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Due to the recent Missouri River flooding, the current condition of the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, and this summer’s projected Missouri River levels, officials from the City of Council Bluffs and the Iowa West Foundation have canceled Loessfest 2019.

Park Rules and Regulations

Will food and soft drinks be available for purchase?

Yes! We will offer a variety of concessions in our large outdoor food court located adjacent to the Great Lawn. Soft drinks and water will also be available.

We committed to making Loessfest events free. You can help us defer the event’s costs by patronizing our food court and concession sale areas. Since the revenue from our park concessionaires helps defer the event costs, please consider patronizing them.

Can I bring in a cooler or other type of container with my own food and beverages?

Food and soft drinks – yes, for most events; alcohol – no. Alcohol may not be brought into the park.

So, what about alcohol?

Beer and wine may be available for sale in the park for certain events. You may not bring any type of alcohol into the park.

Coolers and large containers will be searched at the park’s entrance. If alcohol is found, you will be required to return it to your vehicle or it will be confiscated – so please, just don’t bring it in.

The City of Council Bluffs and our Loessfest sponsors work hard to offer first-class, family-oriented entertainment to celebrate our community.

Concert Rules and Regulations

Are tickets required to go to any of the events?

No. Admission to Loessfest events is free, and seating on the Great Lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

What can I bring to sit on?

Blankets and lawn chairs are okay. However, no tents, awnings or lawn chairs with shade awning are allowed. We want everyone to have the best, unrestricted view possible! Plastic sheets, tarps and other similar items do not qualify as blankets.

If it has rained within the last 24 hours, the Great Lawn may still be wet in spots and chairs are advisable.

How many and what size of blankets are permitted?

Help us give everyone a fair chance to enjoy a spot on the Great Lawn. Put down only the size and number of blankets that you absolutely need.

When can I put down my blanket?

Lawn chairs and blankets may be placed on the Great Lawn beginning at 4pm on Saturday for the concert. Any items placed there before will be removed.

Can I stake down my blanket? Can I leave coolers and other items on my blanket?

You cannot drive stakes into the ground. If you want to leave a cooler or bag on your blanket, you may do so at your own risk. There is no security for the blankets or items in the park so consider this carefully.

Do I have to stay in the park once I have my spot?

To ensure your spot is there for the concert, you should stay in the park. Blankets and chairs could blow or be moved by others. We will also be setting up the concert and may need to remove blankets in that process.

When do I have to remove my blanket or chair?

You must take them with you after the concert. The park is completely lit so picking up your site is easy.

What happens to my stuff if it is removed?

It is impossible for us to be responsible for any items left in the park or removed for concert setup, as well as those not meeting requirements. They will be removed and will not be stored for retrieval.

What about banners or signs?

Generally, anything that sticks up in the air will not be allowed. Remember, please be mindful of others’ view of the stage.

Can I bring my pet(s)?

Well-behaved dogs on a short leash are permitted, but it is not recommended that you bring them.

Will events be held if there is rain or severe weather?

Every effort will be made for events to run as scheduled, or after a rain delay if necessary. Updates will be posted on this website and on Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park’s Facebook page and the Loessfest Twitter account.

In the case of severe weather conditions, to protect the safety of the public performers and staff, the Council Bluffs Fire and Police Departments may recommend canceling the event. Attendees will be advised to take action accordingly.

If an event is cancelled due to inclement weather, will it be rescheduled?

Unfortunately, many events will not be rescheduled for a later date if they are cancelled due to weather, especially those dealing with national acts on tour. If at all possible, however, some events may be rescheduled.

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Photograph of Tom Hananfan River's Edge Park