Despite the state's large expanses of rural land, Iowa is home to plenty of attractions for people seeking urban adventure and experiences. During the year, Iowa residents and tourists enjoy a robust repertoire of seasonal festivals, theater productions, special events and much more. Visitors can also take advantage of the state's numerous outdoor destinations to see Iowa's natural beauty.
- Name of location Mason City, IA
Considered the largest competition of its kind in the Midwest, the festival offers family entertainment as numerous bands compete during an annual May weekend. Visitors cheer for their favorite young musicians while taking a break to indulge in the concessions, carnival and marketplace. The event also features an auto show along with arts and crafts exhibits.
- Name of location Cedar Falls, IA
Art fans have the chance to view the works of budding artists for an entire weekend during the middle of June at the annual festival located at the University of Northern Iowa. A jury chooses 75 artists to display their presentations that span different genres. The event also features live music, food and a special hands-on creativity area for children.
- Name of location Des Moines, IA
This popular event takes place during the last weekend of June and provides guests with the chance to appreciate a combination of visual, interactive and performing arts. Almost 200 hand selected artists proudly display their creations along with a K-12 special arts display. Browse through the artwork, attend a one night film festival and enjoy the food and fireworks at the Western Gateway Park.
- Name of location Cedar Rapids, IA
From the third week in June through July 4th, the community celebrates the country's freedom through this gala event that features everything from races and live entertainment to fireworks displays. See parades daily, attend car shows and live demonstrations in addition to movie night at the ball park. Feast on a good old-fashioned barbecue. The event promises over 70 activities geared for visitors of all ages.
- Name of location DES MOINES, IA
During the better part of the month of July, every year, the community celebrates Jazz Music by hosting numerous concerts at various venues throughout the city. Held indoors and outdoors, the majority of shows remain free to the delight of guests. Local musicians join world class performers for the event that attracts dozens of musical artists.
- Name of location Leclaire, IA
The highlights of this annual August weekend event are the various teams that have tug-of-war contests across the Mississippi River. In addition, this family fun-filled celebration offers a parade, 5K run/walks for participants of all ages, crafts, food and a carnival. Guests also have the chance to enjoy live entertainment and a variety of demonstrations and shows.