Since 1963, Burlington Steamboat Days has played host to some of the finest entertainers in the U.S. Burlington Steamboat Days is the most prominent annual festival in Burlington and the surrounding area entertaining a widely diverse audience in the Greater Burlington community for the last 50 years. We have seen entertainers such as Louie Armstrong in 1964 (our first big entertainer on stage) and Buck Owen in 1966 rocking the early days. We broke a record for the worlds longest conga line with Miami Sound Machine in 1986, we did “The Twist” with Chubby Checker in 1990, “Riding the Storm Out” with REO Speedwagon in 1993 and singing “Daydream Believer” while the Monkees rocked the stage. Recent acts within the last few years include Poison, Sugarland, ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and many, many others! We also have a carnival midway with over 25 rides presented and many carnival games you can step up and play.
Sponsored by: Fleck Sales, AFLAC - Dan Hardy8 AM Shotgun Start
Sponsored by Two Rivers, Farmer's Savings Bank
Miller Time Outdoor Stage
Fireworks following conclusion of Main Stage
Adults - ages 13+, Youth - ages 8-12, ages 7 & under are free general admission
|Ticket Type||Nov. 21-Dec. 31||Jan. 1-June 15||June 16-21|
|Adult 6-day Tickets||$55||$60||$65|
|Adult Single Night Tickets (may be used any one night)||$45||$45||$45|
|Youth 6-day Tickets||$18||$18||$21|
|VIP Package-Adult (price includes 6-day ADULT Ticket)||$155||$160||$165|
|VIP Package-Youth (price includes 6-day YOUTH Ticket)||$118||$118||$121|
|Carnival Wristbands (available for purchase inside carnival)||N/A||N/A||$25|
|Burlington Ticket Outlet||Address|
|Steamboat Days Office||200 Front St., Suite 110|
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Frequently Asked Questions:
TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE - No Exceptions! The event will go on rain or shine. Burlington Steamboat Days has non-refundable contracts with artists who get paid even if Mother Nature fails to cooperate. This event has been held outdoors on the riverfront for more than 50 years at the mercy of Mother Nature, and has only had one event interrupted due to flooding. Alternative sites have been evaluated and determined unfeasible for relocation, should we encounter bad weather.
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.
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 6-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. By 4pm each day, grounds will be cleared, and at 5pm grounds will reopen and tickets will be required to enter the gates for the evening’s entertainment. VIP section opens at 7pm.
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.
*Re-Entrance: You must receive a hand stamp upon leaving the grounds after 5pm 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. Please do not ask. IF Meet & Greet passes are available for artists (often they are not) they can be obtained through these methods:
1. Special Steamboat Days Event Parties
2. Radio or Website Contests (Steamboat Days, Artist, or 3rd Party Promoter sites)
3. Artist’s website. Sometimes Meet & Greet promotions are available through artists’ fan clubs.
Greater Burlington Area
Burlington Steamboat Days main office is located in the Memorial Auditorium in suite #110
Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm, closed noon to 1 pm.
200 N Front Street
Burlington, IA 52601
PO Box 271
Burlington, IA 52601
Phone (319) 754-4334
Fax (319) 752-1299