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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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07-23-2014

Special Events

AAU Junior Olympics

July 23, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Passport: $40.00 (6 & under free); Daily Pass: $12.00 (6 & under free)
  • Website

Registration times for certain sports may differ, please check your sport's entry information for specific check-in times. You may only check-in at your sport's designated location. Participants should check-in the day prior to competing. CHECK-IN LOCATIONS: SPORTS: Iowa Events Center: Baton Twirling, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cricket, FOS AllSports Combine, Gymnastics...

Baking Expereince Session 4 Creme Summer Camp for Kids

July 22, 2014 to July 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Bakery Experience: Day 1 Cinnamon Rolls & Cake Balls Day 2 Bars & Cookies Day 3 Cupcakes - cupcakes, frostings, decorations + Graduation ceremony. As seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, voted Cityview best dessert & DSM Magazine's Top Bakery! Details: •3 day session Tue-Thur •Enrollment strictly limited to 6 students & for Ages...

Batman Day

July 23, 2014
  • Location: Barnes & Noble
  • 4550 University Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-226-0162
  • Email | Website

Customers can celebrate the most popular superheroes of all time with Batman’s 75th Anniversary in our stores. Customers can get a free Batman Detective Comics #27 Special Edition while supplies last as well as activities, chances to win great prizes, and much more.

Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market

June 04, 2014 to September 24, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: Parking lot of First Christian Church
  • 2500 University Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: n/a
  • Email | Website

Edible Flowers from Garden to Palate: Lunch & Learn with Cathy Wilkinson Barash

July 23, 2014

  Join edible flower and garden guru Cathy Wilkinson Barash for lunchtime lectures throughout the summer.  Enjoy inspired cuisine crafted by Trellis chef Lisa LaValle, while learning how to add edibles to your landscape and your plate.   June 25 - Food is Pretty.  Get a visual overview of using edibles for their beauty.  This enticing progr...

Family Days @ The Races

July 13, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Coloring books, crafts, spin art, mascots, Heartland Greyhound Adoption, Animal Rescue League, Des Moines Mounted Police, Avenue of Horses. Sunday brunch special $11.95/adults; $5.95/children; Free/children under age 5.

From Speaker to Receiver Exhibition

June 13, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

From Speaker to Receiver seeks to explore the role of spoken and written communication as a catalyst for social agency in a world radically altered by digital information and social networking. The exhibition specifically looks at how artists use the linguistic transfer of information to address a broad set of issues pertaining to political and religious propaganda, history, ...

Funny Bone presents D.C. Benny

July 23, 2014 to July 26, 2014
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

Greenwood Indoor Farmers Market/Merle Hay Mall

May 28, 2014 to September 03, 2014
  • Location: Merle Hay Mall - Food Court Area
  • 3800 Merle Hay Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

If you love going to a farmers market, but are easily discouraged by weather, there is now an option for you - the Greenwood Market in the food court at Merle Hay Mall.The market will debut on May 28 & runs from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 3. The market is the brainchild of Dana Green­wood, who also organized the Beaverdale Farmers Market....

Iowa Cubs vs New Orleans

July 23, 2014

Jazz in July - John Morgan Orchestra featuring Gina Gedler

July 23, 2014
  • Location: Wesley Acres
  • 3520 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Standup Paddleboard with the Naturalist

July 23, 2014
  • Venue: Gray's Lake
  • 2100 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 5:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Rental price or bring your own
  • Phone: 283-4294
  • Website

Bring your own standup paddle board or rent one at Gray's Lake and join the naturalist for an evening paddle to learn more about the history of the lake and how if functions. We will paddle to different areas and search for wildlife from the water that lives in and around the lake. Regular rental prices apply for those renting.

Wednesday Workshop: Science of Musical Instruments

July 23, 2014

Calling all young Makers! Each Wednesday in July from 5:00-7:00 pm, we're hosting drop-in workshops for students ages 12-18. Each workshop has a materials fee of just $10, or $5 for SCI Members. This workshop will focus on how musical instruments make sound, giving us insight into making our own instruments.

YWRC- Movin' onto Middle School

July 14, 2014 to July 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Young Women's Resource Center
  • 818 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-4901
  • Email | Website

A free 2-week program for 5th grade girls who are going into 6th grade! We'll be talking about self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, reproductive health, and what concerns the girls may have about middle school. We have lots of fun activities planned and can even provide transportation for the girls.

On-Going Events

Botanical Details

July 05, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Local painter Jerri Ross presents a series of plant paintings from a unique point of view as executed in watercolor and gouache media. The exhibit celebrates Jerri's excitement and fascination with plants and their diversity of colors, patterns, anatomical symmetry and chaotic growth. Jerri's art is influenced by her experiences as an architectural designer and travels abroad. ...

Douglas and Harnack Exhibit

June 03, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Rd.
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: Gallery hours: Tuesday/Wednesday 9am - 1pm; Thursday 4 - 7pm; Friday 9am - 1pm; Saturday 9am - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibition: June 3-July 27; Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5, 5 to 7pm! The Ankeny Art Center gallery & receptions are free & open to the public. Wine & appetizers will be served. Main Gallery: Pamela S. Douglas specializes in painting & drawing. Like many professional artists her work has evolved from a traditional approach to a more intense exp...

Evening Bridge Club

June 18, 2014 to July 30, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Meet at the Central Library to practice playing bridge on Wednesday evenings in the Cafe Gallery. Preregister online or call 515-283-4152. Call Troy for more details at 515-710-2319.

Shrek

July 11, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

In a kingdom far, far away, things get ugly when an ogre, not a handsome prince, shows up to rescue a feisty Princess. Throw in a wisecracking Donkey, a villain with a short temper, a Gingerbread Man with attitude, and other fairy tale misfits, and you've got a mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily there’s one on hand, and his name is Shrek. Shrek is part romance, part...

Yoga at the Plaza

July 02, 2014 to August 27, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Brenton Skating Plaza
  • 520 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-237-1456
  • Website

Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.

Zoo Brew

June 04, 2014 to August 27, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 5:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Members Free; Non-members: $11
  • Phone: 515-974-2523
  • Email | Website

Zoo Brew is back! For those 21 & over, Blank Park Zoo comes to life after hours every Wednesday in the summer. This popular event features a variety of live music, themes and brews while guests enjoy the animals at the Zoo. The middle of the week is now something to look forward to!

07-24-2014

Special Events

AAU Junior Olympics

July 23, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Passport: $40.00 (6 & under free); Daily Pass: $12.00 (6 & under free)
  • Website

Registration times for certain sports may differ, please check your sport's entry information for specific check-in times. You may only check-in at your sport's designated location. Participants should check-in the day prior to competing. CHECK-IN LOCATIONS: SPORTS: Iowa Events Center: Baton Twirling, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cricket, FOS AllSports Combine, Gymnastics...

Baking Expereince Session 4 Creme Summer Camp for Kids

July 22, 2014 to July 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Bakery Experience: Day 1 Cinnamon Rolls & Cake Balls Day 2 Bars & Cookies Day 3 Cupcakes - cupcakes, frostings, decorations + Graduation ceremony. As seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, voted Cityview best dessert & DSM Magazine's Top Bakery! Details: •3 day session Tue-Thur •Enrollment strictly limited to 6 students & for Ages...

Family Days @ The Races

July 13, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Coloring books, crafts, spin art, mascots, Heartland Greyhound Adoption, Animal Rescue League, Des Moines Mounted Police, Avenue of Horses. Sunday brunch special $11.95/adults; $5.95/children; Free/children under age 5.

Free Flicks - Outdoor Movies

June 05, 2014 to September 04, 2014
  • Location: See website for locations
  • Times: 9 p.m. approximately
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Thursday nights - with some exceptions...check website. Movie locations are in partnership with neighborhood associations and Des Moines Art Center, Full schedule on website.

Free Flicks: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

July 24, 2014
  • Location: Tower Park
  • 4900 Hickman Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: Around 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Website

Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9 p.m. Admission is free, blankets & lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Des Moines neighborhood associ...

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