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Visiting Central & Western Iowa | Spring 2015

With the warmth of spring on the horizon, central and western Iowa communities like Cherokee, Marshalltown, and Ames are gearing up for a host of family-friendly get-togethers, sporting events, and fun-filled festivals.

Everyone has a little Irish in them, and come mid-March, the residents of Clear Lake are no different. The Surf Ballroom will host its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Gaelic Storm Concert – a traditional Celtic concert infused with modern rock, country, and folk influences as performed by Iowa natives, Gaelic Storm. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp on March 20th.

Year round, the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines features a calendar chock-full of events – allowing early-spring visitors to Clive, Ankeny, and Altoona to choose between excellent concerts, sporting events, and expos. March alone sees the Iowa Energy take on the Reno Bighorns and the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants on March 8th and 20th, the Iowa Wild's "$2 Beer Night" on the 27th, and the Iowa Jazz Championships on the 31st.

Late-spring visitors to the Des Moines area won’t want to miss Winefest Des Moines May 30th through June 6th. This year’s itinerary includes educational workshops, samples of some of the region’s most elegant selections, dinners prepared by Des Moines’ top chefs, and more – all culminating with the Willis Grant Tasting at Cowles Commons and Capital Square.

About an hour and a half northwest of the Des Moines metropolitan area, the city of Fort Dodge celebrates its pioneer past with the 41st annual Fort Dodge Frontier Days. June 5th through the 7th, the Fort Museum becomes a hub for frontier-themed entertainment, with family-friendly attractions, a superb parade, and more, hosted by the Frontier Days Committee.

Found on Iowa’s western border along the Missouri River, the town of Council Bluffs will be hosting Loessfest 2015, a weeklong festival featuring live music by the likes of rock legends Chicago in addition to fireworks, children’s activities, film screenings, and so much more. The annual festival is held at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, May 24th though June 9th.

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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.

June 5, 2015
Ames Artwalk

Downtown Ames showcases the region's businesses and community artists with a display of art, jewelry, photography, and more.

June 13 - 15, 2015
Grinnell Games

Iowa's family sports festival kicks off in Grinnell. Join a half marathon, trail run, warrior run, basketball tournament, and more.

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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