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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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04-21-2015

Special Events

Cash Hog

April 06, 2015 to May 22, 2015

Ride away with your share of over $40,000 in cash and prizes. Pick up your daily entry and earn 3x entries on Mondays!

Conversation Luncheon

April 21, 2015
  • Venue: Wakonda Club
  • 3915 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: $35/One ticket; $65/Two Tickets; $260/Table of 8
  • Phone: 515-255-1853
  • Email | Website

Fromm’s powerful stories and painful experiences are woven with humor and insight, encouraging audiences to be brave and take risks, using “emotional intelligence.” As a highly sought-after business consultant, Fromm is nationally recognized for her motivating presentations – inspiring audiences and corporate leaders to embrace change, think differently,...

Flix Brewhouse Presents: "The Last Starfighter" (1984)

April 21, 2015
  • Location: Flix Brewhouse
  • 3800 Merle Hay Rd. Ste.1300
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $7
  • Phone: 515-612-9200
  • Email | Website

A video-gaming boy, seemingly doomed to stay at his trailer park home all his life, finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force.

Free Live Entertainment - April Line-Up

April 07, 2015 to April 28, 2015

April Line-Up Club 55 Entertainment Tuesdays |  | Finish Line Show Lounge o April 7 - Maple Street Jazz, Big Band/Jazz o April 14 - RBJ Trio, Oldies o April 21 - Sentimental Swing, Big Band/Jazz o April 28 - Maple Street Jazz Band, Big Band/Jazz

Grand Blue Mile 2015

April 21, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Des Moines
  • 13th and Locust Streets
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $25; Youth $15; Free for spectators
  • Website

6 p.m. Iowa Kidstrong Fun Run - Non-competitive ¼-mile fun run for Iowa Kidstrong program participants 6:15 p.m. Recreational Division - Open to all ages & abilities, including runners, joggers, and walkers* 6:45 p.m. Women's Competitive Division - Open to all competitive runners and recommended for sub-8-minute milers 7 p.m. Men's Competitive Divisio...

Iowa Cubs vs New Orleans Zephyrs

April 21, 2015
  • Location: Principal Park
  • One Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6:35 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $7-$25; Ages 13 & Under & Seniors: $4-$25
  • Phone: 515-243-6111
  • Website

The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Their home games are played at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines. This game will have fireworks! For more information/schedule/tickets:   http://www.iowacubs.com/  

Money Smart Week

April 18, 2015 to April 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Participating Des Moines Public Libraries
  • Times: During library hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Boost your financial IQ with fun, informative programs at the Des Moines Public Library during Money Smart Week, April 18th to 25th. Check the Des Moines Public Library's online events calendar for specific times and locations at www.dmpl.org/events.

Sex Tips for Straight Women From A Gay Man

April 14, 2015 to April 25, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

In this hilarious new three-character comedy based on the best-selling book of the same title, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English Department holds its monthly meet the authors event....

Spice of Life

April 21, 2015

Join the East Village Allspice experts on a culinary adventure around the world to learn some of their favorite spices, where they come from and how to use them. Get inspired to dig out those spices lurking in your cabinet to take a new spin on an old dish.

Zoo University - Rhinos

April 21, 2015
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: Starting at 4 p.m.
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-285-4722
  • Website

Lions, tigers, monkeys and more! Each session will focus on a specific species at the Zoo. Participants will learn how the Zoo cares for the animals, special considerations in the exhibit design and how the Zoo is helping international efforts to save wildlife. The evening will begin with a social time and end with time for questions. The speakers at each session will focu...

On-Going Events

"Bittersweet Harvest" Exhibit

April 02, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday)

April 2- May 17, 2015 Living History Farms is proud to host its first Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964.” This free exhibit explores the little-known story of the Bracero Program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican men came to the U.S. on short-...

Antique Abstraction Exhibit

March 13, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds Fri 11-4pm; Thurs 11-9pm; Sat 10-4pm; Sun 12-4pm; Closed Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Email | Website

With roots in the last years of the 19th century, purely abstract art, with no reference to objects in the material world, began to appear in many countries in the early 1910s, and has now been with us for a century. Antique Abstraction highlights works from the museum's collections made within five years of 1915 to celebrate this aesthetic breakthrough, which informed every ...

Battle Flag Hall Exhibit

March 13, 2015 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Battle Flag Hall exhibit explores the stories behind more than a dozen battle flags from the Museum's collection, including national and regimental flags from the Civil War (including a Confederate flag), Spanish-American War and World War I. These battle flags have been fully stabilized and preserved, and will be on display through summer 2015.

Camp Sunnyside Community Swim

January 27, 2015 to May 05, 2015 (Every Tuesday)

Community Swim every Tuesday through May!

Conversations and Coffee

March 10, 2015 to April 28, 2015 (Every Tuesday)
  • Venue: Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 12:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

English Language Learners (ELL) are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee while practicing their new language. Adult ELL students and community members wishing to share their knowledge will come together for English conversation and light refreshments. For further information, contact Ashley Molzen at armolzen@dmpl.org at the Forest Avenue Library.

Early Bird Season Pool Passes Available

April 01, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Season pool passes can be purchased ONLINE throughout the summer season. Now through the month of April you can purchase your season passes at a discounted Early Bird price.

Historic Home Tours - Meet the Flynn’s: A Guided Mansion Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; One hour program
  • Admission: $8 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 or over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Domestic Spaces Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Mind Your Manners Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. OR 1 - 3 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Lead with Moxie Monthly Meeting

January 20, 2015 to December 15, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Tuesday)

Women are great at building relationships and there’s a special oxygen that gets created when accomplished women join forces. What’s usually missing when we gather? Real business and leadership conversations. At Moxie, we’ve got a structure and a process that drives progress and results. As one Moxie member stated, “There’s not a wasted minute in t...

Level 1: Esoteric Yoga w/Ofelia Mohr

Started October 21, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Location: Unity Church of Des Moines
  • 414 31st Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $20/Class or $100/Six Classes
  • Phone: 515-255-7757
  • Email | Website

First demo class is FREE! Class will be held at Unity Church in Harmony Hall. Benefits of practicing this Spiritual Integrative Yoga include: Radiant health & significant stress reduction. Mental focus & serenity. Vitality & happiness. Creativity, will power & self confidence. Openness to love & increased charisma. This course introduces you to...

Making Art Public

December 19, 2014 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • 600 E Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon to Sat; Noon - 4:30 p.m. Sun
  • Admission: Free

Making Art Public explores the beauty and history of public art in Iowa. Photographs, museum artifacts and original artworks highlight the earliest beginnings of public art in the state, significant artists (including Grant Wood), major themes, the creative process and where it is found in Iowa. Visitors will gain an appreciation for how public art connects us to our natural an...

Parlo Events - Trivia Tuesday and TriviaThursday

February 03, 2015 to June 25, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Venue: Parlo Pizza
  • Greater Des Moines
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m. both nights
  • Phone: 515-419-7921
  • Email | Website

Parlo Pizza will be participating at the Science Center's Bacon Fest Junior this Sunday as well as Bacon Fest VIII on Saturday, January 31. During the month of February we are also serving from 5 to 8 o'clock at Trivia Tuesdays at the Des Moines Social Club as well as our regular Confluence Brewery from 5 to 8 on Thursdays.  

Summer Bean Bag League

April 10, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Des Moines bean bag league will be played at the Hub Spot, located at the 210 Water St. at the corner of Court Ave., across from the Polk County Treasurers Office. The Hub Spot has a top-notch patio area serving concessions and adult beverages. Teams of two adults (18 and older) compete on Wednesday or Thursday nights for six weeks plus a tournament starting June 10. Cost i...

Summer Tennis Lessons

April 13, 2015 to April 22, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Summer tennis registration is now open for players of all ages. This summer’s programs include: • Quickstart Tennis 1 for children between the ages of 5-7 • Quickstart Tennis 2 for children between the ages 8-10 • Youth tennis for kids ages 11-18 • Adult tennis (minimum of five participants needed for each session) Tennis programs begin in early June. ...

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