Community Events

The following events listed are for the community to attend throughout the year and are sponsored by the Grimes Parks and Recreation Department. Businesses looking to get involved in these events may email Recreation Coordinator Joel Miller at

Fall Festival

Grimes Parks and Recreation and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up once again to host the annual Fall Festival. The festival will be packed with fun activities and booths for kids of all ages, including the Candy Crawl. There will be food trucks, local vendors, games, bouncy houses and much more. Costumes are highly encouraged! Volunteers are needed!

  • Date: October 7
  • Time: 10 am – 2 pm
  • Fee: Free event, food and beverages additional cost
  • Location: South Sports Complex

Vendors & Volunteers

If you are interested in being a vendor or volunteer, please email Recreation Coordinator Joel Miller at

map of south sports complex for the fall festival on 10-7-23

Rock Around the Clock Concert Series Sponsored by Aquilo Financial Group

Enjoy live music? Looking for a place to rock out this fall? Look no further than our very own Grimes Rock Around the Clock Concert Series Sponsored by Aquilo Financial Group. Held at Heritage Park, we are hosting five local bands to come rock out with us and we want to welcome you to join in on the fun each Thursday beginning September 14 and ending October 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. 


  • October 5 -  Mike Moody and the Outlaws
  • October 12 – Cherry Pickers


Park opens at 5:30 pm, bands start at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Food Trucks

  • October 5 – Hot off the Presses, Big Red Food Truck, Sabores De Mexico, Comfort Food,  Al’s Dairy Freeze
  • October 12 – Hot off the Presses, Big Red Food Truck, Flame, Al’s Dairy Freeze


We have partnered with our local food pantry, Grimes Storehouse, to help families in need. To gain admission to the concert venue, a donation of a nonperishable food item or even a monetary donation to help these families. Scan the QR code to find out more about Grimes Storehouse and what they do for the community, along with a list of requested food items.

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Heritage Park

Trunk or Treat

Mark your calendars for our Trunk or Treat event! Head to the South Sports Complex on October 22nd to enjoy early trick or treat fun from 2 pm - 4 pm. Local businesses and city officials will have cars decked out for the holiday and will be handing out candy. If you are interested in being a participating trunk, please email

Polk County Senior Meals Site at the Grimes Community Complex

  • Occurs year-round, five times per week
  • For senior meal information please call Hollie at 515-986-5747

Grimes Giving Garden

  • Occurs May through October 
  • Located at:
    877 SE 19th Street
    Grimes, IA 50111