When people think of arts and culture, large cities are typically what come to mind first. But that's not always the case and Ankeny Unplugged proves it.
Organized each year by the Ankeny Jaycees, Ankeny Unplugged is an outdoor music, arts and food festival held right in the center of Ankeny at the Ankeny Bandshell, 410 West 1st Street. This year, the concert is Saturday, August 8 from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Ankeny Bandshell is perfect for out-of-town visitors because it's a stone's throw away from the High Trestle Trail trailhead. So people can get a chance to travel our world-reknown trail system and get to spend a little extra time in one of Iowa's fastest-growing communities! Ankeny Unplugged is all about bringing youth culture and energy to our demographically young community and this year's line up of regional acts is no exception. This year's show features the following performers:
- Abbie Sawyer & the Sawyers
- James Biehn Trio
- Monday Mourners
- The Host Country
- Gloom Balloon
- The Pines
- Knox Hamilton
In addition to these great acts, there will also be awesome art vendors and great food trucks to keep people satisfied.
Early bird tickets are available now through July 11 through Tikly. For $12 you'll receive:
- All-day admission to the concert
- Admission to the after-party at Firetrucker (a GREAT local brewery) which will feature an additional live performance
- 2 FREE drinks, one at the bandshell and one at Firetrucker
- 2 for 1 drinks between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.
After July 11, the ticket price will be raised to $15. You can still purchase in advance or at the day of the show. Did we mention kids 13 and under will be admitted for FREE? So it's a great opportunity for parents to expose their kids to a little culture while taking the opportunity to kick back and relax in a safe, family-friendly environment. As an added bonus, all proceeds from the event will be given to the Ankeny Art Center - because the Ankeny Jaycees is all about giving back to the community. Be sure to purchase your tickets today through Tikly. We're really looking forward to putting on a great show for both Ankeny residents and visitors alike. We hope you join us and learn more about what Ankeny has to offer!