Specialty pizza created with fresh garden produce “ This is the best pizza I’ve ever had ” Local musicians provide weekly live music “ We can’t wait to take friends ” Food & drinks include house favorites plus changing specials From-scratch sides and desserts round out your meal Take time to walk the prairie path “ This experience sums up what it means to live in Iowa ”

Award-Winning Pizza on the Prairie!

Pizza on the Prairie was named “Outstanding Event: Rural” at the annual Iowa Tourism Annual Conference. The socially-distant, weekly outdoor gatherings drew nearly 1,500 patrons from 18 Iowa counties and five states during 2020 in its first full season.

Pizza on the Prairie: Fridays June 4 - October 1

Come to the prairie on Friday nights for handmade-from-scratch brick oven pizza packed with straight-from-the-farm veggies & local meats! Live music from 5 to 8:30 pm. Walk the prairie path and enjoy the outdoor art along the way (5 permanent sculptures + the temporary Prairie Art exhibit beginning June 25). Sides, desserts, beer, wine and soft drinks available. Seating is limited, so bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Reservations required.

To start our 2021 season, we’re following many of the same protocols from 2020:

Safety Practices: WCI is committed to following public health guidelines and keeping visitors, volunteers and staff safe. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask inside any of our buildings. Please do not attend if you are feeling sick or have COVID symptoms: temperature, cough, body aches, sore throat, shortness of breath, etc.

Reservations/Deposit: To help regulate attendance and eliminate crowding, each group must reserve an arrival time. A ticket is required for everyone age 5+. A deposit of $5/person holds your space. All or a portion of the $5/person deposit is applied towards your total food and drink bill, depending on the final number of people in attendance. If you book a party of 6 and only 4 people attend, only $20 is applied towards your bill rather than the full $30. We release a limited number of tickets each week so no-shows greatly impact our event.

If tickets are sold out, check back often as there can be changes. Tickets routinely open up on Fridays. Call 641.337.5019 or email Lisa if you’d like to be on the wait list.

Ordering: Sorry, no coolers, outside food or drink permitted. Your group will choose a space on the lawn and place orders at the ordering station in the Barn. A server will deliver your food and drinks. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Weather: In case of rain, orders can be made to go. There is limited inside seating.

Pets: No pets except for service animals. Leashed dogs are typically welcome on the property outside of special events like Pizza on the Prairie.

Cancellations: Please let us know if you need to cancel for any reason so we can accommodate someone on the wait list. Your deposit (minus the transaction fee) will be refunded if made by noon the Tuesday before your reservation date.

Lead Sponsors:

Our Food Values & Beliefs

We embrace local food and sustainable agriculture. Sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients locally results in tastier, more nutritious food and showcases Iowa’s ability to produce high quality ingredients. Our restaurants connect patrons to our garden, land and historic sites and to other members of the local foods community.

Core Food Values:
• Menus reflect our garden, land, & historic properties
• Seasonal, housemade dishes
• Quality ingredients
• Local sources support Iowa’s family farms & small businesses

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2021 Live Music Schedule

Unless noted otherwise, all live music sponsored by:

June 18: Rusted Steel String Band, DSM & Afton

June 25: Les Goering, Massena sponsored by FNB

July 2: Bill Matykowski, Des Moines

July 9: Pale Blue Erf, Des Moines

July 16: Logan Porter, Des Moines

July 23: Rusted Steel String Band, DSM & Afton

July 30: Imperial Mud Puppies, Creston

Aug. 6: Tim & Jan Falk, WDM

Aug. 13: Bill Matykowski, Des Moines

Aug. 20: Les Goering, Massena sponsored by FNB

Aug. 27: Imperial Mud Puppies, Creston

Sept. 3: Bill & Julia Mullin, Creston

Sept. 10: Les Goering, Massena

Sept. 17: Bill Matykowski, Des Moines

Sept. 24: Tim & Jan Falk, WDM

Oct. 1: Rusted Steel String Band, DSM & Afton

Pizza on the Prairie T-shirts

Add a Pizza on the Prairie t-shirt to your ticket order right before check-out, then pick it up when you arrive!

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