page. See you at the park!