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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

24 Days of Jasper Winery

December 01, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-282-9463
  • Email | Website

Do your holiday shopping and have a little extra fun for yourself at Jasper Winery! Each day through December 24 we'll give you a special gift to thank you for a great year and to help you celebrate a little extra this holiday season. Cheers!

70's Saturday Night

December 06, 2014 to December 27, 2014

We'll play all your favorite hits from the ‘70s; Hourly $100 drawings

A Christmas Carol

December 17, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 9th and Cherry Streets
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed, Thurs, Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $30; family packages available
  • Website

-Synopsis: Set in a small New England town, George, a history professor at the local college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home from a Saturday night party when Martha announces that she has invited a young couple--an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride--to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive, the charade begins. Th...

American Lung Association - Fleet Feet Des Moines

December 12, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

For every pair of Adidas purchased at Fleet Feet Des Moines during the month of December, Fleet Feet Des Moines will donate 15% of each sale to the American Lung Association to help support the cure for lung cancer.

Bonnie Koloc - Live at the Temple Series

December 20, 2014

One of the top folk singers from the Midwest, Iowa-native Bonnie Koloc brings her unique and timeless blend of jazz, folk and blues music to the Temple Theater. Following the release of her newest album, Bonnie Koloc - Rediscovered, experience the singer the Chicago Tribune calls "one of the originals of the 70's Old Town folk scene."

Born a Child Community Christmas Event

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Mount Olive Lutheran Church
  • 5625 Franklin avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free of charge
  • Phone: 515-277-8349
  • Email | Website

Experience the joy of Jesus’ birth through this wonderful program which weaves together the Christmas story from scripture with music (adult and children’s choirs, handbells and orchestra). No charge. Two shows, 4:30 or 6:30 on Saturday, Dec. 20th. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 5625 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, 50310. Call 515-277-8349 for more information

Breakfast with Santa

December 20, 2014

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Breakfast with Santa is a yearly tradition at SCI that brings families and friends together for food, fun, science and Santa! Enjoy a delicious buffet-style catered meal in the Food Chain Café, decked out especially for the season Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list Experience a journey on The Polar Express on Central Iow...

Christmas at The Barn

December 20, 2014

O Holy Night! 4th Annual Community Christmas At the Barn celebrating the birth of Jesus with music, live nativity, praise and worship in a beautiful setting.

Damon Dotson

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Mickeys Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Damon Dotson is ready to come to Mickeys Irish Pub and give you a night between jazz and rock! He is versatile between his acoustic solo act and his full band. One reviewer from the Des Moines Register wrote "he is the curly locks of Jim Morrison, but more a warmly romantic sound that veers between Dave Mathews and Coldplay!" Touring all through the Midwest in areas s...

DM Capitals Hockey vs Sioux City

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Des Moines Buccaneers Arena
  • 7201 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $0-$5; students free

Euforquestra's "Home for the Holidays"

December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Doors: 8 p.m. / Show: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $12 - $17 over 21 event
  • Website

Fireside Music with JJ Express

December 20, 2014
  • 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 JJ Express at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service. http://www.jjexpressband.com/.

Funny Bone presents Pete Lee

December 17, 2014 to December 20, 2014
  • 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/.

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...

Hy-Vee Big Four Basketball Classic

December 20, 2014

The Hy-Vee Big Four Classic is one of the marquee basketball events in the Midwest, the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic Tickets exclusively through iowaeventscenter.com, 866-553-2457, or the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office. Tickets will be good for admission to both games of the doubleheader.  


December 12, 2014 to December 21, 2014
  • Location: Grand View University - Viking Theater in the Student Center
  • 2811 East 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: Dec. 12-14; 17-21: 7:30 p.m. (Sundays @ 2 p.m.)
  • Admission: $10 - $15
  • Website

 Kristin Larson directs this talented cast of actors in a limited run of Macbeth. Get your tickets now! Sponsored by the Royal Mile and Tim & Rachel Scheib of CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate.  

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

December 19, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $51.50 & up
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group's annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season come...

Misfit Cabaret: Island of Misfit Toys

December 20, 2014

Misfit Cabaret presents a no-so-family-friendly holiday variety show for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Burlesque! Aerial Arts! Comedy! And more! Starring Michelle Mynx with special guest Sally Sachs! Must be 18 or older to attend. Doors open at 7:30 PM, Show begins at 8PM. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com or at the Civic Center ticket office. Michelle Mynx and Sally Sachs will b...

Nightmare Before Christmas

December 20, 2014
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 7pm-2am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Looking for a way to celebrate the Holidays but just haven't planned anything! We have just the party for you. While enjoying the beautiful music of Damon Dotson who hits the stage at 9pm, come a little early! We want to see you in your BEST Christmas costumes... Santas, Reindeer, Elves, Unlce Eddie... whatever! *Prizes will be awarded to those with the most holiday spirit! *Us...

Pony Express to Santa

December 20, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Bring your child out to enjoy a winter wonderland aboard our ponies and end the trip with a visit to see Santa. Decorate stockings, enjoy Christmas carols on a sleigh ride, and much more! $20/child, and sleigh rides additional $5/per person.

Santa Express™

December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
  • 225 10th Street
  • Boone, IA 50036
  • Times: 10:30 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; and 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Basic Coach $18; First Class Coach $45
  • Phone: 800-626-0319

Enjoy a one hour plus round trip ride from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad's Boone Depot to the North Pole. Enroute, you will be served hot chocolate and a cookie, and receive a special gift from Santa himself. Arrive in your pajamas, and enjoy a great adventure! Tickets on sale November 1st - online or by calling 1- (weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm) Fares (per pers...

Santa's Winter Wonderland

November 15, 2014 to December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Valley West Mall
  • 1551 Valley West Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve Santa 10 a.m. - Noon; Train 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Train Tickets are just $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00
  • Website

Santa will be in Center Court visiting with boys and girls from Saturday, November 15th through Wednesday, December 24.

Steel Panther

December 20, 2014
  • Location: 7 Flags Event Center
  • 2100 NW 100th Street
  • Clive,
  • Times: Doors 7:30 p.m./Show 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $25; Tickets are available online at Ticketfly.com or at the Event Center box office
  • Phone: 515-276-7003
  • Website

First Fleet Presents: Steel Panther on December 20, 2014! This is an All Ages show...Tickets are available online at Ticketfly.com or at the Event Center box office 

Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Show

December 19, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults-Main Floor $37.50; Balcony $32.50; Ages 12 & Under-Main Floor $25; Balcony $20
  • Phone: 515-244-0507
  • Email | Website

Celebrate the holiday season at this popular holiday show. Greg, Mark, Jared, and Shaun have arranged a fantastic a cappella show, fun for any age!

Wine & Burger Night

December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m.-Burgers served until 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $15 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 1 glass of wine, recipe card, and gratuity).
  • Website

It's off to the Tassel Ridge Winery Steakhouse! Tonight's burger is a Steakhouse Burger made with Horseradish, Parmesan Cheese, and Garlic topped with Swiss Cheese, Onions, Lettuce, and Tomato and served on a Toasted Bun with a side of Sweet Potato Fries and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge American Syrah). A slice of Tassel Ridge Rockets Gl...

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