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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

Brantley Gilbert: Let it Ride Tour

October 23, 2014

Continuing to build on an already stellar year, BRANTLEY GILBERT strikes another career high-mark with the GOLD-certification of JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.). His third studio album, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart, also scored the third highest album debut of the year with over 212,000 copies sold in the first week. Brantley's latest project has al...

Eric Vloeimans: Oliver's Cinema

October 23, 2014
  • Location: Caspe Terrace
  • 33158 Ute Ave.
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Admission: $30 in advance, $35 day of concert
  • Phone: 515-279-6452
  • Email

The most famous Dutch trumpet player today, Eric Vloeimans stops at Caspe Terrace during the first U.S. tour of his new trio, and what a treat it will be! The combination of trumpet, accordion and cello is unique and so is the music they perform. The acoustic trio plays film music as well as music with a cinematic quality. The repertoire ranges from Ennio Morricone and Nino Rot...

Family Halloween

October 23, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5.50/Person Advance; $6/Person @ Door; Discount for Members; Ages 2 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

October 18, 19, & 23-26 & 30, 31 Horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roast, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays delight all during this non-scary family event. Children aged 12 and under trick or treat through town, and we'll have free pop and popcorn for all. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

From Hibiscus to Haiku: The Art of Nature Poetry

October 23, 2014

How do you describe nature? How can nature describe you? Join poet Staci Harper Bennett for a journey through nature poetry focusing on both traditional and nontraditional poetic forms and style, then take a turn describing the natural world in your own words. The class will include a lecture, time to explore and write on your own, and an opportunity to share your work with the...

Funny Bone presents John Caparulo

October 23, 2014 to October 25, 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/.

Great Pumpkin Party

October 22, 2014 to October 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Valley Church
  • 4343 Fuller Rd.
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m. both days
  • Admission: Free!
  • Phone: 515-226-9973
  • Email | Website

The entire community is invited to the Great Pumpkin party! Kids, wear your non-scary costumes and enjoy giant inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo, performances by illusionists David & Teesha Laflin, carnival games, free popcorn, and more! With nearly 6,000 guests last year, The Great Pumpkin Party is Des Moines' best family activity this fall. And it's totally free! You w...

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...

Ice Princess Party - Girl Scout Recruitment Event

October 23, 2014
  • Location: Crossroads Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
  • 1200 60th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 Annual Membership - New or Reregistering Girls
  • Phone: 515-278-2881
  • Website

Come join us for snow cones, dancing, & crafts. This event is for girls who want to join Girl Scouts OR need to re-register for the new Girl Scout year! *Parents must be present.

Jammin' in Johnston

October 23, 2014
  • Venue: Crown Point Community Center
  • 6300 Pioneer Parkway
  • Johnston, IA 50131
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 Advance; $15 at Door; Child $5; children 12 and under are free
  • Phone: 515-276-9064

Jammin’ in Johnston Come and join us for live music, food, beverages and fun!! Location: Crown Point Center 6300 Pioneer Parkway Johnston, IA 50131 Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014 Time: 5-8 pm Ticket Cost: $10 in Advance ($15 at door) $5 per child (12 and under) To order tickets contact the Chamber at or stop by the Johnston Hy-Vee Please contact the Chamber at 276-9064 ...

Judge James Grant Iowa Constitution Lecture Series featuring Roxanne Conlin

October 23, 2014
  • Location: Drake University Cartwright Hall
  • 2621 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public

Roxanne Conlin discussed the question, “Does the Iowa Constitution Provide a Remedy in Damages to Individuals Who Have Been Harmed by its Violation?”

Salisbury House Music Series

October 23, 2014
  • Venue: Salisbury House & Gardens
  • 4024 Tonawanda Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6:45 p.m. wine reception; 7:30 p.m. performance
  • Admission: $25 Adults, $22.50 Members, $15 Students
  • Phone: 515-274-1777
  • Website

Join us for a musical performance featuring soprano, Leanne Freeman-Miller, and pianist, David Piersel.  Enjoy selections from Broadway and Light Opera. Doors will open at 6:45 pm for a complimentary wine reception.  The performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at www.salisburyhouse.org or by calling (515) 274-1777.

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park

October 23, 2014 to October 26, 2014
  • Location: Scream Park @Sleepy Hollow
  • 4951 Dean Ave
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Opens at 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 - $26
  • Phone: 515-262-4100
  • Website

Each October, Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in Des Moines, Iowa transforms it's Festival Park event center into one of the Midwest's largest haunted attractions. It features three haunted houses, two haunted walks, a 3-D gallery, a fog maze, marshmallow roasts, live music, and a selection of food and merchandise vendors to keep the brave visitors entertained during the evening. ...

Solar Eclipse Event

October 23, 2014

Join staff from SCI and the Des Moines Astronomical Society to view the annular solar eclipse! SCI will have telescopes with solar filters for you to safely view the eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. We will view 66% obscuration in Iowa - two-thirds o...

Tandem Gallery Talk

October 23, 2014

This gallery talk pairs an Art Center curator with a voice of expertise from outside the museum’s walls. Each speaker will share their distinct perspective on the works presented in the exhibition. Associate Curator Laura Burkhalter with Sara Marcketti. Marcketti is associate director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and associate professor in the Departme...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

October 10, 2014 to April 12, 2015

Starting October 10, a new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit opens featuring 12 fully animated exotic dinosaurs.  Many of the dinosaurs are unfamiliar to most North Americans, officials said. "Exhibitions like this are exactly what SCI is looking for in terms of achieving our mission," said Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa President & CEO. &qu...

YPC + Juice: Your Dream

October 23, 2014
  • Location: Your Dream Location
  • 1401 Glen Oaks Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 5:30 Networking: 8 p.m. Program
  • Admission: Open to members /non-members; All others and non-members $5
  • Website

Mitch Matthews presents his "Big Dream Gathering" as part of YPC and Juice Magazine's NEXT: Series. Please join us as we learn from an international speaker regarding how to make our dreams a reality! About The Big Dream Gathering:: In the midst of going after one of his own big dreams in 2006, Mitch Matthews hit a series of big obstacles and nasty setbacks. As a ...

On-Going Events

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

Carrie The Musical

October 10, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater
  • 901 Cherry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Weds, Thurs Fri & Sat 7:30p.m.; Sunday 2p.m.
  • Admission: $25 - $30
  • Phone: 515-309-0251
  • Email | Website

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it… Based on Stephen Kin...

Cooper Exhibition

October 02, 2014 to November 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Tues - Fri 9 - 1 p.m.; Thurs 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5 - 7pm. The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public Wine and appetizers will be served Bob creates traditional and contemporary functional woodworking & sculpture. Woodworking was a natural career choice for Bob, whose love of art and woodworking proved to be a rewarding combination. As a result ...


September 27, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Location: Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room
  • 500 E. Locust, Floor 2
  • Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-309-2763
  • Email | Website

Dialogues: Conversations between African Art objects and Western contemporary prints. Western & African art have been in dialogue most famously since Picasso had his epiphany when seeing African sculpture and masks at the Trocadero Museum In Paris & then painted his 1st Cubist art work, Les Demoiselles d"Avignon in 1907. Contemporary artists incl Calcer, Chen, Le C...

FarmHer: Photographs by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

October 03, 2014 to November 02, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Museum hours; Opening Reception on 10/3: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Freedom Summer 1964: Two Iowans & the Campaign for Civil Rights in Mississippi

September 18, 2014 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thre...

Girls' Weekend

October 17, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The ladies tell everyone they're going to Dot's weekend cabin for book club, but it becomes clear after the third case of wine comes through the door there will be more stewing than reviewing. As bottles tip up, secrets spill out and men sneak in. Girls' Weekend is a lightning-quick farce written by local theatre veteran, Karen Schaeffer. The script was a hit in the 2013-14 pla...

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede Exhibition

September 18, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede explores the creativity and friendship between two of the most iconic figures of contemporary American fashion and art. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Des Moines Art Center, Halston & Warhol will consist of original paintings, works on paper, clothes and ephemera by the two men. Many of th...

Local Hero Month

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We thank those who risk their lives to protect us! October is our Local Hero Discount month! Members of law enforcement, fire, and emergency response receive a 10% discount on regular priced merchandise purchased in the store. Some exclusions apply. Must show ID to receive discount!

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