2018 Des Moines Concours Application to Exhibit

The 2018 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance will be held the weekend of September 8th and 9th, 2018. Please check our Facebook feed ( for the most current information.


8 a.m. to 3 p.m: 11th Annual Heartlands Driving Tour Laps at the Iowa Speedway and Lunch at the Iowa State Capitol!

Join us for the 11th Annual Heartlands Driving Tour on Saturday, September 8th starting 7:45 a.m. from the Capitol grounds. Cost of the Tour is $35 per person including lunch. Net proceeds benefit Children’s Cancer Connection. The Tour, presented by the Iowa Automotive Heritage Foundation, is a rain or shine event. While any vehicle may be driven on the tour, some will drive their vintage or sporting vehicles. Registration is now open and limited to the first 100 registrants. Online registrations available soon!


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Des Moines Concours d’Elegance at the Pappjohn Sculpture Garden in Des Moines (Grand and Locust between 12th and 16th Streets).

  • FREE to the public
  • Exhibit of more than 150 cars
  • Midway featuring food, merch and service vendors
  • Kid’s Zone including games and activities
  • Car Clubs from Des Moines area showcasing cars from members (west of 16th Street on Grand)
  • Audio interviews and music throughout the day

2 p.m. Grand Awards Presentation: Join us at 13th and Grand for the presentation of Class Winners and Best of Show.

4 p.m. Roar at 4: Listen as cars fire of their engines to leave the showfield. Have your camera ready!


Q: What is the cost for the show?

A: The show is FREE to attend including the Kid’s Zone. Concessions from our food and merch vendors are priced by each vendor.

Q: I’m not a “car person”, so what’s in it for me?

A: We show cars to highlight their artistic, design, technological and historical significance. Rather than large groups of similar cars, many of our classes showcase one or two examples of each type of vehicle.

We also find many people like to find cars like family members had in the past, have only seen in video games or have had on their Bucket Lists.

Q: Where can I park?

A: There is ample public parking downtown around the showfield, including both public garages and street parking.

Q: Can I take pictures?

A: Absolutely. We encourage you to find your favorite vehicles and take lots of pictures. Feel free to share them on our Facebook page, as well.