Thursday, September 22nd is the first day of fall, which marks the return of fall festivals! Eastern Iowa has quite a few festivals coming up in September - here are some of the most popular:

Coggon Harvest Home

  • Coggon, Iowa
  • Saturday, September 10th from 7 a.m. to midnight
  • Featuring donuts & coffee, a silent auction, food vendors, a parade, a kids fair, contests, a street dance, and more

Marion Oktoberfest

  • Uptown Marion
  • Saturday, September 17th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Featuring 25 breweries, live music, games, competitions, and more
  • Ages 21+ only
  • General admission tickets are $40 and VIP tickets are $50 - purchase yours HERE

Dubuque Oktoberfest

  • Back Waters Stage at Q Casino
  • Saturday, September 17th
  • Featuring live music, family activities, food, games, wiener dog races, and more
  • Admission is free with a suggested donation to Camp Albrecht Acres


  • Marshalltown, Iowa
  • Thursday, September 22nd through Monday, September 25th
  • Featuring a parade, live music, a car show, a 5k/10k, and more

Guttenberg GermanFest

  • Guttenberg, Iowa
  • Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th
  • Featuring food, contests, live entertainment, weiner dog races, beer, inflatables, and more

Iowa Oktoberfest

  • Downtown Waterloo
  • Friday, September 23rd & Saturday, September 24th
  • Featuring a polka party, live entertainment, food, beer, Barktoberfest, competitions, and more
  • Admission is free

Kalona Fall Festival

  • Kalona, Iowa
  • Saturday, September 23rd & Sunday, September 24th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Featuring live music, pony rides, wine tasting, a bags tournament, crafts, food,
  • Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 5 to 12, and free for 4 and under

Ely Fall Fest

  • Ely, Iowa
  • Saturday, September 24th beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Featuring a vendor fair, a 5k, a car show, a kid zone, and more

Amana Oktoberfest

  • Amana Colonies
  • Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd
  • Featuring a food tent, live music, beer, games, a brat eating competition, a parade, and more
  • Admission is $10 for a one-day pass and $15 for a two-day pass

Anamosa Pumpkinfest

  • Main Street in Anamosa
  • Saturday, October 1st beginning at 8 a.m.
  • Featuring Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-Off, pumpkin carving displays, a 5k, kids games, food, arts and craft vendors, car show, a parade and more

Waverly Oktoberfest

  • Kohlmann Park
  • Friday, October 7th & Saturday, October 8th
  • Featuring live music, a beer garden, food, inflatables, competitions, a cornhole tournament, and more
  • Ticket information is not yet available

Northside Oktoberfest

  • Northside Neighborhood in Iowa City
  • Saturday, October 8th
  • Featuring Iowa City BrewFest, the Outdoor Bier Hall, entertainment, games, contests, live music, food, and more
  • The Outdoor Bier Hall is general admission, but BrewFest tickets are $94 - purchase yours HERE

Scenic Drive Festival

  • Historic Villages of Van Buren County (Keosauqua, Bonaparte, Bentonsport)
  • Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th
  • Featuring arts and crafts vendors, antique vendors, art shows, music, garage sales, kid's entertainment, a parade, a car and motorcycle show, food, and more

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