Spring to Summer Festivals in Iowa


The spring and summer weather is mild and it is time for people of the Midwest to get out and play. Iowa features a unique selection of festivals for the spring-summer season, including the Pella ‘tulip Time Festival, North Iowa Band Festival and the famous Iowa State Fair.

Pella Tulip Time Festival May 7-9

Tulip Time in Pella is when the Iowa ton comes alive with tulips, parades, people wearing Dutch attire, food, fun and more.

Tulip Time in Iowa – image by blogspot.com

Pella becomes a city in Holland for three days every spring. Pella travels back in time, to become a European village, complete with windmills and tulips. The 74th Annual Tulip Time Festival features music, food and Dutch traditions. There are two parades every day of the festival; There are afternoon parades and lighted evening parades.

84th annual Tulip Time festival in Iowa – image by mankatofreepress.com

North Iowa Band Festival May 21 – 25

The Band festival is a weekend of music and wholesome fun for the entire family. The festival parade is on Saturday, May 23. This event offers food and a carnival, so it is fun for parent and kids. School bands from northern Iowa gather to perform in this family friendly event.

North Iowa Band Festival – image by globegazette.com

The band festival was first held in 1928 and has grown over the years to a festival that the American Bus Association has named one of the Top Ten Events in North America. The North Iowa Band Festival is held in Mason City, Iowa.

Iowa State Fair August 13 – 23

The Iowa State Fair is an internationally known festival of agriculture and entertainment. The theme of the State Fair is State Fair Time, when fairgoers trek to the east side of Des Moines for food, fun, free entertainment, livestock, competition and interesting people watching. The Iowa State Fair is the largest single tourism event in the state.

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Iowa State Fair – image by star1025.com

The Grandstand line-up includes Steven Curtis Chapman and Jeremy Camp, Gary Allan, Peter Frampton, Big and Rich, Bret Michaels, Deery Brother Summer Series for Late Models, Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull, Shinedown, Brooks and Dunn, Demolition Derby, Kelly Clarkson and Journey.

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The Grandstand line-up – image by reddit.com

The Iowa State Fair was honored with an award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for fairs with attendance of one million or more people. The faire has also been named one of the American Bus Associations Top 100 Events in North American and Discover America’s list of Top 200 Events.

Information was gathered from the festival websites and is subject to change.


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