Celebrate at Ankeny’s Annual Summer Festival


8-11, 2021

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 2021: Thursday, July 8 – Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Theme 2021: Go for the Gold!

Ankeny SummerFest’s 2021 theme is Go for the Gold! We are the Champions, my friends! Who doesn’t love a little competitive fun now and then? Whether you’re looking to win it all or just happy to be a part of the team, everyone has a chance to go down in history! Picture the Olympic rings and torch (fake fire, of course), a podium filled with medalists, and flags flying high and proud! But please, leave your speedos at home! Go for the Gold is for the participant to interpret. From your favorite athlete, to the ancient greeks, to the celebration of community, the theme can mean something different to everyone. Go for the Gold encourages Ankeny SummerFest vendors, float and boat builders, and event attendees to dream big and experience SummerFest like never before.

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 8 –Sunday, July 11
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 8 – Sunday, July 11
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

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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 8 – Sunday, July 11
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.

Ankeny SummerFest News & Events

Celebrate Ankeny Fireworks

Celebrate Ankeny Fireworks

Celebrate Ankeny will feature a fireworks show above Prairie Ridge Pond on Saturday, July 11 beginning at 9:15 p.m. The fireworks are presented by Karl Chevrolet and are choreographed to music that will broadcast on KJJY 92.5 FM. Volunteers will hand out Firework Fun...

Taste of Ankeny SummerFest

Taste of Ankeny SummerFest

Enjoy some of Ankeny’s best cuisine with local food vendors! Visit area businesses and support the Ankeny SummerFest vendors while enjoying the taste of our favorite summer celebration.   Taste of Ankeny was Thursday, July 9th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.   Thank you to all...

Colors of Ankeny SummerFest

Colors of Ankeny SummerFest

One of our favorite parts of Ankeny SummerFest is getting to see all of the fun creations from the Coloring Contest! Even though we won't be hosting the Coloring Contest this year, Veridian Credit Union has made it possible for us to distribute coloring sheets...

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Get Involved & Volunteer at Ankeny SummerFest

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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