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Greater Des Moines Events

Catch the vibe of Greater Des Moines. Festivals and endless foods-on-a-stick. Art shows and the Downtown Farmers’ Market. Live music at the Iowa Events Center. Racing at Prairie Meadows and the Iowa Speedway. Stage theater at the Des Moines Playhouse and the Civic Center. Catch sports action. Iowa Wild, Cubs and Energy. Family-friendly and free events. Catch it all in a city that thrives and thrills. Experience more in Greater Des Moines.


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Special Events

AfterShock Rocks Bourbon Street Bar and Grill

November 22, 2014
  • Location: Bourbon Street Bar and Grill
  • 500 Army Post Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: **no cover**
  • Website

Pre-Thanksgiving Bash! Come Gobble up some of your favorite 80's Hairband tunes with us!!

Antique Spectacular

November 21, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • 3000 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 5 -9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $7
  • Phone: 712-326-9964
  • Email | Website

Admissions: $7 Adult, 14 and younger are FREE. Antique Collectors won't want to miss the Fall Antique Spectacular show, November 21-23, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa at the Iowa State Fairgrounds-Knapp Animal Learning Center. It is brimful with a wonderful selection of fine antiques and vintage collectibles for sale. Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise...

DM Capitals Hockey vs Quad City

November 22, 2014
  • Location: Des Moines Buccaneers Arena
  • 7201 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $0-$5; students free

Downtown Winter Farmers' Market

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at the Hub
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public.
  • Website

The Winter Farmers' Market is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties, and gift giving with more than 120 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams, and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fresh handmade products ...

Final Mix

November 22, 2014
  • Location: Mickeys Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE laurel st
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: no cover
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Des Moines best party band, come out and dance! They rock the house, playing the hottest hits, this band features experienced, talented showman musicians. FINAL MIX serves up the latest in R&B, Jazz Fusion, Blues, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll and original material. The leader and songwriter of the group is DEL "SAXMAN" JONES. For Del, blowing smooth sounds from his sa...

Fireside Music with Ray & Jay

November 22, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, Tips welcomed
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music fireside at the Hotel Pattee 7-10pm. No covers. tips appreciated.

Funny Bone presents Jo Koy

November 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
  • Admission: varies - see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

Heartland Auto Racing Show

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014

The Upper Midwest and Great Plain's states biggest and best racing trade show now in its 2nd year. The show has doubled in size from 2014 and is bringing in over 50 new companies and brands.Talk face to face with the companies that drive your racing season and help put you in the fast lane for 2015. See new products and gain knowledge to get that head start on your competition ...

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015

Have a fun, unique and memorable evening at a Living History Farms Historic Dinner! Join us for a dining experience that will take you back in time to Iowa's golden farming years of 1875 or 1900. Served family-style, historic recipes are prepared from scratch on a wood-burning stove. Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and served family style. Most of o...

Iowa Nouveau Celebration Dinner 2014

November 22, 2014
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: 6 p.m. - Wine Tasting; 6:30 p.m. - Dinner Seating
  • Admission: $40 per person, plus tax—Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $35 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, wine, recipe card, and gratuity).
  • Phone: 641-672-9463
  • Email | Website

Celebrate the release of the Tassel Ridge 2014 Iowa Nouveau with a three-course dinner that begins with a Mixed Baby Greens Salad with Dried Cranberries, Pecans, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and House Vinaigrette paired with Tassel Ridge Candlelight followed by Iowa Beef Nouveau made and paired with 2014 Iowa Nouveau. Angel Food Cake with Blueberry Mascarpone Filling ends the evening ...

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Willis Broadway Series

November 18, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: TBA
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed & choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/TV star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspr...

Junior League of Des Moines Gift Mart

November 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014

Gift Mart is the Junior League of Des Moines' annual shopping event. This upscale shopping extravaganza features boutique shopping with over 50 unique retailers. Gift Mart provides you with a unique holiday shopping experience that has helped fund our various community programs and kick off the holiday shopping season! Gift Mart raises funds to fulfill the Junior League of De...

Little Big Fest

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Temple for Performing Arts, Gas Lamp, Woolys, House of Bricks & Beechwood Lounge
  • Downtown
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 6 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. Sat
  • Admission: All Access Pass $28; Sat Pass $18
  • Website

All Ages Except after 9pm at House of Bricks, Gas Lamp, and Beechwood Lounge Little Big Fest 2014 will take place on November 21st and 22nd and will feature William Elliott Whitmore, Charlie Parr, Kevin Gordon, Patrick Hazell and Joe Price (Mother Blues Band), Dave Moore, and many more. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21: Temple for The Performing Arts - The History of Iowa Roots Music...

Living History Farms Off-Road Races

November 22, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m.
  • Admission: Free to attend
  • Phone: 800-529-7684
  • Email

The 36th Living History Farms race will again celebrate your running with a Hot Post Race Meal brought to you by the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, VIP packet pick-up, chip timing, and youth runs, You will again be challenged by the world's richest farm land as you wade through creeks, dodge farm animals and claw your way to the top of gullie...

Mighty Shady@Star Bar

November 22, 2014
  • Venue: Star Bar
  • 2811 Ingersoll Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Website

Mighty Shady@Star Bar

New Moon Gong Bath Class

November 22, 2014
  • Location: Unity of Des Moines
  • 414 31st Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 4 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 suggested love offering
  • Phone: 515-371-0725
  • Email | Website

The new moon is the perfect time to create what you want to manifest in your life. The sun and the moon’s gravitational pull at the time of the new moon can be overwhelming to those who are sensitive to energy. The new moon gong bath assists us to stay connected with our mind, body and spirit, and utilize the moon energy as a healing experience. The sound of the gong &ldq...

Show-Me Iowa Classic Boer Goat Sale

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds - Foyer Sale Ring/Cattle Barn
  • E. 30th & E. University
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Fri 6 - 8 p.m.; Sat 9 - 3 p.m. (Sale @ 1 p.m.)
  • Admission: Free to attend
  • Website

Friday - Viewing from 6-8 PM; Saturday, Viewing from 9 AM - 1 PM; Sale at 1 PM Offering bred does, bucks, doelings and families of boer goats at this sale.  Please look at our online sale catalog @ boergoats.com for more information or contact one of the breaders listed on the online catalog.


November 22, 2014
  • Location: Beaverdale Books
  • 2629 Beaver Ave #1
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

TELLABRATION!TM is a worldwide benefit day of storytelling, locally presented by the Two River Story Spinners. Barb Funke, Maureen Korte, Tomme O'Neil, Denise Franck, Joann Schissel, Cyndi Chen, and Margery Sudbrock will tell a variety of stories. Complimentary beverages and cookies will be available. Admission is free. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit www.t...

The High Crest@Trostel's Dish

November 22, 2014

The High Crest@Trostel's Dish

Tickle Your Funny Bone with Jeremy Nunes

November 22, 2014
  • Location: The Winterset Stage
  • 405 E. Madison
  • Winterset, IA 50273
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
  • Phone: 515-462-5156
  • Email

Professional Comedian Jeremy Nunes is back! Bringing his clean country comedy that will get you rolling in your seat! Appearing in "Last Comic Standing" and movies such as "The Break Up" , Jeremy is making audiences laugh everywhere, and on November 22, 2014 he'll have you laughing at The Winterset Stage.

Tour De Lights

November 22, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: El Bait Shop
  • 2201 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: Beginning at 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per child
  • Phone: 515-334-2638
  • Email | Website

Don't miss your chance to go through Jolly Holiday Lights before it opens to the public! Tour de Lights is a night where you can walk, bike, run or skate through Jolly Holiday Lights.  Family Night on Saturday, November 22 allows you to go at your own pace!  Start and register at Water Works Park for the 1.5 or 3.5 mile route. Sunday, November 23 is Fitness ni...

Winter Farmers' Market

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Capital Square
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 11 - 2 p.m.; Sat 9 - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-4943
  • Website

The Winter Farmers'  Market is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties & gift giving with more than 120 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams plus a variety of late season & greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fr...

Wonder of Words Festival: Freckleface Strawberry Stage Presentation

November 20, 2014 to November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Grand View University
  • 2811 E. 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: Thurs & Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $5; Students/Seniors $3; 12 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-281-5111
  • Website

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Sunday, November 23, 2014 Nov. 20-22 at 7 PM and  Nov. 22-23 at 2 PM. A children's musical based on the book by actress Julianne Moore. Presented by Grand View University. The mission of the Wonder of Words Festival is to connect readers, writers, and publishers at events that celebrate reading and share the joy of lifelong learnin...

On-Going Events

'70s Saturday Night

November 08, 2014 to December 27, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Saturdays in November and December | 7 - 11pm; DJ Disco Joe plays hits of the '70s. Steak sandwich baskets for only $7 at the Paddock Grill & Deli and hourly drawings for your chance to win $100 cash!

AMVETS/USO Donations Month

November 11, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free - fundraiser
  • Website

We love our veterans and military service members! Every year, Bass Pro Shops nationwide collect monetary donations for these two groups. 100% of the donations go to these groups. Customers choose the group they wish to donate to and the amount - $1, $3, or $5. No purchase is necessary - stop in and help us support these two great organizations!

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