Beaverdale Fall Festival – FREE Family Fun Is Back!
The Beaverdale Fall Festival, presented by Service Legends, returns after a two-year hiatus! The festival, which has activities and fun for all ages and all budgets, is Friday, September 16th, 5 – 11 pm, and 8 am – 11 pm Saturday, September 17th.
Located in the heart of Des Moines’s Beaverdale Neighborhood, you’ll find a line-up of delicious food trucks, stage performances from neighborhood favorites, a carnival, and several activities for kids (and adults!) of all ages, and booths showcasing some of our talented local businesses. This is an outdoor event, so please remember to pack your sunscreen and/or umbrellas, because rain
or shine, this legendary festival is on!
The festival will open at 5:00 pm with a tree dedication honoring a dear friend of the festival, Theresa Graziano, a former President of the Beaverdale Fall Festival Board also known for spearheading the beloved parade for many years. Shortly following at 6:00 pm there will be a car night featuring a variety of unique, muscle, and classic cars. Later in the evening Trio Aceto and the Kent Brothers Band will be performing on the main stage. The carnival and food trucks will also be available Friday night, starting at 5!
Other Highlights at a glance:
- Opening Ceremony and Tree Dedication for Theresa Graziano
- Car Night
- Kent Brothers Band & Trio Aceto Performing on the Main Stage
- Carnival, Food Trucks, and Festival Fun for the whole family!
If you can only bring the kids one day, then you’ll want to do so on Saturday, so they don’t miss the Kids Zone and all the other fun activities planned! While the traditional parade had to be canceled this year due to road construction, the festival organizers still managed to pack in a lot of family fun!
In lieu of the traditional parade, there will be an adorable children’s parade and dog parade inside the festival grounds! This short route will allow kids to show off their fun costumes and decorated wagons or bicycles as they lead the way to the Kids Zone. The dog parade will follow closely behind, with our four-legged friends encouraged to wear their own fun costumes! There will be prizes for the best-decorated bikes, wagons, and costumes (both for kids and dogs). The mini parade starts at 9:30 AM!
The Kids Zone will be from 10:00 am-noon on Saturday. It makes a return this year with fun, free activities from the Des Moines Public Library and Des Moines Children’s Museum, as well as all the past favorites. Rumor has it there will even be an appearance from some of your favorite superheroes!
New for this year, there will also be a free morning adult group yoga class led by Rooted Yoga + Fitness. Since it starts at 8:00 am, you’ll still have plenty of time to participate in the Children and Dog Parade!
Vendors and Main Stage
There are also plenty of vendors to check out, including the arts and crafts fair from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Keep an eye on the main stage in the afternoon too, since there will be a pie-tasting contest presented by Eat Free Pie and the Beaverdale Better Business Bureau. Free pie will be on hand for audience members to sample after winners have been crowned. Awards will be presented for the best pies, so if you think your pie is the one to beat, please sign up to show it off here.
Other Festival Highlights at a glance:
- Food Trucks and other Vendors
- Trivia (Pre-registration required)
- Cornhole Tournament (Pre-registration required)
- Talent Show (Pre-registration required)
- The Maytags and DJ Mollie Git Down performing on the Festival’s Main Stage
For those looking to really get involved, you’re in luck!
The Fall Festival’s activities don’t stop at the Festival! They also partner with Eat Free Pie DSM to host the Beaverdale location for Thanksgiving! They need people who are interested in baking free pies, delivering pies to homes in the neighborhood, or receiving a free pie on Thanksgiving. The goal is simple: to remind one another that none of us are truly alone on Thanksgiving Day! If you are interested in receiving a free pie, donating to cover expenses, or volunteering your time or pie-making talents, then check out www.fallfestival.org/eatfreepie
There is always a need for volunteers! If you’re interested, please follow this link to see how you can get involved! The festival is in need of volunteers throughout the year in addition to during the festival.
If you’re excited for the festival to be back, please consider giving us a small donation to keep us going, since we’re the area’s only festival run entirely by volunteers. We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit so donations are tax deductible and they mean it when we say everything goes into putting on the best festival we can every year. Click here to support the Festival!