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Award winning fairs, festivals and celebrations abound in Iowa. Check out our featured events below or find dates and information for other events by visiting www.traveliowa.com.

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Bloomfield

14th Annual BMAI Iowa Theater Show
107 S Washington
Phone: 641-799-1442
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Description: Stage performances by Bluegrass Addiction, Jimmie Allison & Ozark Rounders, and West Connection.  Show starts at 7pm.  Ticket information on website. Contact Lori King for more information at 641-799-1442 or email iowabluegrassmusic@gmail.com

Hours: March 19, 2016

Boone

Boone County Fair
1601 Industrial Park Road
Phone: 515-432-5899
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Description: For 90 years the Boone County Fair has Boone home to 4H, FFA, and Open Class exhibits and shows. Exciting Grandstand Shows, Commercial Exhibits, delicious fair food and the carnival make our fair one you wont want to miss! Free gate and parking.

Hours: July 21-24, 2016

Des Moines

3rd Annual BMAI Bluegrass Festival Stoney Creek Inn
5291 Stoney Creek Court
Phone: 641-799-1442
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Description: Stage show performing will be Bluegrass Martins (F/S), Bull Harman & Bulls Eye (F/S), Dick Kimmel & Co. (F/S), West Connection (F) & Four Mile Creek (S). See website for ticket and hotel information.  Also workshops Friday 2-5.  Open to the public, see website for details.  New lower ticket prices for advanced reserved seating and youth tickets.   

Hours: February 27-28, 2015
Des Moines Metro Opera
106 West Boston Ave
Phone: 515-961-6221
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Description: Iowa's premier opera company presents the Midwest's best known summer opera festival, with three operas in repertory with world-class artists.

Hours: June 24-July 17, 2016
Iowa State Fair
Located at: E. 30th & E. University, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 57130 Des Moines 50317-0003
Phone: 800-545-FAIR or 515-262-3111
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  • National Register Site

Description: “Nothing Compares” to the annual August extravaganza that features mouth-watering food, fabulous free entertainment, one of the world’s largest livestock shows and countless zany contests.  Join us August 11-21, 2016. 

Hours: August 11-21, 2016 

Hampton

Franklin County Fair
1008 Central Ave W., PO Box 442
Phone: 641-456-2049
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Description: Features grandstand shows, midway and free entertainment. Grandpa’s Farm offers old time farming demonstrations with steam engines and antique tractors. Free draft horse pull on Sunday and Tractor pull son Saturday. Museum and Pleasant Hill, a 1900’s town with enactors and craftsmen.  Free gate and parking.

Hours: July 13-17, 2016

Indianola

Des Moines Metro Opera
106 West Boston Ave
Phone: 515-961-6221
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Description: Iowa's premier opera company presents the Midwest's best known summer opera festival, with three operas in repertory with world-class artists.

Hours: June 24-July 17, 2016
National Balloon Classic
Memorial Balloon Field; 15335 Jewell St.
Phone: 515-961-8415 or 800-FLY-IOWA
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Description: Nine incredible days!  Great music, fabulous food, family entertainment, and the spectacular site of nearly 100 hot air balloons gracing the Iowa skies at the 2016 National Balloon Classic, Into the Blue.  Dawn Patrol, Nite Glow Extravaganza, Fireworks, Balloon Rides and more.  www.nationalballoonclassic.com

Hours: July 29-August 6, 2016

Jefferson

Mahanay Bell Tower
Courthouse Square
Phone: 515-386-2155
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Description: 162-foot tower features 14 cast bells and electronic carillon chiming every quarter hour: patriotic and religious music played at 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm daily. Elevator ride to observation deck offers a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. Annual Bell Tower Festival held in June.   

Hours: Mem Day-Labor Day 11-4 Daily
Weekends in May & Sept from 11-4

Johnston

3rd Annual BMAI Bluegrass Festival Stoney Creek Inn
5291 Stoney Creek Court
Phone: 641-799-1442
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Description: Stage show performing will be Bluegrass Martins (F/S), Bull Harman & Bulls Eye (F/S), Dick Kimmel & Co. (F/S), West Connection (F) & Four Mile Creek (S). See website for ticket and hotel information.  Also workshops Friday 2-5.  Open to the public, see website for details.  New lower ticket prices for advanced reserved seating and youth tickets.   

Hours: February 27-28, 2015

Lake Rathbun

7th Annual BMAI Honey Creek Resort Bluegrass Festival
12633 Resort Dr.
Phone: 641-799-1442
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Description: For ticket and hotel information please go to our website.  Must ask for bluegrass rate when making reservations.  Rooms are limited so book early to guarantee the reduced rate.  No other promotions or discounts applied with the bluegrass rate.  For more info contact 641-799-1442

Hours: October 27-30, 2016

Moravia

7th Annual BMAI Honey Creek Resort Bluegrass Festival
12633 Resort Dr.
Phone: 641-799-1442
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Description: For ticket and hotel information please go to our website.  Must ask for bluegrass rate when making reservations.  Rooms are limited so book early to guarantee the reduced rate.  No other promotions or discounts applied with the bluegrass rate.  For more info contact 641-799-1442

Hours: October 27-30, 2016

Rathbun Lake

7th Annual BMAI Honey Creek Resort Bluegrass Festival
12633 Resort Dr.
Phone: 641-799-1442
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Description: For ticket and hotel information please go to our website.  Must ask for bluegrass rate when making reservations.  Rooms are limited so book early to guarantee the reduced rate.  No other promotions or discounts applied with the bluegrass rate.  For more info contact 641-799-1442

Hours: October 27-30, 2016

Webster City

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley
Various locations in Webster City
Phone: 515-832-9570
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Description: At Legacy Learning Boone River Valley, we offer one to three-day classes in a relaxing, retreat style setting.  Courses are offered year-round and taught by artisans and visiting craftsmen.  We strive to bring time-honored traditions and legacies of this great region through courses focused on woodworking, carving, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, quilting, basket making, and more. Visit www.legacylearningbrv.org for course offerings and more information.  

Hours: Visit www.legacylearningbrv.org to register or for more information about individual courses
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