Fall Festivals Happening In + Around Des Moines

Fall background, Rose Farm Norwalk, IA
Rose Farm Norwalk, IA

The air is crisp, the skies are blue, and the days are bright. It’s time for fall festivals! We love all things fall. Check out these fall festivals for live entertainment, delicious treats, yummy drinks, and more. 

Fall Festivals in + around Des Moines

Beaverdale Fall Festival | downtown Beaverdale

Sept 15, 16

The parade down Beaver Ave on Saturday morning is a highlight of the festival as well as carnival rides and live entertainment. 

Apple Festival | Penoach Winery in Adel

Sept 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Living History Farms Applefest

Sept 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the apple harvest at this fun family event. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. 

Sunflower Festival | Deal’s Orchard Jefferson, Iowa

Sept 16 

Spend the afternoon enjoying live music, zinnias, and sunflowers.

Latino Heritage Festival | Western Gateway Park

Sept 23, 24

Enjoy Latin music, food, performances, cultural booths, and kid activities. 

Illumifest | West Des Moines City Campus

Sept 23, 4 pm to 9 pm

Come out for free inflatables, face painting, tethered hot air balloon rides, and more. 

Oktoberfest | Downtown Des Moines

September 22, 23

The annual Oktoberfest returns to Des Moines with all the favorite celebrations including a huge selection of German and craft beers, delicious German food, live music, competitions, a Silent Disco, and much more.

Middlebrook Farm Fall Fest | Cumming, Iowa

Sept 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Don’t miss a farmers market, food trucks, music and fun. 

Apple & Pumpkin Fest at Wills Family Orchard | Adel

Sept 30 (9 – 6 p.m.) & Oct 1 (Noon – 6 p.m.)
Oct 7 (9 – 6 p.m.) & Oct 8 (Noon – 6 p.m.)
Oct 14 (9 – 6 p.m.) & Oct 15 (Noon – 6 p.m.)
Oct 21 (9 – 6 p.m.) & Oct 22 (Noon – 6 p.m.)

Festivities include: u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkins, gourds, beautiful mums, apple cider, cider donuts, orchard-fresh food, and farm activities for all ages.

Fall Fest | Polk City Town Square

Sept 30, 3 pm to 7 pm

Activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, inflatables, train rides, character appearances, and more.

Racoon River Rally | Raccoon River Park

Oct 14, 11 am to 6 pm

Don’t miss live music, cardboard boat races, a vendor fair with fun activities for kids, food trucks, and so much more!

Deal’s Orchard Fall Festival | Jefferson, Iowa

Oct 14, 15, 10 am to 6 pm

Celebrate fall with live music, sand art, spin art, face painting, pumpkin patch, and more!

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival

Oct 14, 15

Take a tour of covered bridges, walk through the square, car show, kid zone, live entertainment, and more. 

Admission: $3, or 2 for $5 (FREE for children under 11)

Looking for more things to do in Des Moines? Check out fall family fun! 


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