We’ve summed up the Saturday in the Park festival in a compact go-to guide. Feel free to take it to the park for quick reference. But don’t forget to pick up the official Blues City Journal, a guide to the festival with interviews and highlights of the day’s events. More information is available at siouxcityjournal.com/sitp or the official site, saturdayinthepark.com.
1. The rules
No pets. No coolers. No guns. No fireworks. Be responsible, do no harm and pick up after yourself. Simple, right? Most of all, just have fun at Sioux City’s free annual summer festival.
2. Before you go
Take the bus: The parking situation near Grandview Park on Saturday will be almost impossible. Skip the fuss, take the bus. Park in the Tyson Events Center parking lot, 401 Gordon Drive, and catch a city bus to the park. The cost for a one-way trip is: $1.80 for adults, 90 cents for senior citizens/Medicare cardholders/disability, $1.55 for youths, free for children under 5. Bus routes run 11 a.m. to midnight.
Get social: Go to siouxcityjournal.com/sitp for instant access to SITP coverage including photos and stories. Join in the conversation on social by using the hashtag #sitpfest and don't forget to add our Snapchat filters to your pics. Want more? Follow the official SITP Twitter feed @sitpfest.
Think green: 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.
4. The food
From heart-attack inducing to healthier fare, the 19 different festival food vendors will have something for everyone. Follow your nose to the food area south of the bandshell stage.
4. Arts Alley
Find a variety of regional vendors and artists in Arts Alley. Get a caricature, massage, pick up some custom jewelry and tie-dye clothing then get a temporary tattoo.
5. Kid’s Zone
The Kid’s Zone is open from noon to 7 p.m. with wacky balloons by Mr. Twister, animals from Meyer's Petting Zoo, create enormous bubbles, pony rides, face painting and inflatables. Tickets are $1 each or buy an all-day Kid's Zone wristband for inflatables only for $15.
6. Odds & ends
Money: Out of cash? No problem. Find ATMs next to the beer gardens.
Lost people: This isn’t just for kids. If you’ve lost someone, check the Information Booth. Also check here for any lost items such as cellphones and unattended blankets.
Alcoholic beverages: No BYOB. Drinks available with a credible ID and drink tickets purchased at designated beer ticket locations. Get five tickets for $20 or $4.50 each. Consumption is limited to the beer garden areas.
7. The music
Noon – Lil Red & the Medicated Moose Band
12:45 p.m. Emily Johnson Band
1:45 p.m. – Delta Rae
3:15 p.m. – Dave Mason and Steve Cropper Rock & Soul Revue
5 p.m. – Galactic
6:45 p.m. – Boz Scaggs
9 p.m. – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Noon – Young Rambo
1 p.m. – Vibe Rations
2 p.m. – Thick Mistress
3 p.m. – Ghostcat
4 p.m. – City of the Weak
5:10 p.m. – Jon Wayne and the Pain
6:30 p.m. – My Posse in Effect
8:15 p.m. – Arrested Development
9:30 p.m. – DJ Alex and Scnd Sndwch