So, what’s to do with the babes in the summertime in the great state of Iowa? Here is a short list to get you started.
1. Nitefall on the River: Simon Estes Amphitheater Des Moines
Music lovers unite. If you haven’t been to a show at Nitefall on the River before, let me set the mood for you: Summer nights on a green grassy hill, overlooking the river, the sun setting over the Des Moines skyline, beverage of choice in hand, your kids in sundresses or shorts, kids rolling down the hill with their buddies, the smell of food trucks and people talking and laughing, and then a sweet band starts playing while you chill on a blanket in the grass with your friends and take it all in.
This year’s line-up is great. There’s a variety ranging from Hairball to Phillip Phillps, the Band Perry, and Blue October, but my night to go is for my band nearest and dearest to my heart…
The Nadas, June 10 at 8 p.m.
Want to go? You can get tickets through Tikly.
NOTE: the giveaway is closed. To make the deal even sweeter, Tikly is giving away two FREE tickets to one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment below with what’s on your Des Moines summer to do list until Wednesday June 7. Winner will be chosen Thursday June 8.
2. Iowa State Fair music headliners
I have a couple of comments right out the gate that are likely going to make me unpopular to a lot people. I don’t like the fair a lot. Sigh…I know it’s un-American or whatever, but it’s so crowded and I spent $140 in an hour and a half and someone ALWAYS pees their pants. So…
But, we always go to see our favorite band on one night. So, this is on my list this year because I have a teenager, and she has been beyond excited about one thing and one thing only at the fair this year.
Not only has our sweet Des Moines landed this big name, but there are some other big ones up on the docket: Vanilla Ice and Little Big Town to name just a couple that caught my eye, which makes me feel like I should become a fair goer. Check out the full grandstand line up here.
3. Raccoon River tubing/kayaking
Watersports! We own a few kayaks, and we love packing a cooler and taking off down Raccoon River on a nice day. If you don’t have your own, there are a couple of businesses where you can rent tubes or canoes for a day on the river.
I have a couple of older kids and a six year old. This year I feel like we can attempt tubing. Grab a cooler of drinks/snacks, tether it to your tube, life jacket up, and float. Sounds like a legit way to spend a hot summer day.
4. Small town festivals
Nothing says summer like a small town festival. Some of my other favorites are the Adel Sweetcorn Festival and one summer my husband and I happened upon the fireworks display from the Celebrate Waukee Festival while we were out for a motorcycle ride, and now we know it is not to be missed.
What are your favorite summer festivals?
Last year for my July birthday, some friends and I went out to Adventureland to float around the waterpark and have some drinks. I had more fun than I ever expected to have. So much fun that I plan on taking my kids back with me this summer multiple times.
I looked into pass prices and this is the breakdown in the simplest terms: even though prices vary by age, if you plan on going two to three times in one summer, the pass will pay for itself easily. The pass includes parking which is a sweet deal as well. However, please keep in mind that for you moms with the littlest tots, ages 3 and under are free.
Don’t forget to leave a comment below, for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see The Nada’s at Nitefall on the River!
That’s my short list. What’s on yours?
NOTE: the giveaway is closed. Remember all you have to do to enter to win a pair of tickets to see the Nadas at Nitefall on the River is leave a comment below with what’s on your Des Moines summer to do list by June 7! Good luck!