Fair and festival season is already underway here in Eastern Iowa! There are lots of great events scheduled this summer, so we put together a list of some of the big ones. Here are the fairs and festivals set for June, July, and August of 2023:

Benz Beer Fest

  • Benz Beverage Depot, Cedar Rapids
  • Saturday, June 17th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Featuring live music, 100+ beers, food, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE


  • Downtown Vinton
  • Saturday, August 26th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Featuring artisans & crafters, a farmers market, food vendors, kids' activities, live entertainment, and more


  • Benton County Fairgrounds, Vinton
  • Saturday, August 26th at 4 p.m.
  • Featuring fireworks, live music, food vendors, a beer tent, and more
  • Parking is $10 - Grandstand seats are $10 (lawn seating is free)

Bremer County Fair

  • Waverly, Iowa
  • July 23rd through 29th
  • Featuring a carnival, a beer garden, contests, live music, a petting zoo, shows, and more

Buchanan County Fair

  • Independence, Iowa
  • July 5th through 9th
  • Featuring a Demo Derby, a beer garden, a carnival, live entertainment, and more
  • Concerts from Trace Adkins and Sammy Keshaw, Aaron Tippin, & Collin Raye
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Cedar County Fair

  • Tipton, Iowa
  • July 12th through 16th
  • Featuring a rodeo, races, a tractor pull, BINGO, contests, a beer garden, a carnival, and more
  • Concert from Lonestar/Eddie Montgomery
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival

  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Events scheduled from June 14th through July 4th
    • Balloon Glow - June 17th
    • Dock Dogs - June 22nd through 25th
    • Imagination Square - June 24th
    • Parade - June 24th
    • Movies at the Ballpark - June 29th
    • Pancake Breakfast - July 4th
    • Fireworks - July 4th
  • Freedom Festival Buttons are $10 each

Center Point Pork Days

  • Main Street, Center Point
  • June 1st through 3rd
  • Featuring live music, fireworks, food, a parade, a beer tent, and more

Coralville 4thFest

  • S.T. Morrison Park, Coralville
  • July 1st through 4th
  • Featuring a 5k, a concert, a parade, food, kids' activities, fireworks, a carnival, and more

Delaware County Fair

  • Manchester, Iowa
  • July 10th through 16th
  • Featuring a parade, inflatables, races, truck & tractor pulls, a Demo Derby, a carnival, live entertainment, and more
  • Concerts from REO Speedwagon and Carly Pearce
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Downtown Block Party

  • Downtown Iowa City
  • Saturday, June 24th from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Featuring dueling pianos, a drag show, a silent disco, volleyball, pro wrestling, drinks, and more

Dubuque County Fair

  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • July 25th through 30th
  • Featuring competitions, a beer garden, live music, a carnival, a demo derby, a truck & tractor pull, and more
  • Concerts from Lauren Alaina and Skillet/Theory of a Deadman
  • Purchase tickets HERE


  • Washington Park, Dubuque
  • August 5th & 6th
  • Featuring live music, local food, an art fair, and more

Elkader Sweet Corn Days

  • Elkader, Iowa
  • July 27th through 30th
  • Featuring a carnival, a beer tent, a 5k/10k, live music, food, a parade, tournaments, and more

Fairfax USA Days

  • Fairfax Complex
  • June 23rd & 24th
  • Featuring a beer tent, a street dance, food, a movie in the park, a 5k, a parade, inflatables, fireworks, and more

Fireworks & Fireflies

  • Lowe Park, Marion
  • Monday, July 3rd at 6 p.m.
  • Featuring food, live music, fireworks, and more

Great Jones County Fair

  • Monticello, Iowa
  • July 19th through 23rd
  • Featuring a carnival, live music, a beer tent, a NTPA Pull, a kids' zone, contests, and more
  • Concerts from Jon PardiPitbullShinedown, and We the Kingdom
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Hoover's Hometown Days

  • Main Street, West Branch
  • August 4th & 5th
  • Featuring vendors, live music, a beer tent, food, Hooverball, a parade, inflatables, a petting zoo, a dog show, and more

Iowa Arts Festival

  • Downtown Iowa City
  • June 2nd through 4th
  • Featuring artists, vendors, live music, food, educational activities, and more

Iowa City Jazz Festival

  • Downtown Iowa City
  • June 30th through July 2nd
  • Featuring vendors, live music, food, fireworks, a beverage garden, and more

Iowa Irish Fest

  • Downtown Waterloo
  • August 4th through 6th
  • Featuring classes, contests, live entertainment, food, sheep herding, Highland Games, a fun run, drinks, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Iowa Renaissance Festival

  • Middle Amana Community Park, Amana Colonies
  • June 3rd & 4th
  • Featuring artisans, live music, sword play, jousting, comedy, food, drinks, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Jackson County Fair

  • Maquoketa, Iowa
  • July 25th through 30th
  • Featuring a beer tent, a parade, a petting zoo, a carnival, Night of Destruction, Otter Adventure, and more
  • Concerts from LOCASH/Little Texas and Clint Black/Chris Janson
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Johnson County Fair

  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • July 23rd through 26th
  • Featuring a talent show, a tractor pull, competitions, a skid loader rodeo, vendors, and more

Lazy River Beer and Wine Festival

  • Marquette Riverfront
  • Saturday, June 24th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Featuring wine & beer vendors, food, live music, and more
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Linn County Fair

  • Central City, Iowa
  • June 28th through July 2nd
  • Featuring a carnival, live music, a beer tent, an ECIPA Truck & Tractor Pull, Tough Trucks, and more
  • Concerts from Niko Moon and Jo Dee Messina
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Lisbon Sauerkraut Days

  • Lisbon, Iowa
  • August 17th through 19th
  • Featuring a 5k, a car show, a carnival, a parade, food, fireworks, tournaments, live music, and more

Manchester River Days

  • Manchester, Iowa
  • June 1st through June 3rd
  • Featuring live music, a 5k, a river float parade, food trucks, a bags competition, kids' activities, and more

Marion Kiwanis BBQ Rendezvous

  • Lowe Park, Marion
  • Saturday, June 3rd at 11 a.m.
  • Featuring 8 BBQ vendors, face painting, live music, and more

Mississippi Valley Fair

  • Davenport, Iowa
  • August 1st through 6th
  • Featuring live entertainment, food, kids' activities, vendors,
  • Concerts from Sam Hunt, Jordan Davis, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Three Days Grace, and Limp Bizkit
  • Purchase tickets HERE

Muscatine County Fair

  • West Liberty, Iowa
  • July 19th through 23rd
  • Featuring a demo derby, a trailer race, donkey races, a tractor pull, a carnival, contests, and more
  • Concert from Josh Turner
  • Purchase tickets HERE

My Waterloo Days

  • Lincoln Park and Anton’s Garden, Waterloo
  • June 8th through 11th
  • Featuring live music, a parade, a beer garden, a carnival, food, kids' activities, a talent show, vendors, and more
  • Concerts from  Ginuwine/Ying Yang TwinsBlessed Union of Souls

North Liberty Blues & BBQ

  • Centennial Park, North Liberty
  • Saturday, July 8th
  • Featuring food vendors, live blues music, craft beer, inflatables, and more

Palo Fun Days

  • Zeller Park, Palo
  • Saturday, August 19th at 12 p.m.
  • Featuring food, vendors, a craft fair, a parade, a truck & tractor pull, live music, fireworks, and more

Solon Beef Days

  • Solon, Iowa
  • July 21st & 22nd
  • Featuring food, live music, a bags tournament, a fun run, a parade, and more

St. Joseph Fun Days

  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion
  • June 2nd through 4th
  • Featuring carnival rides, games, live music, food, a silent auction, a 5k, Bingo, a beverage tent, a hog roast, and more

St. Jude Sweet Corn Festival

  • St. Jude Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids
  • August 11th through 13th
  • Featuring a carnival, a beer tent, live music, sweet corn, raffles, and more
  • Admission is $5 for ages 11+

Strawberry Days Festival

  • Strawberry Point, Iowa
  • June 8th through 11th
  • Featuring a farmers market, live music, food trucks, a pet show, competitions, a beer garden, a truck & tractor pull, and more

Sturgis Falls Celebration

  • Gateway Park & Overman Park, Cedar Falls
  • June 23rd through 25th
  • Featuring a car show, an arts & crafts fair, a parade, a carnival, live entertainment, kids' activities, food, and more

Swisher Fun Days

  • Swisher, Iowa
  • July 28th & 29th
  • Featuring tournaments, a parade, a vendor market, food, a street dance, and more

Walcott Truckers Jamboree

  • The World's Largest Truckstop, Walcott
  • July 13th through 15th
  • Featuring Trucker Olympics, a pork chop cook-out, fireworks, contests, antique trucks, and more
  • Concerts from Shenandoah and Electric Shock - The AC/DC Show

Winneshiek County Fair

  • Decorah, Iowa
  • July 11th through 15th
  • Featuring a carnival, a petting zoo, kids' activities, competitions, live entertainment, races, a rodeo, and more
  • Concerts from Easton Corbin and John Michael Montgomery

Wurst Festival

  • Amana Colonies
  • Saturday, June 17th
  • Featuring sausage vendors, live music, a beer tent, yard games, a Dachshund Derby, and more
  • Admission is $5 for ages 12+

We will continue to add to the list as we get more information!

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