Paint like it’s 1973!

Paint like it’s 1973!

Join us at the Sioux City Art Center this weekend for a FREE painting event.

On Sunday, June 28th, we will be painting recycled bikes, which will be used to decorate Sioux City during RAGBRAI.

The event goes from 1p – 4p, and the paint is supplied.

We hope to see you there!

RAGBRAI Paint Like It's 1973

Sioux City RAGBRAI Pre-ride to honor former bike club president

frank_bSioux City’s RAGBRAI® RIDE RIGHT committee will hold a pre-ride inspection of the official RAGBRAI route on Sunday, May 31, in honor of a local Sioux City man, Frank Brinkerhoff, who passed away on last year’s RAGBRAI ride near Mason City, Iowa.

The memorial ride will be led by Frank Brinkerhoff’s wife and daughter and will start at 7 a.m. at the boat ramp near the Hilton Garden Inn. The ride will end in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Transportation back from Storm Lake will be provided by the Mr. Cat’s team bus. The cost will be $10 and you must RSVP by calling Dick Billings at 712-239-0319 or by emailing The RIDE RIGHT committee conducts a pre-ride inspection of the RAGBRAI route each year to check for cracks, rough shoulders or anything else that might be dangerous to riders. Once the route has been inspected, the committee will note any potential hazards and alert the Department of Transportation to ensure any possible upgrades can be made in time for the event. This information also gets included in the Road Conditions Report that is sent to RAGBRAI.

George “Frank” Brinkerhoff was 74 when he passed away. He was an avid cyclist and enjoyed countless hours biking across the United States. Frank’s passion for cycling was evident as he was the president of Siouxland Cyclists, a cycling club founded in 1982, and promoted bicycling by giving bikes to children.

Huey Lewis, Collective Soul top RAGBRAI entertainment

Huey Lewis, Collective Soul top RAGBRAI entertainment

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 1.02.41 PMThere will be plenty to see and do the weekend that RAGBRAI shoves off from Sioux City. From music and local destinations, here’s a list of things to see and do.

Collective Soul: This legendary 90s rock band will perform Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City’s outdoor venue. The band, whose hits include “Shine,” “Heavy” and “Gel” brings an energy-filled set to the stage. Presented by our Welcoming Sponsor. Dishwalla opens. More info. 

Jimbo Mathis & the Tri-State Coalition: On Friday, July 17th, this Mississippi born and bred musician brings Southern blues, soul and roots music to the Fridays on the Promenade stage on historic 4th Street. Admission $3. More info. 

Huey Lewis and The News: These legendary musicians will be the featured entertainment on Saturday, July 18, in the Tyson Event Center parking lots. Huey and company have dozens of hits, and have sold an estimated 30 million records worldwide. More here.

Lawn chairs are permissible into the ticketed space. However, please note, most of the concert patrons will be standing, and seated patrons may have an obstructed view.

Second stage: A smaller stage at the Tyson Events Center parking lot will feature local and regional musicians throughout the day July 18. This event is free and the lineup is as follows:

1:00 p.m.  •  Garie Lewis
2:00 p.m.  •   Jill Miller & Kelli Glasgo
3:30 p.m.  •  King Eddie
5:00 p.m.  •  Paint Room
6:30 p.m.  •  Stockyard Kings
10:00 p.m.  •  John Roxborough

The Tyson Events Center parking lot will also be home to the RAGBRAI Expo from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 18th.  The Expo will include demo rides from some of the leaders in the cycling industry; the latest in gear, accessories and bike tourism from top manufacturers and businesses in the industry; and last minute bike repairs and equipment.

Other attractions: Sioux City has a number of attractions for visitors – from the Sioux City Art Center to the Public Museum and monuments. More here. 

Got an event to add to this list? Email us at

Huey Lewis and The News to Kickoff RAGBRAI in Sioux City

Huey Lewis and The News to Kickoff RAGBRAI in Sioux City


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The Sioux City RAGBRAI Committee announced that Huey Lewis and The News will be the featured entertainment on Saturday, July 18 in the Tyson Event Center parking lots, the day before the ride departs from Sioux City to Davenport.

RAGBRAI participants will be admitted free into the concert by showing their RAGBRAI wristbands. Guest tickets are on sale now for $20.

The Grammy Award-winning band is truly one of America’s great rock & roll bands. As they enter their 36th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling more than 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.

The group has written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square”, “Do You Believe In Love”, and “Workin’ For a Livin’”. The band also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love”, nominated for an Academy Award, went to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart, and was a smash hit worldwide.

Huey Lewis & The News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). The live show features their long time horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries: Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet), and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).

VIP tickets will be available to sponsors of the Sioux City RAGBRAI event, which includes this concert. Please contact Melissa Lanzourakis or call 712.224.6423 for details.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is Welcoming Sponsor

HRHS_SiouxCity_LogoHard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City has signed on as this year’s RAGBRAI® Welcoming Sponsor, the City’s Events & Facilities Department announced.

“The partnership between our team, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, is a natural fit for this year’s RAGBRAI Kick-Off Party,” said Erika Newton, Sioux City’s Events & Facilities Department Executive Director. “With the bulk of the activities concentrated at the Tyson Events Center, and neighboring Pearl Street, it makes sense to coordinate our activities as much as possible to provide attendees with a RAGBRAI send-off they won’t soon forget.”

“Being this year’s Welcoming Sponsor for RAGBRAI is so exciting for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City,” said General Manager Todd Moyer. “If there’s a weeklong party with great music, food, and friends kicking off in our town, of course we have to be a part of it. We want to make sure everyone has a great time while they’re here in Sioux City, and we couldn’t be more excited to join the party in this way.”

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City will present Collective Soul at their newly redeveloped outdoor Battery Park on Friday, July 17th, in an effort to draw more people to Sioux City a day early.

The Tyson Events Center will host the official RAGBRAI Kick-Off Party on Saturday, July 18, in the arena’s parking lots, culminating with a concert by the iconic Huey Lewis & The News. Tickets are on sale now at the Tyson Events Center Box Office, online at, or by calling 800-514-3849.

Tickets are $15 if purchased by Memorial Day, May 25, and $20 after that date.

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