May
4
Sat
Coffee & Donut Festival @ Capital Square
May 4 @ 8:00 am

WE’RE BAAAACK — 80’s Style! The 3rd Annual Coffee & Donut Festival Des Moines is bigger and more caffeinated! Tons of vendors and fun – a guaranteed day to remember. Enjoy all things coffee and donuts! The sweetest festival where all the fried, sugary dough perfections meet the smoothly roasted brews. New features like; Jelly Donut Wrestling, Donuts of Glory, Games & more! Appropriate for ALL ages. 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Cinco de Mayo Festival @ Valley Junction
May 4 @ 12:00 pm

Celebrating the Mexican heritage of many railroad workers during the establishment years of Valley Junction, this festival is an opportunity to recognize the Mexican community who helped James Jordan’s vision of bringing the railroad to the Des Moines area become a reality. In honor of our strong heritage, we will also present a proclamation and announcement of our Cinco de Mayo King and Queen.

Jun
1
Sat
Celebrate Waukee @ Centennial Park & Historic Downtown Triangle and Centennial Park
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am

The annual Celebrate Waukee festival, presented by the citizen-run Community Festivals Committee, will be held this year on Saturday, June 1. All festival activities will take place in Waukee’s Centennial Park. Enjoy inflatables, food vendors, the Waukee Kids Challenge, live music, a beverage garden, fireworks and much more! Visit CelebrateWaukee.com for the full line-up

Follow Celebrate Waukee on Twitter @CelebrateWaukee or Facebook @CelebrateWaukee for updates. Email celebratewaukee@gmail.com for more information.

Jun
6
Thu
Grimes Governor’s Days @ Various Locations in Grimes, IA
Jun 6 @ 4:30 pm

Governors Days is one of the grandest summer festivals in the Des Moines, Iowa metropolitan area. Held entirely within the Governors District, in the heart of Grimes, Iowa, this premier summer event incorporates all the ingredients for an exciting family friendly event. Complete with concerts, parades, carnivals, car shows and much, much more; Governors Days has something for everyone.

Find a complete schedule of events here.

Jun
7
Fri
Grimes Governor’s Days @ Various Locations in Grimes, IA
Jun 7 @ 4:30 pm

Governors Days is one of the grandest summer festivals in the Des Moines, Iowa metropolitan area. Held entirely within the Governors District, in the heart of Grimes, Iowa, this premier summer event incorporates all the ingredients for an exciting family friendly event. Complete with concerts, parades, carnivals, car shows and much, much more; Governors Days has something for everyone.

Find a complete schedule of events here.

Jun
8
Sat
Grimes Governor’s Days @ Various Locations in Grimes, IA
Jun 8 @ 10:00 am

Governors Days is one of the grandest summer festivals in the Des Moines, Iowa metropolitan area. Held entirely within the Governors District, in the heart of Grimes, Iowa, this premier summer event incorporates all the ingredients for an exciting family friendly event. Complete with concerts, parades, carnivals, car shows and much, much more; Governors Days has something for everyone.

Find a complete schedule of events here.

Jun
13
Thu
Johnston Green Days @ Johnston Commons
Jun 13 @ 5:00 pm

The Johnston Green Days festival starts in 2019 on Thursday, June 13. Highlights include a carnival, parade, live bands, car show, rib night, beer garden, bags tournament, free family movie, free balloon artist, crafts for kids, Bill Riley Talent Search and much more.

Green Days is held every year in Johnston Commons — the grassy area located near the Johnston Public Library.

Jun
14
Fri
BACooN Sizzles Waukee @ Centennial Park
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm
The annual 71-mile BACooN Ride takes off from Waukee bright and early on Saturday, June 15. Stop by Centennial Park the night before as the Community Festivals Committee greets BACooN cyclists and community members. The sizzling event kicks off Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. and features bacon delicacies, bike-related vendors, live music and a beverage garden! Visit www.Waukee.org/bacoonsizzles.

CONTACT: For inquiries regarding vendor information, media requests, parade participation and more, please email celebratewaukee@gmail.com. This event is now organized and implemented by the non-profit group, Waukee Festivals.

Johnston Green Days @ Johnston Commons
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm

The Johnston Green Days festival starts in 2019 on Thursday, June 13. Highlights include a carnival, parade, live bands, car show, rib night, beer garden, bags tournament, free family movie, free balloon artist, crafts for kids, Bill Riley Talent Search and much more.

Green Days is held every year in Johnston Commons — the grassy area located near the Johnston Public Library.

Jun
15
Sat
Indianola Bike Fest @ Indianola Town Square
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am

Free, family friendly fun on Indianola’s town square. Come for the bike safety course, giant tricycle races, games and more!  We’ll also celebrate RAGBRAI coming to town.

 

Johnston Green Days @ Johnston Commons
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am

The Johnston Green Days festival starts in 2019 on Thursday, June 13. Highlights include a carnival, parade, live bands, car show, rib night, beer garden, bags tournament, free family movie, free balloon artist, crafts for kids, Bill Riley Talent Search and much more.

Green Days is held every year in Johnston Commons — the grassy area located near the Johnston Public Library.

Jun
16
Sun
Johnston Green Days @ Johnston Commons
Jun 16 @ 1:00 pm

The Johnston Green Days festival starts in 2019 on Thursday, June 13. Highlights include a carnival, parade, live bands, car show, rib night, beer garden, bags tournament, free family movie, free balloon artist, crafts for kids, Bill Riley Talent Search and much more.

Green Days is held every year in Johnston Commons — the grassy area located near the Johnston Public Library.

Jul
11
Thu
Ankeny SummerFest @ Prairie Ridge Middle School
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am

Ankeny SummerFest takes place July 11-14. In addition to the live music, carnival, parade and more, Ankeny Parks & Recreation offers special SummerFest tournaments. For more information on all SummerFest activities visit www.ankenysummerfest.org.

Jul
12
Fri
Ankeny SummerFest @ Prairie Ridge Middle School
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am

Ankeny SummerFest takes place July 11-14. In addition to the live music, carnival, parade and more, Ankeny Parks & Recreation offers special SummerFest tournaments. For more information on all SummerFest activities visit www.ankenysummerfest.org.

Jul
13
Sat
Ankeny SummerFest @ Prairie Ridge Middle School
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am

Ankeny SummerFest takes place July 11-14. In addition to the live music, carnival, parade and more, Ankeny Parks & Recreation offers special SummerFest tournaments. For more information on all SummerFest activities visit www.ankenysummerfest.org.

Jul
14
Sun
Ankeny SummerFest @ Prairie Ridge Middle School
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am

Ankeny SummerFest takes place July 11-14. In addition to the live music, carnival, parade and more, Ankeny Parks & Recreation offers special SummerFest tournaments. For more information on all SummerFest activities visit www.ankenysummerfest.org.

Jul
19
Fri
Clive Fest @ Clive Aquatic Center
Jul 19 @ 4:30 pm

As one of the best community festivals in the Des Moines Metro area, we have built upon a nature theme to celebrate our beautiful Greenbelt Trail. This year’s schedule is packed with activities for both kids and adults to provide a well-rounded event for the entire Clive community.

Live Music • Mayor’s Bike Ride • Kids and Family Activities • Iowa’s Largest Slip and Slide • Food and Fun • Fireworks

Jul
20
Sat
Clive Fest @ Clive Aquatic Center
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am

As one of the best community festivals in the Des Moines Metro area, we have built upon a nature theme to celebrate our beautiful Greenbelt Trail. This year’s schedule is packed with activities for both kids and adults to provide a well-rounded event for the entire Clive community.

Live Music • Mayor’s Bike Ride • Kids and Family Activities • Iowa’s Largest Slip and Slide • Food and Fun • Fireworks

Jul
26
Fri
National Balloon Classic @ National Balloon Classic Balloon Field
Jul 26 @ 4:00 pm

Central Iowa’s largest hot air ballooning event for over 40 years! Watch in awe as 100 spectacular hot air balloons (including Special Shapes) grace the skies during this cherished nine-day event. Great family fun, incredible value, something for everyone:

• Wacky classic parade
• Nite Glow Extravaganza
• Fantastic fireworks display
• Great bands every evening
• Fabulous food vendors
• Kids Land activities
• Balloon Challenge 5k Cross Country Run
• Iowa Wine Night

Morning Admission and Children under 5 are FREE. (CASH only accepted at Gate)

Spectator Parking and Morning gates open at 5:00 a.m.

Spectator Parking and Evening gates open at 4:00 p.m.

Jul
27
Sat
National Balloon Classic @ National Balloon Classic Balloon Field
Jul 27 @ 5:00 am

Central Iowa’s largest hot air ballooning event for over 40 years! Watch in awe as 100 spectacular hot air balloons (including Special Shapes) grace the skies during this cherished nine-day event. Great family fun, incredible value, something for everyone:

• Wacky classic parade
• Nite Glow Extravaganza
• Fantastic fireworks display
• Great bands every evening
• Fabulous food vendors
• Kids Land activities
• Balloon Challenge 5k Cross Country Run
• Iowa Wine Night

Morning Admission and Children under 5 are FREE. (CASH only accepted at Gate)

Spectator Parking and Morning gates open at 5:00 a.m.

Spectator Parking and Evening gates open at 4:00 p.m.