Frequently Asked Questions
When is RiseFest?
June 9-10, 2023
How much are tickets?
Ticket prices change throughout the year, depending on the current special. (Ticket prices coming soon.) The earlier you buy, the more you save. Kids under 10 are FREE.
Early Bird Special | Fall 2022 - April 2023
May Special | May 1-31, 2023
June | No Specials
Kids 10 and under are FREE | Tickets can purchased online and at the gate.
What is the address for the RiseFest grounds?
112 Country Club Road, Sheldon, IA 51201
When does RiseFest start?
FRIDAY - Gates open at 3:30PM | First band 4:15PM | Music ends 10:30PM
SATURDAY - Gates open at 11:00AM | First band 12:00PM | Festival ends 10:30PM
Can I bring FOOD onto the grounds?
No, there are vendors on the grounds who will provide food and beverages. You are allowed to keep coolers in your car, but you may not bring any outside food or beverages with you past the main gates. Absolutely no alcohol is allowed on the festival grounds, parking lot, or camping area.
Can I bring WATER onto the grounds?
No, there are vendors on the grounds who will provide beverages. You are allowed to keep coolers in your car, but you may not bring any outside food or beverages with you past the main gates. Absolutely no alcohol is allowed on the festival grounds, parking lot, or camping area. Please note: if there is extreme heat, check your inbox and watch social media for updates on our water policy.
What is seating like at the festival?
RiseFest is an outdoor festival. Attendees may bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and shade tents (for designated areas). Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please note: All items left on the grounds Friday night will be taken to the Information Booth.
Can I bring pets?
Pets are not allowed inside the main gates. Campers may have pets, but must leave them in the camping area.
Are we allowed to make fires while camping?
Fires are only allowed if the city gives permission. If they say yes, your fire must be in a fire ring, off the ground.
What Will I Find At RiseFest?
Main Stage features the nation’s top Christian music artists and speakers.
Seminars feature engaging speakers that share on a variety of topics in a smaller, more intimate setting during Main Stage breaks.
Kids Zone | 10 and under
Kids 10 and under get in FREE at RiseFest. Kids Zone is an area dedicated to this age group and features interactive games, activities, and inflatables. All activities are free with the exception of a small face painting fee. Open 5-7 PM Friday, 11AM-5 PM Saturday.
Tween Area | Middle School
The Tween Area is for ages 11-13 and features games, other activities, and serves as a hangout for this cool crowd. Open 5-9PM Friday, 11AM-9PM Saturday.
Youth Area | High School
The Youth Area is designed with high schoolers in mind. A trendy seating area, games, rock climbing wall sponsored by the National Guard, and other activities make this area perfect for high schoolers who want to do their own thing. Open 5-9PM Friday, 11AM-9PM Saturday.
The Merch Tent features artist merchandise and a variety of other vendors. Make sure you stop and get something to remember RiseFest by!
Feeling hungry? Our food vendors offer a variety of options to satisfy any craving!
Spend the weekend with us! We offer four options - Tent Camping, Electric Camping, Deluxe Camping, and Premier Camping (NEW!). Learn more HERE. Space is limited, purchase your camping site today! Porta-pots available. Shower trailer is available to campers for onsite showering.
Looking for the ultimate RiseFest experience? The Prime Ticket is for you! This package includes GA RiseFest ticket, official RiseFest t-shirt, and access to the Prime Tent that features special seating and snacks!
The Prayer Tent is an area specially designed for people who need to be prayed with or are seeking a quiet place to be with God. There are volunteers willing to listen and pray as well as free Bibles and other resources available.
Our weather policy goes as follows:
Sunshine: Its what we all pray for! Wear sunscreen and stay hydrated.
Rain: RiseFest will go on. Bring umbrellas, ponchos, rain boots etc. If the rain gets too heavy, RiseFest will pause for a short rain delay.
Lightning: For your safety, we will have to pause for a storm delay. Please exit orderly to your cars, and wait for RiseFest to resume. Please watch our social media for updates.
Extreme Heat: Please watch our social media for updates and changes in our water policy.
Will there be ADA parking?
Yes, we have ADA parking next to the ADA platform. You must have an accessible parking pass and it's on a first come, first served basis. If you are using a wheelchair or scooter we highly recommend parking in this area. There will be additional ADA parking upfront near the main gates.
Will there be wheelchair accessible bathrooms?
Yes, there are accessible bathrooms right near the accessible seating area. There will also be accessible bathrooms throughout the festival grounds. They are marked on the map.
Will there be ADA viewing platforms?
Yes, we have a covered deck for better viewing. There is a sidewalk and ramp to get onto the deck.
What other ADA services might be available?
We provide runners for you. If you need assistance getting from your vehicle to the main stage area we have phone numbers for you to call and someone will come and pick you up. The phone numbers will be on the jumbotron screens, in our festival guide and at the main gates.
Your GA ticket wristband is good for the whole weekend! It allow you access to the main festival grounds.
Prime tickets wristband includes an official RiseFest T-shirt, access to the Prime Tent all weekend long. Enjoy snacks, water, pop, activities and more.
Sponsor wristbands are good for the whole weekend. They allow you access to the main festival grounds, and designated sponsor eating and viewing areas backstage.
Kids 10 and under
Kids 10 and under get in FREE all weekend long.
When can I check in to my camping spot?
Camping areas will begin checking in campers on Friday, June 9 at 10:00 AM-8:00PM, Saturday June 10 at 9AM-12PM.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to check in, you must have your confirmation number with you or know the name the site was registered under.
If you check-in before Friday evening festival activities begin, we strongly encourage you to stay in the campground area. For your safety and for the ease of festival set up, please remain in the campground until the grounds open.
When do I need to check out?
Camping areas will close Sunday, June 12 at noon.
Are showers available?
A shower trailer will be available on the grounds. Showers are still available at the OUTDOOR Sheldon pool for free. The indoor pool in the Holiday Inn Express is available for general public use for $5.
Can I bring my pet?
Pets are allowed in the electric campground only, not tenting. Please be courteous to your fellow campers and clean up after them. Pets are NOT allowed on the festival grounds.
Can I bring food, water, and/or a cooler on to the festival grounds?
Please keep all personal food items and coolers at your campsite. Per our agreement with food vendors, these items will NOT be allowed at any other areas of the festival grounds.
Where is parking?
Parking is on the festival grounds. We have extended our parking to the west. Additional parking is located across the street at our friends, O’Brien County Implement.
Is there charter bus parking?
Yes, you will be able to park your bus on a hard surface across the street at our friends business, O’Brien County Implement.
Do I have to pay for parking?
No, parking is FREE!
I want to volunteer, what do I do?
Volunteering opens Spring 2023. By volunteering 4 hours of your time, you will receive a volunteer t-shirt and festival ticket when you attend the volunteer meeting on Thursday before the festival. Volunteers must be signed up mid-May to guarantee a t-shirt.
How long is my shift?
If you volunteer 4 hours, we will give you a free ticket (good for the whole weekend) and a T-shirt.
What if I can't make it to the volunteer meeting?
If you cannot make it to the meeting, check in at the Main Gate Friday from 3-8pm or Saturday from 9am-7pm to pick up your ticket and t-shirt. If your volunteer shift falls outside of those hours, your area lead will have your t-shirt and your ticket.
Where can I pick up my t-shirt and/or ticket?
Your t-shirt can be picked up on Thursday at the volunteer meeting or at the Main Gate on Friday from 3pm-8pm or Saturday from 9am-7pm. If your volunteer shift falls outside of those hours, your area lead will have your t-shirt and your ticket.
If I'm not volunteering until Saturday, can I pick up my ticket early and use it on Friday?
Yes, your ticket is good for both days regardless of when your shift is. Just check in at the Main Gate on Friday from 3pm-8pm or Saturday from 9am-7pm to pick up your ticket and t-shirt.
Is camping available at a discount for volunteers?
There are no discounts available for camping.
Will there be water available to volunteers?
Yes. During your shift, your area lead will have bottles of water available for you. There are also food vendors on the grounds to purchase food.
How old do you need to be to volunteer?
Each area is different. We ask that all volunteers be 16 or older in most areas. Some areas have requirements of 18 and older (those areas/tickets have the requirements in their ticket description). We do make some exceptions in areas where we can, but the area lead must approve those exceptions.
What if I want to volunteer with my friend? Can we sign up together?
Absolutely! Volunteering is always more fun with a friend! Just sign up for the same area/time and put a note in the comments that you would like to work with your friend. All area leads work hard to ensure you can work together.
What if I can no longer volunteer?
We know that life happens and things come up. If you are no longer able to volunteer, we ask that you cancel your ticket or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know you have a conflict. This will open up your volunteer spot for someone else to fill.
If you have any additional questions, please email email@example.com.