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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

Adoption Exploration

September 17, 2014
  • Location: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
  • 3900 Ashworth Road
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-669-5187
  • Email | Website

Lutheran Family Service of Iowa will provide a look at orphan needs and opportunities for Christian response through domestic, international and embryo adoption options - with an emphasis on embryo adoption. You will learn about the various types of adoption, qualifications for adoption, costs of adoption and how to raise funds for an adoption. You will receive information on h...

An Evening with Tim Gunn

September 17, 2014

This is the 33nd Martin Bucksbaum distinguished lecture. Tim Gunn is best known for his role as co-host on "Project Runway", a reality-based fashion design show originally airing on Bravo.  Off camera, Gunn serves as chief creative officer of Kate Spade & Co.

Arts Meet Fashion

September 17, 2014

Special guest speakers and fine fare will highlight the ART MEETS FASHION luncheon, part of the Art Center's line-up of fundraising events inspired by the major exhibition, Warhol and Halston: Silver & Suede. Details and admission to be announced.

Arts Meet Fashion

September 06, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Kick off ART MEETS FASHION in the East Village on September 6 with the Window Dressings open house. View fashion-inspired window displays while mingling with artists, shop owners, and fellow art lovers. Inspired by the work in the upcoming major exhibition, Warhol and Halston: Silver & Suede, 15 local artists have partnered with East Village businesses to create...

Brothers Osborne

September 17, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 11 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Website

Tickets available at www.ticketfly.com or Wooly's box office

Charitable Giving Resource Center's 8th Annual Fundraising University

September 17, 2014 to September 18, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
  • 4200 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SFRH4M3SRZMCN
  • Phone: 515-277-4050
  • Email | Website

Join us for the Charitable Giving Resource Center (CGRC) Fundraising University 2014! This comprehensive curriculum is intended for nonprofit Fundraising Professionals and board members. This is a two-day workshop of technical training from experts in the field--offering fundraising professionals the essential information they need to excel and lead their nonprofit organization...

Conceptualizing Human Trafficking- Presentation

September 17, 2014

Grand View University and NASW Iowa present Dr. Nana Derby, who will discuss a conceptual framework of human trafficking. Dr. Derby will pay much attention to research methods, processes of identification and rescue, and efforts to combat the incidence of human trafficking. Details of weaknesses observed with each of these subtopics and how they impact programs aimed at the era...

David Novak, Storyteller/Author/Actor

September 17, 2014

Join nationally acclaimed storyteller, author, and Shakespearean actor, David Novak, from Ashville North Carolina for a workshop entitled Exercising the Listener, telling so people will listen on Wednesday, September 17 at the Des Moines Playhouse in Classroom A on the first floor.   The Professional Storytelling Guild, The Two Rivers Story Spinners is sponsor...

Eric Church: Outsiders World Tour

September 17, 2014

Country singer Eric Church & his Outsiders World Tour will include a September 17 stop at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Dwight Yoakam will be a special guest on the tour. The tour takes its name from Church's album, "The Outsiders," which came out in February. The title track and "Give Me Back My Hometown" have both been Top 10 hits for Church. Th...

Fashion Fare Luncheon presented by the Des Moines Art Center

September 17, 2014
  • Venue: Temple Theater
  • 1011 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Admission: $200 per seat
  • Phone: 515-271-0336
  • Email | Website

This event takes place at the Temple for the Performing Arts. Special guest speakers and fine fare will highlight the ART MEETS FASHION luncheon, part of the Art Center's line-up of fundraising events inspired by the major exhibition, Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede. Admission: $200 per seat. Contact Debra Kurtz at DKurtz@desmoinesartcenter.org to purchase tickets. More in...

Funny Bone presents Untamed Shrews

September 17, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • 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/.

Pioneer in Foil Imaging: The Art of Kimberlee Rocca Exhibit

September 15, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Reception will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. Exhibit will be up from September 15 - October 30. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Pop-Up Boutique General Shopping

September 16, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Discover fashion steals from some of the finest closets in town at the Art Center's pop-up boutique: Eliel's Closet, named after Eliel Saarinen, the architect who designed the original 1948 Art Center building. Eliel's Closet is part of ART MEETS FASHION, a line-up of events inspired by the Art Center's major exhibition Warhol and Halston: Silver & Suede. Volunteers ...

The Phantom of the Opera

September 10, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Following an acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will return to Des Moines as part of a brand new US National Tour. Hailed as "stunning, intense and spectacular" by the Sunday Express, this production features a brilliant new design...

On-Going Events

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

Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market

June 04, 2014 to September 24, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: Parking lot of First Christian Church
  • 2500 University Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: n/a
  • Email | Website

Evening Bridge Club

September 03, 2014 to December 17, 2014 (Every Wednesday)

Meet at the Central Library to practice playing bridge on Wednesday evenings. Preregister online or call 515-283-4152. Contact Troy for more details at 515-710-2319.

Girls Night Out: GNO @ The Brewhouse No. 25

September 03, 2014 to November 05, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: The Brewhouse No. 25
  • 805 17th Ave SW
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 4 p.m. to Close
  • Admission: Free

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: GNO @ The Brewhouse No. 25 The Brewhouse No. 25 presents.... GIRLS NIGHT OUT. Every Wednesday night is time for all the ladies to get out of the house and come by The Brewhouse No. 25 for some M&M&M= Martinis, Mules, and Margaritas all for $5 each!! If that special is too sweet for your tastes we also have our buckets for $12 each which can be filled wi...

Polk County Master Gardener Art Show

September 16, 2014 to November 16, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

If you garden or appreciate the bounty from a garden, whether it is vegetable, herb, flower or foliage, you probably realize that there is an artist’s hand at work. The Master Gardener Art Show is the product of that experience, perspective, gratitude and sense of wonder. The intent is to show the creativity of gardeners and contribute to the education and enjoyment of th...

South Pacific

September 05, 2014 to September 28, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

This epic romantic musical centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Arkansas native Nellie Forbush befriends and quickly falls for Emile de Becque, a French plantation owner. Lt. Joe Cable finds himself in a passionate affair with Liat, the young daughter of Bloody Mary, the local grass-skirt peddler. As the war ...

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.


Special Events

"Access to the Danger Zone" Film Screening

September 18, 2014

Directed by Peter Casaer and narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, this documentary provides a harrowing look at the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in armed conflicts. Over 70 minutes, Access to the Danger Zone explores the strategies that Doctors Without Borders uses to save lives in the world’s worst war zones, including Afghanistan, Somalia, and eastern Democratic...

AAF of Des Moines Sept. Luncheon - Keeping Online & On Track

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Stoney Creek Inn
  • 5291 Stoney Creek Court
  • Johnston, IA 50131
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: $40 Non-Members; $25 Members; $20 Students
  • Email | Website

Keeping online and on track. All you need to know about online campaigns — and making them effective. They’ve said it, and we’ll say it again — digital is taking over. It doesn’t matter if you’re a large agency, a single marketer or even a guy that’s just designing cool stuff all day; the online world matters. And though it’s im...

Access to the Danger Zone Film Screening, Des Moines

September 18, 2014

Join Doctors Without Borders in a city near you for a FREE screening of Access to the Danger Zone. Each screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with local Doctors Without Borders aid workers. This fall we will be bringing the film to cities in Wisconsin, Iowa, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Directed by Peter Casaer and narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, this docum...

Amina Figarova Trio

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Caspe Terrace
  • 33158 Ute Ave.
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Admission: $30 advance; $35 Day of Concert
  • Phone: 515-279-6452
  • Email

Caspe Terrace has had the pleasure of introducing you to pianist like Lee Shaw, Anat Fort and John Weber. Now we are pleased to introduce you to Amina Figarova. The heartbeat of Amina’s highly successful sextet, the trio will have a unique opportunity to be in the spotlight for an evening of Amina’s favorite jazz standards as well as her original compositions, which...

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