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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

August 2015

August 29, 2015
6th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival

Des Moines shows off its creativity with a collection of fun sidewalk chalk drawings near the Western Gateway Park. Kids and adults are invited to participate. Other activities include music, activities, games, and more starting at 9 a.m.

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.

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