Experience summer in Des Moines. A season where you can enjoy roller coaster rides at Adventureland Park and baby animals at the Blank Park Zoo. Catch an Iowa Cubs game at Principal Park or live horse racing at Prairie Meadows. Enjoy live music along the river, more than 800 miles of trails, and a rooftop patio with an Iowa craft beer in hand. 

Plan your getaway around one of the many Greater Des Moines summer events such as Winefest, Iowa State Fair, 80/35, Des Moines Arts Festival, National Balloon Classic and so much more. Summer in Des Moines is experiments and IMAX movies at the Science Center of Iowa and high-speed racing at the Iowa Speedway. It's breakfast at the farmers market and snapping pictures near public art. Catch the summer you have been waiting for in Greater Des Moines. 

Latino Heritage Festival

The best part of summer in Greater Des Moines is the abundance of festivals and events!
Concerts Live Music

Experience music in Greater Des Moines. Catch headlining acts at the Iowa State Fair and
Photo Trails

Explore more than 800 miles of trail systems throughout Greater Des Moines. Great for walking, hiking
Food & Drink Events

Whether you’re a foodie, wine-o or a craft beer lover, there’s a festival for that in Greater Des Moines.
Celebrity Golf Classic

Des Moines is a golf destination. Catch Des Moines for a weekend on the green.
Adventure Bay Adventureland water park pool

Experience wave pool fun. Diving boards. Free splash pads. Extreme water slides and lazy rivers.


Hear from locals about where to eat, drink, and spend your time while visiting Des Moines this spring. Catch an insider look at events in Des Moines, suggested itineraries, places to shop in Des Moines, and a few of the many delicious restaurants. These are just a few of our recommendations! Read this suggested content and then check out an entire list of blogs here.

Iowa Cub Fireworks Principal Park

4th of July is a great time to get out and experience what the metro can offer. Here’s a quick list of eight things to do this 4th of July in Greater Des Moines.
Iowa State Fair rides at night

Who’s excited for food on a stick, rides, live music and so much more?
Lake Ahquabi

Greater Des Moines knows how to play outdoors! One of the best ways I have found to experience Des Moines’ outdoors is to visit the region’s many parks
Zombie Burger Milkshake

Who doesn’t love a good milkshake? In Greater Des Moines you can satisfy your sweet tooth at local ice cream shops, burger joints, and diners.
Jethro's BBQ

Wake up and smell the BBQ. In Greater Des Moines we smoke our meat for hours, make our own rubs and sauces and as a result deliver award-winning BBQ