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Events for "Des Moines, IA"


  • Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival (Feb. 16)

    Des Moines, IA

    It's all about bacon at this festival at the Iowa Event Center, with sampling and demos followed by a concert by Smash Mouth. 


  • CelebrAsian Asian Heritage Festival (May 24 – 25)

    Des Moines, IA

    This festival at Western Gateway Park features martial arts, lion dancers, chopstick races and a fashion show.


  • Des Moines Arts Festival (Jun 28 – 30)

    Des Moines, IA

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


  • 80/35 Music Festival (Jul 12 – 13)

    Des Moines, IA

    This indie and jam music festival (named for the junction of two interstates) is at Western Gateway Park.


  • Iowa State Fair (Aug. 8 – 18)

    Des Moines, IA

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


  • World Food & Music Festival (Sep. 20 – 22)

    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.

  • Oktoberfest (Sep. 27 – 28)

    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. 28 – 29)

    Des Moines, IA

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