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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

2014 Fall Hunting Classic - Hunting University

August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 1-4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We welcome these nationally-recognized experts! 1 p.m. - "Hunting Mature Whitetails" with Bric Steward, Drury Outdoors Team, Bow Madness. 2 p.m. - "Guaranteed to Always be Lethal" with John Dudley from the Nock On TV Show and Under Armor Arsenal Hunter. 3 p.m. - "Developing Your Deer Dog" with Jeremy Moore, Renowned Dog Trainer and Developer of the...

24th Annual Knoxville Nationals

July 31, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: Gates open 5:30 p.m; Race 7:15
  • Admission: Adults $20 & up
  • Phone: 641-842-5431
  • Website

The biggest sprint car race in the world with the top drivers in the sport. A 4 day racing extravaganza that includes music, food, camping, expo and more that ends each night with some of the most exciting racing you can ever experience. Sponsored by Arnold Motor Supply!

2nd Annual B for B

August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Mullet's
  • 1300 SE First Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-306-9875
  • Email | Website

100% of profits go to the Crusader Families. Katie’s Crusaders, a local non-profit organization for families dealing with breast cancer, is having their second annual bike ride fundraiser. FREE SLAP-KOOZIE WITH PAID REGISTRATION. Kids/adults welcome (kids are FREE)! Last year we had a few kids who even did the whole ride. We will be doing the same route as last year wit...

515 Alive - Urban Arts and Music Festival

August 02, 2014

Multiple stages, national/regional/local talent, food vendors, live art! All ages welcome! For more information: www.facebook.com/515alive.

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...

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

Capitani Classic - 410's KCC #17

August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: Gates open 5:30 p.m; Race 7:15 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 - $30
  • Website

Come Blow Your Horn

August 01, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Community Theatre
  • 1932 SW 3rd Street\
  • Ankeny,
  • Times: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $15; Sr. Citizens $12; Youth $10
  • Website

Perennial swinging bachelor Alan Baker leaves all responsibility behind and enjoys the plush life filled with money, women and parties. His carefree lifestyle is turned upside down when his 21 year old brother Buddy runs away from home to move in with him and follow in his footsteps. The entire family is thrown into disarray and must eventually come to terms with growing up and...

Devour Des Moines - Tri to Eat it All

August 02, 2014
  • Location: El Bait Shop
  • 200 SW 2nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Race starts @ 10 a.m.; There is an after party too!
  • Admission: Participation will be limited to 50 teams of 4/cost $120 per team
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Devour Des Moines is an eating/triathlon event that raise funds and awareness for the Greater Des Moines YMCA and Buy Fresh Buy Local. Devour Des Moines volunteer efforts are being planned in conjunction with The Greater Des Moines Partnership's Young Professionals Connection. YPC's mission is to promote an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater ...

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 Frank Caliendo

August 01, 2014 to August 02, 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/.

Funny Bone presents George Kanter

July 30, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S. Prairie View Dr., Suite 100
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website for details
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Grain Harvest by John Deere

August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $14/Adults, $8.50/Kids, Members Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Join us as we harvest oats and wheat on our historic farms. Contrast the labor of hand power using a flail at the 1850 Pioneer Farm to horsepower and steam-powered threshers in action at the 1900 Farm. Take a look at historic machinery demonstrations, a thresher's dinner and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride at the 1900 Horse-Powered Farm. Demonstrations will be weather dependen...

Historic Baseball Game

August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 1:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $14/Adults, $8.50/Kids, Members Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Watch our home team, the Walnut Hill Bluestockings, 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!

Hot Piece of Brass - A Louis Armstrong Speakeasy

August 02, 2014
  • Venue: Salisbury House & Gardens
  • 4025 Tonawanda Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 8 - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 SHYP Members/$30 Non-Members in Advance; $30 SHYP Members/$35 Non-Members at Door
  • Phone: 515-274-1777
  • Email | Website

It’s Louis Armstrong’s 113th birthday, and by golly, we’re going to celebrate. Honor ol’ Satchmo in style at a sultry, jazz-era speakeasy. Join the Salisbury House Young Professionals (SHYP), as we kick up our heels, cut the cake and swing from the chandeliers. Who: Young Professionals age 21-40 years of age Dress: Your ‘20s best or w...

Iowa Classic Night - Iowa Thoroughbred Championships

August 02, 2014
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Post time 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

Iowa Classic Parade

August 02, 2014
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-967-1319
  • Website

Join us as Prairie Meadows hosts the Iowa Classic Parade, celebrating "Racing Since the 80's"! A fun, family event that will delight everyone. The parade will include local businesses, schools, community groups and much more. No entry fee to participate. Over $2,500 in prizes will be awarded in three categories: scholastic, corporate and community. Visit...

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...

Jason Bordeaux

August 02, 2014
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: No cover
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Get your party pants on and and come out and listen to this talented artist playing a variety of Country, Classic Rock and Pop!

K&N Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series

August 01, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Speedway
  • 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive
  • Newton, IA 50208
  • Times: 8 p.m. both nights
  • Admission: Weekend Packages $30 - $65 -$85
  • Website

K&N Pro Series - Fri, Aug 1 - 8 p.m.; Nascar Nationwide Series Sat, Aug 2 - 8 p.m.   

Kill it & Grill it - Outdoor Charity Boot Camp

August 02, 2014
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Anytime Fitness in Waukee is putting on an outdoor charity bootcamp in the Mickey's Waukee Parking Lot! Saturday, August 2nd at 1pm - Come get your sweat on, while supporting a local non-profit charity! 11:30 am begins Registration at Mickey's (50 SE Laurel Street) for $25 or you can pre-register for $20 at Anytime Fitness in Waukee (790 Alice's Road). Each participant will be ...

Market Day

August 02, 2014
  • Location: Kirkwood
  • 400 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Market Day is a market of independent art, crafts & vintage finds. This is the final Market Day of the season. For more information: www.marketdayiowa.com.

Meditation Around Town: State Capitol Grounds

August 02, 2014

Meditation Around Town: Enjoy the experience of sharing a simple meditation. No previous experience required! Iowa State Capitol Grounds, outside nearing Shattering Silence monument area, near Judicial Bldg.

Music at the Winery - James Biehn

August 02, 2014

Outdoor Concert Series featuring James Biehn

Music Under the Canopy

August 01, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Brenton Skating Plaza
  • 520 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Aug 1 @ 7 p.m.; Aug 2 @ 2 p.m.; Aug 3 @ 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $30 8/1; $40 8/2; $30 8/3; $85 for all 3 days
  • Phone: 515-286-4932
  • Website

The third and final (for this year) Music Under the Canopy festival will be held Aug. 1-3 at Brenton Skating Plaza. This event will have a jazz focus. The headliners are Hiroshima (Aug. 1), Arturo Sandoval (Aug. 2) and Dominick Farinacci (Aug. 3). Tickets are $30 in advance for Aug. 1, $40 for Aug. 2 and $30 for Aug. 3 or $85 in advance for all three days and are availa...

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