Things to See & Do - Altoona Chamber of Commerce

Things to See & Do

Not only is Altoona Iowa's Gateway to Fun with major theme parks, live racing and freshwater aquariums, but we have outstanding neighborhood parks with sand/mud volleyball and tennis courts, play areas and over 18 miles of bike trails. We enjoy live concerts in Haines Park on lazy Sunday afternoons, 5k races and community bike rides.

We head back to school with the family friendly AltoonaPalooza summer celebration that boasts car/motorcycle shows, kids games and inflatables, wine & craft beer tastings, live music from some of Iowa's hottest new bands to local fan favorites. You can get down and dirty by registering your team for the Mud Volleyball, Kickball or Softball tournaments or peruse the vendors at the Produce & Art Market or Vendor Market. Check out the fun photos at and come on out for a fun-filled day!

Fall brings cooler temperatures, high school football games and parades! The Southeast Polk Homecoming parade is quite possibly the biggest in Iowa and everyone: businesses, residents, students and organizations alike, join in the fun!

Just around the corner in October is the ever popular Taste of Altoona event hosted by the Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce. Over 70 businesses fill up the Bishop Ballroom at Prairie Meadows to share their products and services as well as a tasty treat with thousands of residents and visitors. You can sample just about anything at this business and food fair - from beef wellington, to chili, to BBQ to gourmet breads and cheeses to mini fried tacos, cookies, cupcakes and candy!

There is so much to see and do in Altoona - come for a visit, but you might just want to stay!

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