December 14, 2009


We are all aware of the COVID-19 crisis in our country and the necessary precautions required to protect the health and safety of our families and friends. Due to State regulations restricting public and private gatherings, we have cancelled the Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa that was scheduled for this summer. Once we have weathered this crisis, we will begin to focus our efforts on planning the next festival.

The Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa is an annual 2-day event in downtown Des Moines hosted by the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa and the Societa Vittoria Italiana. Offering fun for the entire family, it features entertainment, education, contests, heritage displays, a childrens park and………!

Festival Date/Time

The 2020 Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa, “VIVA L’ITALIA” will take place on July 24th and 25th, 2020  at the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.  

The festival gates will be open at the following times:

Friday, July 24: 11:00 am until 12:00 am.

Saturday, July 25: 10:00 am until 12:00 am.

Admission Charge

Admission to the festival is free before 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. Voluntary food or monetary donations to the Food Bank of Iowa will be accepted before 5:00 PM on both days. After 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, a $5.00 admission (for adults and children 12 and older) will be charged.


The Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa will take place at the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.  The park is bordered by 12th and 13th Streets and Locust and Grand Avenues.


There are numerous parking garages and lots in downtown Des Moines.   Please follow the links below for downtown maps and parking information.

Downtown Des Moines Maps
Downtown Des Moines Parking Information

ATM Locations

There will be ATM machines on the festival grounds.

Information Booth/Lost and Found

Please see our office staff.

Lost Children Inquiries

Please see our office staff – they will contact Festival staff and security to assist in locating lost people.


Portable restroom facilities are located throughout the festival grounds.


The Festival has 24-hour security on-site. A security officer can be located at all Festival entrances, each beverage tent, and throughout the grounds.

Festival Guest Policies

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all Italian-American Heritage Festival attendees, please observe the following rules:

  • No outside beverages are allowed within the Festival site. For safety reasons, glass bottles are prohibited within the Festival site.
  • Alcoholic beverages are sold within the Festival site to patrons 21-years and older presenting valid identification. State laws and regulations require that alcoholic beverages purchased at the Festival remain on-site. On-site security will ask you to dispose of any alcoholic beverages before you exit or enter.
  • Smoking is not permitted inside any structure or in any seating area on the Italian-American Festival grounds.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, large signs and placards which may endanger or inconvenience the public attending the Festival are prohibited on-site.
  • The Italian-American Heritage Festival reserves the right to decline admittance to anyone who violates the reasonable policies established for public safety or to restrict activities such as public address to designated areas.
  • All packages are subject to search.
  • Pets are forbidden for the safety of the pet due to the heat and the number of people.  Be kind to your pets – leave them at home when you visit the Festival.  Seeing-eye dogs are allowed on site, per city regulations.

Contact Information

IAHF of Iowa
1961 Indianola Rd.,
Des Moines, IA 50315

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