Festivals
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While many city tourists and locals visit places to admire the big city or the beautiful parks, the festivals in America are a big part of what makes the country grand and the event worth attending. Each city brings its own cultural and historical heritage that are celebrated through various festivals and events. Some cities have similar types of festivals or events, and others have unique annual celebrations.

See how many festivals you can fit on your itinerary! These celebrations are going to give you memories of a lifetime as they reflect the art, culture, heritage and the music of each city in the most exciting way. Show up and have fun with your friends, make memories and celebrate the love of food, wine, music, art, history, culture, traditions, and more at these gatherings.
Des Moines Art Festival
Des Moines Art Festival

(515) 416-6066

900 Keosauqua Way
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions Website

Don't miss out on the chance to celebrate everything art fantastic at the Des Moines Art Festival, winner of the Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association. Artsy festival goers take in the works of the best visual artists in the nation, listen to live music and watch performing arts at the annual two day event.

Des Moines Renaissance Faire
Des Moines Renaissance Faire

(515) 262-4100

4051 Dean Ave
Des Moines, IA 50317   Directions Website

The "Age of Enlightenment" is about to dawn on the Des Moines Renaissance Faire for three weeks of royal jester fun and games and food! Festival goers make new friends with village knights, jousters, blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, wood carvers and painters. Come hungry and feast on baked goods, smoked meats and roasted nuts and peanuts!

Iowa State Fair
Iowa State Fair

(515) 262-3111

3000 E Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50317   Directions Website

Where's the beef? It's at the Iowa State Fair, also home to the famous annual Butter Cow Sculptures tradition. You'll be attending the official state fair where the state shows off its agriculture might. For 11 days, there is a corral full of indoor and outdoor exhibits, rides, craft shows, musical acts and wild attractions.

Latino Heritage Festival
Latino Heritage Festival

(515) 279-0715

4217 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311   Directions Website

Celebrate a cultural heritage at the Latino Heritage Festival, held in downtown Des Monies. Eat Empanadas de Chorizo y Pollo con Ensaldita de Repollo and other authentic Latin cuisines. Watch beautiful dancers from the Caribbean, Brazil and Mexico perform in colorful traditional costumes. Come enjoy the heart of soul of the Latin culture.

Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest

(515) 371-4742

2251 George Flagg Pkwy
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions Website

Raise a glass at Oktoberfest, the popular festival turns downtown Des Moines into the largest bar in the world. Festival goers drink lots and lots of ice cold German beer, eat German food and check out bier maidens and dance a lot of polka! Come celebrate a beery good time!

World Food & Music Festival
World Food & Music Festival

(515) 286-4917

1200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions Website

"Taste your way around the world" at the World Food Festival at Des Moines. Last year's count says 32,000 foodie festival goers tasted foods from around the world at Cultural Cafe's, enjoyed live entertainment and watched fabulous cooking demonstrations. Special to the event is its highlight of flavors from local mom and pop restaurants!

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