Summer Bucket List - Iowa Edition

Sweet summer time is officially upon us! Iowa is filled with some of the greatest summer destinations for day trips and the best memories. We have conducted an Iowa summer bucket list with our favorite summer activities.

Pioneers Pub & Grub - Live Music on The Deck

Another great addition to our hometown, Casey, Iowa with fabulous food and great music! Check out their social medias for menu and concert details! You won't want to miss this!

Summer Concert Dates:

- Saturday, June 12th 8-11pm

- Friday July 11th 8pm -11pm

- Saturday August 14th 8pm-11pm


Day Trip to Raccoon River Park - Des Moines, Iowa

One of our favorite family places to visit every summer. From the beach to the most amazing trails, you need a day trip here!

National Balloon Classic - Indianola, Iowa

For 9 whole days in the summer, the Iowa skies are filled with beautiful hot air balloons. The National Balloon Classic is from July 30 to August 7. Pre-purchase your tickets for an amazing summer activity for the whole family.

Visit a Local Farmers Market

Attending a local farmers market is one of the best ways to support your local farmers and entrepreneurs. Some of the best produce and goods can be found at your local farmer's markets, you should definitely check it out! Our favorite farmer's market is in Winterset, Iowa.

Shop at RJ Home - Earlham, Iowa

This adorable rescued junk shop has limited opening dates, perfect for finding that missing piece to your home. You won't want to miss this!

June Market Dates:

-June 11 & 12 9am-5pm

-June 13 12pm-3pm


Make a Candle at Candle Bar DSM - West Des Moines, Iowa

Making your own candle is so fun, and this small business does just that. You can choose your scents, blends and pour your own candle! How fun! Check them out on social media for reservations and updates.


Visit the Iowa State Fair - Des Moines, Iowa

This is one of our favorite traditions that will never get old. Some of the best food comes from the state fair of course. Attend a concert or two, see farm animals, ride rides, shop and enjoy Iowa's finest.

2021 Fair Dates - August 12-22

Favorite Food Stands:

- Cheese Curds

- Waffle on a Stick

- Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

- American Lamb

- Iowa State Fair Cookies

Visit County Fairs

Visiting your local county fair is another great way to shop local and support locals! Many fair booths and vendors are local. When you shop local, you keep your hometown thriving.

This is just the beginning of the fun summer events in the great State of Iowa. Always remember shop local, stay kind and wear sunscreen! Cheers to a great summer!

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