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Things to do in Iowa

Planning a visit to Iowa? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.

Central & Western Iowa Events

May 2015

May 24 - June 9, 2015
Loessfest

Council Bluffs hosts this Memorial Day week-long celebrations at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park. Don't miss fireworks, outdoor movie screenings, obstacle courses, live bands, and more.

May 30 - June 6, 2015
Winefest Des Moines

Des Moines throws this week-long celebration of wine tastings, food tastings, and culinary celebrations, scattered in special events throughout downtown.

June 2015

June 5 - 7, 2015
Frontier Days

Frontier Days celebrates the history of Fort Dodge and the region with frontier-themed entertainment, parades, historic museums, kids' activities, and more.
 

June 2015

June 26 - 28, 2015
Des Moines Arts Festival

Held at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines, this summer juried art festival features some of the best visual artists in the country alongside interactive arts exhibitions, live music, and film showings.

July 2015

July 18, 2015
Linn Creek Arts Festival

Marshalltown's Linn Creek Arts Festival features a juried arts show on the grounds of the Fisher Community Center. Don't miss paintings, photography, ceramics, wood, textiles, and more.

Eastern Iowa Events

December 2014

December 18, 2014
Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas

Five Flags Arena in Dubuque fills with the iconic sounds of Mannheim Steamroller as the group celebrates the 30th anniversary of their Christmas tour.

December 6, 2014
New London Holiday Stroll

Stop by Main Street, New London for a family friendly holiday event filled with great food, entertainment, and festivities for all to enjoy. The fun starts at 5 p.m.

January 2015

January 30 - February 22, 2015
Lucky Me Stop by the Riverside Theatre in Iowa City and join Sara Fine for an evening of laughs and romance. Show times vary.

February 2015

February 11, 2015
Downtown Business Expo

Stop by the Hotel Julien Dubuque for this great networking event and trade show. The doors open at 5 p.m.

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Must See in Iowa

  • Iowa State Parks

    Iowa State Parks

    Take the time to explore Iowa's many impressive state parks like Big Creek, Lake Macbride, Rock Creek, and Lake Manawa.

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  • Iowa Airport Hotels

    Iowa Airport Hotels

    Find hotels near Iowa airports like Des Moines International Airport, the Eastern Iowa Airport, and Dubuque Regional Airport.

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  • Iowa's RAGBRAI Race

    Iowa's RAGBRAI Race

    RAGBRAI riders, find Best Western Iowa hotels along the route, and check out the 40-year history of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa™.

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