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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

Art on the Campus

April 26, 2015 to November 15, 2015
  • Location: West Des Moines City/School Campus
  • 4200 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free

West Des Moines' annual outdoor art exhibit features 13 sculptures created by 11 Iowa artists. The exhibit is located at the West Des Moines City/School Campus, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines & takes place through November 15. RECEPTON: An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Meet the artists and members of the West Des Moines Public Arts C...

Board Game Night

March 24, 2015 to May 26, 2015 (Recurring monthly on the 4th Tuesday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Feb 26, Mar 26, April 23 & May 28: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free - all ages
  • Website

Every fourth Thursday of the month!

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!

China’s Rise and Its Global Implications in Human Security

April 28, 2015
  • Location: Drake University Olmsted Center Sussman Theater
  • 2875 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-418-2987
  • Email

April 28: Guoguang Wu Topic: China’s Rise and Its Global Implications in Human Security Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center (2875 University Ave.) Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sponsor: Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship Guoguang Wu is a Professor of Political Science and Chair Professor in China & Asia-Pacific Relations at University of Victori...

Flx Brewhouse Presents: "Mystery Men" (1999)

April 28, 2015
  • Location: Flix Brewhouse
  • 3800 Merle Hay Rd. Ste.1300
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 515-612-9200
  • Email | Website

A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

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

Lion King: Willis Broadway Series

April 28, 2015 to May 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Weekdays 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.(Thurs, 5/14 also at 2 p.m.; Sun, 5/17 1 p.m. ONLY)
  • Admission: $30.50 - $69.50
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

Experience the phenomenon of Disney's THE LION KING.  Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever.  Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Osca...

National Superhero Day Jump

April 28, 2015
  • Location: Pump It Up of Urbandale
  • 4069 121st Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50323
  • Times: 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per child
  • Phone: 515-249-2710
  • Email

Bring your superhero on April 28th for our National Superhero Day Jump! Only $10 per child, and each child gets a cool superhero mask. Times are 10:00 to 11:30 and 6:00 to 7:30. See you there!

Note by Note Screening at West Music Piano Gallery

April 28, 2015
  • Location: West Music Piano Gallery
  • 3304 100th Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-278-1000
  • Email | Website

The most thoroughly handcrafted instruments in the world, Steinway pianos are as unique and full of personality as the world-class musicians who play them. However, their makers are a dying breed: skilled cabinetmakers, gifted tuners, thorough hand-crafters. Note By Note is a feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L1037&md...

Preparing for the Workforce

April 28, 2015
  • Location: North High School
  • 501 Holcomb Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-262-5965
  • Email | Website

The Interview Process: fine tuning & interview skills. This Parent University session includes free food, free childcare and an engaging presentation about preparing for the workforce.

Stammtisch: Des Moines German Club Abendessen bei Hessen Haus

April 28, 2015
  • Venue: Hessen Haus
  • 101 4th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-250-6366
  • Email | Website

Wir treffen uns diesen Monat bei Hessen Haus (101 4th Street, DSM) am Dienstag, 28. April, um 18.00 Uhr. Bitte, teil mir mit ob Du dabei sein kannst (suzanne@contemporary-business-solutions.com). Wir werden die deutsche Sprache üben. Willst du mitmachen? Bitte sich an Suzanne Hull mit Fragen melden.

Woodland Wreaths

April 28, 2015

Inspired by the horticulture exhibit Stumped, participants in this class will create beautiful springtime woodland wreaths using mosses, lichens, berries and more.

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-...

Annual Spring Book Sale at East Side Library

April 25, 2015 to May 02, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: East Side Library
  • 2559 Hubbell Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Library Hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Visit the East Side Library for a selection of used books, music, magazines and more---all at reasonable prices! Sale is conducted during library hours: Mon-Tues: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thur-Fri: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Irish Jam

Started October 14, 2014 (Recurring every 2 weeks Tuesday)

2nd Tuesday of each month, come out to Java Joe's for Irish Jam - musicians welcome! For more information:  www.javajoescoffeehouse.com.

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...

Swim Lesson Registration

April 01, 2015 to July 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Swim lesson class sizes are restricted and registration is first come first served. We have four sessions for swim lessons; in order to get your preferred class, dates and/or times, go online and sign up starting April 1 at 8:00 a.m. Classes offered this summer include: • Baby/Infant and Me • Preschool Swim • Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 • Adult Swimming Lessons

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