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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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03-02-2015

Special Events

Athletic Training Room (ATR) Runner's Club

January 05, 2015 to March 26, 2015
  • Location: The Athletic Training Room
  • 2785 N. Ankeny Blvd., #17
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: Mondays 4:45 p.m.; Thursdays 5:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-964-5000
  • Website

Runners of all skill levels are invited to participate in free group running. Our goal is to motivate beginner and veteran runners of all ages to train through the harsh Iowa winters. Come train with us and enjoy running with friends and neighbors! Check for updates at: www.ATRrunnersclub.blogspot.com

Bricks 4 Kidz - Pirates Quest

March 02, 2015 to March 30, 2015 (Every Monday)
  • Location: Four Mile Community Center
  • 3711 Easton Boulevard
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Admission: $39 or $20 for those living in the 50317 zip code
  • Phone: 248-6330
  • Email | Website

Registration for the March session ends February 26. Registration is now open for “Bricks 4 Kidz,” a building series with an imaginative, 3-dimensional, hands on learning experience. During each class, participants will build a LEGO model using Bricks 4 Kidz unique project kits and model plans. With a new model each week, these simple machines are sure to excite you...

Building the Neighborhood: Jewish Des Moines up to the 1930's

March 02, 2015
  • Location: Tifereth Israel Synagogue
  • 924 Polk Blvd.
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-0899 x230
  • Email | Website

We welcome you to a presentation on the history of Jewish Des Moines. Led by John Zeller, local Des Moines historian, we will be looking at the developments of Jewish neighborhoods around the city including the historical factors that drove the evolution of many of these Jewish enclaves. We will also be reviewing the Iowa State Census of 1925, which was the last to exam...

Celebrate Innovation Week CIWEEK6

March 02, 2015 to March 05, 2015
  • Location: Des Moines Area Community College West Campus
  • 5959 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: See description
  • Admission: Free to Public
  • Website

Monday, March 2, 2015: Kick-off events 6 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Danny Beyer Tuesday, March 3, 2015: Kick-off events 6 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Tom Eakin Wednesday, March 4, 2015: 8:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions; 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Paustian; 11:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Niall McCann; 12:45 p.m. - Lunch; 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hugh Herr; 6 p.m. ...

Celebrate Innovation Week 2015 - ciWeek

March 02, 2015 to March 06, 2015
  • Location: DMACC West Campus
  • 5959 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: varies - see website
  • Admission: Free & Open to Public
  • Phone: 515-633-2439
  • Email | Website

A TV star, adventurer, explorer & two Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers all make up the keynote speakers 2015 Celebrate Innovation Week (CiWeek) on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus. The free event runs from March 2 - 6, 2015 & will bring big-name speakers that push the boundaries of their respective fields. The future-foc...

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...

Cooking With Beer

March 02, 2015
  • Location: Bolton & Hay
  • 2701 Delaware Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. - check-in / 6 p.m. class starts
  • Admission: $35
  • Email | Website

There's nothing better than adding some new recipes to your repertoire, especially when you can do it with beer! Doris Gorius of Bolton & Hay will lead us through a 3-course meal that incorporates beer. Each course will be served with a sample of the beer used in the recipe. You'll take home a copy of the recipes and a small cutting board gift, courtesy of Bolton & Hay....

Iowa Girls High School State Basketball Tournament

March 02, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Monday,  Mar.  2 10am - 1A  Quarterfinal 11:45am - 1A  Quarterfinal 1:30pm - 1A  Quarterfinal 3:15pm - 1A  Quarterfinal 5pm - 2A  Quarterfinal 6:45pm - 2A  Quarterfinal 8:30pm - 2A  Quarterfinal Tuesday,  Mar.  3 10am - 2A  Quarterfinal 11:45am - 3A  Quarterfinal 1:30pm - 3A  Quarterfinal 3:15p...

On-Going Events

Adventure Awaits: Victoria Herring, Photographer

February 16, 2015 to April 02, 2015
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Fridays 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Polk County Heritage Gallery is pleased to present "Adventure Awaits - Travel Through the Camera of Victoria Herring. Reception will be held on Friday, February 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. Exhibit will be up through April 2, 2015. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Christian Skate Night

January 05, 2015 to June 01, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Monday)
  • Location: Skate North Incrediroll
  • 5621 Meredith Dr
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $6
  • Phone: 515-251-7655
  • Email | Website

Starting in January, every first Monday of the month 6-8pm. Admission $6 skate rentals included if needed.

Historic Home Tours - Meet the Flynn’s: A Guided Mansion Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; One hour program
  • Admission: $8 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 or over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Domestic Spaces Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Mind Your Manners Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. OR 1 - 3 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Making Art Public

December 19, 2014 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • 600 E Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon to Sat; Noon - 4:30 p.m. Sun
  • Admission: Free

Making Art Public explores the beauty and history of public art in Iowa. Photographs, museum artifacts and original artworks highlight the earliest beginnings of public art in the state, significant artists (including Grant Wood), major themes, the creative process and where it is found in Iowa. Visitors will gain an appreciation for how public art connects us to our natural an...

The Des Moines Big Band

March 02, 2015 to May 25, 2015 (Every Monday)
  • Location: Palacio Events Center
  • 8900 Hickman Road
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. every Monday thru May 25
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-210-4230
  • Email | Website

Come enjoy the progressive sounds of one of Iowa's longest running jazz orchestras. We play every Monday evening from October through May at 6:30 at El Palacio, 8900 Hickman Avenue. Drinks and light dinner items are available, restaurant-style seating is first come, first served. See calendar for cover fees and special events!

Trees: A Different View

November 24, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Trees: A Different View by artist Jeana Maier. These works take a moment out of a busy day to enjoy the wonder of small things as significant. Drawing has always been Jeana's first and favorite expression. Her interest in trees stems from growing up in tree care; hearing and seeing botanical names of trees. Her pieces are of small, often overlooked views in our busy times. Autu...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

October 10, 2014 to April 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Starting October 10, a new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit opened featuring 12 fully animated exotic dinosaurs.  Many of the dinosaurs are unfamiliar to most North Americans, officials said. "Exhibitions like this are exactly what SCI is looking for in terms of achieving our mission," said Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa President & CEO. &...

03-03-2015

Special Events

Bowl For Kids' Sake

March 03, 2015

Bowl for Kids' Sake is a fun & easy way for you & your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. If you have a passion for kids & want to make a difference in our community, register for Bowl For Kids’ Sake today! http://bbbsia.kintera.org/bowlforkids2015

Celebrate Innovation Week CIWEEK6

March 02, 2015 to March 05, 2015
  • Location: Des Moines Area Community College West Campus
  • 5959 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: See description
  • Admission: Free to Public
  • Website

Monday, March 2, 2015: Kick-off events 6 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Danny Beyer Tuesday, March 3, 2015: Kick-off events 6 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Tom Eakin Wednesday, March 4, 2015: 8:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions; 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Paustian; 11:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Niall McCann; 12:45 p.m. - Lunch; 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hugh Herr; 6 p.m. ...

Celebrate Innovation Week 2015 - ciWeek

March 02, 2015 to March 06, 2015
  • Location: DMACC West Campus
  • 5959 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: varies - see website
  • Admission: Free & Open to Public
  • Phone: 515-633-2439
  • Email | Website

A TV star, adventurer, explorer & two Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers all make up the keynote speakers 2015 Celebrate Innovation Week (CiWeek) on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus. The free event runs from March 2 - 6, 2015 & will bring big-name speakers that push the boundaries of their respective fields. The future-foc...

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...

Doomtree

March 03, 2015
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8:30 p.m.; 18+ event
  • Admission: $10 - $15; ticketfly.com
  • Website

The Minneapolis hip hop collective Doomtree is returning to Des Moines.  It's part of the tour in support of the new "All Hands" and is supposed to feature the complete lineup, so no worries that your favorite member (Dessa) won't make it. They'll be there. Doomtree last played Des Moines in 2013 at the Des Moines Social Club's New Year's Eve Bash. The March show...

Downtown Chamber Annual Celebration

March 03, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Member $35; Non-Member $45
  • Phone: 515-309-3229
  • Website

Join us for a cocktail reception of food, fire & flying through the air fun, plus a silent auction for 3 unique art pieces. Emcee for the night will be Scott Siepker, Iowa Nice Guy! Featured performances will include: Hannah Marks Trio, Abbie & the Sawyers, Ballet Des Moines & more! Register online at www.desmoinesdowntownchamber.com. &n...

Experience Grimes: A Tasteful Business Expo

March 03, 2015
  • Location: Performance Display
  • 1400 SE 11th St
  • Grimes, IA 50111
  • Times: 4:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-986-5770
  • Email | Website

Experience Grimes; A Tasteful Business Expo will take place on Tuesday evening, March 3rd from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Performance Display, 1400 SE 11th Street in Grimes. The VIP Sponsor for this event is Performance Display. This event is FREE to the public. There will be multiple door prizes (must be 18 or over to qualify), including the grand prize of an Xbox One donated b...

Iowa Girls High School State Basketball Tournament

March 02, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Monday,  Mar.  2 10am - 1A  Quarterfinal 11:45am - 1A  Quarterfinal 1:30pm - 1A  Quarterfinal 3:15pm - 1A  Quarterfinal 5pm - 2A  Quarterfinal 6:45pm - 2A  Quarterfinal 8:30pm - 2A  Quarterfinal Tuesday,  Mar.  3 10am - 2A  Quarterfinal 11:45am - 3A  Quarterfinal 1:30pm - 3A  Quarterfinal 3:15p...

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