Why is the festival free?

The purpose of North Liberty Blues & BBQ presented by Veridian Credit Union is to bring the community together for a free, family-friendly event under the umbrella of live, Iowa blues music and remarkable food. The festival is coordinated by the North Liberty Community Betterment Group with the goal of providing North Liberty residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the area without spending money. The festival is paid for by local business sponsorship and donations.

Besides, sometimes you need to go out and spend time with friends and family. Why not spend a nice summer day with a free festival?

What time do things happen?

Great question, you can reference the schedule here.

Can I bring a lawn chair?

Certainly, bring a chair, bring a blanket, bring friends. However, our license prevents us from allowing coolers and outside alcohol at North Liberty Blues & BBQ. Alcohol is not allowed outside the beverage garden.

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately no. As much as we love dogs, the number of people who attend each year means we need to ask your dog, no matter how well behaved, to  stay home.

It’s a free event, but purchasing barbecue and beverages is part of the fun. What forms of payment are acceptable?

Of course we’ll take cash. There will be an ATM at the festival.

Is smoking permitted?

This is an outdoor entertainment venue and the Iowa Smokefree Air Act makes it unlawful to smoke anywhere on the festival grounds, including the beverage garden.

Where’s Blues & BBQ?

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We’ll be at Centennial Park, a 40-acre park on North Liberty’s west side, near North Bend Elementary.