Best Summer Festivals in Iowa for Family Fun | Carroll, IA

Best Summer Festivals in Iowa for Family Fun | Carroll, IA

There is plenty of fun ways to spend summer here in Iowa — including buying a new vehicle from Motor Inn! Enjoy May through August in the Hawkeye State by attending one of Iowa’s many great summer festivals. Here are some of our favorites.

Iowa Arts Festival

What makes Iowa such a great place to live is all the culture and creativity that its residents bring! That’s why the annual Iowa Arts Festival in late June/early July is always worth attending. This event presented by the Iowa City Summer of the Arts has been a regional highlight every summer since 1983. See the area’s most talented musical, fine arts, performance arts, and culinary prodigies old and young.

Urbandale 4th of July Celebration

Where is the best place in Iowa to celebrate Independence Day? Many people say it’s the 4th of July Celebration in Urbandale. This huge gathering in Lion’s Park is the biggest holiday celebration of the summer in the Des Moines area. The highlight is a two-mile-long parade, where spectators stake their viewing spots hours in advance. Celebrate your American spirit this summer!

National Balloon Classic

This annual event in Indianola is not your typical summer festival! Over 100 hot air balloons from across the country gather at the Balloon Field in late July/early August to fill the sky with their patchwork colors. This is more than an aerial spectacle; this is a highly competitive event where skilled pilots show off their midair feats. You can even book on a ride on a hot air balloon! Make sure you stay for the Nite Glow after the sun goes down … and the balloons light the sky!

Iowa State Fair

The state’s largest annual event happens in early August in Des Moines and proudly bears the prestige of being one of the country’s oldest agricultural expositions. In addition to seeing the best livestock and produce that Iowa’s hard-working farmers have to show, you can also enjoy live music, vendors, shows at the Elwell Family Park, carnival games, kiddie rides, and iconic fair food!

It’s worth driving the extra distance to attend these summer festivals in Iowa — as long as your car, truck, or SUV can safely make the trip! That’s why we recommend regular servicing at our automotive center in Dickinson County, Iowa. Schedule an appointment at Motor Inn before summer is in full swing.

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