2019 Labor Day Weekend Fun for Des Moines Families

2019 Labor Day Weekend Fun for Des Moines Families

It’s hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is already upon us (sniff, sniff). If you, too, are feeling a bit nostalgic about another summer gone by, don’t start singing the blues just yet. There are great ways for families to celebrate the unofficial end of summer in Des Moines, and much to look forward to as reported in our September Kid n’ Play List!

These are just a few of our top picks, be sure to check out our Event Calendar for more fun activities, and sign up for our Weekend Fun Guide, to receive great ideas, just like these, right to your inbox.  Have a fun Labor Day Weekend!!!!

Check out these fun events happening this Labor Day Weekend in Des Moines.

Festivals & Events

Iowa Star Party Public Viewing Night

Friday, August 30, 2019

The public is invited to join the Conservancy’s Star Party Public Viewing Night from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. If you have a passion for the stars and the mysteries that they hold, then, you’ll enjoy a night of looking at the dark sky through telescopes set up by the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers. Whiterock Conservancy is about an hour and 20-minute drive from Des Moines.

Labor Day Celebration in Madrid, IA

Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2019 

Enjoy some small-town fun this Labor Day weekend with a parade, car show, crafts, music and entertainment in Madrid, just a thirty-minute drive northwest of Des Moines. 

Farmers’ Markets  

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Downtown Farmers’ Market, Uptown Ankeny Farmers’ Market, LSI Global Greens Farmers’ Market and Indianola’s Farmers’ Markets will be open for business on Saturday.  Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables to serve at your holiday weekend gatherings. 

Taste of the Junction Multicultural Festival

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Celebrating the flavor of the Junction, the people, culture and cuisines. Fun for the whole family with inflatables, face painting, food vendors, beer garden and live music.  FREE and open to the public.

The Renaissance Faire at Sleepy Hollow

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2019

You’ll go back in time to an era when royalty ruled, knights jousted, and the arts came alive! The theme for Labor Day weekend is Vikings & Shieldmaidens.  Enjoy unique entertainment, merchants, food and drink and more.  

Labor Day Parade

Monday, September 2, 2019

This parade is hosted by the South-Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO‎.  It starts at 11:00 am and the route is from the Iowa State Capitol to the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Grand.

Arts & Culture

Music on the Plaza

Friday, August 30, 2019

Kick off the Labor Day weekend in Altoona listening to some FREE tunes! People of all ages are welcome to mingle from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  The concert is at the Civic Plaza next to Hy-Vee. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.   Food and drink items are available for purchase from several local vendors.

Sunday Tunes at Summerset

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Summerset Winery will host The Son’s of Gladys Kravitz for the Labor Day Weekend.  Concerts start at 2:00 pm and rain or shine the music goes on. All ages are welcome.

Live at the Creek

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Enjoy FREE live music at the Jordan Creek Town Center Amphitheater from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets will close out the Live at the Creek concert series for the summer.

2019 Labor Day Weekend Fun for Des Moines Families – dsm4kids.com


Adventureland & Adventure Bay

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Adventureland Park and Adventure Bay will be open weekends only by Labor Day with Adventure Bay closing for the season on Monday, September 2nd. 

Blank Park Zoo

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Say goodbye to summer and hello to one last hurrah at the Blank Park Zoo. They will be open during their normal business hours throughout the Labor Day Weekend. 

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2019

The Botanical Center will be open their normal hours on Saturday and Sunday but will be CLOSED on Labor Day.

Living History Farms

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Living History Farms will be open throughout the Labor Day Weekend.

One Last Dip in the Pool

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2019

A few local pools are still open through the Labor Day Weekend. Cascade Falls Aquatic Center in Ankeny and Northwest Family Aquatic Center in Des Moines are open for you to take the family out for one last swim!

Science Center of Iowa

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2, 2019

The Science Center of Iowa will be open during their normal hours over Labor Day Weekend.  They will host the annual Mini Maker Faire from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday, September 2nd.  

Sports & Recreation

Iowa Cubs vs. Memphis Redbirds

Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Cheer on the Cubbies in their final series of the 2019 season. Bring the family to the ballpark for Cubs action and enjoy Friday Night Fireworks, Pre-Game Catch on the Field, Kids Run the Bases and Bike to the Ballpark.

Iowa State University vs. University of Northern Iowa

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Cyclones take on the Panthers at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.  Kickoff is at 11:00 am.

University of Iowa vs. Northern Illinois

Friday, August 30, 2019 + Saturday, August 31, 2019

It’s FRYfest! A celebration of all that is Hawkeye. Several events are planned to kick off another Hawkeye football season in Iowa City on Friday.  Then on Saturday, the Hawkeyes will play Miami (Ohio) Redhawks at 6:30 pm. 



What does your family have planned for this Labor Day Weekend in Des Moines? Let us know in the Comments!

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