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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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07-27-2014

Special Events

AAU Junior Olympics

July 23, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Passport: $40.00 (6 & under free); Daily Pass: $12.00 (6 & under free)
  • Website

Registration times for certain sports may differ, please check your sport's entry information for specific check-in times. You may only check-in at your sport's designated location. Participants should check-in the day prior to competing. CHECK-IN LOCATIONS: SPORTS: Iowa Events Center: Baton Twirling, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cricket, FOS AllSports Combine, Gymnastics...

Family Days @ The Races

July 13, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

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.

Free PBR Family Event

July 26, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Free fun activities for the kids! Stick bull riding, bull roping, face painting, and free cactus cowboy craft. Free cowboy hat light up key chain to the first 100 customers each day! Best Cowboy or Best Cowgirl Contest on Sunday only -- judging begins at 2:30 p.m. $50 gift card to the winner!

From Speaker to Receiver Exhibition

June 13, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

From Speaker to Receiver seeks to explore the role of spoken and written communication as a catalyst for social agency in a world radically altered by digital information and social networking. The exhibition specifically looks at how artists use the linguistic transfer of information to address a broad set of issues pertaining to political and religious propaganda, history, ...

Iowa Cubs vs Memphis - DH

July 27, 2014

Iowa High School Boys State Baseball Tournament

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Cubs
  • 1 Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: see below
  • Admission: Tickets for each session (2 games): $10
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26: Quarterfinals - Class 1A, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Monday, July 28: Quarterfinals - Class 2A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29: Quarterfinals - Class 3A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30: Quarterfinals - Class 4A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31 - Semifinals, Class 1A: Noon &a...

Live At The Creek Summer Concert Series- Boomerang

July 27, 2014

 Join us for "Live at the Creek" summer concert series, presented by Stivers, every Sunday from 5 - 8pm at Jordan Creek Town Center! Enjoy live music from the amphitheater or one of the five lakeside patio restaurants, and a wine & beer garden next to the amphitheater. "Live at the Creek" summer concert series is a great way to spend your Sunday e...

National Aerial Arts Expo & Competition

July 25, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

National Aerial Expo & Competition in Des Moines First event of its kind will be held in July at the Science Center of Iowa. Open to public; Shows, Competitions, Workshops for all levels. Local aerialist, Felicia Coe (aka Iowa Fly Girl), founder of the Aerial Arts and Fitness Association will be producing the Aerial Expo at the Science Center of Iowa from July 25th thru Jul...

Sizzlin' Summer Drummer Bash

July 27, 2014
  • Location: Lutheran Church of the Cross
  • 1701 8th St. SW
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: n/a
  • Email | Website

Come join the fun at the Sizzlin' Summer Drummer Bash. Sheltered Reality, a non-profit organization that uses music as a motivational tool, will be performing at the grassy lot beside the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA. Over 100 drummers will be performing at the free concert! There will also be a silent auction during the performance. Sheltered Reality's unique pe...

Sundays in Centennial - David Zollo and the Body Electric

July 27, 2014
  • Location: Centennial Park
  • 1255 Warrior Lane
  • Waukee,
  • Times: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Free concert and family fun! Blues Rock music. Join your neighbors in Centennial Park! Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket, friends and kids! Carry in beer and wine is permitted.

The Caspe Heritage Gallery Opening

July 27, 2014
  • Location: The Caspe Terrace
  • 33158 Ute Ave.
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 5159870899ext216
  • Email

The Caspe Heritage Gallery Opening

The Music Man

July 18, 2014 to July 27, 2014
  • Location: Urbandale High School Performing Arts Center
  • 7111 Aurora Avenue
  • Urbandale,
  • Times: Sun 2:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $12
  • Phone: 515-457-6950
  • Website

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. ...

Farm Exhibit

July 26, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Carnegie Library Museum
  • 1123 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: ree will donation
  • Phone: 515-465-2481
  • Website

Come explore the beautifully restored Carnegie Library Museum in Perry, IA and enjoy both our permanent exhibits along with a temporary farm exhibit of approx. 25 items on loan from Forest Park Museum.

Home Show Expo 2014

July 12, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring every 3 weeks Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The Ridge at Echo Valley in Norwalk
  • Beardsley Street
  • Norwalk, IA
  • Times: Sat., July 12 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun., July 13 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thurs., July 17 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fri., July 18 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sat. July 19 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun., July 20 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs., July 24
  • Admission: Adults, $10; Children (5-12), $5; Children (under 5), Free
  • Phone: 515-450-4811
  • Email

Tour 11 new, fully decorated homes brought to you by members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines. Each home is filled with new ideas you can use in your current home or your next one.

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 20, 2014 to August 09, 2014 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Thurs - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through August 9
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

National Balloon Classic 2014

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: National Ballon Classic Launch Field
  • 1601 N Jefferson Way
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: All day
  • Admission: varies (see website)
  • Phone: 515-961-8415
  • Website

Mark your calendars and join us for fun family entertainment at the 2014 National Balloon Classic!   FYI: The National Balloon Classic property is now Smoke Free. Iowa's Smoke Free Air Act became effective July, 2008 making our property No Smoking. No pets, coolers, food, or drink allowed.

Shrek

July 11, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

In a kingdom far, far away, things get ugly when an ogre, not a handsome prince, shows up to rescue a feisty Princess. Throw in a wisecracking Donkey, a villain with a short temper, a Gingerbread Man with attitude, and other fairy tale misfits, and you've got a mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily there’s one on hand, and his name is Shrek. Shrek is part romance, part...

Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery Every Sunday All Year Long, Rain or Shine

March 30, 2014 to December 14, 2014 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 3-6 p.m.
  • Admission: $3/pp or $10 a car load. FREE to Case Club members
  • Website

When the weather is warm the concerts will be held outside, weather permitting. In the winter months concerts are inside.For outside concerts you will want to bring your own chair and picnic basket. Wine and beer are available for purchase. Alcohol cannot be brought onto the Summerset property. All alcohol must be purchased at the winery. Cover charge: $3/pp or $10 a car load...

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Open House

June 08, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Every Sunday)

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is expanding its FREE public hours! Now open to all on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with Wednesdays and Thursdays reserved for pre-booked group tours! Come explore our beautiful artwork, architecture, stories and educational exhibits! 

07-28-2014

Special Events

AAU Junior Olympics

July 23, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Passport: $40.00 (6 & under free); Daily Pass: $12.00 (6 & under free)
  • Website

Registration times for certain sports may differ, please check your sport's entry information for specific check-in times. You may only check-in at your sport's designated location. Participants should check-in the day prior to competing. CHECK-IN LOCATIONS: SPORTS: Iowa Events Center: Baton Twirling, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cricket, FOS AllSports Combine, Gymnastics...

Annual Sweet Corn Feed

July 28, 2014
  • Location: Acanthus Lodge #632
  • 4133 Urbandale Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $7 Adults; $3 Ages 12 & Under
  • Phone: 515-727-4000
  • Email | Website

Annual Sweet Corn Feed

Butterfly Release Memorial Service

July 28, 2014

We invite you and your family to celebrate the memory of your loved ones through a memorial gathering and butterfly release in memory of your loved one hosted by HCI Hospice Care Services. The event is free, open to the public, and set for rain or shine!RSVP by Monday, July 21, to Cindy at (515) 238-6547.

FORE! The Animals Golf Classic

July 28, 2014
  • Location: Echo Valley Country Club
  • 3150 Echo Valley Drive
  • Norwalk, IA 50211
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Jethro's BBQ Lunch/Registration; 12:30 p.m.: 18-Hole Shotgun Start & Four Person Scramble
  • Admission: $95/Player; $380/Foursome; $200/Sponsor a hole
  • Email | Website

Love golf & pets? Come TEE IT up for the animals & join us for FORE! The Animals Golf Classic! Golfers can sign up as individuals, as a foursome, or you or your business can also sponsor a hole. Non-golfers (individuals or businesses) may also participate by sponsoring a hole to show your support for the animals. Schedule of Events 11:30-12:30pm - Jethro's ...

From Speaker to Receiver Exhibition

June 13, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

From Speaker to Receiver seeks to explore the role of spoken and written communication as a catalyst for social agency in a world radically altered by digital information and social networking. The exhibition specifically looks at how artists use the linguistic transfer of information to address a broad set of issues pertaining to political and religious propaganda, history, ...

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