Not only famous for the original four who put together the Original Hooters Restaurants, Iowa is a great place to visit. Not long after graduating college, the famous four sat around “mother’s kitchen table” deciding what should come next…well the rest is history. Let TravelKatz plan your vacation to one or more of these wonderful Iowa festivals and don’t forget to visit the Original Hooters in Clearwater, Florida!
Kosmic Kingdom Music Festival: Two Days of Music, Art & Camping in a Medieval Kingdom. Listen to: Dirt Monkey and DMVU who’ll be part of the festivities in the Sleepy Hollow Renaissance Park, Des Moines, IA, every year on Memorial Day Weekend!
3rd Annual Boone River Valley Festival: “The American Band”, Grand Funk Railroad is coming to the Boone River Valley Festival for their 50th Anniversary Tour, ‘50 Years of Funk,’ with special guest Blue Öyster Cult LIVE Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Boone River Valley Festival is named one of Iowa’s Top 10 Best Outdoor Festivals. Come enjoy a whole weekend of events for all ages. A portion of the proceeds benefit Camp Brave, specifically designed for kids affected by crime.
Des Moines Arts Festival is a 3-day event being held from June 28-30 at the Western Gateway Park in Des Moines, USA. This event showcases products like Juried Art Fair featuring 195 of the nation’s best artists selected from a competitive jury process, Interrobang Film Festival, Emerging Iowa Artists Program, Community Outreach Program, Live music on the Main Stage, Dance, music, acrobats, comedy acts and more on the Community Choice Performing Arts Stage, Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith and the area’s best jazz, Green Arts Zero-Waste Sustainability Program, Artist Demonstrations presented by John Deere, a Photo-walk with the Des Moines Register, Over 30 Interactive Arts Activities, Best Film Festival, wide variety of beverages and craft beer; along with 26 Eclectic Food Booths and Trucks, a Sculpture Garden and more etc.
Big Horn Mountain Festival: is a 3-day event being held from July 19 to 21 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, IA. This event showcases product from Consumer & Carnivals industry; products like premium craft beers, live music, foods, entertainments, crafts products & much more etc.
West Point Sweet Corn Festival: All the free sweet corn you can eat along with that World-Famous West Point Sweet Corn Festival Bar-B-Que Chicken! Many activities and fun for all ages! The typical festival with food, crafts, music, produce and more. West Point, IA. Aug 8 – 11
The Northside Oktoberfest: This fest benefits Iowa City area nonprofits and showcases the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games and much more! Join us as we take over the streets of the Northside, just blocks north of downtown Iowa City. This is an open festival – anyone can come in and enjoy the atmosphere, food vendors, activities, etc.; but only those with tickets will be allowed the tasting glass that will allow them to sample beers, ciders and wines. October 5th.
National Balloon Classic: Nearly 100 hot air balloons paint the Iowa sky with brilliant colors and playful Special Shapes! Cheer on skilled pilots as they compete for points and prizes, sit back and enjoy live music nightly, buy a balloon ride for a one-of-a-kind view, and prepare to be awestruck as dark skies come alive with a mystical glow during Dawn Patrol and Nite Glows. Kids Land, fireworks, fabulous food…experience all of this and so much more; July 26 – August 3rd in Indianola, IA
Iowa Soul Festival: This event will feature locally, regionally and nationally recognized artists. Activities will engage current residents while inspiring previous and future residents and students to explore learning, working, living and playing in Iowa. Aug 17 – 18, in Iowa City
Give TravelKatz a call at 352-277-7300 if you want to go to Iowa for some fun festivals.
Brucemore: Three families owned the Brucemore estate between 1884 and 1981-the Sinclairs, the Douglass, and the Halls. They were business and community leaders during a century of evolution in the Midwest. Caroline Sinclair, widow of pioneer industrialist T.M. Sinclair and mother of six, hired architects Josselyn and Taylor to build the mansion for $55,000 in 1884. In 1906, George Bruce Douglas, of the Quaker Oats and Douglas & Company fortunes, acquired the home with his wife, Irene, transforming the property into a country estate they named Brucemore. In 1937, their daughter, Margaret, inherited Brucemore with her husband, Howard Hall, founder of Iowa Manufacturing and Iowa Steel and Ironworks. The Halls added flair to the estate with famous guests, including Presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman and their exotic pet lion, Leo.
Today, Brucemore’s 26-acre, park-like estate invites exploration of the site’s history, gardens, grounds, and 21-room mansion through a variety of opportunities. The Queen Anne architecture, 1925 Grant Wood Porch, 1929 Skinner pipe organ, and 1930s Grizzly Bar and Tahitian Room reflect the vibrant history of remarkable people. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape our understanding of modern Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa, and the American Midwest.
Czech Village / New Bohemia District: New Bo is what we call the New Bohemia District these days…across the Cedar River from Czech Village (historically significant area for the town of Cedar Rapids and for Czech people the world over) , a nice walk gets you from hip, fun restaurants and city happenings to the old world feel of Czech Village and the National Czech Slovak Museum.
Great gift shopping in Czech Village, wonderful food offerings and art happenings in New Bo. Great little neighborhood in the heart of Cedar Rapids. Near the river, lots of cute little shops and tasty looking restaurants. Area is really inviting and worth exploring.
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library: The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is such a beautiful building and sets like a gem stone near the Cedar River. Be sure to view the video that shows the amazing move of the gigantic building after the floods of 2008 to its present location. Be sure to allow plenty of time to view the detailed and extensive exhibits in the museum. You will be treated to memorabilia from the daily lives of the Czech and Slovak people as well as the historical events and people which changed the world.
Don’t forget to go outside to see the 1890’s Immigrant House, which is decorated with an ever-changing display of antique furniture and artifacts from the past. It is fascinating to see how five generations of one family lived in this very small home for nearly 100 years.
One of the best things about the Czech and Slovak Museum is the never-ending variety of displays and pieces. If you have visited once, you really have much, much more to see! You must come back again and again to see the latest cultural and historical offerings which will delight you. Be sure to stop in at the gift shop for a memento of your visit. You will be excited to see the wide variety of books, toys, pottery, glassware, jewelry and other Czech and Slovak items.
Grant Wood Studio: Grant Wood’s Cedar Rapids studio is the second floor of a late 19th century carriage house. The modest red brick and wood building sits next to a large, elegant mansion that once housed one of Cedar Rapids’ most prominent families. It was in the Studio that Grant Wood painted one of his most famous works of art, American Gothic-a work that was shown at and purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930 for $300.
Grant Wood Window and the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium: Located on Mays Island in Cedar Rapids, is another Grant Wood item that’s a must see. Depending on the time of day, it is a beautiful window to see. Take your time and watch the different effects of light on the windows. Not only is the fabulous window worth the trip, but the rest of the museum is, too. Amazing exhibits of all wars, neatly and concisely done.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art: This art museum has one of the largest collections of Grant Wood art in the world. It is a must see in Cedar Rapids. It is in a beautiful old Carnage Library. They have done a really good job in restoring this building. Also, there is a nice gift shop inside.
Travelkatz will be happy to help you fly to Cedar Rapids and enjoy exploring the city and area. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.