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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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07-30-2014

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...

Cake Decorating Session 5 Creme Summer Camp for Kids

July 29, 2014 to July 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Cake Decorating: Day 1 – Make frostings and practice decorating on cookies. Day 2 – Design cake, make fondant figures and practice decorating on cupcakes Day 3 – Color and roll out fondant and decorate a 2-tier dummy/foam cake for you to take home. Graduation Ceremony. As seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, voted Cityview best dessert and DSM Magazine's Top B...

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

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 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

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 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...

Wednesday Workshop: Deconstruct & Reinvent

July 30, 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. 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...

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

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. ...

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.

Influence: How To Achieve Winning Outcomes

July 29, 2014 to July 30, 2014
  • Venue: Tero International
  • 1840 NW 118th, Suite 107
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $695 ($625 per person for active military and SHRM, ASTD and IABI members)
  • Phone: 5152212318ext214
  • Email | Website

Influence: How To Achieve Winning Outcomes A two-day workshop on building the skills that lead to influencing winning outcomes. Registration fee includes: expert workshop facilitation for two days by two highly-skilled Tero trainers, participant materials (useful resource manual), complimentary subscription to Tero's monthly eZine (electronic magazine) and complimentary a...

National Balloon Classic 2014

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: National Ballon Classic Launch Field
  • 1601 N Jefferson Way
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: All day
  • Admission: varies (see website)
  • Phone: 515-961-8415
  • Website

Mark your calendars and join us for fun family entertainment at the 2014 National Balloon Classic!   FYI: The National Balloon Classic property is now Smoke Free. Iowa's Smoke Free Air Act became effective July, 2008 making our property No Smoking. No pets, coolers, food, or drink allowed.

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!

07-31-2014

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...

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Old Bags Event

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Glen Oaks Country Club
  • 1401 Glen Oaks Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-262-5695
  • Email

Fun-filled cocktail party to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. Silent auction with incredible prizes, but most of all... amazing bags! Designer bags, fun bags, sports bags, specialty totes, and more! A great event for a ladies night out.

Brad Seidenfeld

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 5pm-9pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Come on out and help us celebrate our new space!! Thursday, July 31st The patio expansion includes more tables, bags games area, bike racks, bicycle pit stop and a Stage! Brad Seidendfeld will be playing live from 5-9pm $4 Lime and Mango Ritas and our infamous Beer-O-Meter Night! Buy one drink and get the next at Wednesday's High Temp! 75 degrees and every other drink is only 7...

Business Social

July 31, 2014
  • Location: New York Event Center
  • 516 New York Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 4 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: FREE in Advance or $5 At Door
  • Phone: 515-240-4672
  • Email | Website

This is a networking social with 20-30 vendors. Refreshments and Light Appetizers provided. This is a great networking event to attend for any industry. Bring your business cards. RSVP on the website and its FREE!

Cake Decorating Session 5 Creme Summer Camp for Kids

July 29, 2014 to July 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Cake Decorating: Day 1 – Make frostings and practice decorating on cookies. Day 2 – Design cake, make fondant figures and practice decorating on cupcakes Day 3 – Color and roll out fondant and decorate a 2-tier dummy/foam cake for you to take home. Graduation Ceremony. As seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, voted Cityview best dessert and DSM Magazine's Top B...

Cannabis Corpse

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Vaudeville Mews
  • 212 4th Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $13
  • Website

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: The Lego Movie

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Good Park
  • 1103 17th Street
  • Des Moines, IA
  • 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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