After a pandemic-year hiatus, the community festival returns Saturday, August 28th at the Sam Wise Sports Complex. This year’s event features new activities, old favorites—and, of course, the infamous Mud Volleyball Tournament.
Tucked away beside the bustling 8th Street Corridor—a district known for its shopping and dining—Prairie Heritage Park is an oasis of calm and serenity at the center of an otherwise bustling town. Stepping into the park, you feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new world, even though you’re only a block away.
Altoona has always been known to throw an unequivocally rockin’ July 4th weekend, with outdoor concerts, festivals, horseracing, free family-friendly fun, a ton of awesome restaurants and bars, shopping, roller coasters, and not one but TWO nights of fireworks.
Looking for some outdoor entertainment that’s free and family-friendly? Prairie Meadows has just what you’re looking for: Live horseracing! (Cue the William Tell Overture). Every Friday through Monday, Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel features FREE live racing.
On May 20th-23rd, the world’s best skateboarders will roll, flip, grind, switch, slide and ollie their way into Des Moines, along with thousands of spectators, for Dew Tour 2021. If you plan on heading to Des Moines, you’ll need to find a place to stay—and you’ll want to hurry. Hotel rooms are going faster than Tony Hawk on a halfpipe. Fortunately for you, we already found the best place to stay in the Des Moines area: Altoona!
Experimental, charming, delicious and just a little off-beat. Fireside is, without a doubt, one of those quintessentially “Altoona” places that you have to hit the next time you’re in town. Click here to find out why!
Adventureland is at the heart of Altoona’s shopping and entertainment district, with destinations like Prairie Meadows and the indoor-outdoor shopping mall Outlets of Des Moines right down the street, as well as an amazing local restaurant scene and beautiful parks to explore.
On a snowy winter evening, the Visit Altoona team hopped in the car, grabbed some peppermint cocoa and drove through the famous Jolly Holiday Lights—open now through January 3rd at Adventureland.
Come out to Prairie Meadows and indulge with a sweet treat. We have plenty of options this holiday season to warm your taste buds. Take a peek!
For the past 25 years, driving through the stunning light displays of Jolly Holiday Lights has been a tradition for thousands of families. Now, the beloved event is back at Adventureland in Altoona, and it’s bigger and brighter than ever.