It’s that time of year to get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather! Nothing beats events and activities that gets your friends and family in the sunshine for no cost. Catch these 3 free, outdoor May events happening across the metro.

Kites on the Green – Johnston

Saturday, May 7

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

This event kicks off the month of May! Grab the kids and a kite and get ready to join hundreds of others in Johnston. The third annual Kites on the Green festival features celebrity bol races, free kite building, live music and food. Kids can fly their own kites and also enjoy giant show kite displays. Check out this video from 2015.

Johnston Kites on the Green Johnston Kites on the Green


Valley Junction Arts Festival – West Des Moines

Sunday, May 22

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

No need to wait until summer for your arts festival fix! Check out the Valley Junction event which features local artists throughout the historic shopping district for one day only. Attendees can meet, interact and purchase original work by artists. Plus, you can also buzz in and out of local shops too!

Valley Junction Arts Festival


CelebrAsian Heritage Festival - Des Moines

Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28

11 a.m. – 9 p.m. & 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

This annual cultural festival brings two days of music, entertainment, delicious food and friendly competition to Downtown Des Moines. Catch table tennis tournaments throughout the weekend and participate in or watch a Cosplay competition on Saturday. Immerse yourself in cultural traditions and food as CelebrAsian showcases Asian artists, dancers, vendors and educational activities.  

Celebrasian Celebrasian Celebrasian

** Photo 1 and 3 from Iowa Asian Alliance


Next month also kicks off many free, weekly and monthly summer events too! Don’t forget to check out the following:

  • Live Horse Racing at Prairie Meadows

  • Music in the Junction at Historic Valley Junction

  • Farmers Markets across the metro

  • Summer Concert Series at Jasper Winery

  • Yoga in the Park at locations across the metro

  • Sounds on the Square in Polk City

Jasper Winery Live Music Prairie Meadows Horse Racing Farmers Markets

What’s your favorite free event in Greater Des Moines? I’m ready to fill up my calendar!

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