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Summer Celebrations Around DSM: Part 3

2021 Late Summer Celebrations

In the third part of our Summer Celebrations series, we highlight the annual celebrations and festivals happening in late summer in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Each of our communities offers something special to help make the region a great place to work, live and play. Following the many closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, many communities will hold their summer celebrations, some in limited capacity. Even if you don’t live in the communities featured, you can still find a way to show your love for the region by helping to spread the word to your contacts and supporting the businesses and people who live in that community. By supporting each other, DSM grows faster and stronger!

Late Summer Celebrations

Knoxville Nationals: August 11-14, 2021

The 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals will take place at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. The four-day event will feature a tradeshow, Queen's Contest, kid zone, live music and rooftop yoga, among other activities.

Sweet Corn Festival: August 14, 2021

The Sweet Corn Festival in Adel, Iowa is held the second Saturday in August and offers fun and free sweet corn! Event activities include the Sweet Corn Festival 5K, Dallas County’s largest parade, the Sweet Corn Princess pageant, a bags tournament and more.

Altoona Palooza: August 28, 2021

Stop by Sam Wise Sports Complex in Altoona, Iowa for Altoona Palooza! Family-friendly events include mud volleyball, a kickball tournament, Art in the Park, inflatables, food trucks and more.

Shop Local

While you’re attending one of the community celebrations above, you might also consider stopping in at locally-owned shops and buying local. Check out our #DSMlocal Buying Guide and Restaurant Guide before you go for ideas on where to spend your dollars!

Share Our Story

Attending these celebrations is also a chance for you to become a DSM USA Ambassador by sharing what you do and see at these events with your social audiences. Use #DSMUSA on social media and join the #DSMUSA Facebook group to post about your experiences!

Named the #1 Best Place to Live in the Midwest and #2 Safest Place to Live, Greater Des Moines (DSM) is a city where you can have it all. Learn more about what it’s like to live here.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.