Ride the bus

We try to think of everything to make your SITP experience the best. One of the ways we do this is to offer you a hassle-free way to attend without dealing with the frustration of finding a parking spot within a square-mile of the beautiful Grandview Park.

Feel spoiled by being chauffeured to the event by a nice driver in a very nice Sioux City bus sponsored by Jensen Imports as you and yours are comfortably swaying back and forth in the bus singing "The Wheels on the Bus" in eight-part harmony.

Park at the Tyson Event Center, 401 Gordon Drive, and get picked up near the Tyson fountain area. You can even get a ride back after having more fun than any of us deserve to have.

A ride to the park costs $1.80 for adults, $0.90 for seniors and disabled and $1.55 for youth. Children 5 and under are free with an adult.

Have fun, ride the bus, be safe, be thankful and may peace be on your journey.

-- Phyl Claeys, The Keeper of the Gates SITP

It's easy being green at SITP

While your neighbor one blanket over may seem a little trashy, that is still no excuse to throw your garbage in their direction. Take the time to dispose of it properly. Help out the small army of volunteers who clean the park after the festival by throwing your trash away in the appropriate recycling and garbage bins throughout the park. You won't have any trouble finding them, either, as there are about 40 containers that can be found around the park. Thank you for your earthly consideration.

Cash for days

If you were silly enough to forget your wad o' cash at home, then the ATMs will surely quell your worries of having to leave the park (say sayonara to your parking spot). Machines will be spread out across the grounds, so don't think for a second that we don't have you covered.

Of course we recommend you bring cash before the event, but then we couldn't collect the convenience fee. We're trying to keep you prepared -- especially since two of the ATMs will be next to the beer tent. Plus, you never know what you may find from the vendors in Arts Alley.

Beer breakdown

Grab a cold one and enjoy the SITP festivities in style. Here's what you need to know about the beer this year:

1. No BYOB. No alcoholic beverages are allowed to be brought on the premises. You may think this rule is harsh but remember, you got into this festival free. The more beer you buy from us the more money we’ll have to persuade next year’s artists to come perform here.

2. The price is right. Buy five tickets for $20. Individual tickets cost $4.50.

3. What's brewing. We're very proud of this year's lineup of high-end draft and specialty beers. Brands available this year include: Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Ultra, Shock Top, Goose Island 312 IPA, Stella Artois, Millstream Schild Brau Amber, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Bud Light-A-Ritas ( lime, strawberry and lemonade), Chelada Bud Light and Shock Top Lemon, plus single serve Copa Di Vino Wine

4. Beer garden part two. The second beer has been named the “Earle’s Place Beer Garden” There is a $15 admission charge to experience an area providing the best sound and view of the entertainment. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Tyson Event Center to guarantee your entry, or day of at the festival.

5. No peeing in public. Again, we know this rule is harsh... especially when the line for the restroom reaches around Grandview Park, but SITP is a family event. Keep it in your pants, people. It's just one day.

Get social with us

You loved the filters so much last year that we brought them back! And we even added a couple new ones. Be sure to capture your SITP 2017 pics using the Snapchat geofilters. Then don't forget to share your memories with everyone on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using #SITPFest.

Sioux City Journal/Weekender live coverage

Even though it's the biggest music festival in town, we totally understand if you don't want to leave the comfort of your own home. Who doesn't like sitting in front of a computer all day and scrolling through Facebook and Twitter feeds?

Well, we certainly do. Once the park is open to the public, you can bet that we're going to be right there tweeting, live blogging and posting photos as the day rolls along. Follow @scj and @scweekender for consistent updates on everything SITP.

Don't forget to follow the SITP's official Twitter @sitpfest for the inside scoop including backstage tidbits. Those who want to be included in our live blog should include #sitpfest in their tweets.

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