RiseFest is a family-friendly Christian music festival that takes place in Sheldon, IA over Father’s Day weekend every June. There is something for everyone at RiseFest! The 2017 festival will feature MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North and more! Get excited for next summer with this RiseFest 2016 with this recap video! 

Frequently Asked Questions

When does RiseFest start? Gates open Friday at 4:00PM, and Saturday at 11AM.
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.
What is seating like at the festival? People bring lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas.
Is there accessible parking and seating? Yes! We have a designated area near the front of the grounds for handicapped parking. There is also a raised deck that is connected to the handicapped parking, easily accessible by wheelchairs, and has a prime view of the main stage.
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. 
Do I have to pay for parking? No, parking is FREE!

Main Stage

Main Stage features the nation’s top Christian artists and thought provoking, challenging speakers. Lineup for 2017 coming soon. 


Seminars feature knowledgeable speakers that share on a variety of topics in a smaller, more intimate setting during Main Stage breaks. Speaker lineup for 2017 coming soon.

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, 12PM-5PM Saturday.

Tween Area

NEW in 2016! The Tween Area is for ages 11-13 and features games, other activities, and serves as a hangout for this cool crowd. Open 5-10:30PM Friday, 11AM-11PM 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 5-10:30PM Friday, 11AM-11PM 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 10’ x 10’. Porta-pots available.  Registration for camping in 2017 coming soon. 

Prime Tent

Looking for the ultimate RiseFest experience? The Prime Ticket is for you! This package includes GA RiseFest ticket, official RiseFest t-shirt, autograph fast-pass, 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.