Hinterland Music Festival 2017 Guide

Hinterland Music Festival
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Hinterland Music Festival is, as its name suggests, a rock and alternative music festival smack in the middle of rural Iowa. For those looking for some of the freshest sounds in the alternative and indie rock scene while enjoying nature in the center of the American heartland, this festival hits on all cylinders.

(Read: Hinterland Music Festival Pro Tips)

Hinterland Music Festival Dates and Location

Hinterland takes place in Saint Charles, Iowa Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Hinterland Music Festival
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Hinterland Music Festival Lineup

The Head and the Heart – Friday at 8:00 p.m.

alt J – Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Gary Clark Jr. – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Ryan Adams – Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

For the entire Hinterland 2017 Lineup, check out the festival’s official page.

Hinterland Music Festival Tickets

2 Day Festival Pass – $95

2 Day VIP Festival Pass -$259- Includes access to a special viewing area, five drink tickets, and complimentary appetizers (21+)

2 Day Saints Festival Pass -$599- Free drinks, reserved parking, three locally sourced organic meals, reserved prime location camping spot

Friday Single Day Pass – $49

Saturday Single Day Pass – $59

Hinterland Music Festival
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To check out camping and parking ticket options, see the festival’s ticket page.  

Getting to and From Hinterland Music Festival

Air – Des Moines International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the festival.

Car – The festival is right off I-35. It’s five hours from Chicago, just under three from Kansas City and just under four from Minneapolis.

Shuttle – Shuttles will run from the Southridge Mall in Des Moines. You can purchase your unlimited shuttle pass ahead of time online.  

Hinterland Music Festival
Photo by Jeremy Kim

Where to Stay for Hinterland Music Festival

Camping – Festival goers are encouraged to camp on the festival grounds. The festival ticket page has more information on camping options and prices.

If camping isn’t quite your scene, we’ve selected a few local accommodation options in nearby Des Moines that stand out.

Airbnb – If the name Peaceful Haven Bed and Breakfast doesn’t sell it, then the king-sized bed, hot tub, and included breakfast might. Although not technically a bed and breakfast this room is in a 5,000 square foot house in a quiet South Des Moines neighborhood. The hosts charge $85 per night.

Airbnb – This quiet, comfortable bedroom in West Des Moines is perfect for a couple or solo traveler seeking a quiet escape from the festival. With a solid five-star rating after more than 160 reviews and a nightly fee of just $44, this room is a sure go.  

Hotel – The Downtown Des Moines Embassy Suites is a great option for those not quite as comfortable in an  Airbnb. Rooms start at $189 per night.

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