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.
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.