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Top Events in Iowa for 2014!

University of Okoboji Winter Games

January 25-26, 2014  in Okoboji, Iowa

It all started with a couple local guys and the organization of small broomball tournament The University of Okoboji is a fictitious school created to sponsor fun events such as the annual Winter Games. Held over a weekend each January, the Winter Games feature broomball (a form of ice hockey without ice skates), miniature golf on ice, softball, snowmobile races, flag football, freeze your fanny bike rides, snow shoe hikes, ice bowling, arm wrestling, polar beat swims and more. visit:

Winter Dance Party

January 30 - 31,  2014  in Clear Lake, Iowa

This annual festival celebrates rock ‘n’ roll – and memories – at the legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper performed their last show. The plane crash site is located just outside of town.  visit:

Tulip Time Festival

May 1,2,3 - 2014  in Pella, Iowa

Tulip Time is held the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in May. The festival celebrates Pella's Dutch Heritage with parades, stage performances, a Dutch market, and quilt and flower shows. Streets are scrubbed for twice-daily parades complete with Dutch dancers in authentic costumes in 3 afternoon and 3 lighted evening parades.Visit:

Glenn Miller Festival

June 12 - 15, 2014  in Clarinda, Iowa

On the second weekend in June, visitors and entertainers from around the world will converge in Clarinda, Iowa to celebrate the music and memory of Alton Glenn Miller, American bandleader, composer and arranger who disappeared while directing the Glenn Miller AAF Band during World War II. Visit:

Des Moines Arts Festival

June 27- 29, 2014 in Des Moines, Iowa

Winner of the Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association, and the Encore Award from Bravo Greater Des Moines, the Des Moines Arts Festival® features the best visual artists in the country, along with interactive arts-related activities, live music, film, and performing arts.  Features include 175 professional juried artists, emerging Iowa artists, a Student's Vision K - 12 Art Exhibition, Interrobang Film Festival, over 25 family and adult art activities, performing arts stage, eclectic food booths, live music, street theatre, sculpture garden, and fireworks.  Visit:


July 20 - 26, 2014  across Iowa

Held in July, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (The Des Moines Register is the statewide paper in Iowa) is an annual, seven-day, 500-mile bicycle ride across the state. It is is the oldest and largest touring bicycle ride in the world. Each year is a new route. Visit:

Iowa State Fair

August 7-17, 2014  in Des Moines, Iowa

Smile. Whether it's the happiness of a day at fair with your family or winning a ribbon, enjoying your favorite bands or snacking on your favorite food on a stick, nothing compares to the Iowa State Fair. Featured in the New York Times’ "1000 Places to See Before You Die" as one of the world's must-see events, and named the #2 choice for summer fun in America by USA Weekend, the internationally-acclaimed Iowa State Fair annually attracts more than a million fun-lovers from around the world.  Visit:

Knoxville Nationals

August 1-9, 2014 in Knoxville, Iowa

Conceived in 1961 as a two-day event, the Knoxville Nationals has grown into the country’s largest sprint car event attracting more than 30,000 enthusiasts and featuring a purse close to one million dollars. Sprint cars are high-powered race cars designed specifically for short oval or circular dirt or paved tracks. Knoxville is referred to as the Sprint car capital of the world. Visit:

Guttenberg Germanfest

September 19-20, 2014 in Guttenberg, Iowa

The small, quaint, historic town of Guttenberg celebrates its rich German heritage each year with the Guttenberg Germanfest, an event that continues to grow each year and which offers family fun activities including world-renowned, live polka bands, champion yodelers, authentic German beers, Princess Heidi and her Oma and Opa, games and activities for children, beer and wine making contests, a brat eating contest, a large outdoor Arts & Crafts Fair and even the increasingly popular Wiener Dog Dash.  Visit :

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival

October  in Winterset, Iowa

The 44th  Annual The Madison County Covered Bridge Festival has been a time-honored tradition in Madison County, Iowa since 1970. Each year on the second full weekend in October, county residents gather under the brilliant hues of autumn to celebrate their historic covered bridges. The festival features a wide variety of food, antique and craft vendors, nonstop music and entertainment, artisans demonstrating the old-fashioned ways, quilt show, car show, an antique vehicle parade, and guided bus tours of the covered bridges. Visit:

National Farm Toy Show

November 7, 8, & 9, 2014  in Dyersville, Iowa

The National Farm Toy Show—it's a magnet to collectors young and old, seasoned and novice, from throughout the United States and even farther.  The best place to buy, sell and trade in the farm toy capital of the world. This show, affectionately referred to as the “Grandaddy of ‘Em All” was started 1978 by Claire and Cathy Scheibe, publishers of the popular Toy Farmer Magazine.   Visit:

Iowa State Fair - one of the largest in the USA!
Our favorite events for 2014! 
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The Toy Farmer Show In Dyersville

Our tourism department comes up with the list each year and selects the top 10 based upon significant anniversaries, unique events and those with large attendance. Hundreds  of events are scheduled around the State of Iowa for 2014.   Below are the Top 10 Events of 2014 that are listed in the  annual vacation guide/calendar of events covering  events across the State of Iowa,

including events in Des Moines.