Top Things to Do in Des Moines

August in Greater Des Moines is full of live musicfestivals, delicious food and your favorite summer activities. Experience everything the city has to offer while you are here. Taste test your way through the nationally-recognized Iowa State Fair. Place your bets at Prairie Meadows or hit the links yourself at an Arnold Palmer designed course. Looking for a bite to eat? Dive into one of our many locally-owned restaurants that feature James Beard Nominated Chefs and locally-sourced food. Try a flight of Iowa Craft Beer. Browse dozens of unique boutiques at shopping districts such as Valley JunctionEast Village, and West Glen. There’s so much to enjoy in Greater Des Moines this August. Catch it all while you’re here! 

Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair features mouth-watering food, fabulous free entertainment, one of the world’s largest livestock shows and countless zany contests.
Festival of Racing Prairie Meadows

Come see why Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack & Hotel is your place to play. With more than 85,000 square feet of exciting casino action, Prairie Meadows
Shopping Gong Fu Tea

Catch a great deal at Jordan Creek Town Center. The Historic East Village. Valley West Mall. Boutiques and shops. Vintage clothing. Local cupcakeries.
Goldfinch Restaurant

Prepare for eclectic eats, local lagers and delectable desserts. With hundreds of local restaurants, Greater Des Moines is your destination for unique
El Bait Shop Beer

Experience a delicious taste of place at one of Greater Des Moines breweries. Sip on a Capital Gold Lager while enjoying live music at Confluence. Then pop
Celebrity Golf Classic

Des Moines is a golf destination. Catch Des Moines for a weekend on the green.