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2023 IOWA: AUGUST 2023
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(see also: 2022  -  2019 )


August 3-6, 2023
25th Annual Estherville Sweet Corn Days
Estherville, Iowa
Estherville Sweet Corn Days is a 4 day event for everyone! Thursday night is the lighting of the cobs - a fun kick-off including s'mores! Friday is Family Night with family entertainment, kids games, a car cruise and a steak supper! Saturday is a day of fun for everyone!Saturday starts the day with one of the biggest parades in the area, FREE SWEETCORN, inflatables, craft show, food vendors and so much more! End the night on Saturday with a concert by Junk FM! Sunday is a relaxing day including a fun float and other relaxing activities!

August 5, 2023  Grain Harvest - Urbandale, Iowa
Living History Farms’ “original” community event! Get your hands dirty and help our interpreters bring in this year’s grain harvest, using hand power, horsepower, and steam. Witness it all as you hear the smash of the flail and the roar of the steam-powered thresher. Demonstrations will be weather dependent. Event activities are included in regular admission to Living History Farms.

August 8-9, 2023 - 27th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium
Des Moines, Iowa
Presented by the Distillers Grains Technology Council, exemplifying a broadening interest in current issues affecting the distilling industry.

August 9-13, 2023  West Point Sweet Corn Festival - West Point, Iowa
Iowa's largest Sweet Corn Festival. All you can eat sweet corn, free entertainment, midway and more. Pull up a seat and help volunteers shuck nearly 17 tons of sweet corn at Shuckfest held the day before the Sweet Corn Festival.  Attendance: 25,000.

August 10-20, 2023  Iowa State Fair - Des Moines, Iowa
Annually attracting more than a million people, the Iowa State Fair is a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. One of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country, it was the inspiration for the original novel “State Fair” by Iowan Phil Stong, three motion pictures, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway musical.  Attendance: 1,000,000.

August 11-13, 2023  52nd Threshermen Festival and Collectors Show
Albert City, Iowa
Agricultural heritage event with field activities, craft show and food.  Out in the field, visitors can expect to see a lot of demonstrations and activities. Typical farming operations being done by at least five different generations of machinery at one time. It will start with horse-drawn equipment and move through steam power, prairie tractors and gas tractors.


August 11-13, 2023  Annual Sweet Corn Days - Lime Springs, Iowa
Three full days of fun and entertainment, including Miss Sweet Corn & King of Corn, entertainment, parade, flea & craft markets, classic car show, softball & horseshoe tournaments, and free sweet corn!

August 12, 2023  44th Annual Sweet Corn Festival - Adel, Iowa
Seven tons of free sweet corn, craft and food vendors, parade, children's activities, live music.

August 12, 2023  Stem & Stein - Waterloo, Iowa
RiverLoop Expo Plaza.  Cedar Valley’s premier tasting event of the summer! An amazing selection of craft and domestic beers along with wines from a variety of vendors. Samples from over 40 different breweries and wineries.

August 12, 2023  14th Annual J-40 Farm Crawl
Van Buren County, Iowa
Farm tours, artists, wineries, Amish furniture, Amish buggy rides, Amish school breakfast and more.

August 17-19, 2023  Annual Lisbon Sauerkraut Days - Lisbon, Iowa
Sauerkraut King and Queen, parade, street dances, golf and softball tournaments, cabbage weigh-off and more!

August 18-20, 2023  58th Annual Old Time Power Show
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Founded in 1964, Antique Acres is best known for its yearly Old Time Power Show in August, which is dedicated to the preservation and operation of  antique machinery. Here you will find exhibitors displaying collections of farming equipment of all kinds, jelly being made on an old fashioned wood stove, or butter being churned. A “Parade of Power” from antique garden tractors to powerful steam engines, which put on a beautiful light show after dark, is only one of the 3-day show events.

August 25-27, 2023  World Food & Music Festival - Des Moines, Iowa
More than 50 Food Vendors Featuring.  Cuisine from Around the World. Live Entertainment  –  Cooking Demonstrations. $1 tastes/all entrees $5 or less.  Free to attend.

August 25-31, 2023  Taste of 'Loo - Waterloo, Iowa
Discover the best of Downtown Waterloo's food scene at Taste of Loo!  A favorite community event in downtown Waterloo, featuring a combination of established favorites and new businesses.  Join us for a week-long showcase of Sweet vs Spicy specials! Visit any of the participating restaurants during their normal business hours and when it fits your schedule.

August 26, 2023  17th Annual Independence BrewBQ
Independence, Iowa
Overwhelm your senses with outstanding BBQ, slow cooked for hours over hardwood smoke. Food and standard beverages are available by purchasing tickets at the event.  Our Craft Brew Zone features over 50 craft brews and is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Passes for the Craft Brew Zone are available in advance or at the gate. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy our live music. Music starts at 2:00 and lasts until 9:00 p.m.

August 31, 2023  16th Annuall Iowa Hunger Summit - Des Moines, Iowa
The World Food Prize Foundation established the Iowa Hunger Summit as a means to celebrate Iowa's great successes in fighting hunger and poverty and to unite in further action against both.  The Iowa Hunger Summit seeks to gather leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, and other individuals and groups that lead or participate in projects to confront hunger.

August 31-September 4, 2023  Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
The largest collection of working steam power in the Midwest. Traction steam engines, antique gas tractors, trolleys, a steam carousel and more. Crafts, great food, bluegrass and gospel music.

2022 IOWA: AUGUST 2022
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
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August 6, 2022  Bacon-N-Hops Fest - Manchester, Iowa
Enjoy samples of bacon inspired foods and try the hops from various breweries and home brewers at Manchester’s own Bacon-N-Hops Fest! This event coincides with the Country Car Cruise and Motorcycle Trials and  also brings in great entertainment!  Tickets at the gate will be $25. Music lovers can also attend the music portion only for $5.

2019 IOWA: AUGUST 2019
Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events
events waiting for new dates

August 2-8, 2019  Annual Operation T-Bone - Audubon, Iowa
Celebrating the area's livestock industry, this event includes a parade, fun run, steak sandwich feed, tractor show & shine, and chili cook-off. Be sure to visit Audubon's huge statue of Albert the Bull.  (August 2, 3, 4, 6, & 8.



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