Go Cedar Rapids

The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.
~Oprah Winfrey

Concert Details     3-Day Festival Pass


Music starts at 6:30 each night and features:

Friday, August 3 in order of performance:
Radda Radda, The Wallflowers, Kelly Clarkson

Saturday, August 4 in order of performance: 
Marc Scibilia, Robert DeLong, Maroon 5


Concert Seating:

Concert Seating: 3-Day Passholders have a seat provided to them. Most other patrons are in general admission lawn sections (seating not provided). At the top of your ticket you will see which section you are seated in. Please note, if your ticket says “LAWN” you are in a general admission section. We understand there is a row and seat number printed, however this is just a method for Ticketmaster to inventory tickets. All lawn sections are general admission and you may bring in bagged (style) lawn chairs. Pit tickets are standing only, no chairs will be allowed.

Sections will be clearly marked and ushers will be available to help you find your way.


General Information

Parking: Parking is available at public lots and ramps. Additional parking is available on the street. Please check your parking space for any applicable fees or restricted access.


Off-Street Parking (ramps):

Convention Center Ramp: 301 1st Ave SE
Five Season Ramp: Corner of 4th St SE and 1st Ave SE
3rd Avenue Ramp
4th Ave Parking Ramp: 349 4th Ave SE
Ground Transportation Center Ramp: Corner of 4th Ave SE and 2nd St SE
Southside Ramp: Corner of 6th Ave SE and 2nd St SE
Lot 44: 8th Ave SE and 2nd St SE


Cost of Parking: All parking lots and ramps will have an event parking fee for the weekend. All locations except the Southside Ramp and Lot 44 will be $5. The Southside Ramp and Lot 44 will be $10.  Parking is paid per day however if you leave the location you will need to pay for re-entry.


Parking Times:  The lots will be open for the duration of the event and cars may park for a full day and overnight however the cars must be moved by 10:00am the next morning. Cars remaining in the lot past 10:00am the next morning will be receive a ticket.


ADA Parking: Additional ADA spaces have been added to Lot 44 to provide more accessible parking for the concert grounds. There is ample ADA parking within the rest of the Park CR system and both Park CR shuttles are ADA accessible.

Shuttles will be running from the downtown parking ramps to the concert venue starting Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. and will run from the concert venue to downtown following the concerts. All shuttles are free. See the Park CR newbo evolve shuttle map. newbo evolve will be running a shuttle from outside Theatre Cedar Rapids (Linge Lounge on the corner of 1st St and 3rd St) to the concert venue. 

Shuttle Stops:

  • Downtown: Theatre Cedar Rapids on the corner of 1st St and 3rd St
  • Evolve Lounge: Located at the corner of 16th Ave SE and 4th St SE
  • Concert Entry: West side of the Bridge of Lions
  • Cedar Rapids Marriott: 1200 Collins Rd NE
  • Ramada: 525 33rd Ave SW


Festival Map: View here


Lockers: Lockers are located on the corner of 12th Ave SE and 2nd St SE to provide location for items you need to store while in the concert grounds. It might be items you can’t take into the concert grounds or shopping bags from a day of exploring the district.  This locker location provides an easily accessible way to securely store your items. An attendant will be on hand to help you secure your locker. Lockers cost $5 a day and we ask that you collect your belongings at the end of the night. Items left overnight will be charged for another day of storage. Items are subject to a search prior to being placed in the locker. A cell phone charging station is also available at this location.


Charging Stations:  Four charging stations are available in the festival footprint for your use.

Alliant Energy is providing a charging station in the evolve lounge and near the food vendors in the concert grounds.

Mediacom is providing a charging station for 3-day passholders at Kickstand.

An additional charging station is available at the lockers on 12th Ave SE and 2nd St SE.


Alcohol at newbo evolve: Alcohol (beer, liquor and wine) are served at several locations within the festival footprint and in surrounding neighborhood restaurants and bars. Cups are available for purchase and allow you to carry your beer and wine from the restaurant/bar and into the street.  Wristbands are provided at an ID check station and at the bar when you purchase a cup. Wristbands must be worn when consuming within the festival footprint. Cups can be purchased from the evolve lounge bars and participating restaurants including:

Fong’s Pizza
The Pig & Porter
Parlor City
Little Bohemia


evolve Lounge: Open to the public! Food, drink and entertainment will fill the space located on 3rd St SE between 12th Ave and 16th Ave. The evolve lounge provides a gathering place for everyone to take a break from the busy day, enjoy a cold drink and  connect with friends.  Although open to the public, some portions of the evolve lounge will be exclusive to passholders. 

National award-winning distillery, Cedar Ridge, encourages everyone to explore whiskey at their newbo evolve pop-up. The Cedar Ridge pop-up will take over Golden Hammer Collision Center's. Everyone is invited to visit the pop-up, where cocktails, wine and Cedar Ridge's full range of spirits will be available for purchase. Take advantage of newbo evolve's open container policy by ordering your cocktail to go. 
The surrounding area will feature live music, public art, gardens, food vendors and more. 
 Hours of the evolve lounge:
                Friday: 3:00 pm – 2:00 am
                Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
                Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm


Experience the Neighborhood: Take time to explore the New Bohemia and Czech Village district. You’ll find a variety of stores and dining options! Many stores are providing extended hours, programming or specials. 


Retail Delivery by Chomp: We understand you may not want to carry your shopping bags and wont’ have time to take them to your car or hotel. Chomp will be providing a delivery service at participating retailers. Purchase your items, leave them at the store and Chomp will deliver them to your home the next day (only available in Linn and Johnson Counties).  Deliveries to your hotel may be made depending on check out day and time.  Ask your store if they participate and let Chomp take care of getting your items home.


Concert Information

Concert Security: All attendees will be required to pass through security and mags prior to entry into the concert at one of three entry points.

2nd St SE: Just above 16th Ave SE across from Kickstand is the second entry point to the concert. Merchandise, vendor tents, and Z 102.9 will be here! 

Bridge of Lions: entry from Czech Village is available on the bridge leading directly to the concert grounds.

Passholder Only Entrance: 3-Day passholders will have shorter lines and exclusive access to the security entrance on 16th Ave SE leading into Kickstand. Kickstand will be a passholder exclusive lounge until 9:00 pm.             

All bags and purses will be searched on entry. Security and concert doors open at 5:00 pm both nights. Firearms, backpacks, food and drink, and blankets are not allowed. View a full list of restricted items here.


Re-entry:  On Friday and Saturday, after entering the concert grounds, you will not be provided re-entry if you leave. 


Concert Seating: 3-Day Passholders have a seat provided to them. Most other patrons are in general admission lawn sections (seating not provided). At the top of your ticket you will see which section you are seated in. Please note, if your ticket says “LAWN” you are in a general admission section. We understand there is a row and seat number printed, however this is just a method for Ticketmaster to inventory tickets. All lawn sections are general admission and you may bring in bagged (style) lawn chairs. Pit tickets are standing only, no chairs will be allowed.

Sections will be clearly marked and ushers will be available to help you find your way.


Ticket Purchase: 3-Day passes will be available for purchase online until August 3rd at 7:00pm and on site until 3:00pm on August 3rd.   Concert tickets will be available for purchase online until 7:00pm the day of the concert and are available at the door on 2nd St SE. Upgrade your concert ticket to a 3-day pass at the US Ceullular Box Office on Friday to gain access to the full newbo evolve experience.


Food & Drink: No outside food or drink are allowed on the concert grounds.

We are thrilled to partner with Coca Cola and Miller Coors to provide your drink options for the evening. There are four drink locations: one on each side of the audience towards the back, and one located at the end of the street. The fourth bar is placed in the reserved seating area and is accessible only to 3-Day passholders.

A variety of food vendors will be on-site to provide dinner and snack options. Dinner options will be located in the clearing beside the stage and additional vendors will be spread throughout the grounds. Vendors include:

                Kona Ice
                Pepe Ice Cream
                Almost Famous Popcorn
                O’s Grill
                Third Generation Cotton Candy

Cash or Card? All locations within the newbo evolve footprint accept cash and credit card payments. Each bar on the concert grounds will have designated cash lines and designated credit card only lines. ATM’s will be available at various locations.


Merchandise: A limited quantity of merchandise items for Maroon 5 will be sold. There are two locations to purchase Maroon 5 merchandise:

  • 2nd St SE before security
  • Within the concert grounds just past the entrance.

newbo evolve merchandise will be available at the Pop-Up Shops at Town Centre, 221 3rd Ave SE on Saturday 7:30am – 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.


3-Day Festival Pass Holder Specific Information

Registration: You’ve received your ticket to newbo evolve but to access everything at the festival you will need to receive your credentials at registration. Bring your 3-Day Pass ticket to registration and exchange it for your badge and lanyard. This badge will give you access to all the perks of being a 3-Day pass holder.

Registration Schedule:

Thursday – 12pm – 6pm @ Convention Center

Friday – 8am – 5pm @ Convention Center

                10am – 11:30am @ Library

Saturday – 7:30am – 5pm @ Convention Center

Sunday – 11am – 7pm @ evolve lounge

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Credentials: Your credentials will be required to enter all sessions and passholder exclusive areas. There are two levels of passholder access, gold and blue. Gold access participants receive early entry to all sessions therefore getting their choice of seat.


Attending a Session: Sessions are only available to pass holders and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Not all sessions have seating available for the full amount of passes that have been sold. At every door to sessions, you will be required to show and scan your credential with the door staff before entering the room. Following each session, we ask that attendees exit the room to allow staff reset the room for the next session.


Food & Drink: Although food and drink are permitted within the rooms themselves, we ask that you limit your food consumption during the session and be considerate of those around you.

There are many restaurants surrounding the Convention Complex, including a grab and go spot across the street at Theatre Cedar Rapids' Linge Lounge featuring items from The Early Bird, open Friday from 10-4, and Saturday from 7-630.


Phone Use: The sounds of a cell phone (or any electronic) can be distracting to everyone so we ask that you silence your devices and refrain from taking any calls during the session.


Photo/Video of Sessions: No video and extremely limited photos of sessions will be allowed. newbo evolve staff will be professionally photographing and recording the sessions. Follow our social media @newboevolve for images to share.

*Absolutely NO photos or video will be allowed during the John Waters performance. Ushers will be monitoring this session closely.


Festival Overview

ABOUT newbo evolve™

newbo evolve (yes, all lowercase!) is an annual celebration of the bohemian creative spirit. Learn more about the origins of newbo evolve.
newbo evolve attendees will be able to participate and learn in a variety of topics from fashion and design to technology and culinary arts, and much more through dozens of keynotes, activities, sessions, keynotes, exhibits and experiences. newbo evolve is a program of GO Cedar Rapids.


Three-day festival passes and general admission concert tickets are available here, at the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Passes sold may equal a greater number of people than the seating capacity in some venues. Seats for any session will be filled on a first-come basis, but multiple sessions will be running at any one time and some popular sessions are expected to be repeated. The aim is to strike a balance between making sure sessions are full to encourage the return of our experts and celebrities while ensuring passholders are able to attend the sessions they are most interested in.
There will be no ala carte newbo evolve passes sold.


Cedar Rapids, Iowa is located off I-380, just 20 minutes north of I-80 in east/central Iowa. For flight information visit The Eastern Iowa Airport.

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