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Memorial weekend in Boone IA is where to be! Scroll through for the whole weekend of fun including 16 events with the help of over 20 organizations–all in 3 days!

Our special concert event is Sat., May 25th with
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD’s National “50 Years of Funk” Tour at Seven Oaks

GATES OPEN AT 5PM. Our local favorite, the Justin Elliott Band kicks us off at 6pm.
NO OUTSIDE FOOD or BEVERAGES! We will have plenty of non-alcoholic and adult beverages at the concert along with some amazing food truck offerings! BAGS WILL BE CHECKED!
We are excited to have with us amazing food trucks this year. Click their name to get more info & their menu:
–Mucky Duck/ Mobile Mallard (British & Irish favorites)
–E’s Eats (American)
–Mr. Burrito (Mexican)  
–J&J Old Fashion Kettle Corn (the name says it all!) 
WE WILL HAVE LIMITED HANDICAPPED PARKING at Seven Oaks Please have sticker prominently visible and look for signage and staff to point you in the right direction. 

Team members with “EVENT STAFF” on their shirts are there to help! Please look out for each other and – let’s all have a GREAT time! 

Please watch for signage at the concert directing crowd traffic. Remember, NO chairs in the VIP section. 
One free drink ticket will be given at gate. Event signage will point you to where additional tickets can be purchased.
VIP PARKING is free and AT SEVEN OAKS (see map)

Please watch for signage at the concert directing crowd traffic. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome!
PARKING: Parking for general admission and overflow is located in Boone at the corner of Linn Street and Hancock Street adjacent to DMACC Boone Campus. (For our out of town guests there will be lots of signage pointing the way.)
****Parking fee is only $5 per vehicle to cover the shuttle costs. You will receive wristbands allowing unlimited shuttle use if you want to leave and come back to the show.
Shuttle service will transport you to the venue expeditiously! (We will have several shuttles running a loop from 4pm on through and after the show from GA parking to Seven Oaks)

THANK YOU for being a part of our 3rd year! Please take lots of pictures (feel free to tag #BRVF19 on social media) and have a great time in Boone, IA- we are excited to have you here! 

The American Band”, Grand Funk Railroad is coming to the Boone River Valley Festival for their 50th Anniversary Tour, ‘50 Years of Funk,’ with special guest Blue Öyster Cult LIVE Memorial Weekend 2019. Early bird tickets on sale now!You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” -Rolling Stone Magazine. Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re An American Band and Locomotion). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide.

For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Listed in VH1’s countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time, the band is often cited as a major influence by acts such as Metallica. BÖC’s haunting “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, the pummeling “Godzilla” and the hypnotically melodic, “Burnin’ for You” are stone-cold classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out.



10AM- On the River- at the Arboretum (Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach Ave., Madrid) Storytime and crafty snack! (Free/ All ages) 

11AM- Walk and Talk (Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach Ave., Madrid) Tour the grounds with Horticulture Project Manager, Leah Worth. (Free/ All ages)

4:30PM- Official BRVF Kick-Off & Block Party (Boone Valley Brewery, 816 7th St., Boone) Fun for the whole family! Live music with Tank Anthony and Justin Elliott Band, food trucks and more! (Free/ All ages)

6PM- Family {1-mile} Fun Run (Boone Valley Brewery, 816 7th St., Boone)Meet on west side of the brewery; participants get 1-free Tropical Sno cone or 1-Free BVB beer at the finish line!(All ages)


8AM- Adventures in Outdoor Photography (Old ice skating shelter; Park Ave., Boone) Beginner to the camera or a po, come learn a few tips to make your pics Instagram- worth! (Free/ All ages)

8AM-12PM Youth {16 yrs old and younger} Fishing Derby (Don Williams Park, 610 H. Ave., Ogden) Meet at the Open air shelter by the Marina Boat Ramp, last registration at 11:30A. Join Boone County Conservation for fishing fun! Parent must accompany children. (Free/ All ages)

8AM- Ledges State Park/ “Wild” Hike (Meet at Oak Woods Picnic Area; 1515 P Ave., Madrid) Join park staff for a hike to explore the incredible “wildness” that Ledges has to offer. (Free/ All ages) 

8:30AM- Bags Tournament (Saints Avenue Restaurant, 1312 S. Story St., Boone) Registration at 8:30; Games go from 9am until completion. Cash prizes for top 3 winning teams! (All ages)

9AM- Nature I-spy Hunt hosted by the Boone County Family YMCA (Meet a Y Camp entrance-1192 166th Dr., Boone) (New location!) Let’s celebrate Y Camp’s 100 years in Boone County! We’ll play, follow directions, use a map, and find clues- all while touring scenic areas at Y Camp! Complete the hunt for entry into prize drawings! (All ages)

2PM- Outdoors at Ericson (Ericson Public Library, 702 Greene St., Boone) Come for story time and crafts inside the Ericson Courtyard (Free/ All ages)

3PM- Geocaching at Ledges (Meet at the Upper Picnic Area/ near campground entrance, 1515 P Ave., Madrid) Join Ledges naturalists for a modern-day treasure hunt! (Free/ all ages)

5PM- Gates Open! (Seven Oaks Recreation, 222nd Dr., Boone) ROCK OUT to Grand Funk Railroad’s 50th Anniversary ‘50 Years of Funk’ Tour with special guest, Blue Oyster Cult and local favorite, Justin Elliott Band. Tickets available online, at Seven Oaks or L&M Gas & Grocery in Boone, or at the gate.


8:45AM- Community-wide Worship Service & Pancake Feed (Goeppinger Field/ Boone HS football field, Boone) Inter-denominational outdoor community-wide church service with free pancake breakfast- thanks to Fareway Stores in Boone! (Free/ All ages)

10AM- Arts in the Park (Main Shelter, McHose Park, Boone) A community favorite! Join us for dozens of hand crafted art, craft & vintage items, the Market, plus free live music from 11-3pm with the Driscoll’s, Kid’s Corner with free books from Ericson Library, face painting and more. Food trucks and (new this year) the Garage Art car show. (Free entry/ All ages)

10AM- Garage Art Car Show (Main Shelter, McHose Park, Boone) Come see the best in the Midwest- and enjoy all free music, kids activities, the food options, and more since you’re right next to Arts in the Park! (Free entry/ All ages)

8:30PM- “The Ledges” documentary screening (Ledges State Park, outdoor amphitheater) Meet at the upper park entrance. Enjoy celebrating Ledges’ 100 years of history! (Free/ All ages)