The 55th Waterland Festival will return as a 3-day event from July 18 – 20!


Now in its 55th year, the Des Moines Waterland Festival (presented by Destination Des Moines) is returning as a 3-day event jam-packed with family fun!

The festival will be held the weekend of July 18-20, 2014 – mark your calendar and join us for the best festival in years!

Here’s the schedule:


  • Noon – 9 p.m.: Children’s Carnival presented by Clowns Unlimited, Des Moines Field House


  • 8:30 – 10 a.m.: Waterland 5k Run, Beach Park and Marina
  • 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.: Children’s Carnival and Pony Rides, Des Moines Field House
    • Classic Wooden Boat Show, Des Moines Marina
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Des Moines Farmers Market, Des Moines Marina
  • Noon – 3 p.m.: Old Fashioned Picnic and Ice Cream Social, Wesley Homes
  • 5:45 p.m.: Junior Parade
  • 6 p.m.: Grand Parade; begins at 240th and continue through downtown Ds Moines along Marine View Drive South.


  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Classic Car and Wooden Boat Show, Des Moines Marina
  • Taste of Des Moines and Beer/Wine Garden, Des Moines Marina
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Children’s Carnival, Des Moines Field House

Find festival updates, the parade application and volunteer opportunities at Also look for updates on

“We hope to see everyone there!”

For more information, please contact Elana Bryan at (206) 444-5794 or

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