Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with some family-friendly or late-night fun? From Memorial Day parades to dance parties, here is how to spend the highly-anticipated weekend in Iowa.  

Memorial Day Springfest

Des Moines

Springfest in Riverview Park in Des Moines is a free, all-ages-friendly blues music festival hosted in honor of the annual holiday. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with a multitude of live music performances, fare and libations from vendors and food trucks, art vendors and a lot more fun. The event is open to the public and takes place on May 29. 

To learn more about Memorial Day Springfest, visit

2022 Memorial Day Run

Des Moines

The Memorial Day Run in Des Moines is back for its third year in honor of Memorial Day on May 30. The run (or walk) will include a 5K to 10K trek with a gold medal and bib waiting for participants at the finish line. The run is $18 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting military members and first responders. 

To learn more about the 2022 Memorial Day Run, visit

North Iowa Band Festival

Mason City

With 60,000 people expected in attendance, the North Iowa Band Festival has returned for its 83rd year for its Memorial Day weekend celebration from May 26 to May 30. The weekend event will feature fun for all ages, including a massive parade, live music, sweet treats, art from local vendors, games and more. The festival is free and open to the public.

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Memorial Day at Resthaven Cemetery

Memorial Day Celebration

West Des Moines

Aiming to celebrate and honor our fallen men and women, Resthaven Cemetery is hosting a Memorial Day Celebration at its cemetery in West Des Moines. The event encourages lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating during the services.

To learn more about Memorial Day at Resthaven Cemetery, email [email protected]

Memorial Day Weekend Whiteout Party

Des Moines

Back for its ninth year at the Nightingale Cocktail Lounge, the Memorial Day Weekend Whiteout Party has returned for an all-night-long celebration (white attire encouraged, not required). The fun will start on Sunday, May 29, at 10 p.m. and will carry on with your favorite music from DJs, late-night sips, bites and dancing until 2 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online. 

To learn more about the Memorial Day Weekend Whiteout Party, visit

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