Since 1996, Nitefall on the River has been rocking the river with well-crafted beats, dynamic views of the city and ice-cold beverages.
Nitefall is a summertime tradition for my husband, friends and I. We’ve been to a dozen or more Nitefall shows, and here’s some inside information that I’ve found helpful over the years.
I highly recommend grabbing your tickets at Wooly’s (504 E. Locust St.) to avoid service fees! Wooly’s sells the Nitefall tickets Monday – Friday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Cash only, so stop by the ATM first!) If you can’t make it to Wooly’s, you can always purchase your tickets online at http://ticketfly.com.
Food and Drink:
You can’t bring outside food or beverages into the concert, but I recommend trying out one of the local restaurants in the East Village before the show. A couple of my favorites include: The Continental, Lucca, New World Cafe, Alba, Zombie Burger and Olympic Flame.
If you don’t have the time to eat before the show – no worries! Food and beverages are available for purchase – alcoholic drinks are $6 (Fat Tire, Somersault, Ranger IPA, Shift, Coors Light, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay), pop and water are $2, and the food options vary between $3-$8. (Make sure you bring cash for food.)
Bike to the Show…FREE Beer:
There is free, monitored bicycle parking at Nitefall. Plus, if you bike to the event and park inside you get a free can of Fat Tire for participating. Get your free beer by asking about it at the front gate upon arrival.
2014 Nitefall on the River – Concert Lineup (Remaining dates!):
- Friday, July 18 – Matt Nathanson with Andrew McMahon
- Thursday, July 24 – Umprhey’s McGee
- Friday, July 25 – Sister Hazel
- Tuesday, July 29 – Fitz & The Tantrums
- Sunday, August, 3 – John Butler Trio
- Sunday, August 10 – Ingrid Michaelson
- Saturday, August 23 – Atmosphere
- Wednesday, August 27 – Honda Civic Tour featuring Grouplove and Portugal the Man
- Thursday, September 18 – Trampled by Turtles
Each time I’ve attend a Nitefall concert, I sit along the river bank starring at the Des Moines skyline, tapping my toes to the music and I can’t help but think to myself, “Wow, this is really the epitome of a perfect summer evening in Des Moines.”