The annual Beaverdale Fall Festival takes over the area at the crossroads of Beaver and Urbandale Avenue in the Beaverdale neighbourhood of Des Moines, Iowa. The most popular activities include a carnival by the Holy Trinity Church, parade, car show, horse rides, street games, sidewalk sale, and more. This festival showcases agricultural produce: vegetables, flowers, wine, as well as arts and crafts. The two days are filled with entertainment for the whole family.
The major highlight of the Beaverdale Fall Festival is the parade starting at 10 a.m. that marches along Beaver Avenue with over 120 entries including 20 floats. The parade, sidewalk vendors, food and beer tents create a great atmosphere for a weekend with friends and family. Over 55 food and crafts vendors offer a great shopping experience. Vendors line along Urbandale Avenue featuring lots of handmade goods by local people. More than 150 show cars at Car Night make it a unique display.
The Beaverdale Fall Festival Dog Parade is also a big success with about 80 participating canine friends. The Kid Zone with horse rides and lots of other activities attracts thousands of kids. Musical performances take place all day long in various areas of the neighbourhood.
The Beaverdale Fall Festival dates back to the 1980s. It was meant to celebrate the neighbourhood by bringing people together and promoting local businesses.