Organizers of North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union invite supporters of the event to purchase tickets to the Pig & Pint Prelude, a private fundraiser on July 7, 2017, the evening before the annual festival.

The official kick-off to Blues & BBQ weekend will raise funds to support the festival’s commitment to keeping admission to the Saturday event free for all attendees. Ticket holders can expect a mouthwatering, hog-roast-style, barbecue buffet prepared by Mosley’s, cold pours from the Iowa Craft Beer Tent, and music from international blues pianist–and Johnson County resident Chase Garrett, all under the big tent in Centennial Park. Gates will open and food and drink will be available starting at 6 p.m., with entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. The night will be casual, and should wrap up around 9:30 p.m. No formal program is planned, just good old fashioned community building. The Pig & Pint Prelude is open to all ages, but there will be no organized kids’ activities.

Space is limited to only 500 attendees. Both individual tickets and tables are available for purchase online to those with a North Liberty mailing address (zip code 52317) for $45/ticket or $260 for a table of 6. Non-residents and visitors are invited to purchase tickets beginning May 15 for the same price. If tickets are still available, they will increase to $55/ticket or $320/table on June 1. To guarantee seats together with friends or family, organizers encourage reserving a table for 6, as individual tickets will have no assigned seating.