While best known for its Midwestern sensibility and fertile agriculture scene, Iowa also plays host to numerous wonderful festivals that cover a myriad of themes. From artisan craft festivals to Christmas, Iowa offers great festivals year round. In this article, we will cover just a few unique Iowa festivals.
University of Okoboji Winter Games (Okoboji, Iowa)
The University of Okoboji hosts their Winter Games the last weekend in January each year and it includes snowball softball, broom ball, snowmobile rides, a polar bear plunge, bike ride, 5 and 10k races, chili cook offs, boot hockey, and more. What better way to get out and active to shake off some of that winter hibernation? The U of O Winter Games are an Iowa classic.
Burlington Steamboat Days - American Music Festival (Burlington, Iowa)
Held during the middle of June each year, the Burlington Steamboat Days - American Music Festival is a full weekend experience that brings over 100,000 visitors. One of the top stops of the Iowa Music Festivals, this event features big band, jazz, R&B, golden oldies and other musical stylings. The Burlington Steamboat Days - American Music Festival is a great event for the entire family.
Knoxville Nationals (Knoxville, Iowa)
The largest sprint car event in the United States, the Knoxville Nationals are a two-day experience held toward the beginning of August each year in Knoxville, Iowa. Dating back to 1961, over 30,000 sprint car enthusiasts now attend the event making Knoxville the Sprint Car Capital of the World. The annual purse reaches nearly one million dollars.
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival (Winterset, Iowa)
One of the most beautiful festivals in Iowa, the Madison County Covered Bridge Festival dates back to 1970 and is held the second full weekend in October in the midst of the autumn foliage. The festival features incredible food, crafts, antiques, live music, guided bus tours of the gorgeous covered bridges, and more.