Burlington Steamboat Days has non-refundable contracts with artists who get paid even if Mother Nature fails to cooperate. Alternative sites have been evaluated and determined unfeasible for relocation, should we encounter bad weather.


Grounds Pass

Grounds Pass = entrance to General Admission section of concert area. Every person entering the gate, ages 8+, is required to have an Adult (13+) or Youth (8-12) grounds pass. Kids 7 and under receive free admission into the General Admission section. You do not need to purchase a VIP ticket to enter the General Admission area of the concert grounds.

VIP Tickets

Grounds Pass + VIP = entrance to VIP section of concert area between stage and General Admission area. The VIP ticket is an additional cost and is optional. A VIP ticket is only required for admission into the VIP Section, which is a separated section directly in front of the main stage. Anyone entering the VIP Section is required to have a VIP ticket, including children 7 and under. VIP tickets are only sold in Multi-day packages. If VIPs are still available at the start of the event, individual nights may become available for sale in limited quantity at the Will Call Booth outside the entrance.


Gate Times

The concert grounds are open throughout the day. Some vendors are often open for lunch. At 4 PM each day the grounds will be cleared, to reopen at 5 PM at which time tickets will be required to enter the gates for the evenings entertainment. The VIP section opens at 7 PM.


Absolutely no weapons of any kind will be permitted through the gates.

Security and bag checks occur upon entrance and anyone found with anything deemed to be a weapon (including pocket knives, screw drivers, pliers or other tools) will be told to take it back to their vehicle. No pets, outside food or beverage, coolers, cans, bottles, vendor refillable cups, audio, video or commercial photography equipment will be allowed on the grounds. Standard lawn chairs are permitted in the General Admission – no chaise lounges.


You must receive a hand stamp upon leaving the grounds after 5 PM if you intend to re-enter that same night. Upon re-entrance your ticket and stamp will be checked.


Seating is not provided in the General Admission section. Standing room or standard lawn chairs (in defined areas) are permitted. The VIP section has seating provided, however, it is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.


Burlington Steamboat Days does not sell Meet & Greet or Backstage Passes.

If Meet & Greet passes are available for artists (often they are not) they can be obtained through these methods:

  1. Special Burlington Steamboat Days Event Parties
  2. Radio or Website Contests (Burlington Steamboat Days, Artist, or 3rd Party Promoter sites)
  3. Artist’s website. Sometimes Meet & Greet promotions are available through artist’s fan clubs.

Grounds Layout

Grounds Layout

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First Aid Station

Sponsored by: Great River Health Systems

A first aid station is located inside Memorial Auditorium (white building behind South Stage). It can be found in the North East corner of the building.

Designated Driver Station

Sponsored by: Pepsi Refreshment Services & Clear Falls Bottled Water

A Designated Driver station is located in the lobby of the Memorial Auditorium. Check in with the attendant at the station to receive your DD bracelet. This bracelet will let beer servers know you are a DD for the evening and will not serve you. The bracelet also allows you to drink free Pepsi products and water from the DD station all evening.


  • 2017 – ResortsandLodges.com featured BSD on their blog – Click HERE to read the post.
  • 2017 – Best Things Iowa has named BSD the #5 Best Festival in Iowa – Click HERE to read the post.