Almost Friday Fest returns for third summer in Muscatine

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Since 2019, Almost Friday Fest has signaled the beginning of summer fun. On May 27, Almost Friday Fest will kick off with its first event of the season.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the first Almost Friday Fest will start out a little smaller, focusing mainly on free music from First Impression as well as drinks and food from a variety of different local vendors.

At the rest of the Almost Friday Fests for the year, attendees will have opportunities to participate in a wider variety of activities. Kids games will return. Beginning this year, Almost Friday Fest will partner with other local organizations to provide extra activities at many of their events. In June and July, Muscatine Power and Water and Musco will provide kids movie nights. In August, Almost Friday Fest will collaborate with the Duck Derby. In September, Almost Friday Fest will support Relay for Life as they host their first in person event since 2019.

For the first time ever, Almost Friday Fest will hold an Octoberfest on September 24 and 25. Working with Contrary Brewery, Almost Friday Fest looks forward to hosting its inaugural local beer festival. In the coming weeks, Almost Friday Fest’s organizers plan to announce more information about this event.

As people of all ages begin to make their summer plans, Almost Friday Fest organizers Brenda Christiansen and Chris Boar encourage you to mark your calendars and make a point of stopping out to Almost Friday Fest. “We are excited to have AFF back bigger and better this year,” enthused Boar. “We believe the Muscatine Community is ready to get back to normal activities and we are thrilled to offer this event for the summer.” An added benefit, all drink sales at Almost Friday Fest will go towards building a new community amphitheater on the riverfront.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer requiring vaccinated people to wear a mask or social distance in many situations, including at outdoor gatherings, Almost Friday Fest has updated its public health measures as well. At the May Almost Friday Fest, organizers still encourage social distancing and masking. At later events, these protocols will change. “With the changing CDC guidelines, we are leaving it up to attendees to make the choice on mask wearing,” Christiansen explained. “Since the event is outdoors, it is very easy to social distance yourself and act in a way that makes you comfortable.”