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08-27-2014

Special Events

Dine Iowa State Mixology Championships

August 27, 2014

You be the judge– 12 mixologists from across Iowa have battled their way to the championship event. Sample 24 of their best competition drinks and cast your “People’s Choice” vote at the State Mixology Championships. Contestants will feature spirits from: Pearl Vodka: Pearl Black or Pearl Peach Jim Beam: Honey or Kentucky Fire Bacardi : Mango Fusion or P...

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

Family Days @ The Races

August 03, 2014 to August 31, 2014

Coloring books, crafts, spin art, mascots, Heartland Greyhound Adoption, Animal Rescue League, Des Moines Mounted Police, Avenue of Horses. Sunday brunch special $11.95/adults; $5.95/children; Free/children under age 5.

Farm Progress Show

August 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Farm Progress Show
  • 1827 217th Street
  • Boone, IA 50036
  • Times: Tues - Weds 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 & up
  • Phone: see website
  • Website

No pets allowed except service animals which must be leashed at all times.

Food is Pretty: Lunch & Learn Series - The Bountiful Harvest

August 27, 2014

Join edible flower &garden guru Cathy Barash for "The Bountiful Harvest" the final lunchtime lecture in this series. Enjoy inspired cuisine crafted by Trellis chef Lisa Lavalle, while learning how to add edibles to your landscape & your plate. Price includes lunch. Program runs from 11:45-12:45 p.m. each day offered. To register: www.dmbotanicalgarden....

Funny Bone presents Dan Swartwout

August 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: See website for complete details
  • Admission: see website for details
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

 Tickets can be purchased at http://www.funnybonedm.com.

Greenwood Indoor Farmers Market/Merle Hay Mall

May 28, 2014 to September 03, 2014
  • Location: Merle Hay Mall - Food Court Area
  • 3800 Merle Hay Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

If you love going to a farmers market, but are easily discouraged by weather, there is now an option for you - the Greenwood Market in the food court at Merle Hay Mall.The market will debut on May 28 & runs from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 3. The market is the brainchild of Dana Green­wood, who also organized the Beaverdale Farmers Market....

Homeschool Days

August 27, 2014 to September 03, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: See website
  • Admission: See website
  • Phone: 515-278-5286 x126
  • Website

5th Annual Homeschool Days at Living History Farms "Food, Fitness, and Fun in History" Offered Twice: Wednesday, August 27 and Wednesday, September 3, 2014 (same programming each day) Living History Farms has saved these dates exclusively for homeschool families! Nothing is a constant in history like food. During the events on these two days, explore in a fun way ...

Living History Farms Annual Homeschool Day

August 27, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Preregistration required. $13/Adults, $7.50/Kids, Members Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Nothing is a constant in history like food. During the events on these two days, explore in a fun way how food and nutrition have been a constant in history, from too little food to too much. Discover the impact that changes in technology had on how people produced, prepared, and preserved food that they ate. Learn how technology changed the tasks people did. How many calories ...

Nitefall on the River: Grouplove & Portugal. The Man

August 27, 2014

The Chicago band Grouplove & Alaskan act Portugal. The Man will co-headline a Nitefall on the River show August 27 at the Simon Estes Amphitheater. Tickets on sale through www.ticketfly.com/.

On-Going Events

Botanical Details

July 05, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Local painter Jerri Ross presents a series of plant paintings from a unique point of view as executed in watercolor and gouache media. The exhibit celebrates Jerri's excitement and fascination with plants and their diversity of colors, patterns, anatomical symmetry and chaotic growth. Jerri's art is influenced by her experiences as an architectural designer and travels abroad. ...

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

Meals from the Heartland Annual Hunger Fight

August 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Meals from the Heartland is excited to announce the dates for the 2014 Annual Hunger Fight at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines. The dates are Wednesday August 27 to Saturday August 30, 2014. This year's event will be the seventh annual and will involve 15,000 volunteers packaging 5 million meals. This event is the largest volunteer meal packaging event of its type in the Un...

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.

Yoga at the Plaza

July 02, 2014 to August 27, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Brenton Skating Plaza
  • 520 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-237-1456
  • Website

Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.

Zoo Brew

June 04, 2014 to August 27, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 5:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Members Free; Non-members: $11
  • Phone: 515-974-2523
  • Email | Website

Zoo Brew is back! For those 21 & over, Blank Park Zoo comes to life after hours every Wednesday in the summer. This popular event features a variety of live music, themes and brews while guests enjoy the animals at the Zoo. The middle of the week is now something to look forward to!

08-28-2014

Special Events

Art Crimes Lecture

August 28, 2014

"Iowa's Own Monuments Man: George Stout" Nancy Trask, Library Director, Winterset Public Library Nancy Trask will present historical slides about the Monuments Men, highlighting George Stout who was born and raised in Winterset, Iowa. George Clooney's character in "The Monuments Men" was based on George Stout, although the character was named Frank Sto...

Family Days @ The Races

August 03, 2014 to August 31, 2014

Coloring books, crafts, spin art, mascots, Heartland Greyhound Adoption, Animal Rescue League, Des Moines Mounted Police, Avenue of Horses. Sunday brunch special $11.95/adults; $5.95/children; Free/children under age 5.

Farm Progress Show

August 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Farm Progress Show
  • 1827 217th Street
  • Boone, IA 50036
  • Times: Tues - Weds 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 & up
  • Phone: see website
  • Website

No pets allowed except service animals which must be leashed at all times.

Free Flicks - Outdoor Movies

June 05, 2014 to September 04, 2014
  • Location: See website for locations
  • Times: 9 p.m. approximately
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Thursday nights - with some exceptions...check website. Movie locations are in partnership with neighborhood associations and Des Moines Art Center, Full schedule on website.

Free Flicks: Ghostbusters

August 28, 2014

Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9 p.m. Admission is free, blankets & lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Des Moines neighborhood associ...

Funny Bone presents Dan Swartwout

August 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: See website for complete details
  • Admission: see website for details
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

 Tickets can be purchased at http://www.funnybonedm.com.

Goodbye to Summer Bike Rally

August 28, 2014
  • Location: Seven Flags Event Center
  • 2100 N.W. 100th St
  • Clive,
  • Times: Doors 1 p.m.; All Ages
  • Admission: $20 Advance
  • Website

Music by Jackyl, Full Throttle and others; indoor and outdoor stages

Hawkeye Football Kickoff

August 28, 2014

Join the UI John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center and the Polk County I-Club in celebration of the first Hawkeye Football game. Fans will enjoy light snacks and an available cash bar, a performance from the UI Alumni Band, a trip down autograph alley with Hawkeye Alums, and an open house tour of the Pappajohn Education Center.

Music in the Junction: Malcolm Wells & The Two Timers

August 28, 2014

Join us for our signature event in Historic Valley Junction - our weekly Farmers Market and Music in the Junction concert series. Free parking and free shuttle service are available 4-9 p.m. during all scheduled Thursday night events at Hillside Elementary School, 713 8th St., West Des Moines. Farmers Market is home to over 100 weekly vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods,...

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