If you’re looking for fun and exciting activities in Oskaloosa, IA, you’re in the right place!

We’ll introduce you to some of the top events in the area happening in 2023.

From the Pot of Gold shared half marathon and 5K to an annual fall festival, there’s something for everyone.  This is a town the revolves around community, and the events mirror that.


  • Pot of Gold Shared Half Marathon and 5K:
    • When: Saturday, March 25, 2023
    • On Sat, March 25 from 1 – 5 pm, join the Pot of Gold Shared Half Marathon and 5K.  It’s a great workout and fun at the same time.
    • Learn more.


  • Community Easter Egg Hunt:
    • When: Saturday, April 1, 2023
    • William Penn Athletics is putting on an event good for the entire family. Get in the Easter spirit by joining the Community Easter Egg Hunt at 10 AM at William Penn University. This event is perfect for families with kids.
    • Learn more!


  • Sunnyslope Greenhouse Open House:
    • When: Saturday, April 29th
    • Head on out HWY 163 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, visit the Sunnyslope Greenhouse for their open house. You’ll find some gorgeous plants to liven up your home or workspace. All the plants will be ready to head home with you.
    • Ahh… the mark of spring!
    • Check out their Facebook page.


  • Art on the Square:
    • When: Saturday, June 10, 2023
    • The tradition has been happening in Oskaloosa for 54 years. Take part in the 54th annual this year!  There’s a full agenda all day and it celebrates art in our community.  If you have an eye or appreciation for art, this is a can’t miss day.
    • Learn more!


  • Southern Iowa Fair:
    • When: July 17 – 22, 2023
    • This event is MAJOR for our community!  This is the center of summer life in Mahaska County.  The first time this event was hosted in Oskaloosa was 1858.  Yes, that’s 165 years ago. All week long, this is the place to be in Oskaloosa.
    • Learn more about the fair.


  • Rollin Oldies Car Show:
    • When: July 22, 2023
    • For all of you classic car lovers, come check out the rides during the Rollin Oldies Car Show at Oskaloosa City Square Park.  Car lovers are all about it!  And it’s been happening for 34 years… Join the 35th annual!
    • Learn more and following along on their Facebook page.


  • Feline Fine Dog Days Carnival:
    • When: August 19th, 2023
    • From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, visit the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds for the Feline Fine Dog Days Carnival. All proceeds from this carnival will go toward medical expenses for the adoptable animals at the shelter, and the carnival will also have some of its adoptable dogs available. 


  • Annual Fall Festival:
    • When: September 16, 2023
    • The 57th annual Fall Festival will let guests enjoy pre‑1930 crafts and skills such as candle making, woodworking, threshing oats, and shucking corn.  Visit the Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum for all of the happenings.


There are lots of fun things to do in Oskaloosa, Iowa in 2023. Whether you’re into running, shopping, or simply enjoying the outdoors, you’re sure to find something you love. Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on these fantastic events!