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 in a lawn chair? Cooler? Water?

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. Guests are encouraged to bring along a water that can be refilled at our free ice water stations. 

Can I bring a personal tent?

We recognize that shad is limited in the park. Even with over 16,000 sq feet of tents erected for the event, many guests still choose to bring personal shade. Small umbrellas and portable shades are welcome, but pop up tents are not permitted. 

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.

How to I get to the event and where do I park??

You can bike, walk, or drive to Centennial Park. We have grass parking on site as well as remote lots with provided shuttles. All parking is free. View all the parking options here.

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. The beverage garden is cash only. Some food vendors may accept credit card. 

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?

View Centennial Park in a larger map

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