Established in 2013, Loessfest has traditionally kicked off the summer season with a free, family-friendly festival during Memorial Day weekend at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park on the Iowa side of the Missouri River. Due to the recent flooding, Loessfest organizers have postponed Loessfest 2019 until Labor Day weekend to ensure Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park is dry and back to its original beauty for the festival.
For 2019, all Loessfest events will take place over Labor Day weekend; August 30 – September 1. As always, Loessfest 2019 will offer a wide array of FREE events with something for everyone to enjoy. The full Loessfest 2019 lineup announcement will take place in May. Stay tuned for more information!
The hub of Loessfest activities, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, is an 85-acre preserve and recreational area located at the foot of the Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, stretching both north and south along the Missouri River. Since its inception, Loessfest has drawn more than 200,000 people from all over the region to Council Bluffs.
Loessfest is free thanks to the generous sponsors, including presenting sponsor, Iowa West Foundation.