Now as Iowans, I know almost all of us have our sights set on this weekend in anticipation of our two rivalry teams duking it out on the Jack Trice field. But there’s another highly anticipated event coming to a local neighborhood near you that you just might want to factor into your big game weekend. This event involves one of the state’s largest parades, a carnival, live bands and oh did I mention fireworks? Trust me, you don’t want to miss the Beaverdale Fall Festival.
The Beaverdale area is not only a prized location for it’s beautiful and legendary brick houses, but it is a beloved neighborhood because of its strong community and its emphasis on the family. So when the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association comes together, they create pretty amazing experiences and the Beaverdale Fall Festival is the greatest of their events. So what does the BFF have in store for you this weekend?
Well, the BFF is getting kicked off on Friday evening with carnival rides and six different bands situated throughout the festival grounds. There will be sidewalk sales from local businesses, half-off gelato from Grounds for Celebration and dozens of vendors with interesting foods to sample. Friday night is then capped off with an amazing fireworks display behind Rice Field.
On Saturday, the event the kids have been waiting for since last fall is finally here; the Beaverdale parade! There will be over a hundred different floats, school marching bands, and so much candy that somebody’s goody bag is bound to burst! This year, the parade is proud to have Ross Peterson from WHO’s Sound Off and Scott Casper announce the parade.
After the parade, the festival festivities really begin! Holy Trinity is hosting their annual Bingo tournament, there will be more live music and plenty of different places to take the family for lunch. If you’re torn between going to the festival and watching the big game, the BFF has you covered there too. The Iowa vs. Iowa State game will be showing on the big screen in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Church.
I know the last few days have felt more like sweltering July rather than Autumn, but luckily the weekend is supposed to bring some lovely cool weather that will be perfect for a fall festival. So now there’s no excuse to miss out on having a blast at one of the greatest neighborhood events in the state!
Click here for a complete list of events, locations, times and vendors.