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Visiting Central & Western Iowa

The Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs hosts a big dance in April, and basketball is not involved. The 52nd Iowa State Square & Round Dance Convention is April 4th & 5th. With the theme "Bridge the Gap – Dance at the MAC," the 2014 convention is the place for traditional round dancing and square dancing – and the best callers from western Iowa and the region are in Council Bluffs to lead the fun.

In Central Iowa, this is the season for Univeristy of Iowa Hawkeye athletics. Put on your black and gold and join Herky the Hawk for the last of the men's and women's 2013-2014 basketball season. Change your seat at Carver-Haekeye Arena for a spot at Duane Banks Field, and Bob Pearl Softball Field for spring Hawkeye baseball and softball. Spring travelers to Des Moines, visit Blank Park Zoo for the Easter Eggstravaganza, or head north to Ames for a tour of the ISU outdoor art. ArtWalk - At Play in the Hidden Garden begins at the Palmer Building east entrance.

Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines celebrates summer with the Adventure Days Festival July 11th and 12th. New for 2014, events include a Zoo member’s only night. Bring your lawn chairs to Des Moines’ zoo for a day filled with live entertainment, family activities, and arts and crafts shopping.

In northwest Iowa, the Cherokee Iowa Chamber of Commerce sponsors the 48th annual Cherokee PRCA Rodeo May 29th and 30th. In addition to traditional rodeo excitement, enjoy a parade through Cherokee, BBQ at the Depot, kids fun, and shopping. Return to Cherokee in July when the community hosts the 2014 Cherokee County Fair, the 17th through 20th.

Colfax, 15 miles east of Altoona, hosts the Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival June 14th and 15th. Marking the 10th year for the festival, the Iowa Sheep Industry Association presents the 2014 events at a new location, the Jasper County Fairgrounds. See the Iowa Club Lamb Association market lamb show, bid at the fleece show and silent auction, and take classes and seminars at the Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival.

Marshalltown, 50 miles northeast of Altoona and Des Moines, hosts the 2014 Central Iowa Fair July 9th through 13th. Check out the best of central Iowa livestock, agriculture, and home crafted goods, while enjoying traditions including midway rides and games. Enjoy the summer tradition of the fair in Marshalltown.

Called the Biggest Show in Iowa, the 2014 Iowa State Fair takes place August 7th through the 17th. Ride the zipline across the fairgrounds, get a bird's-eye view of the happenings on the Sky Gliders, or take a ride on the oldest state fair amusement, the tunnel of love. Stake out your spot for the Iowa State Fair Parade through downtown Des Moines, kicking of the festivities on August 7th, and enjoy the show!

Central & Western Iowa Hotel Map

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11 Best Western Hotels
in Central & Western Iowa

    Altoona Inn


    University Park Inn & Suites

    Metro North


    La Grande Hacienda


    Holiday Lodge

    Clear Lake

    Des Moines West Inn & Suites

    Crossroads of the Bluffs

    Council Bluffs

    Starlite Village

    Fort Dodge

    Pioneer Inn & Suites


    Regency Inn


    Norseman Inn


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Central & Western Iowa Events

May 2015

May 24 - June 9, 2015

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 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.

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