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.
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.
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.