What we know about 2018 Iowa music festivals
Justin Schoen, Jill Haverkamp and Amedeo Rossi remember the uncertainty of the first years of 80/35 Rodney White/The Register
Don’t let the cold of winter stop you from daydreaming of long, warm summer nights filled with music.
To make your daydreaming a bit easier, here’s a list of what we know about Iowa music festivals — from country-filled camping trips to all-night electronic parties — heading into 2018.
Winter Jam (Jan. 26): The one-day Christian music festival returns to the Iowa Events Center, boasting some of the biggest names in contemporary worship music, including Skillet, Kari Jobe and Building 429. $15 at the door. More information at iowaeventscenter.com.
Winter Blues Fest (Feb. 9-10): Returning to the downtown Des Moines Marriott, the Central Iowa Blues Society-curated festival is set to feature two days of blues workshops, jams and showcases from the region’s best in the genre. Slated performances include Bryce Janey, Eric Jerardi, Steepwater Band and Taylor Smith. $20-$45. More information at cibs.org.
Gas Feed and Seed Festival (Feb. 15-17): Launched in 2017, GAS Fest returns to clubs and venues across the Quad Cities to give eastern Iowa a dose of the best up-and-coming acts in folk, hip-hop and indie rock. Lineup includes Terra Lightfoot, Michigander and The Artisanals. $25-$110. More information at moellernights.com.
Mission Creek (April 3-8): The self-described festival of performance, community and literature returns to Iowa City with a lineup featuring acclaimed author Roxane Gay, indie rock act Built to Spill, rising songwriter Julien Baker and more. Weekend pass on sale now for $75; full pass costs $150. More information at missionfreak.com.
Tree Town Music Festival (May 24-27): Keith Urban leads the latest lineup for this Memorial Day weekend event in Forest City. Additional announced acts include Alabama, Cole Swindell and Eddie Money. $145 for weekend general admission tickets. More information at facebook.com/treetownfestival.
Big Country Bash (June 22-23): The Bash heads to Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles for a newly expanded two-day country festival — with camping — in 2018. Announced acts include Brett Eldredge, Midland, Aaron Watson and Russell Dickerson. $59-$159. More information at bigcountrybash.com.
Saturday in the Park (summer 2018 — TBA): One of Iowa’s longest-running summer music traditions, organizers confirm the free, one-day event plans to return to Sioux City next summer for year 28. More information at saturdayinthepark.com.
80/35 Music Festival (July 6-7): A summer staple for Des Moines, the Des Moines Music Coalition-curated, two-day indie music fest plans to return to Western Gateway Park for Year 11. Want to chime in on who should play 80/35? The event’s Facebook page is asking for your suggestions. More information at facebook.com/8035musicfestival.
Guthrie’s River Ruckus (July 27-28): Now a decade old, the ruckus returns to rural Guthrie Center for two days of camping and music. Acts booked include Jake Owen, Chris Janson and .38 Special. $70-$165. More information at guthriesriverruckus.com.
Hinterland Music Festival (Aug. 3 and 4): Entering its 4th year, Hinterland has marked its two-day return of camping and music to Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles. A lineup is to-be-announced in the coming weeks. More information at hinterlandiowa.com.
515 Alive (summer 2018 — TBA): The annual hip-hop and electronic music festival — which saw record attendance of nearly 30,000 people across two days in 2017 — plans to return to Des Moines in summer. More information at 515alive.com.