Let 2016 be the year you attend one, or more, of Iowa’s many music festivals. From country to contemporary Christian to indie rock and beyond, the state’s full of musical entertainment waiting to fill ears willing to listen.
Looking to fill your calendar with festivals happening across Iowa this year? Here are a few notable events to get you started as festival season inches closer.
Winter Jam Tour (Jan. 22 in Des Moines): The annual Christian music touring festival stops at Wells Fargo Arena in late January. Notable acts for this year’s tour include For King & Country, Matthew West, Crowder and Red. Tickets are $10 at the door. Find more info at 2016.jamtour.com.
Winter Blues Fest (Feb. 12-13 in Des Moines): The warm, soulful sound of the blues is scheduled to take over Des Moines’ downtown Marriott during the second weekend of February. Acts performing range from Iowa’s own like Matt Woods, The Soul Searchers or The Blue Band to Kansas City act the Danielle Nicole Band and more. Tickets range from $20 to $65. Find more info at cibs.org.
Daytrotter Downs (Feb. 18-20 in Davenport): The Quad Cities-based music discovery platform’s getting into the festival game with the inaugural edition of Daytrotter Downs. The festival is set to feature 25 to 30 acts across three venues in downtown Davenport. Venues hosting the festival include the Adler Theatre, Village Theatre and Daytrotter venue. Tickets are $64.29. Find more info at daytrotter.com.
Mission Creek Festival (April 5-10 in Iowa City): The 2016 edition of Iowa City’s annual arts and music festival includes scheduled appearances Kurt Vile & The Violators, Marc Maron, Saul Williams, San Fermin and more. The event takes place across various locations in downtown Iowa City. Festival passes range from $135 to $350. Find more info at missionfreak.com.
Tree Town Music Festival (May 26-29 in Forest City): Tree Town’s announced a star-studded country music lineup for this year’s edition of the Forest City-based festival. Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Jake Owen are scheduled to headline the 4-day event. Additional performances from Craig Morgan, Chris Janson and others are scheduled. General admission tickets are $155 and camping packages are available. Find more info at treetownfestival.com.
80/35 (July 8-9 in Des Moines): The ninth annual edition of the downtown Des Moines indie rock and jam festival is set for the second weekend of July. The 2016 lineup is to be announced, but previous headliners include Weezer and Wilco in 2015 and Conor Oberst and Cake in 2014. The festival's Western Gateway Park is scheduled to host the festival again this year. Tickets go on sale in March. Find more info at 2016.80-35.com.
515 Alive Music Festival (mid-summer in Des Moines): 515 Alive returns in 2016 to deliver its 14th year of live music. Last year’s event included performances from Waka Flocka Flame, The Floozies and more. Festival dates, lineup and ticket information is to be announced. Find more info at 515alive.com.
Hinterland Music Festival (Aug. 5-6 in St. Charles): The second edition of Hinterland is scheduled to take place in St. Charles at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater. Last year's lineup included Future Islands, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, TV On The Radio and more. Lineup and ticket information is to be announced. Find more info at hinterlandiowa.com.