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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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07-28-2014

Special Events

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...

Annual Sweet Corn Feed

July 28, 2014
  • Location: Acanthus Lodge #632
  • 4133 Urbandale Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $7 Adults; $3 Ages 12 & Under
  • Phone: 515-727-4000
  • Email | Website

Annual Sweet Corn Feed

Butterfly Release Memorial Service

July 28, 2014

We invite you and your family to celebrate the memory of your loved ones through a memorial gathering and butterfly release in memory of your loved one hosted by HCI Hospice Care Services. The event is free, open to the public, and set for rain or shine!RSVP by Monday, July 21, to Cindy at (515) 238-6547.

FORE! The Animals Golf Classic

July 28, 2014
  • Location: Echo Valley Country Club
  • 3150 Echo Valley Drive
  • Norwalk, IA 50211
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Jethro's BBQ Lunch/Registration; 12:30 p.m.: 18-Hole Shotgun Start & Four Person Scramble
  • Admission: $95/Player; $380/Foursome; $200/Sponsor a hole
  • Email | Website

Love golf & pets? Come TEE IT up for the animals & join us for FORE! The Animals Golf Classic! Golfers can sign up as individuals, as a foursome, or you or your business can also sponsor a hole. Non-golfers (individuals or businesses) may also participate by sponsoring a hole to show your support for the animals. Schedule of Events 11:30-12:30pm - Jethro's ...

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, ...

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...

Tim Tingle: Choctaw Indian/Author/Storyteller/Keynote Speaker

July 28, 2014

You are invited to Join Internationally known Choctaw Indian, author, storyteller & keynote speaker, Tim Tingle from Texas, for a workshop on The Art of Telling & Writing Stories on July 28 at the Des Moines Playhouse, presented by The Two Rivers Story Spinners. Mr. Tingle is a renown author of 12 award winning books including, Crossing Bok Chitto, Walking t...

YWRC- Sister's of Summer

July 28, 2014 to August 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Young Women's Resource Center
  • 818 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-4901
  • Email | Website

A free week long program for girls going into 9th-12th grade! We'll be talking about self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, reproductive health, and empowerment. We have lots of fun activities planned and can even provide transportation for the girls.

On-Going Events

Better Body System

July 14, 2014 to September 29, 2014 (Every Monday)
  • Location: True Life Wellness
  • 14225 University Ave. Suite 118
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-225-2266
  • Email | Website

Are you interested in: * losing weight * increasing your energy * kicking your sugar cravings * developing better eating habits Are you tired of being sick and tired? Do you struggle to lose weight or increase your energy? Come listen as Dr. Molstre as he shares Yoli's Better Body System with you. He will show you natural and easy steps that you can take to achieve your health ...

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. ...

Capitall Riders' Run with the Animals

April 21, 2014 to October 20, 2014 (Every Monday)
  • Location: McVay Trail Head Shelter
  • 300 Block of East 5th Street
  • Indianola,
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: N/A
  • Phone: 515-979-7751

Beginning Runner's Group -  A FREE running group for learning the basics of training and racing for all levels of runners. We run rain or shine, cold or heat - but we will wait for a storm to pass. If there is lightning, we will not run. Everyone who enjoys running. This will be a great way for new runners to learn from experienced runners in a safe and guided enviro...

Fizz Boom Write!

June 30, 2014 to August 04, 2014 (Every Monday)
  • Venue: Des Moines South Side Library
  • 1111 Porter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Young writers going into grades 4 to 8 can meet others who love to create characters and write their way out of crazy situations. The South Side Library will host sessions each Monday from June 30th through August 4th. Sessions will range from poetry to graphic novels to silly writing games. Each session requires a separate registration, so sign up for one or all the sessions a...

National Balloon Classic 2014

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: National Ballon Classic Launch Field
  • 1601 N Jefferson Way
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: All day
  • Admission: varies (see website)
  • Phone: 515-961-8415
  • Website

Mark your calendars and join us for fun family entertainment at the 2014 National Balloon Classic!   FYI: The National Balloon Classic property is now Smoke Free. Iowa's Smoke Free Air Act became effective July, 2008 making our property No Smoking. No pets, coolers, food, or drink allowed.

07-29-2014

Special Events

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...

Adel Farmers' Market

June 03, 2014 to August 26, 2014
  • Location: Harvey's Floral
  • 611 Nile Kinnick Dr. South
  • Adel, IA 50003
  • Times: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-993-3916
  • Website

The ever popular Adel Farmers' Market returns for 2014!

Beaverdale Farmer's Market

June 10, 2014 to September 16, 2014
  • Location: Beaverdale
  • 3422 Beaver Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Botanical Design Series: Edible Floral Arrangements

July 29, 2014

Tap into your inner artist and hone your design skills as part of the new Botanical Design series! This monthly offering features hands-on studio time to create designs inspired by the garden. From floral design to nature weaving, this series celebrates plants as the medium for making great art. Prices include cost of supplies and will vary per class topic throughout th...

Cake Decorating Session 5 Creme Summer Camp for Kids

July 29, 2014 to July 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Cake Decorating: Day 1 – Make frostings and practice decorating on cookies. Day 2 – Design cake, make fondant figures and practice decorating on cupcakes Day 3 – Color and roll out fondant and decorate a 2-tier dummy/foam cake for you to take home. Graduation Ceremony. As seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, voted Cityview best dessert and DSM Magazine's Top B...

Eastside Farmers' Market

June 03, 2014 to September 16, 2014
  • Location: Collectamania Parking Lot
  • 3200 Delaware Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-261-4550

Final Act Ensemble: Entertaining the Troops, 1943

July 29, 2014

Join us at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 29, for "Entertaining the Troops, 1943." The Playhouse's Final Act Ensemble will recreate a World War II performance for the troops comprised of a series of short, radio shows including "Flash Gordon," "The Lone Ranger," and "My Friend Irma." The radio plays are interspersed with banter between the show...

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, ...

GrowIt! Launch Party

July 29, 2014

GrowIt! is an exciting new iPhone application for gardeners. Not only does the application help you find plants that work best in your area, but it also lets you show off your gardening prowess. Join the Botanical Garden and app developers from Ball Horticultural for a fun kickoff event to celebrate this new technology.

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...

Nitefall on the River: Fitz & the Tantrums w/Max Frost

July 29, 2014

Led by songwriter Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz & the Tantrums brew up a retro sound inspired by Motown and Stax Records. Fitzpatrick initially formed the Tantrums as a neo-soul solo project, having purchased an old church organ, and found that it helped inspire his songwriting. While recording a solo EP, he recruited an old college friend, James King, to add horn arrangement...

Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair

July 29, 2014
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have been involved in that unique August experience. Join Mary Kay Shanley in a discussion of the book's best tales and share some of your own. Bring your lunch and then sample some State Fair-style snacks!

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