Whether you live here or not, getting along to a music festival this summer should definitely be on your to-do list. There are literally dozens of music festivals in Iowa, offering visitors unparalleled culture, food, and scenery. I’d urge you to consider these 4 for an unforgettable summer experience.
This festival is in its 38th year and is held in the Clayton County hills. Taking place on more than 20 acres of beautiful campground, this affordable festival is home to major names as well as smaller family bands. Showers and concessions are both available, and there is plenty of shade to avoid the heat. This year, the festival welcomes headliners such as Annie Savage & The Savage Hearts, The Roe Family Singers, Bluegrass Express, and Flash In A Pan (among many others).
The festival is held just beyond Backbone State Forest and is about an hour’s drive from Cedar Rapids. Festival camping is available on a first-come, first serve basis, while nearby non-camping options include Backbone State Park, The Franklin Hotel, and America’s Best Value Inn (among several other chain hotel options).
Bearing the credentials of “Iowa’s Premier Independent Music Festival,” Camp Euforia offers three days of music and two nights of family-friendly fun. It focuses on the Iowa City music scene although performers come from far and wide.
The event is entirely self-enclosed with everything you need on site at Jerry’s Farm in Lone Tree. You can tent camp or take your RV. Tickets are currently on sale with a line up that features musicians like The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kind Country, Baberhood Bluegrass Band, and more. This festival is not one to be missed!
A relative newcomer to the scene, the Hinterland Music Festival started in 2015 and is held each year in the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater, St Charles. The festival focuses on Roots, Americana and Indie Rock and while they have not yet released the 2019 headliners, when they boast previous acts like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson, you can bank on it being a good one.
Camping pitches are available for nominal fees and there will be plenty of food vendors on site.
Held each year in Forest City, this Tree Town Music Festival is billed as Iowa’s best country music festival and you can always guarantee a big-name lineup. This year's festival includes headliners Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley, and Toby Keith, just to name a few. With over a dozen different country artists, this is a festival that shouldn’t be missed by any country enthusiast. Loads of camping venues are available, and although you have to have a four-day weekend pass to enter the campgrounds, festival goers find it is well worth the investment.
If you’re planning a road trip to Iowa this summer, make sure these four festivals are on your agenda. You’ll be able to kick back, relax, and enjoy a wild time in classic Iowa style.
Where will you be headed for your musical fix this year?
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