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Greater Des Moines Events

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

4-Week Clave Club: Youth Latin Dance Academy

January 10, 2015 to January 31, 2015
  • Location: Des Moines Ballroom
  • 2745 Douglas Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: Noon
  • Admission: $35/person
  • Phone: 612-787-2572
  • Website

Clave Club - Salsa with Melanie Gella. For more information about classes, schedules, etc. : http://www.salsadesmoines.org/.  

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival 2015: Baconmania VIII

January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: All Day
  • Admission: General Admission $45; on sale starting 12/31 @ 12:13:14pm
  • Phone: 866-553-2457
  • Website

It's back! The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is ready to wrassle! Introducing "Baconmania VIII: The Greatest Bacon Event of All Time" pork belly blowout. Tickets for the event will go on sale Dec. 13 at 12:13:14 p.m. and be sold online through a link at www.blueribbonbaconfestival.com or by phone at 866-553-2457. The belly bustin' baconale bonanza has been moved to the...

Candyland: Life-Size Edition

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Grimes Public Library
  • 200 N. James Street
  • Grimes, IA
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Candyland: Life-Size Edition - Wind your way through a life-size Candyland board. Come and go at your own pace. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Grimes Public Library, 200 N. James St., Grimes.

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball Registration

January 20, 2015 to February 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: January 20 - February 20
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Email | Website

Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

Cross-Country Ski Basics

January 31, 2015

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice your skills on the trails. Proper clothing, equipment, and skiing techniques will be discussed before we head outside. Class will be canceled without snow. Pre-registration required; deadline is January 28. Minimum age 12. Fee: $10 (includes skis, boots, and poles).

Drake Men's Basketball vs Evansville

January 31, 2015

Eating Disorder Recovery Activity

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Methodist West Hospital
  • 1660 60th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: $35/person
  • Phone: 515-231-3918
  • Email

Session for those recovering from eating disorders & support persons.  

Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance

January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Otter Creek Golf Course
  • 4100 NE Otter Creek Drive
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $35 per couple & $20 each add'l daughter
  • Phone: 515-963-3570
  • Email

This event provides fathers, grandfathers & father figures an opportunity to take their daughters/granddaughters out for an evening of fun. There will be dancing, door prizes, refreshments plus a dessert buffet! Tori’s Eye Photography will be present for optional picture packages. An additional dance session has been added this year! There will now be FIVE dan...

First Time Homebuyer Seminar

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Wedgewood Conference Room
  • 6937 Vista Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50263
  • Times: 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-897-9307
  • Email

Please join Shannon Thome with First Mortgage Company & Daphane Trevillyan with Keller Williams Realty GDM for a first time homebuyer seminar. You will learn the home buying process and how it works, the process of getting pre-approved, etc. There will be pastries, coffee and water! FREE credit report and $5 gas card to everyone who attends!

Funny Bone presents Marlon Wayans

January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2015
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

For further information and to purchase tickets:  http://www.funnybonedm.com/.  

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

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...

Inaugural Frozen Ride

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Greenbelt Bike Path
  • 20 mile round trip
  • Clive,
  • Times: 8 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-664-2595

Event hosted by The Front Row, 515, University Tap, Sully's, Confluence Brewing Company and Mullets. Bloody Mary Bar and free omelets at The Front Row. Ride and register all day Sat. Register at each location, need not be present to win trips to Mexico, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Drawings night of ride.

Iowa Blues Winter Blues Fest 2015 - Hall of Fame Night

January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Hall of Fame Night" will be Friday, January 30th with a private reception for the Class of 2014 inductees at 6 pm, followed by the induction ceremony in the Des Moines Room at the Downtown Marriott at 7 pm. The inductees will be backed up by Sumpin Doo, featuring Iowa Blues Hall of Famers George Davis (Class of 1999) and Gil Davis (Class of 2003). Then headliner Lil Ed &am...

Iowa Energy vs Oklahoma City

January 31, 2015

The NBA D-League continues to be a springboard for NBA talent as the official minor league of the NBA.There were 149 players with NBA D-League experience on 2013-14 NBA end of season rosters; that represented 33% of all NBA players, an all-time high. Join the Iowa Energy as they enter their new single affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies.  New Energy Head Coach B...

Iowa Marble Club Meeting

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Prairie City Community Building
  • 508 South State Streeet
  • Prairie City, IA 50228
  • Times: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-205-3569
  • Email

Iowa Marble Club meetings are free, open to the public & all ages are welcome! We offer free marble identification & appraisals for the public as well as a free bag of marbles for the kids. Discussions will be held on the history of marbles including various manufacturing techniques as well as how to play the game of marbles. A large assortment of antique marbles will b...

Iowa Wild vs Hamilton Bulldogs

January 31, 2015

The Iowa Wild regular season is presented by Mercy Medical Center. Season tickets to see the Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game.  For more information on tickets, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com/.

Jazz For Iowa Concert Series

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Turner Jazz Center @ Drake University
  • 505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 Adults/$10 Students
  • Phone: 515-669-6331
  • Email

Corey Christiansen-Guitar, Sam Salomone- Hammond B3, Steve Grismore-Guitar, John Kizilarmut-Drums. For more information www.synergyjazz.org Origin Records recording artist Corey Christiansen is joined by Des Moines music legend Sam Salomone. Tickets are $20 adult & $10 students.

Joel Dangerous

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Mickeys Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 Se Laurel St
  • waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9pm-1am
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Joel Dangerous, a band born out of the corn in the middle of Iowa. Rock & Roll seedlings grown from the richest Loess Soil on planet earth. Born to play, dangerous in name, these modern day music hereos live to die. Is it humid out? Nope, you just feel the funk, take the pain, kick the ceiling, and throw your hands in the air. The hottest and most humid band in America is a...

Kick Around the Clock

January 30, 2015 to January 31, 2015
  • Location: The U - Iowa's Sports University
  • 1350 SE Gateway Drive, Suite 106
  • Grimes, IA
  • Times: varies
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-556-9770
  • Website

Why not Kick around the Clock? This fun indoor-soccer tournament gives youth players the chance to compete during the winter. Each team is guaranteed three, 25-minute games, with a referee officiating every game. Individual awards go to all members of first- and second-place teams. Come check out The U, Iowa's brand-new indoor sports facility close to I-80 and ...

Kinky Boots: Willis Broadway Series

January 27, 2015 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: TBA
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

Broadway's new high-heeled hit is the winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL & Grammy® winner CYNDI LAUPER has made history with KINKY BOOTS as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony Award for Best Score! KINKY BOOTS tells the story of Charlie Price, a man who has reluctantly inherited his father's nearly bankrupt s...

Lit By the Sun Dinner & Concert with Callaghan

January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 6 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 - $45
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Lit By the Sun Signature Series - Pairing the artistry of cuisine & the artistry of song! 6:30pm Custom 3 course dinner by Executive Chef Ben Ferguson 7:45pm Listening Concert with Callaghan (Ballroom) The Hotel Pattee is proud to present the Lit by the Sun Series, a pairing of the artistry of cuisine with the artistry of song. The hotel is filled wi...

Mint Birthday Party

January 31, 2015
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $8 advance
  • Website

Play A Round @ Courage League Sports

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Courage League Sports
  • 4405 121st Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50323
  • Times: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $25/adult or $45/family
  • Website

Dreaming about the golf course? Even though you can't hit the links just yet, you can beat the winter blues by playing some indoor golf with the family. The Courage Cup kicks off the Courage League Sports' summer Annual Charity Golf Classic that will be held on Aug. 3. Courage League Sports is a recreational sports facility adapted for children with disability, illness or emo...

Pool Player Florian "Venom" Kohler Exhibition

January 31, 2015
  • Location: Big Dog Billiards
  • 4510 Northeast 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-321-9114
  • Email | Website


Resolution Runs

January 10, 2015 to January 31, 2015
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 East Locust St.
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

Fleet Feet Des Moines is offering Resolution Runs every Saturday in January. Routes are two and four miles.  For more information: www.fleetfeetdesmoines.com/.

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