OtisJoin us for our 12th year of music, food and fun on Saturday, July 14, presented by Veridian Credit Union.

It’s a full day of fun. Come early and stay all day. As always, the festival is free, so come and enjoy the music.There is no entrance fee. Unfortunately, due to the festival’s growing attendance, dogs and other pets are not permitted on the grounds. Interested in helping make the weekend happen? We would love to have you join us as a volunteer. View our available volunteer shifts here.

Plan your day with our official festival guide, available online here

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July 2018

North Liberty Community Pantry Turkey Trot

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Turkey Trot

The North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) will host their 6th Annual Turkey Trot 10k/5k Races and Family 1 Mile Event the morning of North Liberty Blues & BBQ on Saturday, July 14, at 9:00 a.m., in conjunction with Thanksgiving in July, a community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to those in need. This chip-timed race will begin and end at Centennial Park, in North Liberty. Afterward, runners and volunteers are welcome to continue the fun at North Liberty Blues…

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Kids’ Fun in “The Pit”

July 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kids' Fun

“The Pit” includes a large range of activities for ages 2 through 18. Programming will stretch an extra hour this year with activities open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thanks to South Slope Cooperative Communications, all activities are free. Learn more about all of the activities listed below here. Art projects and activities under a shaded tent organized by local non-profits and service organizations. Seven inflatable rides and games to jump in. Stunt kites dancing in the sky throughout the afternoon. A giant corn box (imagine a…

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Beverage Garden

July 14 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Beverage Garden

With the help of the Iowa Craft Beer Tent, Blues & BBQ will be pouring cold ones from breweries around the state from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. We’ll have the best craft brews for every taste: hop lovers, cider fanciers, beer snobs and those who just want a cold, refreshing pint. Root beer and water will also be available. The concert grounds is free, open to all-ages (don’t forget your ID), and a perfect spot to listen to music,…

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Food Vendor Alley

July 14 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a smorgasbord of mouthwatering barbecue from our pitmasters! Blues & BBQ has become a summer tradition, and cruising Adam Schechinger State Farm food vendor ally for lunch and dinner is a big part! In 2017, some 17,000 hungry guests joined us for food, music and community fun. With another internationally touring headliner this summer, we’re expecting another big turn out, and hope you’ll join us! Traditional barbecue favorites such as ribs, pulled pork and burnt ends, as well as…

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Live Music

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 10:30 pm

This is a blues festival, so we get the best blues-inspired artists. View the full schedule of performers here. Fantastic Negrito, 2017 Grammy winner of Best Contemporary Blues Album, will headline the event at 9 p.m., capping a lineup of exciting live blues and blues-inspired music on the UICCU stage in Centennial Park. Entry to the festival, including live music, remains free. Also playing at this year’s festival are The Diplomats of Solid Sound, International Blues Challenge winner Kevin "B.F."…

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