The best Friday nights are a mix of big, awesome moments and quiet, low-key ones.

In Altoona, our town strikes just the right harmony of big fun and chill vibes. Go all in at Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel. Enjoy a juicy burger and a craft beer at Burger Shed. And then, it’s up to you. A movie? A concert? A brewery? In Altoona, we help you get the night rolling—you decide where it goes from there.

Can’t miss experiences

Cinemark Altoona and XD

Experience the latest films in comfort with stadium seats, multiple screens and self-service ticketing kiosks.

Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel

Outstanding entertainment offerings have made Prairie Meadows the No. 1 entertainment destination in Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers nonstop casino action, live and simulcast horse racing, sports wagering, big-name entertainment, local and regional musical acts, and full-service dining amenities. Additionally, Prairie Meadows provides guests with a convenient, comfortable place to stay.

Bon Appétit, Altoona

Altoona is stacked with a huge variety of delicious dining options! Our steakhouse scene is especially flavorful, with plenty of top-tier establishments like AJ’s Steakhouse, The Big Steer, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse, and Claxon’s Smokehouse & Grill to explore. But that’s just one section of our “menu”—we’ve got something for everyone! Check out Altoona’s restaurants here.

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Calendar of Events

Whether it’s live horse racing, concerts, vendor markets, casino action, or something else—there’s always something fun going on in Altoona. Explore our Calendar of Events page to stay in the loop!