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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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01-28-2015

Special Events

$10 Prime Rib Buffet

January 07, 2015 to January 28, 2015

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball Registration

January 20, 2015 to February 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: January 20 - February 20
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Email | Website

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

Djonuts Kickstarter Launch Party

January 28, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 - free Djonuts & Coffee along with beer, wine and food

Free Advice for your Device

January 28, 2015
  • Location: North Side Library
  • 3516 5th Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Bring your smartphone, tablet or e-reader to one of our Central Library classes and get help installing the library's apps for e-books, audiobooks and e-magazines. You must have basic setup completed as a prerequisite to this class. You will need your library card and PIN, and you may need the password for your App Store on your device. Preregister online or call 283-4152, ext....

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...

Iowa Pork Congress

January 28, 2015 to January 29, 2015
  • Venue: Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: See website
  • Website

Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey Sampling

January 28, 2015
  • Location: Mickeys Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Are you a whiskey lover but afraid to switch it up? We are here to help! Stop into Mickeys Irish Pub January 28th at 6 pm for a free sample of Jameson Black Barrel Select Reserve. The lush, ripe fruit from the sherry is front and center, then mixes with the bourbon barrel notes of oak, marzipan, cinnamon, and oak. The entry is packed with flavor but not overly aggressive. Clear...

Kinky Boots: Willis Broadway Series

January 27, 2015 to February 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

Broadway's new high-heeled hit is the winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL & Grammy® winner CYNDI LAUPER has made history with KINKY BOOTS as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony Award for Best Score! KINKY BOOTS tells the story of Charlie Price, a man who has reluctantly inherited his father's nearly bankrupt s...

Social Run

December 17, 2014 to February 25, 2015
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

Meet at Fleet Feet Des Moines for our weekly social run. All levels are encouraged to participate and even better it is absolutely free!

Surf at the Library's Teen Internet Café

January 21, 2015 to January 28, 2015
  • Location: South and North Libraries
  • Times: Jan 21 - 1:30 p.m.l Jan 28 - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Wednesday, January 21, 1:30 PM, South Side Library: Teens in grades six to twelve are invited to use the library's laptops, play games, and enjoy snacks. Wednesday, January 28, 3:00 PM, North Side Library: Bring your friends to play Wii games, internet games, and board games. Enjoy a snack, too!

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 ...

On-Going Events

Blow your Own Glass Ornaments

November 03, 2014 to January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Studio Fuzzishü
  • 1808 Fuller Road, Suite B
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $14 per ornament
  • Phone: 515-402-8143
  • Email | Website

Looking for a super fantastic one of a kind holiday gift? Come create your own BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENT at Studio Fuzzishu! Each ornament takes about 10 minutes to make & then 20-30 minutes to cool down. Ornaments cost $14 a piece. Want to make oodles of ornaments? There is a price break at 3 ornaments & 5 ornaments per person. Come on your own or with a group of fr...

Free Meditation Classes- Sahaja Yoga

January 28, 2015 to June 25, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Location: Various Public Libraries
  • Times: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 312-919-3801
  • Email | Website

Free meditation clases are held every saturday in alternate libraries across Des moines area. Please check the meetup link for venue

Freedom Summer 1964: Two Iowans & the Campaign for Civil Rights in Mississippi

September 18, 2014 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thre...

Geeks Who Drink Pub Trivia

October 22, 2014 to April 29, 2015 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: The Red Monk
  • 210 4th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 - 10 p.m. Wednesdays
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-280-3771
  • Email

Where: The Red Monk, 210 Fourth St., downtown. When: 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays Trivia Format: Eight independently-themed rounds with eight questions are tossed out in the Belgian bar above the Royal Mile. "Round two is always a ‘Name that Tune' style round," acting Director of Marketing of Geeks who Drink Pub Quizzes, Ken Brill, said. "We also have one hi...

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...

Imagination Playschool

January 02, 2015 to March 27, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Friday)
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $2.50 per child
  • Phone: 515-248-6330
  • Website

This program allows children & adults to get together & play! It’s for anyone with children that would benefit from social interaction & playing with new friends, parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians etc. Any age is invited that enjoys playing & interacting with others using our equipment. Participants may play in, on or around the following ...

Mainstage Improv Show

November 05, 2014 to April 29, 2015 (Every Wednesday)

The Last Laugh Comedy Theater's signature show.  We perform games like those seen on TV's "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" getting the audience in on the action by using their suggestions and even getting them up on stage. Every Wednesday is Free. Friday and Saturday shows are $14. For more information: www.lastlaughdsm.com.  

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...

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. &...

01-29-2015

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

Book Worms

January 29, 2015
  • Location: Cafe Diem
  • 2005 S Ankeny Blvd, Ste 800
  • Ankeny,
  • Times: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 includes coffee and cookies
  • Website

Join our book club with PCC Naturalist, Heidi Anderson, for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Pre-registration required; deadline is January 26. Fee: $5, includes coffee and cookies. Sponsored by the Great Outdoors Foundation. To register, click here.

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