The weather is quickly warming up, and that means this is the perfect time to leave the house! Iowa is a beautiful place to be during the Spring and Summer simply for its abundant nature. People can go running outside, hiking, dog-walking, walking, and play outside sports as much as they want. However, there are other reasons to get out of the house besides exercise. For example, the state of Iowa hosts a number of incredible festivals during the Spring and summer months. Below, I have listed a few of my favorites. I encourage you to check them out!

Iowa Flower, Lawn, and Garden Show

Des Moines

This is a perfect event for someone who loves to grow plants. It features over 300 booths with people and companies selling things that help with flower-growing, lawns, and gardens. Landscaping is a focal point in this event. It is overall a great show to attend for those looking to spruce up their garden and home!

Spring Art Expose

Iowa City

This event is hosted by the University of Iowa Fine Arts Council, and it is both an exposition and a sale. If you go, you will find a number of gorgeous original works. They will be in the form of paintings, ceramics, woodworks, drawings, jewelry, and more. This event is free and is a must-see for anyone in the Iowa City area.

Craft Your Environment

Iowa City

Craft your environment is an event held at the Salvage Barn, and is all about the environment. This show hosts a number of artists and other craftspeople that incorporate recycling into their works. This event is complete with works of art, workshops, talks, and events for kids of all ages.

Pella Tulip Time


This is a flower festival celebrating Dutch heritage as the tulips sprout in this wonderful community. Pella transforms itself into a Norwegian town for three days, complete with architecture, Dutch food, and a large amount of history. It’s a lot cheaper than flying abroad, and just as transformative!

Flea Market, Antique, and Collectible Show


This is the largest show in the East of Iowa for a good reason. There are over 150 sellers that travel to the Jackson County Fairgrounds to sell their creations. It is a hot spot for antique collectors, and a beautiful place in which to spend an afternoon.

For more information on Spring and Summer festivals in the state of Iowa, check out FestivalNet.