Frequently Asked Questions

Concerning RiseFest 2020 and COVID-19

RISE Ministries has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic both nationally and regionally. We continue to pray for those who are touched by this disease and our entire population that are dealing with the many changes in their day to day life. 

After much deliberation and communication between all parties involved, the entire RiseFest team is committed to making the festival happen in 2020. With all things considered we feel it is in the best interest of the festival to move the date from June to Labor Day weekend and have the festival take place September 4th and 5th. 




How much are tickets? 
Ticket prices change throughout the year, depending on the current special. The earlier you buy, the more you save. Kids under 10 are FREE. Visit our ticket page to see the current specials. Tickets can purchased online and at the gate.

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What is the address for the RiseFest grounds? 
3149 Nest Ave, Sheldon, IA 51201

When does RiseFest start? 
Gates open Friday at 3:00PM and Saturday at 11:00AM. 

Can I bring food and water 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. 

What is seating like at the festival?
RiseFest is in an alfalfa field. Attendees may bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and shade tents.

Can I bring pets?
Pets are not allowed inside the main gates. Campers may take 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. 


Our weather policy goes as follows:

Sunshine: It's 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 for changes in our water policy.


Will there be ADA parking? 
Yes, we have ADA parking next to the ADA platform but it’s 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.


General Admission 
Your GA ticket is good for the whole weekend! It allow you access to the main festival grounds.

Prime Tickets 
Prime tickets include wristband includes an official RiseFest T-shirt, access to the Prime Tent all weekend long. Enjoy snacks, water, pop, activities and more.

Sponsor Wristbands 
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. 


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!


Will water and food be available during my shift?  
No, please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.  Also, there are food vendors on the grounds to purchase food.

I want to volunteer, what do I do? 
Volunteering opens May 1. By volunteering 4 hours of your time, you will receive a volunteer t-shirt and festival ticket when you show up at the volunteer meeting on Thursday before the festival, September 3. Volunteers must be signed up by Monday, August 3rd to guarantee a t-shirt. Volunteer sign up will close at 11:30pm on Monday, August 17th.

How long is my shift?
If you are willing to give us 4 hours, we will give you a free ticket (good for the whole weekend) and a T-shirt.

What Will I Find At RiseFest?

Main Stage 
Main Stage features the nation’s top Christian artists and thought-provoking, challenging speakers. Stay tuned for the 2020 lineup! 

Seminars feature knowledgeable speakers that share on a variety of topics in a smaller, more intimate setting during Main Stage breaks.

Kids Zone 
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-5PM Saturday.

Tween Area 
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 
The Youth Area is designed with high schoolers in mind. A trendy seating area, games, and other activities make this area perfect for high schoolers who want to do their own thing. Open 5-9PM Friday, 11AM-9PM Saturday.

Merchandise Tent 
The Merch Tent features artist merchandise and a variety of other vendors. Make sure you stop and get something to remember RiseFest by!

Food Vendors 
Feeling hungry? Our food vendors offer a variety of options to satisfy any craving!

Spend the weekend with us! Pitch a tent or pull your camper and make RiseFest your home for the weekend. Space is limited, purchase your camping site today! Tent sites are approximately 20’ x 20’. Porta-pots available. NEW - Shower trailer added for onsite showering!

Prime Tent 
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! 

Prayer Tent 
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.