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Summer in Des Moines

Summer in Greater Des Moines means rides on the Monster at Adventureland Park, baby animals at Blank Park Zoo and a concert on the river at night. Summer is for catching a fly ball at an Iowa Cubs game and live horse racing at Prairie Meadows. Cruise more than 800 miles of trails and enjoy our expansive Downtown Farmers’ Market which takes place every Saturday morning.

Summer weekends are jam packed with events. Plan your trip to attend the internationally recognized Des Moines Arts Festival or the Iowa State Fair. Enjoy live music at 80/35 Music Festival, Des Moines Jazz Festival and Latino Heritage Festival. Experience the Summer you've been waiting for in Greater Des Moines.


Hear from locals about where to eat, drink, and spend your time while visiting Des Moines this summer. 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 these suggested summer blogs and then check out an entire list of blogs here.