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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

Art Exhibit: Tanya Lichinsky

April 03, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: The Great Frame Up - West Glen
  • 5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste #150
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-226-2310
  • Email | Website

Art Exhibit featuring the landscapes of Tanya Lichinsky. For more information:

Auto Races

April 25, 2014
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • E 30th Street and E Unversity Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Hot laps 6:15 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $5 Kids; 5 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-201-5526
  • Website

Sponsored by U.S. Cellular.

Bulldog Beer Fest

April 25, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: University Library Cafe
  • 3506 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Noon - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free admission; $5 commemorative glass; Tickets for draws $2.50/ticket
  • Phone: 515-255-0433

Full Court Press has some of Des Moines' best beer bars in El Bait Shop, Hessen Haus & Royal Mile. This week they're shifting the focus toward Drake & the company's University Library Cafe with the first Bulldog Beer Fest. The event will be held at the bar, 3506 University Avenue, from noon-10 p.m. both days. More than 60 beers from 20 American craft breweries wi...

Capital City Steppers/Des Moines 3rd Anniversary Celebration

April 25, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Capital City Steppers/Des Moines 3rd Anniversary Celebration! Drake Relays Weekend - Friday, April 25 thru Sunday, April 27 at the Magnuson Hotel, southside. Book Your Room Now! $79.99 Room Block available under "Capital City Steppers Des Moines". For online purchase, go to  Our Weekend ...


April 21, 2014 to April 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Aveda Institute Des Moines annual Cut-A-Thon week. Free hair cuts for clean water donations. 100% of all proceeds are given to the Iowa Audubon Society chapter, helping to protect Iowa's lakes and waterways.

Des Moines Springfest Horse Show

April 24, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Free, fun family entertainment event featuring American Saddlebred horses and Hackney Ponies.  Many local exhibitors as well as World and National Champion horses.  

Domestica 4th Anniversary Party

April 25, 2014
  • Location: Domestica
  • 321 E. Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free to the Public
  • Phone: 515-523-0240
  • Email | Website

Domestica's turning 4!  Please join us for the happiest happy hour in Des Moines! Food, drinks, a DJ and a showcase of Paperjam Press's awesome rap-inspired quote prints! Right after work at 5PM on Friday, April 25th.   We're so lucky to have great friends like you, so our anniversary party is really a "thank you" for your friendship, support and laug...

Drake Relays

April 21, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Drake Stadium
  • 28th Street and Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: All Sessions $95; Friday all $60; Fri Day & Sat $70; Fri Night & Sat $65
  • Website

Monday, April 21- Noon Beautiful Bulldog Contest Knapp Center; 6:00 p.m. High Jump at Hy-Vee Waukee Store Tuesday, April 22 - 6:00 p.m. Grand Blue Mile Downtown Wednesday, April 23 - 11:30 a.m. Decathlon Men, Day 1; 12:30 p.m. Heptathlon Women, Day 1; 6:15 p.m. Pole Vault in the Mall Jordan Creek Mall Thursday, April 24 - 9:30 a.m. Decathlon Men, Day 2 - 10:30 a.m. Heptathlo...

Early Bird Season Pool Passes On Sale

April 01, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 2014 purchase your season pool passes online starting April 1 at 8:00am. Early Bird pass rates are available from April 1-April 30. Individual - Early Bird: $40, Regular: $45 First two in family - Early Bird: $75, Regular: $80 First three in family - Early Bird: $100, Regular: $110 First four in family - Early Bird: $120, Regular: $140

Earth Day Trash Bash

April 25, 2014
  • Location: Capital Square
  • 300 Locust St
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-248-6380
  • Website

Earth Day Trash Bash is a significant day for many individuals and corporations. It began with a few committed individuals cleaning up litter and today has evolved into a collaborative project between the Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive, Metro Waste Authority, Polk County Conservation, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, Ingersoll Business Com...


April 25, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium
  • 1401 Vine Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. each night
  • Admission: $15 in advance / $18 at the door - mature audiences
  • Phone: 515-505-3504
  • Website

One morning when her roommates are out, a strange man barges into Marjorie's house. He claims to be looking for a friend named Joe, but it is soon clear that he has come for more sinister reasons. After having subdued her attacker, Marjorie finds her roommates have returned to find the shocking and horrifying sight, and a debate ensues as to how to deal with the would-be rapi...

Funny Bone presents Mo'Nique: SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

April 25, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive - Ste 100
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
  • Admission: $40 (19 & over)
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Mo''Nique is a multi-media powerhouse whose consistent, extensive body of work has captivated audiences in stand up comedy, TV, film & literature. The award winning comedienne''s career began 20 years ago after her brother dared her to take the stage for the first time in their hometown of Baltimore. She received a standing ovation which instilled the confidence that led ...

Hooray for Hollywood - Art show

April 25, 2014
  • Location: Urbandale Recreation Center
  • 7305 Aurora Ave
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-229-4767
  • Email | Website

An evening of original artwork celebrating Hollywood's glamorous past & present, hosted by local group Art-A-Holics. Exhibit will take place in the Community Room at the Urbandale Recreation Center, 7305 Aurora Ave (not far from Merle Hay Mall), from 6-9pm. Free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. No reservations or cover charge to get in. Come check out some amazing artwor...

Hotel Pattee Music - Ray and Jane

April 25, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Tickets not required/ Tips for the musicians encouraged
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music at the Hotel Pattee every Friday and Saturday.  Events vary, check website for details. Ride to the Hotel Pattee enjoy dinner, drinks and live music.    

I am T-Pain Tour

April 25, 2014
  • Location: Val Air Ballroom
  • 301 Ashworth Road
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Doors 8 p.m.; Show 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $27 advance; $35 at door
  • Phone: 515-223-6152
  • Email | Website

Hosted by J. Shade!  

Impact After School Conference

April 24, 2014 to April 25, 2014

Join other afterschool coordinators, administrators, front-line staff, and educators for two full days of professional development and networking with Iowa and Minnesota afterschool program providers!  Space is limited - register today online at (deadline is April 17). Questions/concerns: please contact Indira Blazevic at&nb...

Into The Woods: Presented by Indianola High School

April 24, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: Indianola High School Auditorium
  • 1304 East 1st Avenue
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7 p.m. each night
  • Admission: Adults $10; Students $5
  • Phone: 515-961-9510
  • Website

"Into the Woods" blends various familiar fairy tales with an original story of a childless Baker & his wife, who catalyze the action of the story by attempting to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child" (summary courtesy of All performances are at 7 pm in the Indianola high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 for s...

Jesper Just: This is a Landscape of Desire

March 06, 2014 to May 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Jesper Just (born 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark) has won international acclaim for his visually beguiling videos. Preferring a process more aligned with the cinematic to a low-fi aesthetic or documentary one, Just creates choreographed and grand works of art. His productions make use of mesmerizing elements of grand landscape painting as well as a hypersensitive and acute portr...

Junk Jubilee

April 25, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds, 4-H Building
  • E 30th Street and E University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Fri 10 - 8 p.m.; Sat 10 - 6 p.m.; Sun 10 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $5; Ages 12 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-210-5841
  • Email | Website

This show is lovers of all things vintage, industrial, retro, mid century, repurposed, reinvented, and rusty old farm fresh treasures. Vendors restock daily so you will find new treasures each day you visit the show. Our Good Junk University will be featuring special guest speaker, Sue Whitney of Junk Market Style. Sue is a pioneer of the junk revolution! You won't want to mi...

Letters About Literature

April 25, 2014
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Help us celebrate the winners of the 2014 Letters about Literature Reading and Writing Contest. Program is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Iowa Center for the Book. A guest speaker will introduce the 18 winning students. Meeting Room Wing

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 20, 2014 to August 09, 2014 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Thurs - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through August 9
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

Morsel Combat

April 25, 2014

Morsel Combat 2014 will feature a cast of contenders battling head-to-head in a challenge to create sumptuous, health-conscious entrees that will please any palate. A celebrity panel of judges will select the “Top Chef” winner while the attendees will have the opportunity to savor small plate versions of each chef’s creation and vote for their own “Peopl...


April 22, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $55 - $90
  • Website

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the ...

Power of Travel

April 25, 2014
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 10 - 10:30 a.m. registration
  • Admission: $30 prior to 4/18; $45 after 4/18
  • Email | Website

Iowa's three tourism regions have partnered to offer an outstanding keynote speaker, Doug Lansky, to kick off the tourism season. Doug Lansky is an award-winning travel writer who will speak about "The Biggest Mistakes in Travel Marketing and What You Can Learn From Them." In addition to the keynote, there will be a legislative update, leadership recognitions, the Guy...

Rebyl Road in Concert

April 25, 2014

Come out & dance/sing to the sounds of Rebyl Road (following live racing).

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