GLOW  WILD  FAQ

 
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TICKETING

 

When will tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale January 15 at 6 a.m. Details here.

 

How much are tickets?

Tickets go on sale at glowwildiowa.com/tickets on January 15 at 6 a.m. for a less expensive rate or you can purchase tickets day of at the event. *Camping passes are not included within the ticket prices and must be purchased separately.

Presale
• Children (ages 3 - 17) | $5
• Adults (ages 18+) | $15
Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides | $28/person
1 Night Camping (limited number of sites) | $25 per Tent *All campers must purchase a Glow Wild ticket
*Each additional tent must purchase a camping pass*
Children 2 & Under are Free

At the Gate & Online after 4 p.m. [8/24/19]
• Children (ages 3 - 17) | $8
• Adults (ages 18+) | $20
Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides | $28/person

Buy tickets online or at the event entrance with cash/credit.
See our tickets page for more info.
For more information on festival camping click here

 

Cancellation & Refund Policy:
Polk County Conservation (PCC) reserves the right to cancel an event due to inclement weather or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If PCC cancels an event, participants will be offered a full refund. You will be notified that the event is canceled via e-mail. Your refund will be automatically credited to the same card used for purchase. Refunds should be received within 7-10 business days after the event has been canceled.

Refunds will not be available for participants who choose not to attend the event.

How do the Hot Air Balloon Rides work?

Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides are not included within the ticket prices and must be purchased separately. The option to purchase a ticket is included within ticket link. There are a limited number of rides throughout the evening. Each ticket is $28 per person with 3 slots per ride. Tickets are sold in hourly time blocks from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
*Please be present for the time block you purchase. If there are only 2 people in your party, you may be asked to share your ride.*

Balloon Ride Maximum Capacity:
*There is a 600 lb. weight limit per balloon ride. Please give this consideration when booking your reservation time. Families with more than 3 people may be able to fit more people in the basket as long as 600 lbs. isn't exceeded. No additional charges will be assessed beyond the 3-person per time slot maximum. For questions and concerns please call Polk County Conservation at 515.323.5363.

 

TRAVEL

 

Where is Glow Wild for 2019?
 

Glow Wild 2019 will be held at the Jester Park Nature Center on August 24 from 4 - 10 p.m. at:
12130 NW 128th St Granger, Iowa 50109.

Please follow the signs, as the main entrance to Jester Park will be closed. Event parking will be on the north end of the driving range. Shuttles will be provided to and from the event area. Overflow parking will be clearly marked.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Georgia Satellites are headlining with local Des Moines band, Suede as their opener. Suede will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. followed by the bonfire lighting at 7:45 p.m. The Georgia Satellites will take the stage at 8 p.m. Most activities will be over by 8 p.m. except for the climbing wall, giant yard games, tethered hot air balloon rides, and s’mores. The full event schedule can be found at glowildiowa.com/things-to-do

What is the event schedule?

 

There will be plenty of parking at the Glow Wild event site. Follow the signs, as parking will be on the north end of the driving range. ALL PARKING IS FREE. Shuttles to and from event parking is provided.

Handicap parking will be closer to the event site. Parking staff will direct drivers to the correct parking location.

Where do I park?

 

Do I need to bring cash?

All vendors are able to take both cash and debit/credit cards. There will be no ATM within the event area. You will only need money at the event to purchase band merchandise, Glow Wild t-shirts, food, drinks, and/or alcohol (s'mores and activities are free with admission with the exception of hot air balloon rides)

 

Camp chairs and blankets are encouraged at Glow Wild for viewing of the band and bonfire.

Can I bring a chair?

 

Please only bring empty water bottles into Glow Wild, as there will be water fountains that will allow you to fill up. Any water bottles that are full can either be emptied before entry or left in your car or campsite.

Can I bring water?

 
 

What happens if it rains?

 

We hope the weather will remain favorable for event goers, but Glow Wild will go on rain or shine. Refunds will not be available for participants who choose not to attend the event.

Polk County Conservation (PCC) reserves the right to cancel an event due to inclement weather or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If PCC cancels an event, participants will be offered a full refund. You will be notified that the event is canceled via e-mail. Your refund will be automatically credited to the same card used for purchase. Refunds should be received within 7-10 business days after the event has been canceled.


Can I bring a stroller?

Strollers are welcome within Glow Wild. Remember, children 2 & under are free.

 

Can I leave and come back? 

You will be given a hand stamp that will allow you to leave and come back to Glow Wild throughout the afternoon and evening if needed.

 
 

GLOW WILD RULES

 

What is/isn’t allowed in the event site?

Each person and their belongings are subject to search upon entry. Please view the list below to see what you can and cannot bring into the event site:

These items ARE allowed into Glow Wild:
•  YES Backpacks (may be subject to search)
• YES Point and Click Film and Digital Cameras
•  YES Water Bottles (empty)
•  YES Sunblock
•  YES Bug Spray
•  YES Blankets and Camp Chairs

These items ARE NOT allowed into Glow Wild:
•  NO Drugs
•  NO Knives or Weapons of Any Kind
•  NO Pets (Service Animals are Welcome)
•  NO Fireworks
•  NO Coolers
•  NO Outside Food or Beverage (except empty water bottles)


CAMPING FAQ

Is a camping pass per-person or per-tent?

Camping passes are valid per-tent. Each person staying in your tent will need to purchase a Glow Wild ticket to camp. You will be given a wristband and camping ticket to display on your tent upon check-in.

How many people are allowed per-tent?

The maximum number of people per tent is 6. Each person who will be staying in your tent is required to purchase a Glow Wild ticket to camp. You will be given a wristband and camping ticket to display on your tent upon check-in.

Will camping sell out?

There is a chance camping will sell out during the online pre-sale of tickets. If you are worried about tickets selling out, we recommend purchasing them shortly after they go on sale on January 15 at 8 a.m.

Can I buy a camping pass at the event?

If there are tickets available, yes! Note that there may be a price increase for tickets purchased the day of the event.

Do I need a camping pass to enter the camping area?

Yes, you will need to show your purchased online camping pass when first entering the campsite. Once you check in, you will be given a wrist band and camping ticket to put on your tent.

When can I check in/out to the camping area?

Camp Area #6 will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. All campers must check in with the Polk County Conservation staff member that will be located in the camp area from 1 - 8 p.m. Check out by noon on Sunday, August 25. All campers must get their event tickets scanned at the Glow Wild entrance once the shuttle drops you off.

Can I park my car next to my tent?

Due to safety concerns, cars will need to be parked in the designated area within the campground. It will be clearly marked.

Can I camp in my car?

Only tent camping is allowed within the campsite. Car camping in the parking lots or at the campsite area is prohibited. 

Will you have quiet camping?

While we cannot promise “quiet camping,” you can purchase a campsite in other places throughout Jester Park if they are available via mycountyparks.com. However, a shuttle is not provided from those campsites to the event site.

Will there be power?

Power will not be provided for individual camping spots. We suggest bringing headlamps or flashlights.

Will there be water?

Water services are not available in the campground. Please bring the water you might need for camping.

Will there be restrooms?

There will be portable toilets scattered throughout the camping area. Two hand washing units will be positioned in the campground.

Are there shower facilities?

Two shower houses are found within  Jester Park, but not in Camp Area #6. Campers may use these shower houses throughout the weekend.

Can I bring alcohol?

Alcohol is allowed at the camping area (no hard liquors). NO outside food or drink is allowed into the Glow Wild event site. All park rules apply. 

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Feel free to bring your own food and drink into the CAMP area. NO outside food or drink is allowed into the Glow Wild event site.

The following items are prohibited in the camping area:

• No tiki torches, fireworks or the like.
• No firearms are allowed in the camping area.
• No RVs in Tent Campground. The festival camp area is tent only camping.
• No Pets. We love our pets too, but please don’t bring your animals. Service animals are welcome.
• No Selling Items. No unlicensed vending or sponsor tents are allowed in our campgrounds.
• Quiet time in the campgrounds begins at 10:00 PM.
• All Polk County Conservation Park Rules apply.

Are firepits allowed?

There will be firepits scattered throughout the camp area that can be used on a first-come, first-served basis. You are welcome to have a campfire, as long as they are restricted to the designated areas.

Are kids allowed?

Yes! Kids are allowed in the camping area with a parent or guardian. *Please note that we cannot promise a family- friendly atmosphere at this camp area.

Are tents secured?

Polk County Conservation will not provide 24/7 onsite security, please do not leave valuables in tents. Polk County Conservation, the Great Outdoors Foundation, and Cumulus Media are not responsible for lost or stolen items. All camping attendees are subject to search upon entry.