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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

70's Saturday Night

December 06, 2014 to December 27, 2014

We'll play all your favorite hits from the ‘70s; Hourly $100 drawings

American Lung Association - Fleet Feet Des Moines

December 12, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

For every pair of Adidas purchased at Fleet Feet Des Moines during the month of December, Fleet Feet Des Moines will donate 15% of each sale to the American Lung Association to help support the cure for lung cancer.

Celebrate Winter Break at the Museum: Family Memories and Traditions

December 27, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Celebrate family memories and traditions with artist Cynthia Elizabeth Lee who will display her hand-made books and art. Make your own hand-made book to fill with memories, photos and recipes from family holidays. Tour the Hollywood in the Heartland exhibition and enjoy programs and displays of historic photographs and holiday artifacts.


December 27, 2014
  • Location: Gas Lamp
  • 1501 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Website

Chad Taylor - Brother Trucker, Randy Burk and the Prisoners, Stuttering Jimmy and Eli Clark.

Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey vs Black Hawks

December 27, 2014

Des Moines Public Libraries Holiday Closures

December 24, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Location: DM Public Libraries Closed
  • Times: Closed

All six locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed on Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26. All locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 31

Faithwalkers Midwest Conference

December 27, 2014 to December 30, 2014
  • Venue: Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Sat 7 p.m.; Sun/Mon All Day; Tues 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Varies - see website
  • Website

At Faithwalkers 2014 we will focus on God's heroes. We will study the lives of these individuals who, just like all of us, were ordinary people - men and women who despite their sins, their weaknesses and their failures became heroes for the cause of Christ. So, set apart December 27-30, 2014 for Faithwalkers 2014. Come and join other Faithwalkers, in our ...

Fireside Music with Steffen Heins

December 27, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, tips welcome
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Enjoy music fireside with Steffen Heins at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service. http://www.iowarecords.com.

Free Family Movie at East Side Library

December 27, 2014
  • Venue: East Side Library
  • 2559 Hubbell Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Bring the family and join us at the East Side Library and watch how Jack Frost helps holiday guardians battle for good. Pillows and popcorn are welcome.

Funny Bone presents Willie Farrell

December 26, 2014 to December 28, 2014
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive - Ste 100
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.
  • Admission: varies - see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

For information/tickets: www.funnybonedm.com.

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...

Iowa Energy vs Fort Wayne

December 27, 2014

The NBA D-League continues to be a springboard for NBA talent as the official minor league of the NBA.There were 149 players with NBA D-League experience on 2013-14 NBA end of season rosters; that represented 33% of all NBA players, an all-time high. Join the Iowa Energy as they enter their new single affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies.  New Energy Head Coach B...

Oh Holey Tights

December 27, 2014
  • Location: Vaudeville Mews
  • 212 Fourth Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $10; $2 off if bring item of cold-weather clothing/personal hygiene
  • Website

Fundraiser for Central Iowa Shelter & Services.  The Iowa School of Burlesque performs its holiday extravaganza. Holiday wear is encouraged - www.iowaschoolofburlesque.com 

Punching Panadas

December 27, 2014
  • Location: Mickeys Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: No cover
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Be careful if you're wearing socks, The Punching Pandas come to knock em' off! A three piece band, playing everything from old school rock n' roll to modern rap The Punching Pandas like to make it loud and rowdy. Playing from 9pm-1am - No Cover!!!

Saturday Special

December 27, 2014
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: All Day
  • Admission: Free

Legos will be out in the Franklin Avenue Library children's area all day on Saturday, December 27, so stop in and see what you can build. All ages are welcome.

Wellmark YMCA Tours

December 27, 2014 to December 30, 2014
  • Location: Wellmark YMCA
  • 501 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. December 27 - 30
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Get a sneak peek of the new Wellmark YMCA before the facility open on January 1!  

On-Going Events

'70s Saturday Night

November 08, 2014 to December 27, 2014 (Every Saturday)

Saturdays in November and December | 7 - 11pm; DJ Disco Joe plays hits of the '70s. Steak sandwich baskets for only $7 at the Paddock Grill & Deli and hourly drawings for your chance to win $100 cash!

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...

Decked Out for the Holidays

November 29, 2014 to December 28, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Carnegie Library Museum
  • 1123 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: Saturdays 10-4 p.m. & Sundays 1-4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free (donations gladly accepted)
  • Phone: 515-465-2481
  • Email | Website

Come experience the Carnegie Library Museum decked out for the holidays! Trees decorated by local businesses. Coloring pages and a paper ornament craft for kids.


December 05, 2014 to January 04, 2015

Opening reception: December 5, 7 - 10p.m. all ages welcome! More information on the exhibit: www.desmoinessocialclub.org.

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.    

Free Meditation Classes

October 25, 2014 to December 27, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Please check http://www.meetup.com/SYDesMoinesIA/ for location and time
  • Times: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

Sahaja Yoga is and effortless way to meditation. It begins with us getting our Self-Realization or Kundalini awakening which helps us get into meditation very easily. As we meditate other benefits follow like - our health improves, we are more calm and peaceful. Sahaja Yoga helps improve our life in all directions be it inside us or outside us. You can visit www.freemeditation....

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