Find an Iowa fall festival to attend in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 has things to do across Iowa including activities in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Sioux City. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.Last Major Update:
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Labor Day Celebration - Graettinger, IA - Sep 5, 2016
annual event to celebrate Labor Day includes antique tractor pull, flower show, parade, 5K, coed softball and volleyball tournament.
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.
Harvest Festival Casino Night - Boone, IA - Oct 14, 2016
Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce Rodeo - Ottumwa, IA - Sep 16, 2017
This dual-sanctioined rodeo (URA & IRCA) will also feature activities and games, vendors, food and fun for all ages.
Taste of Dyson Fall Festival - Dysart, IA - Sep 23, 2017
One of the largest ethnic events in the state of Iowa celebrates the Latino community with live music, cultural booths and children’s activities.
Fort Dodge Oktoberfest - Fort Dodge, IA - Sep 23, 2017
The event will feature a large bier garten tent with custom wooden dance floor, a diverse mix of food, a variety of draught beers on tap and live college football broadcasts all day.
Fall Festival - Keosauqua, IA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
Family friendly activities including craft vendors, food vendors, carnival rides, live entertainment, car show, pedal pull and local shops.
Art on the Prairie - Perry, IA - Nov 11 to Nov 12, 2017
An art festival showcasing 100+ Iowa artists, musicians and writers in the Cultural and Historic District.
Fly Iowa - Grinnell, IA - Aug 17 to Aug 18, 2018
Free air show with various planes and nationally known stunt pilots, youth aviation activities, historical displays, food vendors and entertainment
FRYfest - Coralville, IA - Aug 31, 2018
At this one-day event, you live, eat and breathe the Iowa Hawkeyes. With activities ranging from the â€˜Worldâ€™s Largest Hawkeye Tradeshowâ€™ to the signature Hawkeye Pep Rallyâ€¦there is no shortage of activities to experience in Coralvilleâ€™s Iowa River Landing. Over 15,000 members of Hawkeye Nation typically attend. There is a tradeshow and block party too!
ArtSplash - Sioux City, IA - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
A family oriented celebration of visual and performing arts at Riverside Park with live entertainment and food. Fun includes bungees, inflatables, balloon sculpture, face painting, arts and crafts, plus a juried art show for various media
Septemberfest - Schaumberg, IA - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
An all ages live music show and fundraiser for the Ventura Fire Department, plus arts & crafts, carnival, beer and wine tent, fireworks, parade and more!
Septemberfest - Ventura, IA - Sep 1, 2018
Free admission to the parade, live music and arts/crafts show.
Fayette Watermelon Days - Fayette, IA - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
FREE Kid’s Games, FREE Inflatables, FREE Lazer Tag, FREE Face Painting, FREE Watermelon, FREE Balloons from Mr. Nick, Fireworks, Sky Lantern Launch, Parade, Live Entertainment, Car Show, Vendor Fair and much more!
ARTapalooza - Cedar Falls, IA - Sep 8, 2018
A juried fine art show on the streets and sidewalks of the downtown area, plus artist demonstrations, live entertainment, and children’s activities.
National Cattle Congress - Waterloo, IA - Sep 13 to Sep 16, 2018
Visit the entertainment capital of Eastern Iowa. 4H and other agriculture exhibits, food, rides, and more!
World Food and Music Festival - Des Moines, IA - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Features foods from around the world. Entrees are $5 or less and tastes are $1. There will also be live music, cooking demonstrations, and wine and craft beer. Admission is free.
Beaverdale Fall Festival - Des Moines, IA - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
A fall festival that has been going on for 100 years. Activities include carnival, car night, horse rides, dog parade, street games, food, shopping and more.
Steam Threshing Festival - Forest City, IA - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
35th Annual. A family-friendly event with tractor pulls, consignment sale, kids’ activities, and all you can eat sweet corn & bologna.
Antique Fall Festival - Walnut, IA - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Enjoy autumn and antiques with dealers setup indoors and outdoors.
Brew Ha Ha - Davenport, IA - Sep 15, 2018
The Jaycees of the Quad Cities host a popular beer tasting event with local, regional and national brewers. Take a tour of the American brewing landscape–two ounces at a time. Just about every type of beer, porter, ale, lager and more will be available. The proceeds from the event support local charities, local programs, and community impact projects in the Quad-Cities.
Dubuque Oktoberfest - Dubuque, IA - Sep 15, 2018
Rain or shine under the tri-states’ largest festival tent. Event runs from 11 AM to 7 PM. Bier tasting from 3 to 6 pm with 25+ breweries. Live music, food, dancing, wiener dog races. Proceeds benefit Camp Albrecht Acres. General admission tickets are $5 with bier tasting tickets $25.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s - Ottumwa, IA - Sep 15, 2018
At the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, people carry flowers representing their connection to Alzheimer’s, a disease that currently has no cure. The hope is that with fundraising to fight this disease, there will one day by those we honor for surviving Alzheimer’s.
Tri City BBQ Fest - Denison, IA - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
5th annual. 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. Free admissions!
Waverly Oktoberfest - Waverly, IA - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
This family friendly event will features live music, food and beverage gardens including Iowa craft beers, and fun and games for youth and adults. Friday and Saturday in downtown Waverly.
Fall Harvest Festival - Waterloo, IA - Sep 22 to Sep 23, 2018
Vendors, live entertainment, car show, trolley rides, family fun zone, artists & authors, quilting & rug hooking demonstrations, scarecrow contest display and more! $5 per person ages 14+, free for children under 14 and Arboretum members.
Octagon Art Festival - Ames, IA - Sep 23, 2018
48th Annual. An outdoor event in the Main Street Cultural District with free admission to original artwork featuring visual arts, childrenâ€™s art areas and performing arts.
Oktemberfest - Marshalltown, IA - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
An entire weekend of fun for Marshalltown families. Color run, classic car show, parade, carnival, big wheel races, facepainting, dance, Little Miss and Mr. Oktemberfest, clowns with balloon animals and more.
Kalona Fall Festival - Kalona, IA - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Food, entertainment, children’s activities including pony rides. There is also demonstrations, a talent show, wine sampling, chainsaw sculptures, antique show and arts & crafts.
Ely Fall Fest - Ely, IA - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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.
Maximum Ames Music Festival - Ames, IA - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
More than 100 acts are scheduled to perform at the downtown Ames music festival.
Des Moines Oktoberfest - Des Moines, IA - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
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
Northside Oktoberfest - Iowa City, IA - Sep 29, 2018
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 childrenâ€™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 Childrenâ€™s Museum. Location: 200 N Linn Street, Iowa City, IA
Amana Oktoberfest - Amana, IA - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
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.
Ottumwa Oktoberfest - Ottumwa, IA - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
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.
Fall Arts and Crafts Festival - McGregor, IA - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
McGregor holds three annual arts and crafts festivals. The fall festival features over 40 artists in tents both indoors and outdoors. Grab something from a food vendor and relax in the park while live music from local musicians continues throughout the day
Burlington Lions Club Oktoberfest - Burlington, IA - Oct 6, 2018
The club’s signature event on the first Saturday in October. German food including bratwurst and sauerkraut. Bavarian musicians. Games including Stein Hoist. Authentic attire contest.
Adventureland Oktoberfest - Altoona, IA - Oct 6, 2018
General admission tickets are $25 each online. VIP ticket is $500 each (2 person minimum). Rain or shine event. 21+ only.
Pumpkinfest - Anamosa, IA - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2018
A true Main Street Festival that has drawn thousands to Anamosa since 1989. Activities include dozens of food and craft vendors, kids’ games, one of the largest parades in all of Iowa, and GIANT pumpkins.
Scenic Drive Festival - Van Buren County, IA - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
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 13, 2018
Held at Triangle Park in McGregor at the Landing Events Center with live music, handcrafted arts and festival food.
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival - Winterset, IA - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
The world famous “Bridges of Madison County” are on display for this 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 13, 2018
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.
Remsen Oktoberfest - Remsen, IA - Oct 27, 2018
Itâ€™s their 40+ annual celebration of the communityâ€™s Luxembourg & German heritage. The event historically includes beer keg tapping, all you can eat German feast, and childrenâ€™s Bavarian costume and dance contest. Always held on the last Saturday in October.
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
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
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
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