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2022 Des Moines Summer Events & Activities

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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 Lithia 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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