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Iowa Events

Find out what's fun to do in Iowa right now.

The following events were supplied to us by festival organizers and tourism offices throughout the state, and selected by Midwest Living editors. This is not intended as an all-inclusive list of all events in this state. If you decide to go, call first: Dates and specific events can change at the last minute.

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Downtown Farmers' Market

May 2 - October 31, 2015

Iowa producers from 51 counties. Fresh fruit and produce. One of 9 U.S. farmers markets every food lover should visit. Catch a Saturday morning at the Des Moines Farmers' Market.


80th Annual Pella Tulip Festival

May 7 - 9, 2015

"Welkom" to Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa! The theme for this year is "Honoring Our Heritage" as Pella marks the 80th year for this much-anticipated celebration. You will be immersed in all things Dutch as you join the festivities: Volks Parades, ethnic treats, the coronation of the Tulip Queen and her court, Dutch dancing, musical events, quilt, flower and craft shows, beautiful parks and attractions, car shows, a tractor rodeo, plus so much more. Visit or call (888)-746.3882.


Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition

May 23 - September 7, 2015

In addition to exciting animals, historic exhibits, and engaging interactives, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is thrilled to host Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Running May 23 through September 7, 2015; guests can experience the RMS Titanic in this truly immersive exhibit. Titanic:The Artifact Exhibition takes you on a journey back in time to experience the legend of the Titanic like never before. The galleries feature real artifacts recovered on the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories; each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. (800)-226-3369;


Riverboat Twilight

May 24 - October 30, 2015

Memorial Day signals the end of spring and the beginning of fun on the river. The Riverboat Twilight, docked in LeClaire IA, begins her 2015 season on May 24 and offers two-day overnight cruises on the Upper Mississippi River until the end of October. The Riverboat Twilight is the only place you can hear true river stories told by a Captain with over 30 years of experience, get up close and personal with hundreds of majestic bald eagles, pelicans, cormorants and herons and find yourself genuinely relaxed for the first time in a long time. It is truly transformative travel.


May 30 - June 6, 2015

Catch a taste for wine at one of Des Moines' most anticipated weekends of the year. Support the wine and culinary industry. Winefest has raised approximately $350,000 for local charities and cultural organizations. Taste the flavors.


Principal Charity Classic

June 1 - 7, 2015

Catch the Principal Charity Classic, a Champions Tour event, in Des Moines. A new location.  A fresh look. The same tradition of giving. An event made possible through the Principal Financial Group.


Des Moines Arts Festival

June 26 - 28, 2015

Features the best visual artists in the country. Catch interactive arts-related activities. Live music. Film. And performing arts. Held the same weekend as ArtFest Midwest: 'The Other Art Show.'


80/35 Music Festival

July 10 & 11, 2015

Catch a show on stages set in the streets of Western Gateway Park. Nearly 40 acts perform. See indie headliners. Hip-hop acts. Alt-country and funky fun bands. 80/35 is made for music fans of all ages and genres. Much of the music is absolutely free, including regional and local acts.


Iowa State Fair

August 13 - 23, 2015

The single largest event in the state of Iowa. One of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. The fair annually attracts more than a million people from all over the world. Catch fair fever with popular foods on-a-stick.


Des Moines Restaurant Week

August 14 -23, 2015

Catch Greater Des Moines' talented chefs in action. Special fixed-priced menus. Delectable cuisine. One week (two weekends!) of guilt-free dining. Savor the sweet creations. The local flavors. The delicious aromas. Des Moines Restaurant Week awaits.







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