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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

2014 Midwest Football Classic

August 30, 2014 to September 01, 2014

Get ready for the 2014 Midwest Football Classic on August 30 thru September 1, 2014! There will be 2 divisions: Select & League Divisions in each grade. 4th - 5th - 6th - 7th - 8th Grade Divisions: $400 Entry Fee, 2 Game Guarantee. ALL TROPHY TOURNAMENT in Each Division - First 8 Teams that Complete Fees in Each Grade & Divis...

Americana Arts Festival

August 31, 2014
  • Location: Polk City Town Square
  • Times: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Bring your lawn chairs, kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, camping buddies & everyone else to enjoy a day of crafts, art & demonstrations, music & an old-fashioned ice cream social!  

Art on the Prairie PREVIEW

August 30, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Carnegie Library Museum
  • 1123 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Phone: 515-465-2481
  • Website

Experience a sneak peek of Perry's annual fall event--Art on the Prairie. At this "sneak peek" event get a preview of the artwork of several of the artists who will be attending Art on the Prairie Nov. 8-9 in Perry, Iowa.

Bushwak: 3 Days of Music, Art & Camping

August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
  • Location: Avenue of Saints Amphitheater
  • 3357 St. Charles Road
  • St. Charles, IA 50240
  • Times: All day
  • Email | Website

East Village Sunday Bazaar

August 31, 2014
  • Location: East Village
  • East 5th Str. between Grand & Locust Avenues
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-778-9705
  • Email | Website

East Village Sunday Bazaar a unique local market of funky finds and tasty treats. Be sure to come check us out!!

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.

Free Real Estate Education Event - Developed by Scott Yancey star of A&E's Flipping Vegas

August 31, 2014

Come learn how expert real estate investors make successful investments. This live preview event developed by TV star Scott Yancey, from the hit show Flipping Vegas can help you discover how to: Get started as an investor, learn how to chose the right area of real estate, discover how the experts generate monthly cash flow and big investment returns Real estate instructors with...

Hy-Vee Triathlon 2014

August 31, 2014
  • Venue: Gray's Lake
  • 2100 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: See website
  • Admission: Individual $99; Team Relay $150
  • Website

Just as the Hy-Vee Triathlon has always been, this race is open to anyone wanting to participate. Whether you are a first time triathlete or a veteran to the sport! There is no qualification process to race in this event. HY-VEE TRIATHLON AGE GROUP ELITE The 2014 Hy-Vee Age Group Triathlon is the first qualifying event for the 2015 Hy-Vee 5150 US Championship. To race in th...

Iowa Cubs vs Oklahoma City

August 31, 2014

Iowa Gold Star Arabian Horse Show

August 29, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds - Jacobson Center
  • E 30th & University
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 8 - 5 p.m.; Sat/Sun 9 - 9 p.m.; Sun 8 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Spectators Free
  • Website

For further information: www.goldstarfuturity.com.

Labor Day Hometown Festival

August 30, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Two days of fun events for family to celebrate the Labor Day Holiday! Kids' activities including the popular Duck Pond, treasure hunt, free craft, and free photo download. Two $25 gift cards given away each day! Outdoor Cooking Seminars Both Days @ 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 Free Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Samples - both days - Hot Dogs 1-4pm, Ice cream 4-5pm Visit www.facebook.com/bpsal...

Live At The Creek Summer Concert Series- Retro Rockets

August 31, 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...

Live Quarter Horse Racing

August 16, 2014 to October 11, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Fri - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through Oct 11 (no racing on 10/12)
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

Secret Sisters

August 31, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $18
  • Website

Tickets available at www.ticketfly.com or Wooly's box office

The Caspe Heritage Gallery Opening

August 31, 2014
  • Location: The Caspe Terrace
  • 33158 Ute Ave
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 5159870899ext.216
  • Email

The Caspe Heritage Gallery Opening

Yoga Brunch

August 31, 2014
  • Location: Hoq Restaurant
  • 303 E. 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8:30 a.m.
  • Admission: $25
  • Phone: 515-244-1213
  • Email | Website

Yoga Brunch

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. ...

Des Moines Renaissance Faire 2014

August 30, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Festival Park @ Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
  • 4051 Dean Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA IA
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Season Pass $35; Adult 2-Day Pass $25; Adult 1-Day Pass $16; Ages 5-13 $8; Under 5 Free
  • Phone: 515-262-4100
  • Website

Hidden behind the golf course trees at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park is one of the most unique attractions in Iowa. It's a complete merry olde English castle town, known as Canterbury-on-Sherwood & it hosts one of the most popular events in the region: the annual Des Moines Renaissance Faire! Travel way back in time to the era of knights, damsels and larger-than-lif...

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.

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...

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.





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