The Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party will follow the current guidelines from state, county, and local health officials to provide a safe event for all attending on September 10 & 11, 2021. These are the health and safety measures in place as of June 15, 2021 and are subject to change.
These protocols are based on the local guidance we are experiencing right now. If any variables change and guidance from state, county, and local health departments are adjusted, we will reexamine the protocols.
For the most up to date guidance from the state of Minnesota, click the link below.
Q: Are there any COVID-19 restrictions?
Based on the local guidance we are experiencing right now, face masks are not required to be worn by fully vaccinated guests but are encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated. We recommend attendees follow the mask guidelines that apply to their individual health situation. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend the event.
These are the health and safety measures in place as of June 15, 2021 and are subject to change.
Q: Is it safe to buy tickets from a source other than Etix?
We strongly recommend against purchasing tickets from unauthorized third party sellers. Ticket selling scams on social media have increased over the past several years within the event industry, and when you purchase from a seller other than Etix, you run the risk that your ticket will not be valid when scanned at the entrance. Please be aware that we are not responsible for counterfeit tickets and if your ticket is not valid, you will not be permitted to enter the festival.
All 2020 tickets were refunded. There are no 2020 tickets that are valid for entry to the 2021 event.
Q: Will tickets be available at the gate?
Yes, all types of tickets will be available at the gate beginning at noon on Friday + Saturday, subject to availability. Gate ticket prices are $80 for single-night and $140 for two-day passes. Gate sales are cash and credit card only, and there are no fees for tickets bought at the gate.
Q: When do ticket prices increase?
General admission ticket prices increase at 12:01am on August 23, 2021 to $75 for single-day and $140 for two-day passes.
Q: Does everyone need a ticket to enter the grounds?
Everyone over 4 must have a ticket to enter the grounds. A children's ticket may be purchased by phone or at the gate for children 5-12. These tickets are only valid for general admission areas and will not allow the child access to the FanZone, VIP area or Skybox. A ticket of that type must be purchased for a child to enter the area. Children's tickets will be available at the gate even if adult tickets are sold out.
Q: What's the best option for transportation?
Rides are free on Metro Transit with a special code located in the directions section of this website in the weeks leading up to the event. We also encourage you to ride your bike! We will have bike racks available in the parking lot under the freeway, on 17th Street in front of The Basilica.
Q: Is there a good hotel nearby?
Yes! One of our great sponsors, The Hilton Minneapolis, or several other options in downtown Minneapolis.
Basilica Block Party goers can enjoy a discounted rate when booking at the Hilton here.
Q: What accessibility options are available?
We have seating areas for individuals who require accommodation and a clear view of both the AHA Sparkling Water Stage and the Great Clips Stage. Temporary pedestrian ramps are installed to make it easier to navigate the curb at the Great Clips Stage. There is parking in the MCTC ramp for those that need accessible parking. There will also be ADA portable restrooms around the grounds. These areas are marked on the map located at the food and beverage ticket tents. If you need assistance on the grounds, find a volunteer wearing a t-shirt that says "Safety". It is their job to assist you.
We encourage guests needing accommodation to purchase an ADA designated ticket to help us plan for the capacity needed.
Q: What time do the grounds open?
The party starts at 5pm sharp.
Q: What items are allowed into the grounds?
Items Allowed into Grounds
Items Not Allowed into Grounds
Q: Can I get in quicker if I don't bring a bag?
If you don't bring a bag at all, go through the express check-in "no bag" lines.
Q: How can I volunteer at the 2021 Basilica Block Party?
You can sign up to volunteer here:Sign up to Volunteer
Q: Are there ATMs on-site?
Yep, there are ATMs outside the gate, and in three locations on the grounds.
Q: Is there a spot where mothers can nurse?
Of course, we have an area where a mother can nurse her child, or pump. It is located in the Basilica School on 16th Street + and Laurel Avenue in the lower-level ADA restroom.
Q: If I leave, can I re-enter?
No, there is no readmission once you leave the grounds.
Q: What happens if it rains?
The show will go on, rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, information and instructions will be posted on our website, and through our social media accounts.
Q: How do I stay hydrated?
There will be free water refill stations located throughout the festival grounds. Bring a water bottle (non-glass) to fill up and stay hydrated.