When you come to Newton, you’ll immediately notice our small-town hospitality; but have the opportunity to enjoy the amenities we have that many large communities don’t offer. The City of Newton focuses on providing a safe community with a high quality of life, engaged residents, and a strong business environment.

Newton’s recreation services provide a plethora of activities and events for residents and visitors.

This summer, enjoy bike rides on our scenic trail system, playing disc golf in one of our beautiful parks, or joining us for a concert at the Maytag Bowl. You can also, curl up with a book (or e-book) from Newton Public Library, attend one of our many community events or programs, or go shopping in our historic downtown.

With so much to offer, if you’re considering a place to visit, we’d love to have you make a trip to Newton as we know you’ll love getting to know Newton.

Below we’ll share some of the things you can do in Newton, as well as where you can find more information about the events and attractions.

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Get to Know Newton Checklist

If you haven’t tried out everything on this list, then you don’t know Newton, Iowa.

  • Newton Arboretum and Historic Maytag Park

    The Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens features 150 species of trees, a butterfly garden, a pond, several flower beds and numerous sculptures. Historic Maytag Park serves as a beautiful setting for enjoying the outdoors, with plenty to do – features at this park include a bandshell, bike trails, a disc golf course, a pool, tennis courts, playground equipment and more.

  • Valle Drive-In

    Newton, Iowa is home to one of the only drive-in theaters left in the state. Come experience the nostalgia of a simpler time by taking in a double feature. The Valle is open from April through October. (Not interested in nostalgia? Drive-ins are also the only place you can tweet, talk or text as you wish without getting in trouble!)

  • Thunder Nites

    The Newton, Iowa downtown square becomes alive with bikes, bands, food, and beverages the second Friday of each month, May through September.

  • Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks

    Celebrate the 4th in Newton, Iowa! Join us for a celebration on the downtown square with games, performances, food and a parade. At dusk, head to Agnes Patterson Park for a fireworks display.

  • Newton Fest

    The idea for Newton Fest began when a group of local citizens realized there was a lack of a community celebration in Newton and wanted to work to provide a weekend of family-friendly, affordable fun. Newton Fest is meant to celebrate what is great about our community.

  • Bowlful of Blues

    This annual blues festival, held in historic Maytag Park, brings international touring blues-based artists from across the country to the heart of Iowa. This destination music festival also features eclectic food options, silents auctions, guitar raffles, and art vendors.

  • Maytag Dairy Farm

    Maytag Dairy Farm offers year-round tours of their facility, where they make world-renowned blue cheese. When you go, be sure to ask for a sample!

  • Westwood Golf Course

    Westwood Golf Course is a beautiful 18 hole course located in Newton. The course is known for it’s scenic country view and its friendly staff. It is easily accessible off of I-80 at exits 159 or 164 and is located just 35 minutes from the Des Moines Metro

What to Do…

Bowlful of Blues
Bowlful of Blues
Capitol II Theatre
Capitol II Theatre
Cardinal Lanes
Cardinal Lanes
Centre for Arts & Artists
Centre for Arts & Artists
Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway
Iowa Sculpture Festival
Iowa Sculpture Festival
Jasper County Historical Museum
Jasper County Historical Museum
Maytag Dairy Farm
Maytag Dairy Farm
Newton Parks & Recreation
Newton Parks & Recreation
Newton Community Theatre
Newton Community Theatre
Newton Fest
Newton Fest
Newton Kart Klub
Newton Kart Klub
Valle Drive-In
Valle Drive-In
Westwood Golf Course
Westwood Golf Course
Newton YMCA
Newton YMCA
Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens