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.
- Western Gateway Park Des Moines, IA 50309 in 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.
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.
- Various Locations Leclaire, IA 52753 in 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.
Every August for 11 days, the city in the heartland has held an annual fair for the past 150 years. In addition to a host of animal and craft exhibits, visitors enjoy the thrill rides of the carnival, a variety of live concerts and shows along with a bevy of fun contests and food.
Local homesteaders originated this popular event over a century ago that now takes place during nine days every September. Guests have the privilege of seeing parades, chuckwagon races and rodeos along with many exhibits along with a carnival, arts and crafts and food booths and professional quality live entertainment.
- Clear Lake, Iowa in Clear lake, IA
The annual event occurs during the last weekend in January at the Surf Ballroom and commemorates the last live concert provided by Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens before their plane crashed just outside of town in 1959. Don your poodle skirts, bobby socks or rolled up sleeves and penny loafers and head over for a night of historic rock 'n' roll.