August 3 - August 5, 2018

Iowa Irish Fest
Iowa Irish Fest Website


If you are an artist or have a band that would like to play at the Iowa Irish Fest, please submit your materials to [email protected] or mail the band/artist materials to:

Entertainment Committee
c/o Cedar Valley Irish Cultural Association
315 E. 5th Street
Waterloo, IA. 50703

If you send us materials or an EPK, we will acknowledge receipt of these, generally through an email confirmation. We start booking in September for the following year’s festival and try to complete our booking process by the end of March. If you have not heard from us by then, you can assume that we are not able to include you in our line-up.


The festival does not cover travel costs to and from Waterloo. These fees are part of the contract fee negotiations. Some bands, if they are touring, or if they get travel assistance from a government or other source, may improve their chances of being booked, but we cannot guarantee you a spot. Immigration, work permit and visa issues can be discussed with us on a case by case basis if necessary.

Please understand that Iowa Irish Fest receives many, many applications each year to perform at the festival. We book between 14-16 bands on average. We rarely book main stage acts that we are not familiar with or have not seen at concerts, other festivals, showcases and conferences, but there is always a chance that an unsolicited application will result in a booking. It is a privilege to work with so many talented artists, but a shame that we have to pass on so many others. We have a practice of rotating a portion of our bands in and out from year to year in order to make room for new talent for our attendees, so keep trying.