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Illumifest RevAMPed

  • Overview

    Illumifest, a fall festival of light, has offered fun for all ages since 2008. The West Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department is committed to offering opportunities for everyday enjoyment in safe settings. For that reason, Illumifest is changing to Illumifest RevAMPed, a three-evening celebration of the opening of the Jamie Hurd Amphitheater, which opens the third week of September. A Greater Des Moines Community Band Concert, a public art reveal on the pond, ice cream & food trucks, lantern painting, balloon artist creations, Faculty Lounge, "Onward" on the big screen & fireworks will all make these evenings ones to remember!

    Come to one. Come to them all. Although this year's events may look and feel a bit different from past years, we still think you'll have a lot of fun at Illumifest RevAMPed.

    Thursday, September 17 - 6:30-8pm:  

    FREE Greater Des Moines Community Band Concert
    FREE "Blossoms on the Water" Public Art Reveal
    Ice Cream Truck*

     

    Saturday, September 19 - 6:30-8:30pm

    FREE “Faculty Lounge” Concert - Pre-register here** (Only ONE person per family/party needs to register)
    Food Trucks*
    FREE Fireworks Display- Sponsored by Sammons Financial

    Saturday, September 26  - 6:30-8pm

    FREE Outdoor Movie (Onward, PG) - Pre-register here** (Only ONE person per family/party needs to register)
    FREE Lantern Painting*
    FREE Balloon Artist Creations*

    *All of the above activities will have monitored waiting lines to ensure that social distancing is followed.

    **7ft diameter circles will be painted on the amphitheater lawn. Circles will be spaced 6 feet apart. Pre-register in order to guarantee a circle for your group. Each circle will seat up to the equivalent of 4 adults.

    Face coverings are strongly recommended.

    NOTE: It is possible that Illumifest RevAMPed will be cancelled if there are 5 consecutive days of a positivity rate at or above 10% in Polk County, based on a 14-day rolling average. A decision will be made and announced by Tuesday, September 15.