These are the must-see summer festivals and concerts across Iowa
Take a quick look at some of the major music events hitting Iowa in the coming months.
Iowans, let this summer be the season you catch a show in every corner of the state. From Willie Nelson in Sioux City to Migos in Clive to Metallica in Newton, here’s a look at dozens of music events taking place from the Missouri to Mississippi rivers this summer.
Tree Town Music Festival (May 25-28)
The big-name country and classic rock music festival returns to the small northern Iowa town of Forest City for another jam-packed four-day weekend. This year’s festivities is set to be hosted by comedian country songwriter Joe Denim.
Performing: Thomas Rhett, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Brett Michaels, Big & Rich, Dwight Yoakam, Tucker Beathard, Adley Stump and more.
Cost: $175 for a four-day pass; camping passes start at $140.
More information: treetownfestival.com.
Turnbuckle Comedy and Music Festival (May 26-27)
Two days of comedy and music collide at Iowa’s favorite barn venue, Codfish Hollow in rural Maquoketa, for the first-ever edition of this Memorial Day event. Bonus: A ring will be set up and professional wrestling will be taking place on festival grounds.
Performing: Har Mar Superstar, Kyle Kinane, Nick Thune, Brody Stevens, Sam Tallent, Harsh Times and more.
Cost: $40-$80, plus free camping.
BMAI third annual Bluegrass Festival (June 8-10)
The Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa returns to the Franklin County Fairgrounds to for a multi-day event featuring jams from regional groups.
Performing: Rural Roots, Roe Family Singers, Blue Mafia, Bluegrass Blondies and more.
More information: iowabluegrassmusic.com.
America’s River Festival (June 8-10)
Radio favorite country and classic rock collide at this three-day Dubuque-based festival.
Performing: Styx, Old Dominion, Tucker Beathard, William Michael Morgan and more.
Cost: A general admission weekend pass starts at $35; tent camping costs $25.
More information: americasriverfestival.com.
Burlington Steamboat Days (June 15-18)
The long-standing southeast Iowa tradition returns to the banks of the Mississippi River for four days of carnival rides, food and national music entertainment.
Performing: Skillet, Brantley Gilbert, Gary Allen and LOCASH.
Cost: $55 for an adult, multi-day pass.
More information: steamboatdays.com.
Des Moines Arts Festival (June 23-25)
Music is art too, right? The Des Moines Arts Festival thinks so and the annual event plans to bring a mainstage of entertainment back to Western Gateway Park during 2017 festivities.
Performing: To be announced.
More information: desmoinesartsfestival.org.
Big Country Bash (June 25)
The Des Moines tradition, put on by radio stations Nash FM and Nash Icon, returns this summer, now at Living History Farms.
Performing: Billy Currington, LOCASH, Tracy Lawrence and more.
More information: nashfm973.com.
Iowa City Jazz Festival (June 30-July 2)
Four stages of live local, national and international jazz performances invade Iowa City across the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Now in its 27th year, the event wraps with a fireworks show on the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest lawn.
Performing: Stacey Kent, Kris Davis Quintet, Rhythm Future Quartet, North Corridor Jazz All Stars, The Cookers and more.
More information: summerofthearts.org.
Mississippi Valley Blues Festival (June 30-July 1)
The sweet sound of the blues returns to LeClaire Park in Davenport.
Performing: Dana Fuchs, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Corey Dennison Band and more.
Cost: $10 for June 30; $15 for July 1.
More information: mvbs.org.
Saturday in the Park (July 1)
The free Fourth of July weekend tradition in Sioux City that’s hosted the likes of Aretha Franklin, B.B. King and Wilco in past years returns to Grandview Park for its 27th year.
Performing: Joss Stone, JOHNNYSWIM, The Revivalists and more.
More information: saturdayinthepark.com.
80/35 Music Festival (July 7 and 8)
The annual Des Moines festival hits double digits in downtown this summer as it returns to Western Gateway Park for its 10th year. The festival boasts a pay-to-get-in main stage and two, free side stages highlighting local and national talent.
Performing: MGMT, The Shins, Hop Along, Action Bronson, Elephant Revival, The Motet, Bully and more.
Cost: An advance two-day pass costs $65.
More information: 2017.80-35.com
Organizers for downtown Des Moines' annual music festival, 80/35, revealed the inital lineup Tuesday. Tickets start at $42 and are on sale now.
Camp Euforia (July 14-15)
First launching in 2004, one of Iowa’s premier camping festivals returns to Lone Tree this July.
Performing: Eufórquestra, Beats Antique, Boombox, The Way Down Wanderers and more.
Cost: $95-$115. Camping included in ticket price.
More information: campeuforia.com.
Guthrie’s River Ruckus (July 28 and 29)
The Ruckus returns for a to Guthrie Center for a ninth year of country music and camping.
Performing: Toby Keith, Dustin Lynch, Granger Smith, Joe Nichols, Colt Ford and more.
Cost: Two day passes start at $85 and camping passes start at $80.
More information: gutheriesriverruckus.com.
Hinterland Music Festival (Aug. 4 and 5)
One of central Iowa’s biggest indie and folk rock music events returns to the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in rural St. Charles for a third year. The one-stage festival kicks off on a Friday night and runs through the following Saturday.
Performing: Ryan Adams, alt-J, Gary Clark Jr., Dwight Yoakam, The Head and the Heart, Shakey Graves, Foxygen and more.
Cost: Two day passes cost $95 and camping wristbands start at $25.
More information: hinterlandiowa.com.
Waukee Music Festival (Aug. 5)
Taking place at the downtown Waukee triangle, music for the multi-genre festival kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs throughout the day.
Performing: Bob Pace Band, The Fuss, Royce Johns and more.
Cost: Early bird tickets start at $39.99.
More information: waukeemusicfest.com.
515 Alive Music Festival (Aug. 18 and 19)
Des Moines’ biggest multi-day dance party returns to the capital city, this year at Water Works Park, for a year that organizers are promising will be the biggest yet. The event is set to feature about 100 national and local electronic and hip-hop acts.
Performing: Gucci Mane, Excision, GRiZ, Hopsin and more.
Cost: A two-day general admission pass costs $69.50; camping passes start at $49.50.
More information: 515alive.com.
Rollin’ on the River Blues Festival (Aug. 18-19)
Blues returns to Lee County for the 29th annual of Rollin’ on the River.
Cost: $15 per night or $22 for both nights if purchased in advance.
More information: rollinontheriverkeokuk.com.
Alternating Currents (Aug. 25-26)
Visit downtown Davenport for two nights of music, comedy, film and art across a number of indoor venues. This summer marks the first year of the Quad Cities-based event, which takes the place of River Roots Live.
More information: alternatingcurrentsqc.com.
Iowa Stock (Sept. 1-4)
An all-Iowa music festival debuts at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles. The four-day festival plans to offer multiple stages and camping while providing Iowa music each day.
Performing: David Zollo, Halfloves, Floxholes, Christopher the Conquered, Kaleena, Joe and Vicki Price, Crooked Mile and more.
Cost: $50 for an early bird four-day pass; camping passes start at $100.
More information: iowastock.com.
Nitefall on the River
May 25: Everclear with Vertical Horizon and Fastball. 7 p.m. $31-$225. Brenton Skating Plaza.
May 26: Hairball. 8 p.m. $20-$25. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
June 1: Gavid DeGraw with Hope Country. 7 p.m. $25-$30. Brenton Skating Plaza.
June 2: Rodney Adkins. 8 p.m. $25. Brenton Skating Plaza.
June 3: Euforquestra. 7 p.m. $15-$20. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
June 8: Cody Jinks. 7:30 p.m. $21.25-$125. Simon Estes Amphitheater
June 9: Turnpike Troubadours. 7 p.m. $20-$25. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
June 10: The Nadas. 7 p.m. $20-$25. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
June 14: Drive-By Truckers with Pokey LaFarge. 7 p.m. $25. Simon Estes Amphitheater
July 3: Reel Big Fish. 7 p.m. $25-$30. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
July 7: The Band Perry. 7 p.m. $35. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
July 22: Aaron Watson. 7 p.m. $20-$25. Brenton Skating Plaza.
July 22: Phillip Phillips. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$35. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
Aug. 17: Gov’t Mule. 7 p.m. Brenton Skating Plaza. $38-$42.
Aug. 20: Michael Franti. 7 p.m. $30-$35. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
Aug. 21: Gregory Alan Isakov with Blind Pilot. 7 p.m. $25-$30. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
Aug. 26: Blue October. 7 p.m. $30-$35. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
Sept. 15: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the Pork Tornadoes. 7 p.m. $15-$20. Simon Estes Amphitheater.
Shows at Simon Estes Amphitheater may be moved to Brenton Skating Plaza if the forecast shows rain. More information can be found at nitefalldsm.com.
The Iowa State Fair Grandstand lineup for 2017 is complete with the addition of headlining performances from Paramore on Aug. 14 and Flo Rida on Aug. 15.
Iowa State Fair Grandstand
Aug. 10: For King & Country. $30-$45.
Aug. 11: Nickelback. $52-$72.
Aug. 12: I Love the '90s tour. $27-$45.
Aug. 13: Pentatonix. $30-$50.
Aug. 14: Paramore with X Ambassadors. $40-$60.
Aug. 15: Flo Rida. $27-$50.
Aug. 17: Alabama. $42-$57.
Aug. 18: Little Big Town. $32-$52.
Aug. 19: John Mellencamp. $50-$85.
Aug. 20: Kid Rock. $62-$90.
All shows start at 8 p.m. and admission to the Iowa State Fair is not included in Grandstand concert ticket price. More information at iowastatefair.org.
Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines
June 5: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Joe Walsh. $39.50-$129.50.
June 10: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill. $69.50-$119.50.
June 30: Ed Sheeran.
July 21: Paul McCartney. Sold out.
Find more information at iowaeventscenter.com.
Battery Park at Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Sioux City
June 10: Willie Nelson and family. 7:30 p.m.
June 30: Journey with Asia. 7:30 p.m.
July 22: Billy Currington with Chase Rice and more. 5 p.m.
July 28: Bret Michaels with Great White and Slaughter. 7 p.m.
Aug. 26: Alanis Morissette. 8 p.m.
Sept. 1: Five Finger Death Punch with All That Remains and Arson City. 7 p.m.
More information, including ticket prices, can be found at hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com.
Stir Cove in Council Bluffs
June 2: Vince Neil with Sebastian Bach. 8 p.m.
June 9: Brantley Gilbert. 8 p.m.
June 29: Aaron Lewis. 8 p.m.
July 7: AWOLNATION with PVRIS. 8 p.m.
July 8: Brit Floyd. 8 p.m.
July 19: Blondie and Garbage. 7 p.m.
July 20: Kesha and the Creepies with special guest Atlas Genius. 8 p.m.
July 21: Goo Goo Dolls. 8 p.m.
July 22: Dashboard Confessional with the All-American Rejects. 8 p.m.
July 27: Chris Young. 8 p.m.
Aug. 4: Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo. 8 p.m.
Aug. 19: Darius Rucker. 8 p.m.
Sept. 3: Lynyrd Skynyrd. 8 p.m.
Find more information, including ticket prices, at caesars.com/harrahs-council-bluffs/shows.
McGrath Amphitheater in Cedar Rapids
May 27: George Clinton and P-Funk. 7:30 p.m. $35-$75.
June 12: Willie Nelson and family. 7 p.m. $49.50-$154.50.
July 3: Dispatch. 7 p.m. $33-$60.
July 4: The Freedom Festival concert featuring the Johnny Holm Band. 5 p.m. $5.
July 9: Diana Ross. 7:30 p.m. $57-$147.
July 12: In This Moment. 6 p.m. $29.50-$35.
July 25: Lifehouse and Switchfoot. 7 p.m. $30-$65.
July 27: 2Cellos. 7 p.m. $39.50-$95.
Aug. 4: Primus with Clutch. 7:30 p.m. $35-$55.
Find more information at mcgrathamphitheatre.com.
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
June 8: Sun Volt. 8 p.m. $20-$25.
June 17: John Moreland. 7 p.m. $20-$25.
June 23: Susto with Lolo. 7 p.m. $20-$25.
July 16: Josh Ritter with Brett Dennen. 7 p.m. $35-$40.
Aug. 2: Dawes. 8 p.m. $35-$40.
Find more information at codfishhollowbarnstormers.com.
Jazz in July
July 4: Christopher’s Very Happy Band at Urbandale Lions Park.
July 6: Rose Colella ‘Cocktail’ at Terrace Hill.
July 7: Dave Rezek’s Alpha State Agents at Bondurant Trailhead.
July 8: Dallas Center Grimes High School Junior Jazz and Parranderos Latin Combo at Dallas Center Mound Park.
July 9: Drake Combo Junior Jazz and Freddy Gazzo Band at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
July 13: High Society Big Band at Wesley Acres.
July 14: Scott David Quartet at Evelyn K. Davis Park.
July 15: The NOLA Jazz Band at 6th Avenue Corridor.
July 16: UNI Combo Junior Jazz and Bryan Schymacker Quintet at Norwalk City Park.
July 20: Foxtrot Hot Shots on the Hoyt Sherman Place front lawn.
July 21: John Morgan Orchestra at Drake University.
July 22: CJC Combo Junior Jazz and the Tighten Up at Waveland Golf Course. July 23: Johnston High School Junior Jazz and the Jazz Page at Johnston Terra Lake Amphitheater.
July 27: Betsy Hickok Quartet at Ankeny Bandshell.
July 28: Max Wellman 7 at the Copper Creek Lake Park in Pleasant Hill.
July 29: Valley High School Junior Jazz, Blake Shaw Quintet and The ‘Ceptet at Valley Junction Railroad Park.
Curated by the Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines, all Jazz in July performances are free. Junior Jazz shows start at 5:30 p.m. and main performances kick off at 6:30 p.m. Find more information at metroarts.org.
Commons off the Clock
June 2: Abby Normal.
June 23: The Flying Marsupials
July 7: Randy Burk & The Prisoners
July 21: The Punching Pandas
August 4: Brazilian 2wins
August 25: Tony Valdez Large Band
September 8: Bob Dorr & The Blue Band
September 22: Final Mix
This free happy hour music series, inspired by Seniom Sed, features local food trucks and and beer. Find more information at dmpa.org.
Music in the Junction
May 25: Fahrenheit.
June 1: Decoy.
June 8: Bob Dorr and the Blue Band.
June 15: Abby Normal.
June 22: CTRL C.
June 29: Toaster.
July 6: The Tighten Up.
July 13: Hound Dog Shy.
July 20: James Biehn.
July 27: Final Mix.
Aug. 3: Jimmy The Weasel.
Aug. 10: Monday Mourners.
Aug. 17: Boomerang.
Aug. 24: Brother Trucker.
Aug. 31: Royce John’s Band.
Sept. 7: The Sons of Gladys Kravits.
Sept. 14: Gimikk.
Sept. 21: NOLA Jazz Band.
Sept. 28: Tony Valdez Large Band.
Live music takes place in West Des Moines’ Valley Junction from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Railroad Park. Find morme information at valleyjunction.com.
Kutcher spoke with the Register about the Native Fund's Metallica concert, which took place at the Iowa Speedway on June 8, 2017.
More central Iowa shows
Machine Gun Kelly at Seven Flags Event Center (May 26): 515 Alive alum returns for a show in Clive. 7 p.m. $30.
Tech N9ne at the Val Air Ballroom (May 28): One of the Midwest's favorite rappers makes his West Des Moines return. 8 p.m. $35.
Middle Western at the Des Moines Social Club (June 1): David Zollo and William Elliott Whitmore-fronted blues rock group. 7 p.m. Free.
Nova Labs Showcase at Lefty’s Live Music (June 3): Iowa-based record label puts talent on display at the Drake area venue. 9 p.m. $8.
RJ Mischo and his Red Hot Blues Band at Noce (June 3): Singer and harmonica player brings his version of the blues to Walnut Street. 5 p.m. $15-$50.
Lenny - America IRL at Hoyt Sherman Place (June 5): “Girls” star Lena Dunham brings the live show version of her Lenny newsletter to Des Moines. 7:30 p.m. $35.
Diet Cig at Gaslamp (June 6): Two-piece garage pop group tours through Des Moines with support from SPORTS. 6:30 p.m. $10-$12.
The Toasters at Lefty’s Live Music (June 8): Long-time do-it-yourself touring ska band. 5 p.m. $10-$15.
Metallica at the Iowa Speedway (June 9): Metal’s champion band returns to Iowa. Tickets start at $59.
Apathy Syndrome at Wooly’s (June 10): Des Moines-based metal act celebrates the release of its debut studio record. 6 p.m. $8-$30.
The Acacia Strain at Vaudeville Mews (June 12): East coast metal band. 5:30 p.m. $18.
Surfer Blood at Vaudeville Mews (June 15): Noisy rock band from Florida. 6 p.m. $12.
An evening with Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham at Wooly’s (June 16): Grammy-nominated country singer Brandy Clark makes her Iowa return. 7:30 p.m. $17-$20.
Adam Bruce record release show at Gaslamp (June 17): Iowa songwriter celebrates a new album. 8 p.m. $8-$10.
Chris Greene at Noce (June 17): Tenured Chicago saxophonist known for collaborations with the likes of Common and The Temptations. 7 p.m. $15-$50.
Pets With Human Names album release show at Lefty’s Live Music (June 23): Des Moines-based alternative rock trio. 9 p.m. $8.
Icon for Hire at Lefty’s Live Music (June 24): Guitar-driven rock band from Illinois. 4 p.m. $12-$15.
B.o.B. at the Val Air Ballroom (June 25): The hip-hop artist known for "Airplanes" performs in West Des Moines. 8 p.m. $20-$99.
The Mountain Goats at Wooly’s (July 6): Folk rock returns to Des Moines for a one-night only show. 8:30 p.m. $26.
Loretta Lynn at Hoyt Sherman Place (July 7): Recovering from a stroke, the country legend returns to Des Moines’ historic Sherman Hill. 7:30 p.m. $59-$99.
Migos at Seven Flags Event Center (July 7): Chart-topping rap group makes Des Moines debut. 6 p.m. $50.
Big Thief at Vaudeville Mews (July 11): Four-piece Saddle Creek records group from New York. 9:30 p.m. $10.
Equitis Media three-year anniversary at Wooly’s (July 15): Rappers B. Well, Mike T, LT Mentality and more take over the Wooly’s stage. 6:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Mitski at Vaudeville Mews (July 17): Acclaimed indie songwriter takes over the Mews on a Monday night. 6:30 p.m. $20.
Melissa Etheridge at Hoyt Sherman Place (July 22): Staple American rock artist brings “M.E. Live” to Iowa. 7:30 p.m. $60-$95.
Kip Moore at Seven Flags Events Center (July 28): Country act known for the track “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.” 7 p.m. $35.
The Rocket Summer at Wooly’s (Aug. 15): The emotional rock performer returns to Des Moines as part of the “Do You Feel” 10 year anniversary tour. 7:30 p.m. $15-$17.
Jake Owen at the Solheim Cup (Aug. 18): Chart-topping country star closes festivities at the international golf tournament in West Des Moines. $50.
Rascal Flatts at the Solheim Cup (Aug. 19): The second of two nights featuring popular country acts at the highly-anticipated golf event. $60.
Trailer Park Boys at Hoyt Sherman Place (Aug. 26): The crass Canadian comedy troupe heads south to the Hawkeye state. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$59.50.
The Fuss album release at Gaslamp (Aug. 26): An all-Iowa bill featuring the Des Moines trio performing alongside SIRES and Courtney Krause. 8 p.m. $8-$10.
Jazz @ 5 at Noce (every Friday): The Synergy Jazz Foundation offers a weekly happy hour dose of jazz. 5 p.m. $10.
Work release featuring Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band at Gaslamp (every Friday): Kick the weekend off with a dose of local blues. 4:30 p.m. $5.
Belin Quartet at various venues (every Friday through July): The Civic Music Association is set to host the Belin Quartet throughout Des Moines this season. Find moore details at civicmusic.org.
Songwriter’s night at Lefty’s Live music (every second Saturday): Head to the Drake neighborhood to catch “Rapport,” the monthly singer-songwriter night. 7 p.m. Free.