July Des Moines Events

June 29 - July 1 - Goodguys 27th Heartland Nationals





  • Over 4,000 Rods, Customs, Classics, Muscle Cars and Trucks thru ’87
  • Spectre Performance All American Sunday welcoming American made or powered vehicles of all years
  • Goodguys Saturday Twilight Autocross Fun Runs
  • Goodguys Autocross
  • Goodguys Nitro Thunderfest presented by FuelCurve.com
  • Saturday Night Fireworks Extravaganza
  • Vendor & Manufacturer Exhibits
  • Swap Meet
  • Cars 4 Sale Corral
  • Model Pedal Car Show
  • Live Music Entertainment
  • Goodgals Arts & Crafts Gallery
  • Kids Zone – Free Arts and crafts, games, prizes & more!
  • Kids Free Revell Model Car Make-N-Take – Get your kids involved in model building
  • RC Car Exhibition, Hosted by the Central Iowa RC Addicts
  • Hot Rod Repair by ISRA
July 3rd - Pixies

For over 30 years, beloved alternative rock band PIXIES have been entertaining audiences all over the world. See them live on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at 7:30 PM at Hoyt Sherman Place!

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July 4th - Des Moines Firecracker 5k

The Des Moines Firecracker 5k is a celebration of America’s greatest day in America’s greatest city! The Des Moines Firecracker starts and finishes at the newly renovated Peace Tree Brewing Co. in the East Village. Each registration gets a personalized bib, timing chip, custom firecracker socks, your first beer/ drink free and a post-race party! Come join us by patriotically running the streets of Des Moines on July, 4th 2018 at 9am.

July 6th & 7th - 80/35 Music Festival

The two-day annual downtown Des Moines festival will return July 6-7, 2018.

80/35, held at Western Gateway Park, brings an estimated 30,000 people to downtown Des Moines for its pay-to-see main stage and additional free stages.

The indie rock, jam and hip-hop festival is curated by local nonprofit organization the Des Moines Music Coalition.

SCHEDULED FOR JULY 6:  Phantogram, Atmosphere, Phoebe Bridgers, Pink Neighbor, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Remo Drive, Jeff Rosenstock, Closed Format, Da Younger, Matthew James & the Rust Belt Union, Closed Witch, Elizabeth Moen PLUS MORE!

JULY 7: Kesha, Courtney Barnett, Car Seat Headrest, Vagabon, Honycreeper, Naked Giants, Sawyer Fredericks, Ratboys, Zeshan B, Soccer Mommy, Ratboys, Pricilla Renea, The Poison Control Center, Grand Avenue Ruckus, Field Division, Greg Grease, B. Well, Ramona & the Sometimes, Bass Raja & Pri Yon Joni with Himanshu on Dhol, Comandante, Starry Nights, Foxholes, Karen Meat, The Host Country, Extravision, Telekinetic Yeti PLUS MORE!

More information can be found at Facebook.com/8035musicfestival.

July 12th - 15th - BMW MOA International Rally
July 21st - Christmas in Zooly

Ho Ho Ho! Santa and his reindeer have arrived at Blank Park Zoo once again to enjoy a winter wonderland in July. Guests of all ages can celebrate Christmas with crafts, games and activities centered around the animals at Blank Park Zoo!


$14 – adults
$8 – child
Free for Members

July 25th - Shania Twain
July 29th - Godsmack & Shinedown