Free activities and music for the whole family

Playing at the party

What time do things happen?

The party starts at 11AM and ends at 11PM. Most of the kid rides and activities end at 7PM, though. (Otherwise, they would be jumpin' around in an unlit bouncy house.) Food vendors typically serve until sunset, but some of them stay the whole day. The BBQ contest starts at 4:30. The FIREWORKS are at 9:45PM. Finally, the beverage garden is open the WHOLE time, but last call is 10:45PM.

What bands are playing?

This is a Blues festival, so we get the best Iowa Blues artists! You'll see some new bands, as well as some of your old favorites. As always, the party is free, so kick back and enjoy the music. No entrance fee. (That's right, listen to the bands for low, low price of ZERO dollars!) 2012 Entertainment line up:

11-11:30 North Central Jr. High Jazz Band
11:45-1:15 The Electric Koolaid Trio with special guest Tommy "T-Bone" Giblin
1:45-3:15 Avey Brothers
3:45-4:15 music4life
4:30 BBQ Contest Judges Announced
4:45-6:15 Kevin Burt and the Instigators
6:20 BBQ Contest Winner Announced
6:45-8:30 Bryce Janey Group
9:00-10:45 Ernie Peniston
9:45-10:00 Fireworks

What rides and games are at the party?

Here are the 2012 activities:

  • The Casey's Playing Ground including the climbing wall, obstacle course, demolition ball, bungee run, inflatahoops, giant slide, and two bounce houses
  • Quail Valley Farms Interactive Petting Zoo
  • Fishing for kids presented by the North Liberty Recreation Department
  • Baseball and speed pitching zone with the North Liberty Parks Department
  • Bucket toss with the North Liberty Food & Clothing Pantry
  • Face painting with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Plinko from University of Iowa Community Credit Union
  • Grace Church's Diaper Depot and duck pond
  • Quad Cities Greyhound Adoption Center
  • Hairspray game and temporary tattoos with Great Clips
  • Brush with Danger from Clark Orthodontics
  • Balloons from MidWestOne Bank
  • Chair massages by Health Source Chiro
  • Core Fitness presents a fun game
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society presents bubble blowing
  • Dog hydration station by the Cedar Valley Humane Society
  • Corridor Therapy dogs - super cute!
  • FRY Fest represented by the Iowa City/Coralville Area Visitors Bureau
  • The Iowa Children's Museum helps The Musical Playing Ground - where kids make musical instruments from household items