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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

24th ADA Anniversary Roundtable with Senator Tom Harkin/Hosted by Drake University

July 25, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-271-3591
  • Email | Website

Drake University is pleased to host the 24th Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary Roundtable with Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, presented by Drake University’s Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. The roundtable, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Fr...

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...

Belin Quartet Summer Concert Series

July 25, 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 ...

Cabaret’s Summer Concert Series Featuring Decoy

July 25, 2014
  • Location: West Glen Town Center
  • 5465 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: 7 - 11 p.,m.
  • Admission: Free

Celebrity Take Over

July 25, 2014
  • Location: Val Air Ballroom
  • 301 Ashworth Road
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: Doors 7 p.m.; Show 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Gen:$40 VIP:$65 Backstage:$150
  • Phone: 515-771-8098
  • Website


Family Days @ The Races

July 13, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Coloring books, crafts, spin art, mascots, Heartland Greyhound Adoption, Animal Rescue League, Des Moines Mounted Police, Avenue of Horses. Sunday brunch special $11.95/adults; $5.95/children; Free/children under age 5.

Free Flicks

July 25, 2014
  • Location: Sargent Park
  • 3530 East Douglas Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 237-1456
  • 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 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movie Showing: The Blind Side

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 D.C. Benny

July 23, 2014 to July 26, 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/.

Iowa Cubs vs Memphis

July 25, 2014

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...

Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa

July 25, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Cultural Event! Contests, Children's Park, Heritage Stage, Cultural Hall, Main Stage Entertainment. Two days & night of family fun for everyone.  More information can be found at: www.italianfestivalofiowa.com.

Jazz in July - High Society Big Band

July 25, 2014
  • Location: Copper Creek Lake Park
  • 4390 E. University Avenue
  • Pleasant Hill,
  • Times: 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-261-0466
  • Website

We Bring Big Band to Life! The High Society Big Band recreates the swinging jazz sounds and vocals of the Big Band era. Food and Beverage vendors will be available with items such as fabulicious homemade ice cream, delicious cupcakes, pizza and sandwiches. Pop, water and beer will also be available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the spectacular view ...

Latest & Greatest: Painting Class @ Pinot's Palette

July 25, 2014
  • Location: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Email | Website

Hot off the press! Check out the debut of our newest painting selection.

Movies Under the Stars - Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

July 25, 2014
  • Location: Wagner Park
  • 410 W 1st Street
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 8:30pm-10:30pm
  • Admission: Free

Bring chairs and blankets to the Ankeny Bandshell for a special showing of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory under the stars.

National Aerial Arts Expo & Competition

July 25, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

National Aerial Expo & Competition in Des Moines First event of its kind will be held in July at the Science Center of Iowa. Open to public; Shows, Competitions, Workshops for all levels. Local aerialist, Felicia Coe (aka Iowa Fly Girl), founder of the Aerial Arts and Fitness Association will be producing the Aerial Expo at the Science Center of Iowa from July 25th thru Jul...

Nitefall on the River: Sister Hazel

July 25, 2014

 Sister Hazel's creative train just keeps rolling. The band's well-received "Release" reached the band's highest ever spot (#37) on the Billboard Album Charts, topping even their platinum disc "Somewhere More Familiar," and they later kept the momentum going with "Heartland Highway" (Oct. 12, 2010, Rock Ridge Music), marking the band's quick...

The Bomb Shelter Comedy Showcase

July 25, 2014
  • Location: Beechwood Lounge
  • 416 E Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Come out to Des Moines' best monthly comedy showcase! This month's show has an infusion of comics from Madison, Wisconsin - David Freeburg, Toler Oswald Wolfe, and the return of Brandon Ream! Also, as always, your hosts, Toll McGrane and Ryan Solomon.

The Music Man

July 18, 2014 to July 27, 2014
  • Location: Urbandale High School Performing Arts Center
  • 7111 Aurora Avenue
  • Urbandale,
  • Times: Sun 2:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $12
  • Phone: 515-457-6950
  • Website

Unwined - Aries Rising

July 25, 2014
  • Location: The Hub Spot
  • 215 Water Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • 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 p.m. at the Hub Spot. Enjoy wine from Jasper Winery and Beer from Madhouse Brewing Co. There will also be food for purchase and live music by Aries Rising. All ages are welcome to attend this FREE event.

Westside Football Classic 7-on-7 Shootout

July 25, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)

15 Player Roster · 3 Games Guaranteed! 3 Divisions : Junior High 6, 7, & 8 · High School 9, 10, 11, & 12 · Open 18 year olds +. For more information: www.westsidefootballclassic.com.  

YWRC- Movin' onto Middle School

July 14, 2014 to July 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Young Women's Resource Center
  • 818 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-4901
  • Email | Website

A free 2-week program for 5th grade girls who are going into 6th grade! We'll be talking about self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, reproductive health, and what concerns the girls may have about middle school. 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. ...

Douglas and Harnack Exhibit

June 03, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Rd.
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: Gallery hours: Tuesday/Wednesday 9am - 1pm; Thursday 4 - 7pm; Friday 9am - 1pm; Saturday 9am - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibition: June 3-July 27; Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5, 5 to 7pm! The Ankeny Art Center gallery & receptions are free & open to the public. Wine & appetizers will be served. Main Gallery: Pamela S. Douglas specializes in painting & drawing. Like many professional artists her work has evolved from a traditional approach to a more intense exp...

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 20, 2014 to August 09, 2014 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Thurs - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through August 9
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website
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