Area music lovers know exactly what time it is.
It's time to lock down their plans to attend the annual Waukesha BluesFest, the two-day music festival at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield. The festival, put on by the Waukesha Rotary Club, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
The 2016 BluesFest begins, rain or shine, at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, and includes seven musical acts each day that wrap up around 10:30 p.m. In addition to providing music from an array of genres, the event also features a juried mixed media art competition – which features the work of artists with galleries in downtown Waukesha – and a selection of food from popular local restaurants.
Gates open at 12:30 p.m. each day.
Advance BluesFest tickets are on sale now through Aug. 11 at slightly discounted rates, according to a news release. Tickets cost $17 for one-day admission and $29 for two-day admission passes. Prices at the festival gate will be $22 for a one-day ticket and $39 for a two-day ticket. Parking and sales tax are included in those prices.
Children age 8 and younger can enter the festival for free with a paying adult.
Tickets are available on-line at www.waukeshabluesfest.com, and in person through Aug. 11 at the Almont Gallery in downtown Waukesha, 324 W. Main St, all Waukesha State Bank locations and all White House of Music locations, and at the gate during the festival.
BluesFest is held under a large festival tent, and there will be ample seating available. Festival attendees can bring a foldout chair or blanket if they would like sit outside of the tent, but attendees are not permitted to bring in carry-in food or beverages, coolers, backpacks, pets, weapons, flash cameras, audio or video recording devices.
Anyone looking for more information about the festival, or a more detailed rundown of the musical lineups, should visit the event's website or call 800-366-1961.