Indianola, Iowa is the place to catch down-and-dirty racing Oct 12-14 when the 2018 DirtFish RallyCross National Championship takes over National Balloon Classic Memorial Balloon Field for three days of competition. The racing will surely keep you busy and entertained, but there’s plenty to do outside of the track. Whether it’s entertainment for the kids, a bit of history or the right place to find whatever kind of fuel you need, you can find it below.
- Iowa State Capitol
(1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319)
Fri. 8am-5pm, Sat. 8am-4pm – Enjoy panoramic views of downtown Des Moines from the grounds of the capitol building that first opened in 1886. Schedule free guided tours by calling 515-281-5591 or take a self-guided tour at any time during business hours.
- Prairie Meadows Casino & Racetrack – Hair Metal Tribute
(1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona, IA 50009)
Sat. 10/13, 8:30pm – Catch After Shock, an ‘80s tribute band throwing devil horns and performing favorites from AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Mӧtley Crϋe, Guns N’ Roses and more. In between sets you can try your luck at the tables or slots.
- Wells Fargo Arena – Fleetwood Mac
(233 Center St, Des Moines, IA 50309)
Sun. 10/14, 8:00pm – If you need the real deal after the racing action is over, catch Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and company in Des Moines.
- Water Works Park – Car Show
(2201 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50321)
Sat. 10/13, 11am-3pm – Ride to a Cure, a free family event with car show, hay rack rides, food, and face painting. All proceeds go to support cancer research at the John Stoddard Cancer Center.
- Jethro's BBQ 'n Bacon Bacon
(1480 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266)
The word “bacon” is used twice in the name of the restaurant. Need we say more?
Fri. 10am-11pm, Sat. 8am-11pm, Sun. 8am-9pm
- Crouse Café
(115 E Salem Ave, Indianola, IA 50125)
For a true Midwestern diner experience, check out the traditional Crouse Café in Indianola, where you can fill up on biscuits and gravy, French toast and hospitality.
Fri.-Sat. 6am-9pm, Sun. 8am-2pm
- The Brick House Tavern
(107 N Buxton Street, Indianola, IA 50125)
Enjoy a drink and Midwestern fall colors on the downtown patio while you decide between a calzone or stromboli. If you can’t make up your mind, you can opt for traditional tavern fare or pizza.
Fri. 4 pm-2 am, Sat. 11 am-2 am, Sun. 11 am-9 pm
- Winn’s Pizza & Steakhouse
(122 W Ashland Ave, Indianola, IA 50125)
If you’ve got a big team and need a wide menu, this is your spot. Winn’s has something for everybody with a salad bar, egg rolls, gyros and of course pizza and steaks.
Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm, Sun. 11am-8pm
- La Casa Mexican Restaurant
(508 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125)
If you’re in need of a bite and drink from south of the border, look no further than the endless selections at La Casa.
Fri.-Sat. 11am-10:30pm, Sun. 11am-9pm
- 1908 Draught House Sports Bar
(409 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309)
Is your race weekend incomplete without football or baseball? Grab some dinner and beverages while you find your sport on the screens at 1908 Draught House.
(1301 Locust St. Ste C Des Moines, IA 50309)
Did you win? Do you need the best plate of food in Iowa to celebrate? You can find it at Proof.
- Car Parts
O’Reilly Auto Parts located at 1001 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125.
Fri.-Sat. 7:30am-9pm, Sun. 9am-8pm
NAPA Auto Parts is located at 514 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125.
Fri. 7:30am-7pm, Sat. 8am-4pm, Closed Sunday
- Everything Else
Walmart Supercenter is located at 1500 N Jefferson Way, Indianola, IA 50125.
Daily 24 hours
Casey’s General Store (convenience store and gas) has lots of room for trailers and is close to the race at 1101 E 2nd Ave, Indianola, IA 50125.