Ankeny SummerFest Events

SummerFest Schedule of Events

We hope to bring back all of our special events when we’re able to host the full Ankeny SummerFest weekend.

Entertainment Garden

Thursday – 

Friday – 

Saturday – 

Sunday – 

Event Details

The Ankeny Area Chamber Entertainment Garden is open throughout the majority of Ankeny SummerFest. Drink tickets can be purchased by cash only, with an ATM available on the 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.

Thank you to our Entertainment Garden Sponsor

Kiddie Parade


Event Details

The Kiddie Parade is for ages 12 and younger and it is free to participate! A signed waiver by an adult is required and is available day-of at the registration table. Celebrate the SummerFest theme by dressing up and walking, or riding on decorated bikes, scooter, roller blades, wagons, and strollers. Parents are encouraged to participate alongside their children. Pre-registration dates TBA, or sign up that night! The Kiddie Parade begins in front of the Neveln Center, 406 SW School Street in Ankeny.

Kiddie Parade Awards

Costumes Age 0 – 6: Individual or group walking as participants or pushed in a stroller
Costumes Age 7 – 12: Individual or group walking as participants
Floats (12 years or younger): Individual or group involved with a decorated wagon, battery operated car, etc.
Bikes (12 years or younger): Individual or group riding bikes, scooter, rollerblades, skates or skateboards

Line-up begins at 5:30pm
Judging announced at 6:15pm
Parade begins at 6:30pm

Thank You to Our Sponsor

Grand Parade


Event Details

Parade Participants

In an effort to manage risk through best practices, we have been advised to collect certificates of insurance for ALL parade entries. Please forward a certificate of insurance (business: copy of liability/certificate of insurance; or vehicle insurance of vehicle to be driven; or homeowner’s/renter’s insurance for walkers). Certificates can be faxed to 515.468.2252 or emailed to

Parade entries: The Ankeny SummerFest Grand Parade is one of the largest events in the community because of the variety of the entries and the time you put into making your entry great. Due to the overwhelming response to our parade, non-decorated entries may be limited. You are encouraged to decorate your entry in accordance with the parade theme. Decorated entries will receive priority in the parade release order. Because of the appeal to the parade for families of all ages, all entries must be family-friendly and appropriate for all ages at all times.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

Platinum Grand Parade Sponsor

Cardboard Boat Regatta


Event Details

Design and build a person-powered corrugated cardboard boat that is capable of racing (or at least floating)! Organize your friends, neighbors, or coworkers for an afternoon of fun! The Cardboard Boat Regatta takes place at Prairie Ridge Pond within the SummerFest Grounds. Registration (10 dollars per entry) will begin at 1pm with the race starting at 2pm.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

Family Fun Day


Event Details

Taking place at Prairie Ridge Stadium, the Family Fun event is free admission, and all activities are also free! Enjoy superhero encounters, a balloon artist, princess meet & greets, giant inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, bubble bash, policemen, firemen, water laser tag, water balloon batting practice, and more!

A parent signature and waiver must be signed for water laser tag if 18 years or younger.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Grown Up Game Day


Event Details

Friends and families of all ages are welcome to enjoy Grown Up Game Day! Listen to live music while playing the life-size games available in the Entertainment Garden. The beer tent is open to those who are 21 and older.

SummerFest Fireworks


Event Details

A long-time tradition for the final evening of SummerFest. The approximately 20-minute show will be choreographed to music in the skies north of the Ankeny Area Chamber Entertainment Garden. The party doesn’t end with the fireworks; the fun keeps going in the Ankeny Area Chamber Entertainment Garden until 11 pm.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

Other SummerFest Weekend Events

Ankeny SummerFest is also made up of many community events both on and off-site.