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Ottumwa Stories: Summer Bucket List

Published May 1, 2024

Come summertime in Ottumwa, it’s all fun in the sun. From festivals and events to outdoor adventures, summer positively radiates fun in Wapello County. We've put together a bucket list of must do activities to make the most of summer in Ottumwa!


Attend an Event

Every summer, Ottumwa and Wapello County play host to a broad range of events that cater to people from all walks of life. Some of our favorites include the Ottumwa Pride Block Party, the Ottumwa Pro Balloon Races, and the Greater Ottumwa Rodeo. So come join us as we celebrate the spirit of community and togetherness at these unforgettable summer events!


Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Wapello County is home to some incredible options for those looking to enjoy some sun and fresh air. You can play a round of disc golf, relax in the wave pool at the Beach Ottumwa, explore Horse Thief Cave at Garrison Rock, or admire cacti at the Eddyville Dunes. So whether you're a nautre enthusiast or someone looking for outdoor activities, Wapello County is the place to be!


See a Show

From world class performances like Arch Allies and 12 Days Silent - The Reunion at Bridge View Center to annual shows like The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival, Music on the Green, Live After Five every Friday in July, and Porchfest. There’s no shortage of entertainment to find in Wapello County. So, grab your friends and family, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural experiences of Ottumwa and Wapello County.


Shop Til You Drop

No matter what you’re shopping for, you’re sure to find it in Ottumwa. With a range of shopping options from antique, boutiques, and specialty shops to events like the Wapello County Farmers Market, Ottumwa Community Market, and the Bizarre Bazaar. Ottumwa is your number one spot for eclectic finds.



Ottumwa is the Thursday overnight stop for RAGBRAI LI. On July 25, Ottumwa will be visited by thousands of riders and support teams will be stopping in town to enjoy vendors, live entertainment, and everything that Ottumwa has to offer. Stay up to date on every Ottumwa RAGBRAI related at ottumwaragbrai.com.


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