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It's all about the simple life here in south central Iowa. Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Iowa, Chariton is known for our redbud trees, homemade candy, and more. 

Learn more about what we have to offer, including upcoming events as well as seasonal attractions. We hope to see you soon!

Photo Credit: Sharon Wilhite

Redbud Trees

From mid-April to mid-May, Lucas County comes alive with thousands of redbud trees blooming around a 72-acre lake at Red Haw State Park. Visitors and photographers come from miles away to enjoy the fairy-like wonder that the beautiful purple colored blossoms bring to the park. 

Visitors can enjoy an array of activities, including fishing, hiking and more. Learn more about Red Haw State Park and start planning your visit. 

Photo Credit: Alysha Shutt

Lunch on the Square

Enjoy the perks of small-town Iowa and join us for Lunch on the Square. This community-style picnic is held on the last Friday of each month from May through August. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment while chatting with fellow community members. 

Check the Community Calendar for upcoming dates and meals! 

Chariton Farmers Market

Enjoy a stroll through the Chariton Farmers Market and discover locally grown produce, homemade baked goods, and handmade items. Our Farmers Market begins the first Thursday in June and is held every Thursday through October. Each week brings new goodies as well as surprise demonstrations, free recipes, and more. 

Community Band

Step back in time and enjoy live music from Chariton's Community Band. Bring a lawn chair and claim a spot around the Larry J. Clark Memorial Gazebo, located on the northeast corner of the square. Free popcorn and lemonade are served each week. 

Concerts are held at 7 PM during the month of June. Check the Community Calendar for more information! 


Looking for more community events? Check out our Community Calendar and make plans to attend local events.