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Greater Des Moines Events

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

13th Annual East Village Holiday Promenade

November 21, 2014

The Historic East Village invites guests to ring in the holiday season with the 13th annual Holiday Promenade event on November 21 from 5-9 p.m. Downtown Des Moines' premiere holiday kick-off will include many events along with festive music throughout the neighborhood. The Holiday Promenade is an ideal opportunity for people to find the perfect holiday gifts,...

Antique Spectacular

November 21, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • 3000 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 5 -9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $7
  • Phone: 712-326-9964
  • Email | Website

Admissions: $7 Adult, 14 and younger are FREE. Antique Collectors won't want to miss the Fall Antique Spectacular show, November 21-23, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa at the Iowa State Fairgrounds-Knapp Animal Learning Center. It is brimful with a wonderful selection of fine antiques and vintage collectibles for sale. Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise...

Champagne and Chocolate

November 21, 2014

The Botanical Garden's annual Champagne and Chocolate event will be held on Friday, November 21st. Join us for a kick off to the holiday season that will feature the classic elegance of amaryllis, paperwhites and an array of your favorite holiday flowers in our conservatory. For more information, please contact 515.323.6265 or ajordan@dmbotanicalgarden.com. By purchasing a ...

Combat Hunger

November 20, 2014 to November 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: All Des Moines Dahl's Foods locations
  • Times: All Day
  • Website

Donating to STAR 102.5's Combat Hunger presented by Century Link is the easiest way to help the hungry in Central Iowa. Your donations make a difference & you can contribute in a number of ways: Look for your Combat Hunger bag in The Des Moines Register - Combat Hunger bags can be found in The Des Moines Register on Sunday, November 16. Take your bag to any of t...

Downtown Winter Farmers' Market

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at the Hub
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public.
  • Website

The Winter Farmers' Market is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties, and gift giving with more than 120 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams, and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fresh handmade products ...

Fireside Music with Dakota Park

November 21, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, Tips welcomed
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music fireside at the Hotel Pattee 7-10pm. No covers. tips appreciated.

Funny Bone presents Jo Koy

November 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
  • Admission: varies - see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

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

Gift of Music

November 21, 2014
  • Location: Prairie Ridge Church
  • 825 NW 36th Street
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: Silent Auction 6:30 p.m.; Concert 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Freewill donation

Heartland Auto Racing Show

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014

The Upper Midwest and Great Plain's states biggest and best racing trade show now in its 2nd year. The show has doubled in size from 2014 and is bringing in over 50 new companies and brands.Talk face to face with the companies that drive your racing season and help put you in the fast lane for 2015. See new products and gain knowledge to get that head start on your competition ...

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015

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...

Indianola Holiday Traditions Extravaganza

November 21, 2014
  • Location: : Indianola Town Square
  • 104 N Howard
  • Indianola,
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free to the public.
  • Phone: 515-961-6269
  • Website

Kick-off the holiday season and enjoy an evening full of holiday traditions. Explore a winter wonderland that starts with a lighting of the square, horse-drawn buggy and train rides, pictures with Santa, children's shop, and much, much more! Sponsored by the Indianola Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Willis Broadway Series

November 18, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: TBA
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed & choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/TV star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspr...

Junior League of Des Moines Gift Mart

November 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014

Gift Mart is the Junior League of Des Moines' annual shopping event. This upscale shopping extravaganza features boutique shopping with over 50 unique retailers. Gift Mart provides you with a unique holiday shopping experience that has helped fund our various community programs and kick off the holiday shopping season! Gift Mart raises funds to fulfill the Junior League of De...

Latin Dance Social

November 21, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Olmstead Center
  • 2875 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

Join us at Drake University for a Latin Dance Social! A free lesson will be taught from 7 to 8 PM and live music played by Los Parranderos will be from 8 to 11 PM.

Little Big Fest

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Temple for Performing Arts, Gas Lamp, Woolys, House of Bricks & Beechwood Lounge
  • Downtown
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 6 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. Sat
  • Admission: All Access Pass $28; Sat Pass $18
  • Website

All Ages Except after 9pm at House of Bricks, Gas Lamp, and Beechwood Lounge Little Big Fest 2014 will take place on November 21st and 22nd and will feature William Elliott Whitmore, Charlie Parr, Kevin Gordon, Patrick Hazell and Joe Price (Mother Blues Band), Dave Moore, and many more. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21: Temple for The Performing Arts - The History of Iowa Roots Music...

Show-Me Iowa Classic Boer Goat Sale

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds - Foyer Sale Ring/Cattle Barn
  • E. 30th & E. University
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Fri 6 - 8 p.m.; Sat 9 - 3 p.m. (Sale @ 1 p.m.)
  • Admission: Free to attend
  • Website

Friday - Viewing from 6-8 PM; Saturday, Viewing from 9 AM - 1 PM; Sale at 1 PM Offering bred does, bucks, doelings and families of boer goats at this sale.  Please look at our online sale catalog @ boergoats.com for more information or contact one of the breaders listed on the online catalog.

Toon'd In: Anime Art Show

November 21, 2014
  • Location: The Fremont
  • 1030 E 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: 6 - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

A group art show celebrating all things anime!

Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival + Fireworks

November 21, 2014

Join Jordan Creek Town Center and presenting sponsor Veridian Credit Union for the annual tree lighting event. Mason’s Basement will kick off the event with a concert by Mason's Basement at 6 pm in the Amphitheater, followed by Santa’s arrival, tree lighting and fireworks! Follow Santa back inside after the fireworks for photos at the Santa Set located on the l...

Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Night

November 21, 2014
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Pizza served until 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 per person, plus tax—Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $20 per person, plus tax (includes salad, 11-inch pizza, 1 glass of wine, and gratuity).
  • Phone: 641-682-9463
  • Email | Website

Join us for Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Night. Begin with a House Salad made with Romaine, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Italian Dressing. Then, Chef Frank and his team will prepare an 11-inch individual pizza just for you. Choose a Margherita Pizza, made with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil; a Pepperoni, Black Olive, and Shredded Mozzarella Pizza; an Arugula, Pear, P...

Winter Farmers' Market

November 21, 2014 to November 22, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Capital Square
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 11 - 2 p.m.; Sat 9 - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-4943
  • Website

The Winter Farmers'  Market is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties & gift giving with more than 120 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams plus a variety of late season & greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fr...

Wonder of Words Festival: Freckleface Strawberry Stage Presentation

November 20, 2014 to November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Grand View University
  • 2811 E. 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: Thurs & Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $5; Students/Seniors $3; 12 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-281-5111
  • Website

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Sunday, November 23, 2014 Nov. 20-22 at 7 PM and  Nov. 22-23 at 2 PM. A children's musical based on the book by actress Julianne Moore. Presented by Grand View University. The mission of the Wonder of Words Festival is to connect readers, writers, and publishers at events that celebrate reading and share the joy of lifelong learnin...

On-Going Events

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...

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