We have made the disappointing, but careful, decision to cancel the 2020 edition of North Liberty Blues & BBQ.

While the festival is still three months away, planning started last fall, and the speed at which the current pandemic forces changes makes planning and executing a big festival even more challenging and potentially irresponsible.

We know our community will want to gather again when it is safe to do so. And we want to be here to help when it’s time to celebrate. When it’s time for kids to play with each other again. When it’s time to gather with our friends and eat and drink and laugh.

We also know the arts community will be hurt by this pandemic. And we want to be here when it’s time again to see live music, and to support artists and to help arts organizations.

We’ve been lucky to have wonderful, supportive partners and sponsors, who understand the need to be protective of this festival and of our community, and who stand behind us, our festival, and our decision.

We look forward to seeing you again. We’re planning on July 10, 2021, but we hope to see you before that, too.