Yes, you read that correctly: “Iowa” and “music festivals” in the same sentence. We’re not just cornfields and pork here. We’ve got some crazy talented musicians and avid music followers. Which is why Iowa has no shortage of music festival offerings, no matter your favorite genre. Below is a partial list of Iowa music festivals happening this summer.
Jasper Winery Summer Concert Series
Thursdays from May to August
FREE concert series at Jasper Winery in Des Moines. Enjoy music while sitting alongside the grapevines. Plus you can sample, and purchase, Jasper wine, some local beer, and food. For the lineup and FAQs, check out the Jasper Winery website.
Music in the Junction
Thursdays from May to September
FREE live music series that lasts 22 weeks. What more could you need? How about a beverage garden and a farmer’s market? That’s what you’ll find at this summer series held in the Historic Valley Junction retail district in West Des Moines. Follow along on Facebook for their summer lineup.
Thursdays from June to September
Explore indoor and outdoor gardens while you enjoy this concert series at the Des Moines Botanical Garden. Each week features new music, food, drinks, and lawn games. For pricing and the lineup, check out their website.
The northwest Iowa town of Sheldon welcomes you to RiseFest, a family-friendly weekend of food, activities, and music that brings in big names in Christian music — like Skillet, Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, and more. For tickets and event information, check out the RiseFest website.
Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops
This one needs to be on your bucket list. The Des Moines Symphony’s annual patriotic concert on the lawn of the Iowa Capitol is the largest single-day concert event in the state. And it’s free! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic basket and enjoy a truly spectacular concert and fireworks display over downtown Des Moines. Check the Des Moines Symphony site for details.
Iowa City Jazz Festival
This festival is ranked in the top 10 jazz fests in the nation. This weekend includes national, regional, and local artists across multiple stages, as well as food, art, and children’s activities downtown near the University of Iowa campus. Get all the details here.
This popular downtown Des Moines festival brings in dozens of artists for the weekend along with food trucks galore and children’s activities. There are free and ticketed stages, and this year, you can expect names like Portugal. The Man and Elle King. See the 80/35 website for the full lineup, ticket info, and more.
Guthrie’s River Ruckus
Located about halfway between Omaha and Des Moines, this two-day country music festival in Guthrie Center draws big names to a truly rural venue. Headliner Chris Cagle will be joined by Cody Hicks, Tucker Beathard, Diamond Rio, Ashley McBryde, and others. Check the River Ruckus website for tickets, camping information, location, and other details.
Possibly the largest music festival Iowa has to offer, Hinterland is hosted in St. Charles and attracts thousands annually. In 2019, they’re bringing in artists like Hozier, Brandie Carlisle, Kacey Musgraves, and many more. Don’t miss out, and get all the info you need here.
Hosted at Des Moines’ Water Works Park, this EDM and hip-hop festival provides entertainment for all ages. They have live music, food, art, merch, a live graffiti demo, and more. For all the details, check out the 515 Alive website.
Maximum Ames Music Festival
In its ninth year, the Maximum Ames Music Festival (MAMF) is coinciding with Ames Pride Fest to bring a festival of “inclusiveness, understanding, and the spirit of doing it yourself.” Stay tuned on the MAMF Facebook as more and more details roll out over the summer.
World Food and Music Festival
Celebrating world culture, the downtown Des Moines World Food and Musical Festival has become a staple in the Iowa festival scene. You can see spectacular culinary demonstrations, sample new foods, and appreciate international music and dance. Be sure to check out all the culture waiting for you here.
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