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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

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

March 08, 2015 to April 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 1-3 p.m. Daily
  • Admission: Free & open to Public
  • Website

The 44th annual exhibition showcases work by students from across disciplines. Works selected for the show this year include a diverse array of media and approaches, from small intaglio and lithographic prints, carefully rendered drawings and handmade books to large-scale painting, video installation, sculpture and graphic design. The exhibition will remain on display through A...

Athletic Training Room (ATR) Runner's Club

January 05, 2015 to March 26, 2015 (Every Monday, Thursday)
  • 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

Community Race Forum

March 26, 2015
  • Location: Valley High School Cafeteria
  • 3650 Woodland Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Valley High School is hosting a community forum about racism, after fights at the school last month that were prompted by racially charged social media messages. The event starts at 7 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Avenue. A panel discussion will take questions from the audience - arrive early to submit them - before breaking int...

Conference on Bullying: Investigation and Resolution

March 26, 2015
  • Venue: Drake University - Olmstead Center
  • 2875 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Registration prior to 3/18 $85; after that date $100

This full-day conference for educators focuses on bullying resolution at the k-5 level. We bring together a proven bullying and harassment investigation system with cutting edge research on bullying and socialization, to introduce participants to a social justice approach to bullying resolution. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-conference-on-bullying-inves...

Equal Justice After Hours

March 26, 2015

Equal Justice After Hours is the Iowa Legal Aid Foundation's annual signature event celebrating how hope and dignity is restored to low-income Iowans through the work of Iowa Legal Aid. We are honored to be inducting Dave and Trudy Hurd into Iowa Legal Aid's Hall of Fame at the 2015 Equal Justice After Hours event. Dave and Trudy are passionate and generous advocates for justic...

Film + Q&A with Director Michael Maglaras

March 26, 2015

"The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" from February 17 until March 15, 1913, thousands of Americans pushed their way through the doors of the 69th Regiment Armory on the east side of New York City while a battle was waging "for or against" Modern Art for the first time. What they saw would annoy and infuriate some . . . and captivate, delight, and insp...

First Tech Challenge North Super Regional

March 26, 2015 to March 28, 2015

The FTC North Super Regional Championship will bring 72 teams from 13 states competing for an opportunity to advance to the FTC World Championship.

Free Square Dance Lessons

March 23, 2015 to March 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Capital Square
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 5:15 - 6:45 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

The National Square Dance Convention -Pre Convention will be held March 23-28 (estimated attendance 300 people). The national officers and committees will be in town to discuss some of their plans for their National Convention in Greater Des Moines - June 22-26 2016 - with an estimated attendance of 6,000 dancers. They will be holding FREE SQUARE DANCE LESSONS in Capita...

Funny Bone presents John Heffron

March 25, 2015 to March 28, 2015
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive - Ste 100
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.(no smoking)
  • Admission: $10 - $17
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

John Heffron burst onto the comedic scene during the prime of his college heyday. Although he graduated in his home state of Michigan, Heffron''s priorities became clear when he began to skip class to perform live stand up. His first gig was on the University of Michigan''s campus at the Main Street Comedy Showcase. Since then, his comedy has evolved in a unique and creative ...

Heart in the Sand

March 26, 2015

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...

Music Series at Salisbury House

March 26, 2015
  • Times: 6:45 p.m. Complimentary Wine Reception; Performance 7:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Standard $25; Student $15; Members $22.50

Registration Information: A reservation list is maintained for those that purchase tickets online. Join us for a musical performance featuring classical guitarist, David Burgess, as he celebrates 500 years of Spanish music in the Americas. Doors will open at 6:45 pm for a complimentary wine reception. The performance will begin at 7:30 pm.

My Name is Asher Lev

March 20, 2015 to March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $12.50 - $30
  • Phone: 515-309-0251
  • Website

SUNDAY TALK-BACK: March 21st, 2015 at 3:30pm or Immediately following the production My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make ...

National Square Dance Pre-Convention

March 25, 2015 to March 28, 2015
  • Venue: Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: varies - see website
  • Admission: Free for those pre-registered for Nat'l Convention
  • Phone: 563-594-0117
  • Website

Plan to come March 25 - 28, 2015 to the 65th NSDC Pre-Convention®. It will be held at the Iowa Events Center, downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The free Kick-Off Dance will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Iowa Events Center HyVee Hall B. The Opening Ceremony starts at 7:00 and dancing starts at 7:30.  We will have TWO dance halls to appeal to all kinds of ...

Promotions - Super, Supermarket Checkout

March 24, 2015 to April 04, 2015

One lucky winner will walk away with a grand prize of $5,000 in CASH! Pick up your free daily entry and earn additional entries by playing throughout the promotion. For a chance to check-out with $1,000 CASH Earn double entries on Mondays!

Salisbury House Music Series

March 26, 2015
  • Venue: Salisbury House & Gardens
  • 4024 Tonawanda Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6:45 p.m. wine reception; 7:30 p.m. performance
  • Admission: $25 Adults, $22.50 Members, $15 Students
  • Phone: 515-274-1777
  • Website

Join us for a musical performance featuring classical guitarist, David Burgess, as he celebrates 500 years of Spanish music in the Americas. Doors will open at 6:45 pm for a complimentary wine reception.  The performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at www.salisburyhouse.org or by calling (515) 274-1777.

Talent on Parade Midwest Regional Competition

March 25, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)

 Talent On Parade is a National Dance Competition celebrating its 18th season! For more information: www.talentonparade.com or www.iowaeventscenter.com.  

The Eggcellent Egg Hunt!

March 26, 2015
  • Venue: Iowa Arboretum
  • 1875 Peach Avenue
  • Madrid, IA 50156
  • Times: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Admission: Free

Macaroni Kid of Story and Boone County is bringing you a fantastic FREE Easter Egg Hunt at the Iowa Arboretum! Join us for a fun morning of crafts, snacks, prizes and an Easter egg hunt.  The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. You will also have the opportunity to give back to your community by contributing to the diaper drive for Crawford Hall wom...

Tour & Tasting

February 05, 2015 to January 30, 2016
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: Every Thurs at 3 p.m.; Sat at 1 p.m.; Sun at Noon. Make your reservations online.
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Website

We are hosting formal tours every Thursday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1p.m. and Sunday at Noon. The price is $20.00 per person and includes: - Cellar Wine Tour - Tasting of Summerset Wines - Cheese Platter - Summerst Logo Wine Glass to take home! - Tours & Tasting is approx 1 hour, but feel free to stay and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck! - Tickets can be purchased ...

Wine & Canvas - 50 Shades

March 26, 2015

Wine & Canvas - 50 Shades

On-Going Events

Adventure Awaits: Victoria Herring, Photographer

February 16, 2015 to April 02, 2015
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Fridays 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Polk County Heritage Gallery is pleased to present "Adventure Awaits - Travel Through the Camera of Victoria Herring. Reception will be held on Friday, February 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. Exhibit will be up through April 2, 2015. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Antique Abstraction Exhibit

March 13, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds Fri 11-4pm; Thurs 11-9pm; Sat 10-4pm; Sun 12-4pm; Closed Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Email | Website

With roots in the last years of the 19th century, purely abstract art, with no reference to objects in the material world, began to appear in many countries in the early 1910s, and has now been with us for a century. Antique Abstraction highlights works from the museum's collections made within five years of 1915 to celebrate this aesthetic breakthrough, which informed every ...

Banana Splits

January 01, 2015 to March 26, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • 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 focuses on enhancing your little ones confidence, balance & eye hand coordination. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills & concentration. Children with the aid of their adult companion learn together. It’s for anyone 3 years and older that would benefit from developing better balance, rhythm, muscle coordination, socia...

Battle Flag Hall Exhibit Opening/Spring Break

March 13, 2015 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Battle Flag Hall exhibit explores the stories behind more than a dozen battle flags from the Museum's collection, including national and regimental flags from the Civil War (including a Confederate flag), Spanish-American War and World War I. These battle flags have been fully stabilized and preserved, and will be on display through summer 2015.


March 03, 2015 to April 09, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Location: ISED Ventures Women's Business Center
  • 8345 University Blvd. Suite F1
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Admission: $350 (scholarships available)
  • Phone: 515-421-9157
  • 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...

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