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Events for "Des Moines, IA"

February

  • Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival (Feb. 17)

    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. 


May

  • CelebrAsian Asian Heritage Festival (May 25 – 26)

    Des Moines, IA

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


June

  • Des Moines Arts Festival (Jun 22 – 24)

    Des Moines, IA

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


July

  • 80/35 Music Festival (Jul 6 – 7)

    Des Moines, IA

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


August

  • Iowa State Fair (Aug. 9 – 19)

    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. 14 – 16)

    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.


  • Latino Heritage Festival (Sep. 22 – 23)

    Des Moines, IA

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


  • Oktoberfest (Sep. 28 – 29)

    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.