3 Iowa Music Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

This summer, don’t fly over the Midwest – party right on through it. Here are three rockin’ music festivals in Iowa that you definitely don’t want to miss.

Low on cash? Lucky for you, they’re all offering free admission for volunteers. So round up your posse, pair up those party pants with your giving galoshes (sorry, we had to) and head out for some happy volunteering!

While you’re perusing, be sure to check out VolunteerLocal’s Music Festival Spotify playlist, showcasing our favorite songs from this year’s headliners of all three major Iowa music festivals!

80/35 Music Festival

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July 10th – 11th, 2015

For many in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines, the 80/35 Music Festival is a summertime staple. Aptly named for it’s unique (and rather convenient) location along the intersection of Interstates 80 and 35, this festival has earned a stellar reputation for luring high-profile headliners into the heartland. Included in 80/35’s roster of past performers are The Flaming Lips, Bright Eyes, the Wu-Tang Clan and the Avett Brothers.

2015 Headliners: Weezer, WILCO, St. Lucia and Talib Kweli


Hinterland Music Festival

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July 31st – August 2nd, 2015

If you’ve ever lived in, or visited Iowa in the wintertime – you’ll probably get the joke. Playfully dubbed Hinterland, Iowa’s newest festival is out to prove that this Midwestern state is anything but an unchartered, vast and wintery terrian. Set against the backdrop of Iowa’s gorgeous Water Works Park, Hinterland seeks to integrate elements of art, sculpture, craft vendors and cycling into a traditional music festival format.

2015 Headliners: Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes


Gentlemen of the Road 

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June 19th – 20th, 2015

This one may sound like a fancy affair, but trust us: no dress pants allowed. Waverly, Iowa was announced as the second stopover city on the GOTR nationwide tour earlier this year, and attendance is expected to triple the population of Waverly for two whole days. No joke. Want to get in on this action? Sign-up for our Happy Volunteering newsletter and we’ll make sure you’re one of the first to know when volunteer opportunities go live.

Headliners: My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips, Dawes



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Photo credit: http://floydfest.com/

Your phone is buzzing, the tablet on your lap is lighting up, emails are flowing in by the minute and the last thing you need is “an app for that.” You’re experiencing what we like to call technology fatigue: an overdose of push notifications and status updates, selfies and snaps. Luckily, there is a cure – and in Floyd, Virginia, they call it FloydFest.

FloydFest is a five-day music festival that takes place in Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountain range. This event features an 80-acre campground, two sunny beverage gardens, live musical performances on nine different stages throughout the venue, a frisbee golf course and plethora of family-friendly workshops. This massive event has earned it’s nickname as the Telluride of the East by providing a safe refuge to recharge, unwind and celebrate life. And it’s not just for adults; the coordinators for this event offer programming, open mics, workshops and even childcare for toddlers and teens.

“VolunteerLocal is very user friendly and the volunteers understood the information, sign-up process and all processed their application fees upon registration, which was nice.” – Leah DeLuzio, Volunteer Coordinator for FloydFest

Photo cred: http://appvoices.org/2015/04/13/fire-on-the-mountain/

In the spirit of all things stress-free, FloydFest volunteers got to experience a new scheduling platform this year: VolunteerLocal. This new system meant no usernames, no passwords, and a simple payment platform to submit the application fee at the time of registration. Password protected jobs allowed Leah DeLuzio, the Volunteer Coordinator for this event, to launch an early-bird sign-up page for veteran volunteers. Hidden fields from the administrative portal gives her team the opportunity to recognize those hard-working volunteers who go above and beyond.

Sound cool? There are volunteer spots still available! Register to volunteer today!

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