Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Iowa Festivals

It shouldn’t surprise you that there are so many fall festivals in Iowa.  Farming is an important aspect of life there.  So when you have finished celebrating Oktoberfest in Iowa, check out these September and October festivals in 2016:

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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ArtSplash – Sioux City – Sept 3-4, 2016
A family oriented celebration of visual and performing arts at Riverside Park with live entertainment and food.

Steam Threshing Festival – Forest City, IA – September 16-18, 2016
A family-friendly event with tractor pulls, consignment sale, kids’ activities, and all you can eat sweet corn & bologna.

World Food and Music Festival – Des Moines – Sept 16-18, 2016
Featuring live entertainment and cuisine from around the world. Free admission.

Antique Fall Festival – Walnut, IA – Sept 17-18, 2016
Enjoy autumn and antiques with dealers setup indoors and outdoors.

Kalona Fall Festival – Kalona, IA – September 23-24, 2016
Adult admission is $5 and kids ages 7-12 is $2. Food, entertainment, children’s activities including pony rides. There is also demonstrations, wine sampling, chainsaw sculptures, antique show and arts & crafts.

Taste of Dysart Fall Festival – Dysart, Iowa – September 24, 2016

Latino Heritage Festival – Des Moines – Sept 24-25, 2016
One of the largest ethnic events in the state of Iowa celebrates the Latino community with live music, cultural booths and children’s activities.

Octagon Art Festival – Ames, IA – Sept 25, 2016
An outdoor event in the Main Street Cultural District with free admission to original artwork featuring visual arts, children’s art areas and performing arts.

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

Beachfest – Clear Lake, IA – August 15, 2015
Iowa Yoga Festival – Des Moines, IA – Aug 28-30, 2015

September 2015:

FRY fest – Iowa City, IA – September 4, 2015

Labor Day Celebration – Graettinger, IA – September 7, 2015
108th annual event to celebrate Labor Day includes antique tractor pull, flower show, parade, 5K, coed softball and volleyball tournament.

Maximum Ames Music Festival – Ames, IA – September 10-13, 2015
Lineup includes the Mountain Goats, Grandmaster Flash, and more.

ARTapalooza – Cedar Falls – Sept 12, 2015
A fine art show on the streets and sidewalks of the downtown area.

Arboretum Fall Harvest Festival – Waterloo – Sept 13, 2015
17th annual event. Scarecrow contest, prairie village with demonstrations, live entertainment, crafts, food, car show, children’s activities and more. Admission is $10 per car.

National Cattle Congress Fair – Waterloo, IA – September 17-20, 2015
Visit the entertainment capital of Eastern Iowa.

Beaverdale Fall Festival – Beaverdale, IA – September 18-19, 2015

Brew Ha Ha – Davenport, IA – September 19, 2015

World Food & Music Festival – Sept 18-20, 2015
Features foods from around the world. Entrees are $5 or less and tastes are $1. There will also be live music and cooking demonstrations. Admission is free.

Tri City BBQ Fest – Sept 18-19, 2015
2nd annual event. A battle of brisket, bands and beer from three cities: Omaha, Des Moines and Sioux City. BBQ competition, beer tent, carnival games & rides, car show, three historical tours, petting zoo, shopping and more.

Oktemberfest – Marshalltown, IA – September 24-27, 2015

Donnellson Fall Festival – Donnellson, IA – September 19, 2015
Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival – Rapid City, IA – September 26, 2015

October 2015:

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival – Winterset, Iowa – October 10-11, 2015
The world famous “Bridges of Madison County” are on display for this 46th annual fall festival. Enjoy the changing colors as well as live music, car show, spelling bee, craft demonstrations, food and more the second full weekend in October.

Brant’s Great Pumpkin Race – Earlham, IA – October 24, 2015
Harlan Harvest Fest – Harlan, IA – October 24, 2015
Fall Harvest Days & Pumpkin Festival – Sherrill, IA – October 10-11, 2015
Boone County Hospital Harvest Festival – Boone, IA – Oct 9, 2015

Harvest Festival – Clear Lake, IA – October 3, 2015
Keosaugua Fall Festival – Keosaugua, IA – October 8-9, 2016

November 2015:

Art on the Prairie – Perry, IA – Nov 14-15, 2015
An art festival showcasing 100+ Iowa artists, musicians and writers in the Cultural and Historic District.

Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine and Food Festival – Des Moines – Nov 13-14, 2015
Gourmet pairing dinners, culinary demonstrations and . One day general admission passes to the expo are $20-30. Held at the Iowa Events Center. Parking at the Events Center is $7 per car although there are local garages and metered street parking nearby.

Holiday Arts Festival – Waterloo, IA – Nov 14-15, 2015

Find other fun things to do in Iowa in October:

Oktoberfest in Iowa
Iowa Corn Mazes
Iowa Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Iowa
Iowa Pumpkin Patches


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