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Events for "Des Moines, IA"

June

  • Des Moines Arts Festival (Jun 25 – 27)

    Des Moines, IA

    This big, juried arts fair at Western Gateway Park downtown includes street theater, live music and a film festival.


August

  • Iowa State Fair (Aug. 12 – 22)

    Des Moines, IA

    See a diaper derby, outhouse races and mullet contest, and don't miss the butter sculptures.


September

  • World Food & Music Festival (Sep. 17 – 19)

    Des Moines, IA

    In downtown's East Village, eat at more than 50 cultural cafes for $5 or less (or taste for $1), shop at the world marketplace or listen to musicians strolling the streets or on stage.

    This year, the festival has been altered; check for events.


  • Oktoberfest (Sep. 24 – 25)

    Des Moines, IA

    Take polka-dancing lessons, enter the Bier Maiden or stein-holding contests and win costume prizes at this outdoor fest under tents downtown.


  • Latino Heritage Festival (Sep. 25 – 26)

    Des Moines, IA

    This festival at Western Gateway Park features Latino music, dancing, arts, cultural booths, children's activities and a corn-eating contest.


October

  • CelebrAsian Asian Heritage Festival (Oct. 1 – 2)

    Des Moines, IA

    This festival at Western Gateway Park features such activities as martial arts, lion dancers, chopstick races, a fashion show and, of course, food.


December

  • Christkindlmarket (Dec. 2 – 5)

    Des Moines, IA

    This Christmas market in Principal Park, on the river confluence downtown, features vendors and food plus many performances by bands, choirs, carolers, fiddlers and dance troupes.