Temporary Calendar

Sep
13
Sun
Fall Junkin’ in the Junction @ Valley Junction
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am
Step back in time and enjoy bagging some old treasures from the past! Historic Valley Junction will be celebrating its annual Antique Jamboree on Sunday, September 8th. Rain or shine, the antique show will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 5th Street area of West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction. The Antique Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the Midwest. FREE admission and parking to the public.
Sep
19
Sat
Apple Festival @ Penoach Winery
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am

Enjoy a family fun day at Penoach Winery. FREE wine tasting, hot apple wine and slushies for sale. Tractor and wagon rides around the vineyard, face painting and marshmallow roasting. There will also be food, produce, and craft vendors and music by Brick n’ Bob.

Apple Festival  10-5
Music by Brick n’ Bob 1-5
Sep
26
Sat
Applefest @ Living History Farms
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am

New extended hours! 9am-5:30pm

Celebrate the arrival of Fall in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill during our annual Applefest! Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter, take your turn cranking the cider press, and try some tasty apple fritters. Family fun also includes apple bowling, cooking demonstrations, bobbing for apples, and a special visit from Snow White. Watch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30pm. Showcase your coveted family recipes in our Apple Pie Contest! Apples, pies, fudge and more will be available for purchase from Iowa Orchard. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2020 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 23
Sunday, June 21
Saturday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 1
Saturday, September 26

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Oct
3
Sat
Heritage Skills Expo @ Living History Farms
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am

Join Living History Farms’ crafters and farmers for a celebration of Iowa’s rich fall folk life traditions! Watch specialty craftsmen such as blacksmiths and broom makers create their wares. Discover unique historic skills, such as wood-stove cooking, handcrafts, and working with draft animals. Visit with guest demonstrators sharing their talents in traditional arts and crafts. Cheer on the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball team in their final match of the season at 1:30pm. Kitchens, barn yards, and workshops across the museum will bustle with activities and fun.

Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Oct
10
Sat
Victorian Funeral @ Living History Farms
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am

Open 9am-4pm, Funeral procession begins at 1 pm

In 1875, the funeral was a pageant of honored traditions! Families gathered to find joy in a public celebration of a life well lived. Join with historic interpreters as they celebrate the life and honor the death of a fictional Walnut Hill resident with a re-created funeral. Visit the Tangen home, prepared with a period style coffin and funeral drapery. At 1pm, walk in the funeral procession led by a horse-drawn hearse to New Hope Cemetery for a moving memorial service.

Event activities are included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

Oct
16
Fri
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
17
Sat
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
18
Sun
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
23
Fri
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
24
Sat
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
25
Sun
Pumpkin Walk @ Valley Junction
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for this fun, family-friendly event! The Pumpkin Walk features trick-or-treating, children’s activities and more.from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Sep
13
Sun
Fall Junkin’ in the Junction @ Valley Junction
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am

Step back in time and enjoy bagging some old treasures from the past! Historic Valley Junction will be celebrating its annual Antique Jamboree on Sunday, September 8th. Rain or shine, the antique show will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 5th Street area of West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction. The Antique Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the Midwest. FREE admission and parking to the public.

Sep
19
Sat
Apple Festival @ Penoach Winery
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am

Enjoy a family fun day at Penoach Winery. FREE wine tasting, hot apple wine and slushies for sale. Tractor and wagon rides around the vineyard, face painting and marshmallow roasting. There will also be food, produce, and craft vendors and music by Brick n’ Bob.

Apple Festival  10-5
Music by Brick n’ Bob 1-5
Sep
26
Sat
Applefest @ Living History Farms
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am

New extended hours! 9am-5:30pm

Celebrate the arrival of Fall in the 1875 town of Walnut Hill during our annual Applefest! Try your hand at stirring the copper kettle of apple butter, take your turn cranking the cider press, and try some tasty apple fritters. Family fun also includes apple bowling, cooking demonstrations, bobbing for apples, and a special visit from Snow White. Watch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings compete in an 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30pm. Showcase your coveted family recipes in our Apple Pie Contest! Apples, pies, fudge and more will be available for purchase from Iowa Orchard. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Historic Baseball Game @ Living History Farms
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm

Watch the origins of “America’s Greatest Pastime” by catching a Walnut Hill Bluestockings 1875-rules baseball game. The team, made up of LHF volunteers, follow Gentleman’s rules, which include: no mitts allowed; the batter, or “striker”, gets to call the pitch; and no cussin’ or spittin’. Kids in the crowd will have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! Arrive early to tour the rest of the museum before the game in the afternoon. Game is included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

2020 Schedule

All games are played at 1:30pm, except July 4 (2:30).

Saturday, May 23
Sunday, June 21
Saturday, July 4 (2:30pm)
Saturday, August 1
Saturday, September 26

Interested in playing our team? We are always looking for volunteer teams to play the Walnut Hill Bluestockings. For more information, contact Jan Milroy, at 515-278-5286.

Oct
3
Sat
Heritage Skills Expo @ Living History Farms
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am

Join Living History Farms’ crafters and farmers for a celebration of Iowa’s rich fall folk life traditions! Watch specialty craftsmen such as blacksmiths and broom makers create their wares. Discover unique historic skills, such as wood-stove cooking, handcrafts, and working with draft animals. Visit with guest demonstrators sharing their talents in traditional arts and crafts. Cheer on the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball team in their final match of the season at 1:30pm. Kitchens, barn yards, and workshops across the museum will bustle with activities and fun.

Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

Oct
10
Sat
Victorian Funeral @ Living History Farms
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am

Open 9am-4pm, Funeral procession begins at 1 pm

In 1875, the funeral was a pageant of honored traditions! Families gathered to find joy in a public celebration of a life well lived. Join with historic interpreters as they celebrate the life and honor the death of a fictional Walnut Hill resident with a re-created funeral. Visit the Tangen home, prepared with a period style coffin and funeral drapery. At 1pm, walk in the funeral procession led by a horse-drawn hearse to New Hope Cemetery for a moving memorial service.

Event activities are included with regular admission to Living History Farms.

Oct
16
Fri
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
17
Sat
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
18
Sun
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
23
Fri
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
24
Sat
Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.

Oct
25
Sun
Pumpkin Walk @ Valley Junction
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for this fun, family-friendly event! The Pumpkin Walk features trick-or-treating, children’s activities and more.from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Family Halloween @ Living History Farms
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm

October 16-18 and October 23-25 (5-8pm Fridays, 4-8pm Saturdays and Sundays)

Take part in a 33-year old tradition at Living History Farms’ Family Halloween! Join us in the 1876 Town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms will offer “teal pumpkin” stops safe for trick-or-treaters with allergies.