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:

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2016

FRYfest - Coralville, IA - Sep 2 to Sep 2, 2016

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

Septemberfest - Ventura, IA - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016

Labor Day Celebration - Graettinger, IA - Sep 5 to Sep 5, 2016
annual event to celebrate Labor Day includes antique tractor pull, flower show, parade, 5K, coed softball and volleyball tournament.

ARTapalooza - Cedar Falls, IA - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
A fine art show on the streets and sidewalks of the downtown area.

Fall Harvest Festival - Waterloo, IA - Sep 11 to Sep 11, 2016

Maximum Ames Music Festival - Ames, IA - Sep 15 to Sep 18, 2016

World Food and Music Festival - Des Moines, IA - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
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.

Beaverdale Fall Festival - Des Moines, IA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016

Ely Fall Fest - Ely, IA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
Farmers’ Market, hayrack rides, car show, fireworks, street dance, live music and more. Sports and contests include beanbag and kickball tournaments as well as a 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk. Kids activities include inflatables, pumpkin decorating and more.

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

Tri City BBQ Fest - Denison, IA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016
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.

Beaverdale Fall Festival - Beaverdale, IA - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016

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

Brew Ha Ha - Davenport, IA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Dubuque Oktoberfest - Dubuque, IA - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Oktemberfest - Marshalltown, IA - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016

Kalona Fall Festival - Kalona, IA - Sep 23 to Sep 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.

Des Moines Oktoberfest - Des Moines, IA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
There’s a ceremonial keg tapping, beer maiden contest, stein holding contest, and polka dancing in Des Moines, in addition to the beer gardens and German food. Prizes for those who dress up! The golden keg is tapped on Friday at 3 PM. The Stein Holding competition and Polka Lessons take place on Saturday. Advance tickets are $7 for a single day or $13 for two-day admission. Entry includes a commemorative mug, access to the Craft Beer Village, Hofbrau Rooftop Bier Garden, entry into Silent Disco DSM and entertainment from 16+ bands and DJs. Price is $10 at the door. Location: 101 4th St, Des Moines, IA

Waverly Oktoberfest - Waverly, IA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016
Inaugural event. City approved the permit in March 2016.

Taste of Dyson Fall Festival - Dysart, IA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 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.

Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival - Rapid City, IA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

National Cattle Congress - Waterloo, IA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Visit the entertainment capital of Eastern Iowa.

Northside Oktoberfest - Iowa City, IA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
10 AM to 6 PM. Includes brewfest with over 500 beers, Sodafest, 14 local food venders, live music, beaked chicked dance, adult contests, a stage with children’s entertainment and a harvest market. Admission to the Brewfest is $20 which gets you a .2L Kolsch glass and 8 drink tickets. Additional tickets are $.50 with .1L samples costing from 1 to 4 drink tickets. There is also a $40 ticket option. They indicate tickets for the Brewfest will sell out in advance. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association and the Iowa Children’s Museum. Location: 200 N Linn Street, Iowa City, IA

Fort Dodge Oktoberfest - Fort Dodge, IA - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Music from Sayer Brown as headliner with special guest Farm Rock. Custom wooden dance floor, German food and German and domestic beers.

Octagon Art Festival - Ames, IA - Sep 25 to Sep 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.

Ottumwa Oktoberfest - Ottumwa, IA - Sep 27 to Oct 1, 2016
Brats and beer, chicken barbecue, parade, and carnival. The annual Rotary Chicken Barbecue kicks off activities with a barbeque. Advance tickets $8. Features a Kiddie Parade, Oktoberfest Parade, and a marching band competition.

Junk-toberfest - Walnut, IA - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016
Shop for retro, vintage, reclaimed and redesigned items while outdoors in Iowa’s Antique City.

Amana Oktoberfest - Amana, IA - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
Amana, a national historic landmark built by radical Pietists primarily from Germany, celebrates Oktoberfest with a beer keg tapping (Friday at 2 PM), parade (Saturday), live entertainment, games and activities for both adults (like the keg toss!) and kids (pumpkin toss!). Other contests such as log sawing, brat eating and the timber trek. Sample fudge and caramel at the Chocolatehaus. Free demonstrations at the Woolen Mill. Edelstein Treasures for kids. Festhalle admission is $10 for one day and $15 for two days.

Pumpkinfest - Anamosa, IA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Fall Arts and Crafts Festival - McGregor, IA - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

Burlington Lions Club Oktoberfest - Burlington, IA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Adventureland Oktoberfest - Altoona, IA - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Van Buren Scenic Drive Festival - Keosauqua, IA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Held during the peak of the spectacular fall foliage season.

Scenic Drive Festival - Birmingham, IA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Held on the second weekend in October during the peak of the fall foliage season. The largest event of the year in this scenic Southeast Iowa community. Arts & crafts, flea market, car show, tractor show, parade, fun run and more.

Leaf Arts and Crafts Festival - McGregor, IA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
Held at Triangle Park in McGregor at the Landing Events Center with live music, handcrafted arts and festival food.

Fall Festival - Keosauqua, IA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival - Winterset, IA - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2016
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.

Manning Oktoberfest - Manning, IA - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016
German food, polka music, dance lessons and Hausbarn tours. 5 PM keg tapping with Home Brew contest followed by German music and dancing from 7-10:30 PM.

Harvest Festival Casino Night - Boone, IA - Oct 14 to Oct 14, 2016

Remsen Oktoberfest - Remsen, IA - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
It’s their 43rd annual celebration of the community’s Luxembourg & German heritage. The event historically includes beer keg tapping, all you can eat German feast, and children’s Bavarian costume and dance contest. Always held on the last Saturday in October.

Art on the Prairie - Perry, IA - Nov 12 to Nov 13, 2016
An art festival showcasing 100+ Iowa artists, musicians and writers in the Cultural and Historic District.

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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