Goodguys 25th Heartland Nationals
Nothing like a good ol’ car show to kick off the month. From July 1 through July 3, Goodguys Rod and Custom Association is hosting their 25th Heartland Nationals car show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, located at 3000 East Grand Avenue in Des Moines. To call this festival a car show does not quite do it justice. The Heartland Nationals features over 4,000 hot rods, classics, and custom vehicles from several different eras, a freestyle motocross show, a swap meet, live music, kids areas, and much, much more. General admissions for those over 13 years old is $17, and kids get in for only $6. Especially if you’re a classic car buff, you can’t afford to miss the Heartland Nationals.
Des Moines Symphony’s 23rd Annual Yankee Doodle Pops
Feel like doing something more patriotic so close to the 4th of July? On July 1, the Des Moines Symphony is hosting its 23rd Annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert, a night celebrating the great United States. The concert starts at 8:30 p.m., although a prelude starts as early as 6:30. It’s being held on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol at 1007 East Grand Avenue, just down the street from the Heartland Show. This is more than a concert. After the patriotic music, visitors will be treated to an unbeatable fireworks show to close out the night. Best of all, everybody gets in free. Just be there early with blankets and lawn chairs in tow. This event always prompts a hefty turnout.
National Balloon Classic
Who doesn’t love hot air balloons? From July 29 to August 6 at 1601 North Jefferson Way in Indianola, the National Balloon Classic will continue a tradition that has taken place in Iowa for over 40 years. Over 100 hot air balloons will take to the sky during this event, many of which will be available for rides if you can register for one before everyone else does. This festival will also feature tons of great food, live music, a Kids Land, and the Nite Glow Extravaganza. Morning admission to this event is free, and evening admission is only $5. The event runs from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day of the festival. Further scheduling details will be available as the event approaches. With these events and the many more that Des Moines, Iowa, has to offer, you should have no problems finding some well-deserved fun ways to enjoy the rest of the summer.