Greater Des Moines Events
In some cities, visitors are made to feel like a burden. Quite the contrary – we’re excited you’re here and it shows. We love to play host, whether it’s to a family of four or a convention of 4,000. We’re adventure without the risk, but all the rewards, with something for everyone.
Check out a Grammy award-winning artist at Wells Fargo Arena or an indie darling at Wooly’s. Get some culture at the Des Moines Civic Center. We have an entire festival dedicated to bacon (you’re welcome), one of the most underrated art festivals in the country and a State Fair that borders on legendary. If you’ve got the need for speed, we have the world-famous Drake Relays, Prairie Meadows and Iowa Speedway. Having recently been named the #1 Minor League Sports Market in the Nation, you can say you saw all those future superstars before they were cool. The dilemma in choosing an itinerary for visiting Greater Des Moines isn’t how you’ll fill it up; but how soon you’ll want to come back for more.
“Des Moines is dynamic and eclectic. It's much more alive and engaging than it ever was before. It combines the best of big city arts and culture with that authentic Iowa feel.” – Female visitor, Lincoln, NE