Iowa State Fair
The single largest event in the state, more than one million people visit the internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair each year. In addition to the industrial and agricultural exhibitions, you'll enjoy games, rides, concerts and more food on a stick than you can imagine. Learn more »
Every Family Rocks
Everyone will have a ball at this day dedicated to exciting live music and family-focused activities, crafts, performers and exhibits. It's a fun fundraiser for one of Iowa's premiere human service organizations, Employee and Family Resources.
Greek Food Fair
Enjoy all of your favorite Greek foods, beverages, desserts, entertainment and more at this tasty two-day festival. The Greek Food Fair goes on rain or shine and is always the first weekend in June.
Des Moines Home & Garden Show
Get inspired, get educated and get started on your next project with the help of the Des Moines Home & Garden Show. One of the year's most anticipated events, this exhibition brings vendors of all kinds under one roof and show to highlight new tips, trends and tools.
Put on your costume and trick-or-treat among thousands of lights, a dancing pumpkin patch, magical characters and a Fun Zone in a transformed Blank Park Zoo at this popular kid-centered Halloween event.
Jolly Holiday Lights
From late November to early January, Water Works Park becomes home to one of central Iowa's most beloved holiday traditions. Grab a ticket and be inspired by the nearly four-mile display of holiday lights. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Festival of Trees and Lights
Kick off the holiday season at the Festival of Trees and Lights sponsored by Blank Children's Hospital. Beautifully decorated trees, children's activities, shopping, food and entertainment – attend this event and have fun while supporting children in our community.
Gardens of Waterbury
Discover something new on this guided tour of the privately owned "secret" gardens of Waterbury. A unique tour hosted by the Waterbury Neighborhood Association, it allows the public to view and enjoy these very secluded and very special backyards.