Things to do in Dallas County this weekend include Vintage and Made Fair, Van Meter Visitor Festival

Autumn Equinox Sunset Celebration

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 22 at Hanging Rock, Redfield.

Join Dallas County Conservation Board naturalists at the Astronomical Clock atop Hanging Rock Ridge to watch and celebrate the fall equinox sunset. Participants will be asked to recognize the four directions, share a song led by the drum, and record the floor sitting on the equinox stone of the clock. Sign up to be notified of the weather cancellation online on Eventbrite by searching for Autumnal Equinox Sunset Celebration.

Sip and shop in the fall

4-7 p.m. Friday, September 23 at Perry Businesses.

Enjoy an after-hours shopping experience at Perry businesses from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, September 23. Shop for clothing, decorations and more while sipping on complimentary refreshments at each location. Plus, start your holiday shopping in a snap. In-store refreshments and offers vary by location. Participating companies include Atelier at 1109, Backwards Boutique, Ben’s Five & Dime, Betsy Peterson Designs, Blonde Sisters Boutique, Mary Rose Collection, Donna Jean’s Perry Flowers, Purple Star Studio, Salvaged Soul and The Scottish Fox. Save the date for the Holiday Sip and Shop on Friday November 18th.

Vintage and Made Fair {Fall Edition}

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at Dallas County Fairgrounds, Adel.

Vintage and Made Fair is an indoor/outdoor market featuring antique and vintage home decor, jewelry, handicrafts, outdoor accents, seasonal flora, food trucks, live music and everything you need to create a vintage and handmade lifestyle. The fair is a one-day event where buyers and over 150 sellers can share their love for vintage and indie crafts on Saturday, September 24 at the Dallas County Fairgrounds in Adel. Admission is $10 per person and children 12 and under are free. Find more information on the Vintage & Made Facebook page and website.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at the Atelier at 1109.

Join Iowa’s Young Artists at Soumas Court from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 for the first annual Student Art Show. This student art exhibit showcases the talents of students in grades 9-12, during the hours of the Art Harvest Tour. Find more information on the Annual Student Art Exhibition Facebook Event Page.

Art Harvest Tour

10am – 5pm Sept 24-25 along the Des Moines River Valley.

The Art Harvest Tour is a free, self-guided studio tour of central Iowa artists that takes place the last full weekend of September each year. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and fall landscapes as you visit the studios and galleries of the region’s top artists. In addition to enjoying the studios, you’ll see a much wider selection of artists’ work, as well as great prices and special offers. Many artists will also demonstrate throughout the weekend. The 2022 Art Harvest Tour will include eight stops and 24 performers in Perry, Dallas Center, Woodward, Ames, Boone and Ogden. Find more information on the The Art on the Prairie website.

Van Meter Visitors Festival

Saturday September 24 at Van Meter.

Come and discover the legend of the Van Meter Visitor on Saturday September 24th. This paranormal festival celebrates an unexplained event in Van Meter’s history and brings together many professionals in the paranormal field for a fun and informative day. Area residents are invited to enjoy food, guest speakers, stock up on paranormal merchandise, and meet investigators and perpetrators. Vendors and guest speakers will be set up from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Veterans Welcome Center. Admission to the festival is $2 per person over 12 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Walking tours will be offered at 12:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. in downtown Van Meter. Participants are asked to meet in front of the Van Meter Public Library, 505 Grant St., 15 minutes prior to tour time. Tours are $3 per person over 12, 12 and under free. Tour tickets will be sold on site at the festival. Find more information on the Van Meter Visitors Festival Facebook Page.

Breakfast Button

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, October 1 at the Center communautaire Bouton.

Lunch will be served on Saturday, October 1 at the Center communautaire Bouton. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, toast, coffee, milk, and orange juice. The price is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and children under five are free. Save the date for the upcoming lunches on November 5 and December 3.

Adel Parks and Nationals Rec Power Wheels

Saturday 1 October at Kinnick-Feller Park, Adel.

The first annual Adel Parks and Rec Power Wheels National Championships, presented by Alley Auto Sales and BigDeal Car Care, will take place on Saturday, October 1. Registration on race day will be from 9:30 am to 10:30 am to 11:45 am Races will be held for children 2 to 7 years old. Participants can bring their own Power Wheels, although there are vehicles on site for children. The divisions include Limited Pro Stock – 2 to 4 years and Pro Stock – 5 to 7 years. Trophies will be awarded to the first three podiums in each class. Raffle prizes will also be given away, including a new Power Wheels jeep. Participants are encouraged to pre-register to expedite their race day check-in process by heading to

Movie night at the farm

6-10 p.m. Saturday, October 1 at Tripple Berry Farm, 25677 Amarillo Ave., Linden.

Bring the family and join Tripple Berry Farm for outdoor movie night at the farm (weather permitting). Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy movies under the stars. The first will be “Monsters, Inc.” then “Ghostbusters Afterlife”. The event will include hot dogs, a mini donut trailer, pretzels, some sort of raspberry refreshment (it’s a raspberry farm after all), and free popcorn. All food and beverage proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Linden Library. Pete’s Pumpkins will also have plenty of pumpkins for sale.

The Haunted Church of Bouton

7-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at 111 State St., Button.

The Bouton and Perry Fire Departments will host a Haunted Church from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Saturday night in October. Admission is $5 per person.

DCH 5K Walk/Run

9 a.m. Saturday, October 8 in downtown Perry.

Pink ladies and classic car fans are invited to get ready for the Muscle Up or Sock Hop Around 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Dallas County Hospital Foundation. The run/walk will start and stop at Dallas County Hospital with several 70s stations at various locations around the city. The event will also include a costume contest for the best individual and the best group. October is National Mammogram Month and attendees are encouraged to wear pink. Participants will also receive a pink headband. The cost is $20 for children and $25 for adults or $20 with a group of 4+. Find more information, including an online registration link, on the DCH 5K Walk/Run event Facebook page.

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