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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

Backstage Ball 2015

February 27, 2015

Backstage Ball is the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition's annual local music awards ceremony & fundraiser. It's also a party! Join the DMMC to honor this year's award recipients & to help raise funds to support local music! Backstage Ball is Friday, February 27. The event includes drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction & live music by Scott Yoshimura &...

Bomb Shelter Comedy Showcase

February 27, 2015
  • Location: Beechwood Lounge
  • 416 E Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

The Bomb Shelter is back in February with a fantastic lineup of stand up comedians. From Omaha, come see OK Party's Ryan de la Garza, Cody Wayne Hurd, and Kyle O'reilly. Plus Des Moines' own Kate Bennett, and hosts, Ryan Solomon and Toll McGrane!

Callahan Promotions, Inc. Arts & Crafts Show

February 27, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds - William C. Knapp VariedIndustries Building
  • E 30th Street & E University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 5 - 9 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $6 Adults and Children (11 and over), Children 10 and under are free
  • Website

Iowa's largest arts and crafts show, over 300 talented exhibitors selling thousands of unique handmade products. A fantastic shopping event!

Co-Ed Outdoor Pee Wee Soccer Registration

February 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers COED OUTDOOR PEE WEE SOCCER each spring with games played at James W. Cownie Soccer Complex: 3 & 4 year olds play on Tuesdays from 6 - 8pm; 5 & 6 year olds play on Thursdays from 6-8pm. This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere...

Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey vs Lincoln Stars

February 27, 2015

Des Moines Women's Club Gallery Night

February 27, 2015
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-0507
  • Website

Join us at Gallery Night for the 107th Annual Art Exhibition hosted by the Des Moines Women's Club. Bring your friends to view and purchase art created by Central Iowa artists. Complimentary wine and cheese.

Evening in the Wine Cellar

February 27, 2015
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $75
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Website

We are offering a rare and unique experience to enjoy a catered dinner in our wine cellar this fall and winter. Join us for an evening of food and wine paring in the heart and soul of Summerset Winery, our cellar. This is the first time we've opened up our cellar doors to an evening of wining, dinning and socializing. The event will be a European style dinning experience a...

February Brew Fest - Every Friday in February

February 06, 2015 to February 27, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Location: Riverwalk Hub
  • 215 Water Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free to attend
  • Phone: 515-559-3650

Come enjoy beer tasting of local brews throughout the month of February every Friday for Happy Hour. hors d'oeuvre will be available to go along with the available beer to purchase. If you have any questions about the event, please call (515) 330-1517

Fireside Music with Trahanovsky-Brewer Jazz Duo

February 27, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, tips welcome
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Enjoy music fireside with Trahanovsky-Brewer Jazz Duo/Combo at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brewer-Project/120885271276087?sk=timeline.

Flock to Rock - Redpoint Top Rope Competition

February 27, 2015 to February 28, 2015
  • Venue: Climb Iowa
  • 3605 SE Miehe Drive
  • Grimes, IA 50111
  • Times: See website for complete details
  • Admission: Free to watch, Entry fee to compete - see website
  • Phone: 515-986-2565
  • Email | Website


Flock to the Rock Adult and Youth

February 27, 2015 to February 28, 2015
  • Venue: Climb Iowa
  • 3605 SE Miehe Drive
  • Grimes, IA 50111
  • Times: See website for times
  • Admission: $30 - $45
  • Website

Funny Bone presents Reno Collier

February 25, 2015 to February 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive - Ste 100
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.(no smoking)
  • Admission: $10 - $17
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

A former P.E. teacher, West Virginia native Reno Collier has endeared himself to a wide range of audiences from college students to church softball teams. With a contagious laugh and friendly, almost intoxicating demeanor, Reno's observations often find him recalling mishaps of his West Virginia cousins, his Scottish heritage, unruly in-laws and alien abductions. Reno's journ...

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me/Free Screening

February 27, 2015
  • Location: Lutheran Church of Hope
  • 925 Jordan Creek Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Doors open 6 p.m.; Film at 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Iowans are invited to a free showing of the new movie "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me". The movie is about the country music star's experience with Alzheimer's disease. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. Afterward, director James Keach, Campbell's wife, Kim, and their two youngest children, Shannon and Ashley, will speak to ...

Hearts & Homes Historic Tea

February 27, 2015
  • Location: Wallace House
  • 756 16th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 11:30 am - 1 pm
  • Admission: $22/person
  • Phone: 515-243-7063
  • Email | Website

Combining high tea and history, this program includes a three-course lunch with readings and discussion from the historic women's section of Wallaces' Farmer magazine. Reservations required.

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

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...

Historic Jordan House Tours

January 02, 2015 to August 28, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Historic Jordan House
  • 2001 Fuller Road
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Every Friday 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Ages 13 & up: $5; Ages 6-12: $3; Under 5 Free
  • Phone: 515-277-6652
  • Email | Website

The Jordan House is an historic building located in West Des Moines. It was built by abolitionist James C. Jordan and was a station on the Underground Railroad in Iowa. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1973. For more information: www.thejordanhouse.org.

Iowa Energy vs Sioux Falls

February 27, 2015

The NBA D-League continues to be a springboard for NBA talent as the official minor league of the NBA.There were 149 players with NBA D-League experience on 2013-14 NBA end of season rosters; that represented 33% of all NBA players, an all-time high. Join the Iowa Energy as they enter their new single affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies.  New Energy Head Coach B...

John Krantz Trio

February 27, 2015
  • Location: Sam and Gabe's Italian Bistro
  • 8631 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-271-9200
  • Website

John Krantz Trio

Lego Fridays at the Library

February 06, 2015 to February 27, 2015
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: All day
  • Admission: Free

See what you can build with Legos! They will be available in the Franklin Avenue Library children's area all day every Friday in February. All ages are welcome  

Lesser Gods - Staged Reading by Iowa Playwrights Workshop

February 27, 2015
  • Location: Valley High School's Rex Mathes Auditorium
  • 1401 Vine Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

Lesser Gods by William Bonfiglio has been selected as the most promising new work of 2014-2015 Iowa Playwrights Workshop! Tallgrass Theatre Company will present a Staged Reading of Lesser Gods at Rex Mathes Auditorium on February 27th at 7:30 PM. No charge to attend the reading. Tallgrass Theatre Company has given Des Moines audience three new pieces of theatre this seas...

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Wrestling Championships

February 27, 2015 to February 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Times: Friday, February 27: 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, February 28: 10:30 a.m. - 10p.m. Admission: Adult Tournament Pass...........................................$45 Adult Session Pass................................................. $16 Student & Children 15+ Tournament Pass................. $30 w/ Student ID Student & Children 15+ Session Pass...............

Nice Bangs

February 27, 2015

Friday Night Entertainment 8pm - Midnight | Finish Line Show Lounge Feb 6 - Dueling Pianos | Cover Band Feb 13 - Echos V | Oldies Rock Feb 20 - Jeffrey Scott Band | Classic Rock Feb 27 - Nice Bangs | Contemporary More information: http://www.prairiemeadows.com/.  

Pippin: Willis Broadway Series

February 24, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (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

 PIPPIN is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago... the show the New York Times declared "ASTONISHING.  A PIPPIN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY." It won the Tony Award for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! With a beloved score by Tony nominee STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (GODSPELL, WICKED), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying j...

Shop for Success Pop Up Sale

February 27, 2015 to February 28, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Dress for Success
  • 6000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. both days
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 288-0130
  • Email | Website

Shop for Success Pop Up Sale! For more information: www.desmoines.dressforsuccess.org.

This New House Promotion

January 19, 2015 to February 27, 2015

One lucky winner will walk away with $10,000 for a home makeover! Pick up your daily entry and earn additional entries by playing throughout the promotion. Qualifier drawings every Wednesday at 7pm - must be present to win! Qualifiers have chance at cash prizes and gift cards from great stores like Lowe's and Homemakers! Grand Prize drawing Friday, Feb. 27 at ...

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