Des Moines Summer Events & Activities

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Last summer was a blast for many Des Moines and Urbandale people, and now we’re back to provide you with an updated guide to the 2023 summer activities in Johnston! If you’re browsing the Internet for exciting 2023 summer events, we have you covered below! Explore what family summer activities in Des Moines are taking place, then stop by our service center to ensure your vehicle is ready for the summer activities. 


2023 Summer Activities

Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk

Grab your family and friends — and your best walking shoes — at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 3 to attend the Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Walk. The special event wants to raise awareness for the autoimmune disease Scleroderma. Scleroderma, which means hard skin, is when your body attacks itself and makes the skin, lungs, kidneys, and other internal organs hard. Scleroderma can be life-threatening, and there’s currently no cure or medicines to help.

Bingo & Mules at the Hall

Enjoy the fun and nostalgia of playing bingo as a kid! Monday nights can be your newest family activity playing Bingo while enjoying food and drinks for only $1! Enjoy winning fun prizes each round. 

Karaoke for Charity

Every Friday from 11 pm to close, enjoy a night of showing off your vocal talents at Karaoke for Charity! Admission is free, and have fun signing up to sing your favorite songs with your friends or co-workers. With more than 48,000 songs available, you won’t have trouble finding your favorite tune to sing!

2023 Summer Events

Iowa State Fair

Back again is the fan-favorite Iowa State Fair! This festival is Iowa’s single-largest event and the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial exposition in the country. More than one million people come down and enjoy 11 days of celebrations, entertainment, and achievements. The event takes place August 10-20!

Iowa State Fair Flea Market

Once a month during the summer, spend the day searching for exciting antiques, collectibles, jewelry, purses, home decor, and more at the Iowa State Fair Flea Maret. The free event happens monthly with new items added. 

The sun’s out and the weather’s warm, so the only thing that’s left to do is to have some fun and enjoy yourself this summer. Whether you want to soak in the nice weather or you want some quality time with your friends and family near Urbandale, the team at Volkswagen of Des Moines has a whole list of Iowa summer events and activities for you. Get some ideas from our Des Moines summer guide, and you can easily make your way over to these places in your reliable VW vehicle. Read on to see what we have for you!



Iowa Summer Events

National Ballon Festival

From July 29 to August 6, you can enjoy this event where more than 100 hot air balloons are featured. Go for a balloon ride in one of the many hot air balloons in different colors and shapes, and when you’re on the ground, enjoy the live music on the TruBank stage. Then, end the night by taking in the glow in the night sky during the Dawn Patrol and Nite Glow. 

Iowa State Fair

A salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment, and achievement, the Iowa State Fair is a time for celebration and fun. This annual event attracts more than a million people from all over the world, and remains to be one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. 

Glow Wild 

This year, the Glow Wild is on September 24 from 3 to 8 pm. This family-friendly event, ideal for all ages, happens at the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger, right outside of the Des Moines metro area. Expect local Iowa bands and singer-songwriters this year as the Glow Wild is celebrating National Public Lands Day. 

Iowa Summer Activities 

Central Iowa’s Trek The Parks Challenge

Are you a fan of the outdoors? Or would you like to be out the house more? Then, this challenge is perfect for you. Discover central Iowa in the various parks, trails, spray grounds, and more! The challenge will last from June 1 to August 20, and includes a list of 30 parks. You’ll find different activities in each park!

Adventureland Park

Whether you have kids or you have nieces and nephews, take them to Adventureland Park for a day of fun. There’s a play area for the little ones and a water park for all ages inside this main theme park in Iowa. If you have more time to spare, stay overnight in their resort! Be sure to make good use of the available discounts.

Blue Grass Drive-In Movie Theater

What’s a better way to end a summer night than laying in the open and enjoying a movie with your loved ones? If you’re looking for a lowkey and chill activity to do, then definitely give the Blue Grass Drive-In a try. Take the movie-seeing experience to the next level! 

Let Us Be Your Des Moines Summer Guide 

Before you get out there, make sure your car is ready for your adventures ahead by visiting our service center near Des Moines and West Des Moines. When the summer is almost over, be sure to see what Halloween events and activities are in store for you!


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