2021 Fall Festival Calendar for Des Moines, including Oktoberfest

What has traditionally been the first festival of the festival season in central Iowa this year will be the last.

“We had to call (to delay) in February / March,” said Nu Huynh, executive director of the Iowa Asian Alliance, the organization behind CelebrAsian. “We have tried to be very respectful of the dates and times of other festivals.”

The result is three consecutive major festival weekends in the Des Moines metro, headlining the World Food & Musical Festival this weekend, the Latino Heritage Festival on September 24-25 and CelebrAsian on October 1-2. .

Here’s the Des Moines Register’s guide to these events and six more to catch before the leaves start to fall.

Following:The end of the eventful festival season closes the seemingly ‘back to normal’ year for events, despite COVID

17-19 Sep

The World Food and Music Festival in Des Moines on September 14, 2018.

World Food and Music Festival

Following:Des Moines World Food & Music Festival announces food vendors with cuisines spanning 23 countries

The World Food & Music Festival will host its 17th annual this weekend, filling Des Moines Western Gateway Park and surrounding streets from Friday to Sunday with dozens of local food vendors representing 20 countries, as well as nearly two dozen. musical performances.

The weekend began with a naturalization ceremony on the main festival stage on Friday afternoon. Fifty people were to become US citizens.

During the remainder of the weekend, the main stage will host performers including The Original Wailers, a Grammy-nominated reggae group led by Bob Marley and Wailers veteran Al Anderson, as well as local favorites the Maytags and the NOLA Jazz Band.

Like almost all festivals in central Iowa, the World Food & Music Festival was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are thrilled to bring the World Food & Music Festival back to downtown Des Moines,” said Colleen Murphy, downtown events manager for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, in a press release. “The event presents a unique opportunity to provide a range of global food, entertainment and activities for the whole family as we celebrate cultures from around the world.”

A full program of festival events is at dsmpartnership.com.

Vintage and made fair

Held at the Dallas County Fairgrounds in Adel, the Vintage & Made Fair will hold its fall edition on Saturday.

The indoor / outdoor event brings together vendors of antiques, crafts and related items for festival-goers to browse and purchase.

Following:Beaverdale fall festival canceled again as Iowa sees COVID-19 cases rise

Admission is $ 8 per person, children under 12 are free. For more information visit vintageandmadefair.com.

A winter edition of the fair will come to the River Center in Des Moines on November 13.

24-26 Sep

Pork + Pinot and La Cave Unexpected

After a series of virtual events, Winefest returns to host Pork + Pinot, an in-person wine and pork tasting at 6 p.m. on September 24 at Cowles Commons that will also include musical performances. Tickets cost $ 70.

At 6 p.m. on September 25, Winefest continues with The Unexpected Cellar at a location to be announced one week before the event. The speakeasy-themed event will feature heavy appetizers and live music. Tickets cost $ 110.

For more information visit winefestdesmoines.com.

The Golden Keg is selected to start the Oktoberfest des Moines on Friday, September 28, 2018.

Oktoberfest (Des Moines)

The annual Des Moines Oktoberfest marks its 17th year downtown, taking control of Fourth Street south of Court Avenue from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on September 24 and 25.

The price of admission includes a commemorative pint glass and a drink ticket, and Friday attendees can bring back their glasses for free Saturday admission. A large selection of German beers will be on tap, and patrons can also enjoy mixed drinks or a shot of Dr. McGillicuddy’s at Schnappski station. Food vendors including Smokey D’s and Karam’s Mediterranean Grill will serve an array of German dishes for the weekend.

The festival is open to everyone until 8 p.m., after which it will only admit those 21 and over.

Admission is $ 12.50 in advance online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberfest-des-moines-tickets-150776662055 or in the Hy-Vee stores of the Des Moines metro station; $ 15 at the door.

For more information, visit oktoberfestdsm.com.

Oktoberfest (Land of adventure)

Adentureland’s seventh annual Oktoberfest 21+ takes place in the park on September 25 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission includes access to all musical performances and shows, rides open for the day, free beer, and free food.

Adventureland will feature over 70 beers on tap for the event, including Samuel Adams Octoberfest and Dogfish Head Pumpkin, along with other beverages including cocktails at the cafe. G. Love and Special Sauce is headlining, and roaming numbers will appear in the park throughout the day.

Admission is $ 65. Gold Season Pass holders (does not include beer and food) and Platinum Season Pass holders enter for free.

For more information, visit Adventureland.events.

Latino Heritage Festival

The Des Moines Latin Heritage Festival returns to Western Gateway Park from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on September 25 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 26.

Food, music and dancing to fill the weekend, with a Grammy-nominated musical artist Sonia De Los Santos performances kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday; and indie Latino rock band Movie Makers wrapping things up at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Dance groups like the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico and the Aztec Dancers will also perform, and there will be cultural exhibits and vendors representing various styles of Latin cuisine.

Admission is $ 5 for adults; children under 12 are free. For more information, visit latinoheritagefestival.org.

Knot festival

For the first time since debuting at Council Bluffs in 2012, Knotfest is coming home with the headliner Slipknot, bred by Des Moines.

The music festival will also feature national metal bands including Faith No More, Suicide Boys, Megadeth and Tech N9ne. Doors will open at 11 a.m. on September 25 at the National Balloon Festival grounds in Indianola. Tickets cost $ 125.

Following:Slipknot’s Joey Jordison “Incredibly Innovative Musician” Left Lasting Impact on Iowa, Friends Say

This will be the first Knotfest since the band’s original drummer, Joey Jordison, died in July.

For more information visit knotfest.com/iowa.

October 1 and 2


After a reduced festival in 2020, Des Moines’ CelebrAsian is making a comeback, albeit much later in the year than usual.

Typically held over Memorial Day weekend, this year’s event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on October 1-2 at Western Gateway Park. With a “Silk & Spice” theme, it will feature Asian food, music and more.

You can find more information about the event on iowaasianalliance.com.

Raccoon River Rally

The first Racoon River rally will be held on October 2 from noon to 6 p.m. at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines, benefiting the planned Raccoon River pedestrian bridge connecting the park to Walnut Woods State Park on the south side of River.

The event will include musical performances, a morning bike ride and beer tent, food trucks and other festivities.

For more information, visit wdmchamber.org.

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at Des Moines Register. Reach it at ihameau @gannett.com or (319) -600-2124, follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.

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