5 Things to do for Fall Fun in Des Moines


fall activitiesWith the last days of summer upon us, it is time to focus on Fall! If you are anything like me and my family, you look forward to enjoying fall fun in Des Moines and time outside before the cold temps and snow set in.

Luckily for us, there are lots of opportunities for fall fun in Des Moines. Here are 5 festivals and ongoing places to go for fall fun.

Fall Festivals and Celebrations

The World Food & Music Festival: September 17-19 at downtown Western Gateway Park. 
This weekend is jammed packed with food, music, and other cultural experiences for families. Music starts in the late morning each day and features great lineups sure to please. Purchase food from at least 25 countries and be sure to check out the Cultural Activity Pavilion for a variety of interesting cultural experiences. Admission is free.

Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival: September 25-26 at Western Gateway Park. Iowa’s only 2 day Latino Heritage Festival is a great way to spend a few hours or a whole day. Immerse yourself in Latino heritage including, art, music, dancing, and of course, amazing food! Kids will love the fun activities they can do at various locations around the festival grounds.

Ongoing Fall Fun

Valley Junction Farmer’s Market and Music in the Junction: Enjoy the wonderful Valley Junction Farmer’s Market every Thursday through the end of September from 4 p.m. to 8  p.m. in Historic Valley Junction. Bring a chair and enjoy live music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Shows are free and open to music lovers of all ages.

Living History Farms: Fall is a great time to take a trip back to Iowa’s past. Regular admission fees will get you and your family access to lots of fun activities. This fall you can enjoy Historic Baseball (9/18), Medicine Shows (9/18, 10/2), Apple Fest (9/25), and Indigenous Iowans Day (10/9). These special events, along with the regular activities LHF has to offer can make for a day of fun and learning.

Iowa Arboretum: You could spend the whole day exploring the main campus and the sprawling woodland trails of Iowa Arboretum. There is no better way to see the fall foliage color change while admiring the fall flowers in bloom. The views at the Arboretum are breathtaking. Don’t forget your camera, it is a great place for taking photos!

More ideas for Fall Fun in Des Moines

Where to See Fall color

Fall Bucket List

Best Places for Fall Photos

What are your “can’t miss” fall events or traditions? Drop them in the comments so I can add them to my family list!


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