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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

September 2015

September 18, 2015
2015 World Food & Music Festival

A celebration of cultures from all over the world, hosted at the Walnut Street Bridge in downtown Des Moines. Diverse food vendors, live music, entertainment, beers and wines, and much more. The fun begins at 11 a.m.

September 4-6, 2015
2015 Spring Garden Festival

A plant sale taking place at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens, featuring over 500 varieties of shrubbery for sale. The sale is held for three days, beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

September 18, 2015
2015 Death By Chocolate

Fort Dodge visitors are invited to enjoy an evening of wine and chocolate at the historic Vincent House. The fun begins at 5 p.m.

October 2015

October 8, 2015
2015 Taylor Swift

Grammy winner Taylor Swift brings her catalogue of hits to the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, celebrating her album "1989." The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

October 31, 2015
2015 Trick-Or-Treat Parade

Costumed kiddies line Main Street in Cherokee for a spooky downtown parade, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Fire Station. There will be plenty of Halloween fun and treats.

Eastern Iowa Events

September 2015

September 4, 2015
Loretta Lynn

The First Lady of Country Music Loretta Lynn plays the Paramount Theatre this fall in Cedar Rapids. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Must See in Iowa

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    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 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's RAGBRAI Race

    Iowa's RAGBRAI Race

    Check out the history of RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Celebrating over 40 Years of Iowa.

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