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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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08-01-2014

Special Events

24th Annual Knoxville Nationals

July 31, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: Gates open 5:30 p.m; Race 7:15
  • Admission: Adults $20 & up
  • Phone: 641-842-5431
  • Website

The biggest sprint car race in the world with the top drivers in the sport. A 4 day racing extravaganza that includes music, food, camping, expo and more that ends each night with some of the most exciting racing you can ever experience. Sponsored by Arnold Motor Supply!

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...

Auto Races: Season Championship

August 01, 2014
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • E 30th Street and E Unversity Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Hot Laps 6:15 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors; $5 Kids; 5 & Under Free
  • Website

For more information: www.iowastatefairgrounds.org.

Belin Quartet Summer Concert Series

August 01, 2014

The Belin Quartet, managed by Civic Music Association, will play a series of FREE noon-time concerts downtown beginning on Friday, May 30.  The Quartet consists of alternating violinists Julie Fox Henson, John Helmich, Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, violist Sherida Josephson & cellist George Work. All concerts are free and open to the public. The Belin Quartet was ...

Children & Families of Iowa's Tango

August 01, 2014

Children & Families of Iowa invites you to enjoy dining, dancing to live music by Final Mix, and bidding on great live and silent auction items. Proceeds benefiting Children & Families of Iowa’s programs. For more information visit www.cfiowa.org.

Come Blow Your Horn

August 01, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Community Theatre
  • 1932 SW 3rd Street\
  • Ankeny,
  • Times: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $15; Sr. Citizens $12; Youth $10
  • Website

Perennial swinging bachelor Alan Baker leaves all responsibility behind and enjoys the plush life filled with money, women and parties. His carefree lifestyle is turned upside down when his 21 year old brother Buddy runs away from home to move in with him and follow in his footsteps. The entire family is thrown into disarray and must eventually come to terms with growing up and...

Dan Navarro: Dinner and Concert

August 01, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 6:30 p.m. Custom 3 course dinner; 7:30 p.m. Listening Concert
  • Admission: $35
  • Website

Lit By the Sun Signature Series Pairing the artistry of cuisine and the artistry of song 6:30pm Custom 3 course dinner; 7:30pm Listening Concert. The Hotel Pattee is proud to present the Lit by the Sun Series, a pairing of the artistry of cuisine with the artistry of song. The hotel is filled with art of all kinds and was restored through the creative collaborative efforts a...

FIRST FRIDAY: Jason Walsmith of The Nadas (and Friends)

August 01, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Admission is $5; Free for Members
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Email | Website

Jason and friends will play a unique blend of Americana folk rock. Enjoy their original music and their unique renditions of songs by other artists. Kick-off the weekend with some of the best musicians in town. Enjoy complimentary light-bites, cash bar, and world-class art and music. Admission is $5; FREE members. T o learn more about SUMMER ON THE HILL programs, visit w...

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 Frank Caliendo

August 01, 2014 to August 02, 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/.

Funny Bone presents George Kanter

July 30, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S. Prairie View Dr., Suite 100
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website for details
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Iowa Gas Swap Meet 28th Annual Collectors Convention

July 30, 2014 to August 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)

If you have never attended Iowa Gas or have been unable to attend for some time, please accept our invitation. There is no admission charge for buyers. When you attend the Annual Iowa Gas Swap Meet and Auction, expect to find vintage signs, gasoline pumps, neon, gas globes, maps, cans and containers, uniforms, soft drink and tobacco items, and other collectible memorabilia fr...

Iowa High School Boys State Baseball Tournament

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Cubs
  • 1 Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: see below
  • Admission: Tickets for each session (2 games): $10
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26: Quarterfinals - Class 1A, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Monday, July 28: Quarterfinals - Class 2A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29: Quarterfinals - Class 3A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30: Quarterfinals - Class 4A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31 - Semifinals, Class 1A: Noon &a...

K&N Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series

August 01, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Speedway
  • 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive
  • Newton, IA 50208
  • Times: 8 p.m. both nights
  • Admission: Weekend Packages $30 - $65 -$85
  • Website

K&N Pro Series - Fri, Aug 1 - 8 p.m.; Nascar Nationwide Series Sat, Aug 2 - 8 p.m.   

Lit by the Sun Presents Dan Navarro

August 01, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: Dinner at 6:30 p.m. concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Dinner & Concert $35; Concert only $25
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

The Hotel Pattee is proud to present the signature series, Lit by the Sun, featuring Dan Navarro. Pairing the artistry of cuisine and the artistry of song, experience a custom, light, 3 course meal prepared by Executive Chef Chris Caes.

Mixology Night

August 01, 2014

Mix. Mingle. Music. Science. Mix your Friday night up with drinks, mingling, science and entertainment! 21+ crowd: This night is exclusively for you! The first Friday of every month, experience all that SCI has to offer – minus the kids. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music from local bands and adult-themed presentations and programming! Admission: General admission is $5...

Mixology Night - Brother Trucker

August 01, 2014

Mix your Friday night up with drinks, mingling, science and entertainment! 21+ crowd: This night is exclusively for you! The first Friday of every month, experience all that SCI has to offer – minus the kids. Grab a cocktail and enjoy live music from local bands and adult-themed presentations and programming! A valid driver's license is required for admission and must be ...

Movies Under the Stars - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

August 01, 2014
  • Location: Wagner Park
  • 410 W 1st Street
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 8:30pm-10:30pm
  • Admission: Free

The City of Ankeny invites you to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the Ankeny Bandshell for a special showing of E.T the Extra-Terrestrial.

Music Under the Canopy

August 01, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Brenton Skating Plaza
  • 520 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Aug 1 @ 7 p.m.; Aug 2 @ 2 p.m.; Aug 3 @ 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $30 8/1; $40 8/2; $30 8/3; $85 for all 3 days
  • Phone: 515-286-4932
  • Website

The third and final (for this year) Music Under the Canopy festival will be held Aug. 1-3 at Brenton Skating Plaza. This event will have a jazz focus. The headliners are Hiroshima (Aug. 1), Arturo Sandoval (Aug. 2) and Dominick Farinacci (Aug. 3). Tickets are $30 in advance for Aug. 1, $40 for Aug. 2 and $30 for Aug. 3 or $85 in advance for all three days and are availa...

Unwined - Retro Rockets featuring Tony Valdez.

August 01, 2014
  • Venue: Gray's Lake
  • 2100 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 248-6332
  • Website

Come relax and unwind a little at Unwined from 5:30 - 8:30 at the terrace at Gray's Lake. Enjoy wine from Jasper Winery and Beer from Madhouse Brewing Co. There will also be food for purchase and live music by the Retro Rockets featuring Tony Valdez. All ages are welcome to attend this FREE event.

Yoga at the Glen

August 01, 2014
  • Location: West Glen Town Center
  • 5465 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: 5:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

All ages are welcome to the Center for outdoor yoga to live music. Get your work out in and stay for a happy hour drink.  

YWRC- Sister's of Summer

July 28, 2014 to August 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Young Women's Resource Center
  • 818 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-4901
  • Email | Website

A free week long program for girls going into 9th-12th grade! We'll be talking about self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, reproductive health, and empowerment. We have lots of fun activities planned and can even provide transportation for the girls.

On-Going Events

2014 Fall Hunting Classic

August 01, 2014 to August 17, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: varies - see website
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

It's the greatest hunting event and sale of the year! The annual Fall Hunting Classic returns with national and local pro workshops, hunting workshop for women, our Next Generation Kids' Weekend, special sales, and trade-ins. Check www.basspro.com or www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona for details as they are publicized.

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. ...

Des Moines Vintage Bike Night

July 01, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Location: Angelo's
  • 1238 8th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-664-3509
  • Email | Website

Des Moines Vintage Bike night: Meeting at Angelo's to show off our classic cafe, brat, chopper & scooters. Free, Come out and have fun!

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