Scenic Drive Festival

Scenic Drive Festival

OCTOBER 14-15  2017

Scenic Drive Festival is the largest event that takes place in Van Buren County and most likely all of Southeast Iowa! Several historic Villages host a variety of special events and activities. Not only will you find arts, crafts, flea markets and antiques throughout the county on this 2-day extravaganza, you'll also get to experience a few "non-traditional" activities. We will have free tours of one of the largest Turtle Farms in the Midwest, there will be pioneer-type demonstrations and vendors at Morris Park near Stockport, Iowa. New this year, there will be tours scheduled of the historic Iowaville Cemetery and the children will love learning how to do chores as the Native Americans would have done hundreds of years ago at Ely Ford within Lacey-Keosauqua State Park.

It's going to be a weekend to remember, don't miss it!

As this festival brings thousands of visitors to our area, our limited lodging facilities fill up quickly. Make your lodging reservations now!

As events and activities are submitted they will be posted here. Check back often. A brochure with map will be available July 1. Request a Scenic Drive Brochure to be mailed to you.


~ Birmingham ~


  • Calico Press, 23096 Rte. J16, Birmingham, IA will have Antique Printing Presses running with hands-on demonstrations, letterpress items for sale, and more!  Featured press: Vandercook 219 - the only one in the Midwest!  Open Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-2pm

~ Bonaparte ~


  • Many vendors set-up in Riverfront Park from 9am-5pm both days.
  • Fall City Wide Garage Sales. 

~ Bentonsport ~


  • Riverfest from 10am-5pm.  Antiques, Flea Market & Craft Show, Nauvoo on the Road with 1800's rope making, games and hands-on activities. Pottery, rug weaving, blacksmithing and artist demonstrations. 42nd Annual Art Festival featuring live music and Fine Arts. Food, baked goods, and raffles benefitting Arts Council and Bentonsport Cemetery Tour.

Bentonsport 2017 Vendor application.

~ Selma ~


  • Iowaville Cemetery Tour at 2:00pm & 4:00pm.
     Meet at the Selma City Park. 
    Come along as the history of one of Iowa’s most interesting cemeteries is shared! Historian, Mike Zahs will be telling of the rich overall history of this fascinating little cemetery which is now the only sign left of the once thriving town of Iowaville. This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. There is no cost, however, Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please call (641)-919-6822 or email

~ Keosauqua ~



  • Keosauqua Public Library will host a book sale starting Friday at 12:00p - 4:30p and Saturday from 9:00a - 5:00p. Admission is Free Will Donation and there will be books for all ages provided including fiction and nonfiction. This event will be located at 608 1st St. (behind the library). 


  • Keosauqua Lions will host an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast from 7:00a-10:00a. Lunch will begin at 11:00am.


  • Village Life as a Native American 11:30 - 1:30pm
    Location: Pearson House Museum Complex, 718 Dodge St., Keosauqua.
    Try your hand at the chores that would have been done in Iowa 2,000 years ago by the Native Americans who once inhabited this area. Participants will be able to rotate through various chores and tasks once done by children their age. Participants may come and go during this open house style program.
    This is an official Des Moines River Water Trails event cosponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Jefferson County Conservation. There is no cost for this program and Pre-registration is not required. For more
    information, please call (641)-919-6822 or email

Keosauqua 2017 Vendor Application

~ Farmington ~

  •  River Valley Lodge and Horsecamp, 29080 Hawk Dr. Farmington, IA will host a "Cowgirl Retreat" an all girls weekend of fun!