Family-Friendly Glow Wild 2021 + Giveaway

Family-Friendly Glow Wild 2021

Glow Wild, is back for 2021! This event is held by Polk County Conservation and Cumulus Media, this family-friendly event is fun for all ages! Glow Wild is held at the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger, Iowa right outside of the Des Moines metro area. Celebrate the end of summer with live music, fun outdoor activities, food, drinks, and friends on August 28 from 4 – 10 p.m.

Live Music

This year, they are welcoming local Iowa bands and singer-songwriters to the stage for an evening full of live music for the entire family at Glow Wild 2021.

  • Royce Johns | On stage @ 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Suede | On stage @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Elizabeth Mary | On stage @ 8 – 9:30 p.m.


Make an afternoon of it and go on a tethered hot air balloon ride, canoeing, climbing, a horse-drawn wagon ride, hang around for the signature bonfire and explore many more fun activities throughout the evening at Glow Wild in Jester Park.

Feeling adventurous? Add a festival tent campsite to your ticket purchase for Saturday night! Campground #5 at Jester Park has been blocked off specifically for Glow Wild attendees. At $25 per tent, you will be able to safely enjoy all that Glow Wild has to offer and take advantage of the shuttle service provided to and from the event that evening. The maximum number of people per tent is 6. Each person who will be staying in your tent is required to purchase a Glow Wild ticket. Read more about festival camping for Glow Wild here.

Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides

This option is available to add to tickets upon check out. Please take note that tethered hot air balloon rides are dependent on wind conditions. Rides are NOT included within the ticket prices and must be purchased separately. There are a limited number of rides and you must purchase Glow Wild tickets to participate.

  • $130 per group/basket | Unlimited passengers up to 600 lb. weight limit.
  • Tickets are sold in hour time blocks: 6 -7p.m. | 7-8p.m. | 8-9p.m.
  • 5 rides per time block.
  • Please be present for the time block you purchase.

Festival Camping Tickets

This option is available to add to tickets upon check out. Camping passes are NOT included within the ticket prices and must be purchased separately. A limited number of sites are available. All campers must purchase Glow Wild tickets.

  • Saturday Night Camping Only | $25
  • Maximum number of people per tent: 6
  • Each additional tent must purchase a camping ticket


  • Children (ages 3 – 17) | $5
  • Adults (ages 18+) | $15
  • Children 2 & Under are Free


Des Moines Parent has teamed up with Polk County Conservation to give away one free admission ticket for you and your immediate family (children, significant other)! To enter to win click the button below and follow the directions.


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18 thoughts on “Family-Friendly Glow Wild 2021 + Giveaway

  1. The hot air balloons sound awesome!
    Thanks for always posting such great events and places.

  2. My daughter loves tent camping and would love to dance the night away!

  3. Avatar Dawn Pauls says:

    The wagon ride!

  4. Avatar Stephanie says:

    It would be so fun to camp during this!

  5. Avatar Amanda Jensen says:

    Love this event!

  6. Avatar Demika Scott says:

    Camping and meeting other families was the best part last year.
    My little cousins would love to try the hot air balloon.

  7. Avatar Brandie Stifel says:

    Sounds super fun!

  8. The hot air balloon rides sound super fun!

  9. Avatar Jennifer Brown says:

    What a fun event. The hot air balloon rides sound amazing!!

  10. I’m excited to spend the afternoon enjoying nature!!

  11. This sounds like such a fun activity! I would love camping and watching the balloons!

  12. We would love to try the Balloon ride.

  13. This looks so fun, I had no idea about this event!

  14. Avatar Nina Vickers says:

    the hot air balloon rides sound amazing!!

  15. Avatar Victorea Meza says:

    My kids like the rock walls, bug catching and s’more stations. It’s a great tradition!

  16. So fun!

  17. Avatar Kyla Kelley says:

    We got married in Jester Park and love the equine center! A wagon ride would be so sweet!!!

  18. wagon ride and live music

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