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05-23-2015

Special Events

Ankeny Aquatic Centers Open

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Cascade Falls
  • 2350 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Noon
  • Admission: $7
  • Phone: 515-963-3570
  • Email | Website

Ankeny Aquatic Centers are open May 23-May 25 for Memorial Day weekend, closed May 26 and May 27 and will reopen for the season May 28.

ARL of Iowa Adoption Day

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

The ARL comes back to Bass Pro Shops Altoona for another adoption day. Come find your forever friend!

Art on the Campus

April 26, 2015 to November 15, 2015
  • Location: West Des Moines City/School Campus
  • 4200 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free

West Des Moines' annual outdoor art exhibit features 13 sculptures created by 11 Iowa artists. The exhibit is located at the West Des Moines City/School Campus, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines & takes place through November 15. RECEPTON: An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Meet the artists and members of the West Des Moines Public Arts C...

Booneville Backroads Ultra

May 23, 2015
  • Location: The Booneville Bar & Grill
  • 35653 Ute Avenue
  • Booneville, IA 50038
  • Times: varies - see below
  • Admission: varies - see below
  • Phone: 515-707-0170
  • Email | Website

10K/50K/100K/100mi/50K! 100M Solo - RRCA 2015 Iowa Ultra-Marathon State Championship begins 6 a.m. (limited to 50 runners, men & women combined) $90 registration 100K Solo - begins at 6 a.m. (limited to 50 runners, men & women combined) $65 registration 50K Solo - begins at 7 a.m. (limited to 75 runners, men & women combined) $55 registration 5...

CelebrAsian 2015: 13th Annual Asian Heritage Festival

May 22, 2015 to May 23, 2015
  • Location: Western Gateway Park
  • 15th & Locust Streets
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Fri 2 - 9 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free to attend
  • Phone: 515-288-3188 ext. 101
  • Email | Website

Why pay for airfare when you can travel to Asia for free at CelebrAsian! And we'll even provide you with an official passport to experience over a dozen Asian Villages where you can delight all five of your senses from the authentic asian food, educational activities, to live cultural entertainment! Each May the Iowa Asian Alliance unites the different Asian, Asian American a...

Decoration Day

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $14.75/adults, $9/kids, Members free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Be a part of America’s early Memorial Day traditions! March in a procession to the town cemetery for a moving pageant of Victorian speech and song, honoring the Union’s fallen heroes. After the ceremony, watch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings compete in a 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30.

Decoration Day & Historic Baseball

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $14.75; Children (Ages 2-12) $9; Children 1 and Under Free; LHF Members Free
  • Website

Be a part of America's early Memorial Day traditions! March in a procession to honor the veterans of our 1875 Town. After the ceremony, watch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings compete in a 1870s-rules baseball game at 1:30pm. 2015 Hours: May 1 - August 27, 2015; Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm?; Sunday, noon-4pm  

Des Moines Menace vs WSA Winnipeg

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Valley Stadium (Des Moines Menace)
  • 4440 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adult (Ages 19 and older): $9 per game; Youth (Ages 5 to 18): $7 per game of group events; Field-Level V.I.P.: $20 per game (one seat) ;
  • Website

Season tickets and group tickets available. - see website

Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 7: Season Finale – Appalachian Spring – A Memorial Day Tribute

May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $55 (see description)
  • Website

Experience Copland's Pulitzer Prize-winning Appalachian Spring, one of the most iconic pieces of music ever written. The evocative film music of John Williams: The Patriot, Lincoln, Midway and Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, honors those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. And, as an encore to the hugely successful Symphony In Sculpture, we...

Des Moines University's 115th Commencement

May 23, 2015

The Commencement Ceremony lasts approximately 2.5 hours. The order of the procession is as follows: College of Health Sciences Master of Health Care Administration Master of Public Health Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Doctor of Physical Therapy Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Doctor of P...

Dip Into Spring

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Witmer Park
  • 1610 34th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-248-6369
  • Email | Website

Get outside and find out what is happening in and around the Witmer Pond. We will be looking for signs of animals around the pond and then dip into the pond with nets looking for the creatures that live under the water. All supplies will be provided, dirty hands guaranteed.

Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present

May 08, 2015 to August 02, 2015
  • 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
  • Website

May 8 - August 2, 2015 Anna K. Meredith Gallery Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present

Figure 8 & Circle Track Races

May 23, 2015
  • Location: Dallas County Fairgrounds
  • 28057 Fairground Rd.
  • Adel, IA 50003
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $8 Adult, $3 Ages 6-12
  • Phone: 515-321-0420
  • Email | Website

Figure 8 & Circle Track Racing

Fireside Music with Dawn Hollman

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 -10 pm
  • Admission: Free (tips welcome)
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Enjoy music fireside with Dawn Hollman at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service.

Funny Bone presents James Johann

May 20, 2015 to May 23, 2015
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: $10 - $15 (19 & older)
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

Go Outdoors - Free Family Activities Weekend

May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies - see website
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

It's our free family activities and How-To's for Family Outdoor Fun! Free seminars on kayaking, camping, campfire cooking, local trails. Free cooking demos and sampling Saturday and Sunday.  Complete details at www.basspro.com/altoona!

Grand Opening of John Wayne Birthplace Museum

May 22, 2015 to May 24, 2015
  • Location: John Wayne Birthplace Museum
  • 216 South 2nd Street
  • Winterset, IA 50273
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: Free to Attend; Benefit Dinner on Sat., May 23: $150/ticket
  • Phone: 877-462-1044
  • Website

Make your plans now for next year's John Wayne Birthday Celebration, and the GRAND OPENING of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum May 22-24, 2015! New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman will be the keynote speaker at the ribbon cutting, and the Iowa Military Veterans Band (www.iowamilitaryveteransband.com) will perform in concert right before the ribbon ceremony to o...

Heart of Iowa Wine Trail: Spring Wine & Herb Event

May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015
  • Location: see description
  • Times: Saturday 10 a.m.; Sunday 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $30
  • Website

Visit 11 Heart of Iowa Wine Trail wineries over 3 weekends to fill your garden with herbs and sample some of the best Iowa wines. At each winery you will receive a beautiful, locally grown herb in a 4″ square pot and a recipe card that uses that herb and pairs the recipe with a wine from that winery. Pick up a Heart of Iowa Wine Trail Map and celebrate spring with wine ...

Historic Baseball

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 1:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free with admission: $14.75 adults, $9 kids, free members
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Watch our home team, the Walnut Hill Bluestockings, as they compete in 1870s-rules baseball games. Cheer the batters or “strikers” as they call their pitch and “Leg it” to first. The team makes sure kids have a chance to bat around at the end of the game! May 23, June 13, July 4, August 1, and September 19. All games begin at 1:30 - except for July 4th (...

Iowa Craft Beer Tour

May 23, 2015

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon visiting four Central Iowa breweries. They represent a combination of micro-breweries, breweries and brew-pubs. Enjoy beer samples, education, brewery tours and on-site shopping. Breweries on this tour include Exile Brewing Company, Firetrucker Brewery, Olde Main Brewing Co. and Torrent Brewing Co. Price per person includes ticketing fees, round-trip ...

Iowa Cubs vs Tacoma Rainers

May 23, 2015
  • Location: Principal Park
  • One Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7:05 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $7-$25; Ages 13 & Under & Seniors: $4-$25
  • Phone: 515-243-6111
  • Website

The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Their home games are played at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.  For more information/schedule/tickets: www.iowacubs.com  

Iowa High School Co-Ed State Track Meet 2015

May 21, 2015 to May 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Iowa Multicultural Family Festival

May 22, 2015 to May 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Water Works Park South Shelter and Big Event Field
  • 4343 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 10 a.m - 8 p.m. all days
  • Admission: TBA
  • Website

Lucas Oil Championship Cup Series #6 Plus 305s

May 23, 2015
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: Hot Laps @ 6:45 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $15/Teen $8/Child $4
  • Phone: 641-842-5431
  • Email | Website

PIZZA HUT NIGHT

Memorial Weekend Ride for Cystic Fibrosis, a Bike Month Iowa Ride!

May 23, 2015
  • Location: Sully's Irish Pub
  • 110 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: 11 a.m.
  • Admission: $20
  • Website

Help us celebrate Bike Month Iowa by joining us for a bar-to-bar ride to benefit the Iowa Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! The ride starts at Sully's at 11am. Join us for drink specials and food to gear up for the ride. The ride leaves Sully's at 1pm and hops on the Walnut Creek trail north to Clive Greenbelt Trail at Colby Park. Follow this to the first stop on the r...

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