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Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival FAQs

What time do the gates open and when does the music start?

GATES OPEN AT 11 AM  and the brews will be flowing. Blues kick off at 11:30. Kenny James Miller Band (11:30 am - 1:00pm); Too Slim and the Taildraggers (1:30 -3:00); Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys (3:30-5:00); Rick Estrin and the Nightcats (5:30-7:00).

Is this a 21 and over event? 

YES!  Photo ID IS REQUIRED. If you do not have ID we cannot let you in.

I’m old and I look old. Do I really need to bring ID?  YES!  Under Washington State Liquor Laws all attendees must have ID.


What can I/Should I bring to the Festival?

Low-profile chairs – NO TALLER THAN 26″ measured to the top of the back rest



Sunblock and a hat

An unquenchable thirst for good beer, wine and cider

Sense of humor and a love of music.

A generous attitude to help us raise money with token sales, food sales, raffle tickets and merchandise.

What CAN’T I bring into the festival?

No  outside alcohol.

No outside food

No cannabis.

No illegal substances.

No glass containers.

No shade umbrellas or shade tents

No fireworks.

No firearms.

No drones

No outside Food or Beverages

No Tall chairs or inflatable chairs.

No pets anywhere on the property (proper papers for service animals must be presented).

Will there be Food and what kind of food will be available?

Yes, food will be available for purchase. Cafe Pacific  and Pecos Pit will be providing great food options including gluten free options together with water and soda. The full menu will be posted prior to the event at Of course we will have beer, wine, cider, spirits, and water.

Can I bring in my own food and beverages?

No, in order to support our vendors we do not allow outside food and drink.  Since we do not allow outside food or beverages, please leave your coolers at home.

Where can I Park?

Free Parking will be available in the South and North lots of the Des Moines Marina. Street parking on 6th and 7th avenues is also available but is a longer walk. We will have a shuttle running from the South marina lot to the event entry. We also have a shuttle running on 6th and 7th avenues between 227th and 22nd. Shuttle pickup locations in the South marina, the corner of 6th and 223rd and at the Print Place parking lot at 22207 7th Ave. The shuttles will run from 10:30 am until 8:00 pm. Please note Parking in North Marina lot is limited by the Saturday Farmers Market until 2pm. Limited ADA parking at the beach park and along the east side of north marina lot.

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Is there a shuttle?

Yes, see answer and map above.

Is there seating? 

The event is held in the Des Moines Beach Park Meadow so you will want to bring your own seating.  Low back chairs (maximum height 26” and blankets are allowed).  If you bring a regular height or tall back chair you will be asked to sit on the perimeter so please be considerate of others and stay low....  Inflatable chairs, tents, awnings, couches, etc. are prohibited.


Is the event ADA Accessible? 

There are a limited number of disabled parking places at the entrance to the Des Moines Beach Park.  Those spaces are located about 50 yards along a paved path to the entrance to the front gate.  Once inside it is primarily a gras surface, there is a paved path along one edge inside the fenced area that leads to bathrooms and the food area but most of the festival area is on grass.  If the disabled parking is full then parking is in the Des Moines Marina which is ADA accessible but a longer trek to the festival 100-500 yards depending on parking availability.  Once inside we will allow for high backed chairs wheelchairs and seated walkers but simply ask that they locate on the edges of the seating area.

May I bring my Pet dog, cat, hamster etc.? 

NO. Due to the nature of the event and the size of the crowd, and our health permits, we do not allow pets except for properly certified service animals. A Service Animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability and does not include emotional support, comfort or companionship animals.  Service Animals must be housetrained and must be kept under control at all times while at the Festival. Service Animals exhibiting behavior that creates a risk to persons or property may be subject to removal.

What Do I Get With My Ticket?

Each ticket gets you access to 4 award winning blues performances and six beer tasting tokens.  Each token gets you one 4 oz taste.  Additional tokens cost $1.00.  We will also have wine, cider and cocktails.  We will be selling food, merchandise  and raffle tickets and will accept cash and credit cards.  Remember this is an ALL VOLUNTEER event and 100% of the net proceeds go back to serve the charitable projects of our Rotary club.

What are the bathroom facilities like?

We provide clean, sanitary and quite attractive portable restrooms to take care of all your needs.

Can I smoke?

The Poverty Bay Blues and Brews is a non-smoking venue. Smoking is not permitted inside the fenced area. You may exit and reenter as necessary and there is a nice beach where you can ponder life while smoking if you like.  Alcohol is NOT allowed outside the fenced area.

What happens if the weather is bad? 

The show must go on.  This is an outdoor event  and will be held RAIN or SHINE. Heck, this is the Pacific Northwest in August so good weather is planned but heck this is the Pacific Northwest in August and we can all handle inclement weather so please dress for the weather and have a good time. There is no covered seating.

Any final words of wisdom? 

Every guest is allowed to enjoy the festival in their own personal space by sitting or standing. So be cool and enjoy the day.  If you or someone that you witness is being harassed or anybody is acting inappropriately, please find a volunteer staff member to assist and address the situation.



PHOTO POLICY. By entering the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival, you understand that you may be photographed, filmed or videotaped, and you authorize the promoter the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of you and grant the perpetual right to take use your likeness, image, photo without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium.


OFFICIAL REFUND POLICY. The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park  not responsible for LOST or STOLEN tickets. Our official policy states that there will be NO REFUNDS for tickets. All sales are final. There will be no reissues for lost or stolen tickets. The Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival will take place rain or shine, and artists and times are subject to change without notice.

UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. These circumstances will not be grounds for a refund, including but not limited to the following: local or national weather conditions and natural disasters, waiting in lines, parking issues, road closures or traffic issues.

FESTIVAL TALENT. A ticket is for the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival, not a specific artist. Artists and schedules are subject to change without notice. Artist cancellation is not grounds for a refund.

GROUNDS FOR NO-ENTRY OR REMOVAL. The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park, Security and Event Staff have the right to refuse entry to any ticket holder or remove a ticket holder from the event, without a refund, for any reason at their discretion, including but not limited to: disorderly behavior, intoxication, venue capacity, breach of security restrictions.

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