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08-29-2014

Special Events

Bomb Shelter Comedy Showcase

August 29, 2014
  • Location: Beechwood Lounge
  • 416 E Walnut St
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Come to a special Bomb Shelter Stand Up Comedy Showcase at 8pm! Featuring the hilarious Sireono Sheley, plus touring comedians, Danny Vega (New York), Charlie Speez (Phoenix), and Richie Tolway (Phoenix). Plus, your hosts, Ryan Solomon and Toll McGrane!

Bridal Sneak Peak

August 29, 2014
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Sign up for spot for 2; add'l guests just $5/at Door
  • Phone: 515-974-2506
  • Email | Website

Wedding planning can be a zoo in itself! Let us help with the process - Blank Park zoo invites all soon-to-be brides to get a sneak peak of the Zoo as a wedding venue. Already have a venue? No problem! All the zoo's preferred vendors will be at the event offering amazing discounts & prizes. Call 515-974-2506 to sign up to reserve a spot!

Bridal Sneak Peek

August 29, 2014
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: FREE for bride/groom and two guests
  • Phone: 515-974-2506
  • Email | Website

Bridal Show

Bridal Sneak Peek @ Blank Park Zoo

August 29, 2014
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-974-2506
  • Website

The Blank Park Zoo is proud to present our Bridal Sneak Peek event. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails as you meet with the on-site coordinator, catering manager, and the zoo's preferred vendors. Our Bridal Sneak Peek event allows you to catch a glimpse of what it would be like to have your wedding at the zoo! Meet with the Zoo's Prefered Vendors. Sign up now to reserve a spot fo...

Bushwak: 3 Days of Music, Art & Camping

August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
  • Location: Avenue of Saints Amphitheater
  • 3357 St. Charles Road
  • St. Charles, IA 50240
  • Times: All day
  • Email | Website

Family Days @ The Races

August 03, 2014 to August 31, 2014

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.

Funny Bone presents Dan Swartwout

August 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: See website for complete details
  • Admission: see website for details
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

 Tickets can be purchased at http://www.funnybonedm.com.

Hy-Vee Triathlon - Pre Race Informational Meetings

August 29, 2014 to August 30, 2014

This event is offered to all registered athletes to receive important information about the race, pick up packets and visit vendors

Iowa Cubs vs Oklahoma City

August 29, 2014

Iowa Gold Star Arabian Horse Show

August 29, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds - Jacobson Center
  • E 30th & University
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 8 - 5 p.m.; Sat/Sun 9 - 9 p.m.; Sun 8 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Spectators Free
  • Website

For further information: www.goldstarfuturity.com.

Live Quarter Horse Racing

August 16, 2014 to October 11, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Fri - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through Oct 11 (no racing on 10/12)
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

Rainbow Cove @ Pinot's Palette

August 29, 2014
  • Location: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $35 per painter
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Email | Website

Just imagine star gazing on your private yacht in Rainbow Cove... well, we can all dream! In the meantime, grab your friends, your favorite beverage, and celebrate the colors of the rainbow with colorful drips and a night sky filled with stars. Sign up today at www.pinotspalette.com/DesMoines.

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. ...

Central Iowa Textile Show

August 05, 2014 to September 26, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordinance Rd
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibit at Ankeny Art Center

Meals from the Heartland Annual Hunger Fight

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

Meals from the Heartland is excited to announce the dates for the 2014 Annual Hunger Fight at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines. The dates are Wednesday August 27 to Saturday August 30, 2014. This year's event will be the seventh annual and will involve 15,000 volunteers packaging 5 million meals. This event is the largest volunteer meal packaging event of its type in the Un...

Open Mic Poetry Night

Started April 18, 2014 (Every Friday)
  • Location: Java Joes DART Bus Station
  • 620 Cherry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-288-1572

Open Mic Poetry Night!

Spring Opening at The Garden Barn

April 17, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The Garden Barn
  • 11879 G 24 Hwy
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-962-0024
  • Email | Website

Opening for the season! The Garden Barn will reopen on Apr 17th! Our new hours will be Thurs. Fri. and Sat. from 10am – 5pm. April through Dec. Our store is filled with new spring merchandise for your home and outdoor space! Including: home décor, wreaths, floral accents, body and bath products, unique gifts, garden art, and antiques. Also visit our display garden ...

TOON'D IN: Adventure Time Art Show

August 12, 2014 to September 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Art show featuring works inspired by the fun and surreal cartoon Adventure Time.

08-30-2014

Special Events

2014 Midwest Football Classic

August 30, 2014 to September 01, 2014

Get ready for the 2014 Midwest Football Classic on August 30 thru September 1, 2014! There will be 2 divisions: Select & League Divisions in each grade. 4th - 5th - 6th - 7th - 8th Grade Divisions: $400 Entry Fee, 2 Game Guarantee. ALL TROPHY TOURNAMENT in Each Division - First 8 Teams that Complete Fees in Each Grade & Divis...

50th Mustang Celebration

August 30, 2014

Ford Mustang all 50 year car show

Ankeny Farmers' Market

May 17, 2014 to September 27, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: City of Ankeny
  • SW Third & Maple Streets
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-963-1897
  • Website

Art on the Prairie PREVIEW

August 30, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Carnegie Library Museum
  • 1123 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Phone: 515-465-2481
  • Website

Experience a sneak peek of Perry's annual fall event--Art on the Prairie. At this "sneak peek" event get a preview of the artwork of several of the artists who will be attending Art on the Prairie Nov. 8-9 in Perry, Iowa.

Burton Ball

August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Doors at 3- 10 p.m.; This is an 18+ event.
  • Admission: $30 in advance, $35 day of show; VIP $50
  • Website

Performances by:Green Death - Winner of Lazer 103.3′s "Battle of the Bands" and one of the few bands to have a burger named in their honor. The Maw, Rumble Seat, Riotmore. and more bands to be announced! Visual Art by Kelly Doty, Tanane Whitfield, Scotty Munster, Quyen Dinh, and others. Costume contest - Dress in your best Burton attire; prizes for first and s...

Bushwak: 3 Days of Music, Art & Camping

August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
  • Location: Avenue of Saints Amphitheater
  • 3357 St. Charles Road
  • St. Charles, IA 50240
  • Times: All day
  • Email | Website

Drake University vs Grandview Football

August 30, 2014

Football

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