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Iowa State Fair photo

Iowa State Fair

11 — 21 Aug 2022

State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Over one million attendees, over 11 days, the Iowa State Fair is an experience other states cannot compare to. Held every year in August, the fair includes notable traditions such …

Iowa State Fair

11 — 21 Aug 2022

State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Over one million attendees, over 11 days, the Iowa State Fair is an experience other states cannot compare to. Held every year in August, the fair includes notable traditions such as a cow statue carved from butter, and the crowning of the Fair Queen. There are also offbeat competitions such as cow chip throwing, pigeon rolling, pie eating, rooster crowing, and monster arm wrestling. The Iowa State Fair has its roots firmly planted on the many farms in Iowa, and the heart of the event is in the livestock shows, food and craft competitions, and trade shows. However, city slickers won't be bored with the midway rides, concerts, parades, and endless food to be found at the fair.

Website www.iowastatefair.com

Des Moines Arts Festival photo

Des Moines Arts Festival

24 — 26 June 2022

Western Gateway Park

The Des Moines Arts Festival is an annual arts festival held in Western Gateway Park in the state capital of Des Moines. The festival is a three-day affair drawing in more than 200…

Des Moines Arts Festival

24 — 26 June 2022

Western Gateway Park

The Des Moines Arts Festival is an annual arts festival held in Western Gateway Park in the state capital of Des Moines. The festival is a three-day affair drawing in more than 200,000 people, and is ranked among the most notable festivals in the United States. Now an international phenomenon, the festival has evolved dramatically since its start in 1958. It now encompasses a diverse selection of the arts; everything from classic visual arts, and live performance in music and theatre to interactive arts and a film festival. As well as an array of outstanding art on show, there is also a large selection of eclectic food booths and trucks to choose from, as well as a beer tent. This all makes for a full day of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Website www.desmoinesartsfestival.org