Celebrate at Ankeny’s Annual Summer Festival


9-12, 2020

A Tradition of Summer Fun

Ankeny SummerFest, presented by Karl Chevrolet, is a four-day celebration with carnival rides, parades, bands, family fun and more! Mark your calendars for Ankeny SummerFest 2020: Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12th.

Theme 2020: Stay tuned to find out the new theme!

Ankeny SummerFest’s 2019 theme was Get Your Giddyup, and encouraged vendors, float and boat builders, and event attendees to lasso their favorite cowpoke or buckaroo and experience Ankeny SummerFest like never before. Kids and adults alike can all giddy-on-up and get a move on. From Mr. Ed to Toy Story, there is something for everyone of every age to enjoy. Get Your Giddyup is for the participant to interpret. Throw on your chaps, but steer clear of the cactus. And don’t forget the ten-gallon hat! The theme can mean something different to everyone.

Ankeny SummerFest Favorite Attractions

Apart from endless events throughout the weekend, attractions lasting for the duration of Ankeny SummerFest are a perfect way to spend the day in between parades, family fun time, boat regatta, and more.

Entertainment Garden

Thursday, July 9 –Sunday, July 12
View garden hours

The Ankeny Area Chamber Entertainment Garden is open each night of Ankeny SummerFest. Drink tickets can be purchased by cash only, an ATM is available on grounds. At the Entertainment Garden, festival-goers can expect music by local bands, friends, and fun every evening. Bring your lawn chair, grab a drink, and enjoy the opening and headlining shows each night.


Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12
Carnival hours and specials TBA

People of all ages can enjoy arcade games and rides all weekend long. Tickets are not available to purchase prior to hours of operation during Ankeny SummerFest weekend. All ticket prices are set by the carnival and vary by ride (cash only). Wristband specials are not sold in advance and are only available to purchase during certain hours of operation.

Ankeny SummerFest Survey

Click here for the survey.

Take the Ankeny SummerFest 2019 survey! We strive to continue to enhance Ankeny SummerFest to best fit the Ankeny Area Community. We appreciate your feedback to help keep SummerFest a festival our community loves!

Food & Business Vendors

Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 12
Download list of 2019 vendors

Enjoy some of Ankeny’s best cuisine with local food vendors. Meet local businesses that will be representing themselves at booths throughout Ankeny SummerFest. To learn more about vendor rules and regulations, visit the Info Center.

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Get Involved & Volunteer at Ankeny SummerFest 2019

Want to get involved with Ankeny SummerFest, but you’re not sure where to start? Ankeny SummerFest events are only possible thanks to the countless number of volunteers and their commitments each year. If you’d like to be a part of that excitement, we welcome your involvement!

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