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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

"The Great Turkey Hunt"

November 26, 2014
  • Location: Mickey Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 8 p.m.- 2 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

"The Great Turkey Hunt" Home for the holidays and need a fun place to gather with your friends? We are just the place! Karaoke will kick off @ 9 p.m. and the Pie Hole girls will be out sampling Apple Pie & Cherry Pie liquors from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Get entered for a chance to win the BIG TOM with a surprise side! This is an event you will be thankful you attended! Ha...

Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey vs Tri-City Storm

November 26, 2014

Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy

November 26, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy  comes to Des Moines!  Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater & the crew of Disney Pixar's Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid's enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow...

Festival After Dark

November 26, 2014

In 1984 the Festival of Trees & Lights made its debut in Des Moines & since that time families & friends have eagerly awaited this fun-filled event to kick-off the holiday season! With beautifully decorated trees, a fun-filled children's area, food, entertainment & special events, "Festival" has become a central Iowa tradition. Festival After D...

Festival of Trees & Lights 2014

November 26, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 1984 the Festival of Trees & Lights made its debut in Des Moines & since that time families & friends have eagerly awaited this fun-filled event to kick-off the holiday season! With beautifully decorated trees, a fun-filled children's area, food, entertainment & special events, "Festival" has become a central Iowa tradition. **Discounted pre...

Funny Bone presents Doug Thompson

November 26, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • 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

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...

MCC56 Thanksgiving Throw Down

November 26, 2014

The Midwest’s most exciting promotion is in full swing, gearing up for its annual event, and in 2014 MCC aims to please! Announced earlier today, MCC 56: Thanksgiving Throw Down will feature light heavyweight champion, Rob “The Destroyer” Morrow in his first title defense when he meets Des Moines native, Rakim Cleveland. Meanwhile, featherweight kingpin, Eric ...

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.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship

November 26, 2014
  • Location: St. Mark Lutheran Church
  • 1115 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free & Open to the Public
  • Phone: 515-223-4208
  • Email | Website

Thanksgiving Eve Worship


November 26, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $23 advance, $25 at door
  • Website

On-Going Events

AMVETS/USO Donations Month

November 11, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free - fundraiser
  • Website

We love our veterans and military service members! Every year, Bass Pro Shops nationwide collect monetary donations for these two groups. 100% of the donations go to these groups. Customers choose the group they wish to donate to and the amount - $1, $3, or $5. No purchase is necessary - stop in and help us support these two great organizations!

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

October 20, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Simpson College - Kent Campus Center
  • 701 N. C Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-961-1608
  • Email

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

Bass Pro Shops/Southeast Polk Schools Warm Kids Campaign

November 06, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We're proud to team up with the SE Polk School district to collect NEW hats, gloves, and boots for children ages 4-12. Please bring your donations to the Bass Pro Shop Altoona lobby by December 31. All donated items will be distributed at Southeast Polk School District elementary schools so kids can stay warm during our frosty winter!

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...


November 17, 2014 to December 17, 2014 (Every Monday, Wednesday)
  • Location: ISED Ventures Women's Business Center
  • 8345 University Blvd. Suite F1
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $300 - scholarships available
  • Phone: 515-283-0940
  • Email | Website

In-depth foundation for new entrepreneurs and those in the planning stages. Students will determine feasibility, start-up needs, timeline, and pricing. They will also build skills in financial management, marketing. The instructor will assist the students in writing the business plan. The final product is a business plan draft. Business owners already operating are welcome to...

Cooper Exhibition

October 02, 2014 to November 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Tues - Fri 9 - 1 p.m.; Thurs 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5 - 7pm. The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public Wine and appetizers will be served Bob creates traditional and contemporary functional woodworking & sculpture. Woodworking was a natural career choice for Bob, whose love of art and woodworking proved to be a rewarding combination. As a result ...


September 27, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Location: Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room
  • 500 E. Locust, Floor 2
  • Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-309-2763
  • Email | Website

Dialogues: Conversations between African Art objects and Western contemporary prints. Western & African art have been in dialogue most famously since Picasso had his epiphany when seeing African sculpture and masks at the Trocadero Museum In Paris & then painted his 1st Cubist art work, Les Demoiselles d"Avignon in 1907. Contemporary artists incl Calcer, Chen, Le C...

Evening Bridge Club

September 03, 2014 to December 17, 2014 (Every Wednesday)

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

everyday abstraction Exhibit

November 07, 2014 to January 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University
  • 2507 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Tues - Sun noon - 4 p.m.; Thurs Noon - 8; Open with appointment also
  • Admission: Free and open to public
  • Website

New work by five contemporary abstract painters will be on display at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University Nov. 7 through Jan. 23rd. The exhibition includes work by Jered Sprecher, Brian Porray, Megan Kathol Bersett, Andrea Ferrigno and Margaret Crowley.    

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...

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede Exhibition

September 18, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede explores the creativity and friendship between two of the most iconic figures of contemporary American fashion and art. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Des Moines Art Center, Halston & Warhol will consist of original paintings, works on paper, clothes and ephemera by the two men. Many of th...

Jolly Holiday Lights

November 25, 2014 to January 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Waterworks Park
  • 2201 George Flagg Pkwy
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 5:30 - 10 p.m. daily; (Santa's Wish Shop open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)
  • Admission: $10 car; $20 limo or mini-bus; $45 for bus
  • Email | Website

Light Up a Child's Life® at Jolly Holiday Lights, a great holiday tradition! Bundle up the family and enjoy a 3.5 mile ride through magical light displays. 100% of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa! Jolly Holiday Lights is a drive-through holiday light display that is annually set up by Make-A-Wish Iowa in Des Moines' Water Works Park. The event raised e...

Last Laugh

October 21, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Last Laugh Comedy Theater
  • 1701 25th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Tues Trivia 8 p.m.; Wed Improv 8 p.m.; Fri & Sat Improv 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Tues & Wed Free; Fri & Sat $14
  • Website

Full bar, good food, big laughs

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