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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

African Violet Club of Des Moines 2015 Show and Plant Sale

April 24, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Merle Hay Mall
  • 3800 Merle Hay Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: Sat; Noon — 4 p.m. / Sale Hours: Fri Noon — 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.— 9 p.m.; Sun Noon — 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-975-0162
  • Email | Website

The African Violet Club of Des Moines will host its annual show and sale April 24 – 26, 2015, at Merle Hay Mall, near SEARS department store. The show will be on display Saturday, April 25, from noon to 4 p.m., featuring the theme “Violets at the Iowa State Fair”. African violets, potted and in designs, as well as other gesneriad house plants will be showcased...

Art in the Heights

April 24, 2015

Come see the work of 12 Iowa artists up close and personal. Pottery, photography, watercolor and more.

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!

Drake Relays

April 22, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Drake Relays Presented By Hy-Vee has brought some of the finest athletes in the world to Des Moines for 105 years & 2015 will be no different as Drake Relays director Brian Brown has declared "The Sky Is The Limit" for this season's competition in Des Moines. Brown announced the first round of elite athletes & events, plus schedule & v...

Earth Day Trash Bash

April 24, 2015
  • Location: Kick off @ Capital Square
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Email | Website

On Friday, April 24, 2015 (Rain Date April 27) Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown including sponsor & volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths. The rally builds a sense of community and cohesiveness to the day's activities and is an opportunity to recognize the thousands of hours these volunteers will put in. After the kick-off bash and l...

Elling Swings Sinatra, Featuring Kurt Elling and the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra

April 24, 2015
  • Venue: Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Doors open 6:30 p.m., Pre-Concert Talk or Performance at 6:45 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $18 - $48; midwestix.com
  • Website

"The standout male vocalist of our time" The New York Times, Grammy Award winner Kurt Elling pays homage to a legendary male vocalist of the 20th century with Elling Swings Sinatra. In celebration of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, Elling lends his own voice to Sinatra's vast repertoire with reinterpretations of classic hits such as "Come Fly With Me," &qu...

Fireside Music with Bryan Baker

April 24, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free (tips welcome)
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Enjoy music fireside with Bryan Baker at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service. http://www.reverbnation.com/bryanbaker

Francine's Will

April 24, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Community Theatre
  • 1932 SW 3rd Street
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults - $15, Seniors (60+) - $12, Students (ages 5-18) - $10
  • Phone: 515-964-5007
  • Email | Website

When Francine Faraday dies, her entire estate goes to her longtime companion H.P. Manly. While the loyal members of Francine's staff are delighted, her money-hungry relatives are furious. Though the will is ironclad, the relatives find that they can inherit Francine's fortune if H.P. dies of "natural" causes. As the family plots H.P.'s demise, the staff schemes to sav...

Friday Night Entertainment

April 03, 2015 to April 24, 2015

Friday Night Entertainment | o April 3 - Jeffrey Scott Band | Jazz o April 10 - David Zollo | Blues, Rock o April 17 - Big Joe Kinser Band | Bluegrass, Country 10pm - 1am | Finish Line Show Lounge o April 24 - BeJae Fleming | Folk Rock

Funny Bone presents Jonathan Kite

April 22, 2015 to April 25, 2015
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

Greg Bissonette Drum Clinic

April 24, 2015
  • Location: Rieman Music Recital Hall
  • 6501 Douglas Avenue
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Greg Bissonette is known to be one of the most versatile drummers in the business. He has worked with Maynard Ferguson, Gino Vannelli, David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Toto, Santana, ELO, Spinal Tap, and the Ringo Starr All-Star Band. Now you can learn from this master for free!

Historic Jordan House Tours

January 02, 2015 to August 28, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Historic Jordan House
  • 2001 Fuller Road
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Every Friday 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Ages 13 & up: $5; Ages 6-12: $3; Under 5 Free
  • Phone: 515-277-6652
  • Email | Website

The Jordan House is an historic building located in West Des Moines. It was built by abolitionist James C. Jordan and was a station on the Underground Railroad in Iowa. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1973. For more information: www.thejordanhouse.org.

IMAX Double Feature

April 24, 2015

The Blank IMAX Dome Theater also will offer limited screenings of “HUBBLE” along with the theater’s newest film, “Journey to Space,” for a discounted price. Double feature screenings are: • Friday, April 24 – 11:15 a.m. / 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. / 4:15 p.m. • Saturday, April 25 – 11:15 a.m. / 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. / 4:15...

Iowa Cubs vs New Orleans Zephyrs

April 24, 2015
  • Location: Principal Park
  • One Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7:05 p.m.- Fireworks
  • Admission: Adults $7-$25; Ages 13 & Under & Seniors: $4-$25
  • Phone: 515-243-6111
  • Website

The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Their home games are played at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines. This game will have fireworks! For more information/schedule/tickets: www.iowacubs.com  

Money Smart Week

April 18, 2015 to April 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Participating Des Moines Public Libraries
  • Times: During library hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Boost your financial IQ with fun, informative programs at the Des Moines Public Library during Money Smart Week, April 18th to 25th. Check the Des Moines Public Library's online events calendar for specific times and locations at www.dmpl.org/events.

Porcelain Art Around The World

April 23, 2015 to April 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Convention Guest Artists: Michael Turner and Ellen Wilson Pruitt. There will be Porcelain displays with teachers and vendors, demonstrations. The English Tea is scheduled for Friday afternoon from 2- 4 p.m. and open to EVERYONE!!  On Thursday afternoon and Friday beautiful porcelain pieces will be for sale.

Power of Travel

April 24, 2015

Hear one of today's in-demand voices for performance & leadership, Steve McClatchy, New York Times Best Selling Author of Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead By Example! The first 100 registrants will receive a copy of Steve's book. The event will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott Ankeny, 2405 SE Creekview Drive. Hotel rooms are $129 plus tax. Call th...

Red Hot Patriot

April 23, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: First Unitarian Church
  • 1800 Bell Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 515-554-3433
  • Email | Website

The Kick ass wit and wisdom of Molly Ivins

Road Runners Club of America Annual Convention

April 22, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Marriott Downtown
  • 700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed 4 p.m. - Sun 10 a.m.
  • Admission: I$380 Convention Fee; IA resident Single Day pass: $180
  • Phone: 515-288-2692
  • Email | Website

The 57th Annual RRCA National Convention is heading to Des Moines, April 22-26! Convention highlights include keynote speakers & Olympic athletes, national exhibitors & educational sessions with topics ranging from club management to working with professional athletes. The coveted RRCA Coaching Certification course will also be offered. RRCA National ...

Sex Tips for Straight Women From A Gay Man

April 14, 2015 to April 25, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

In this hilarious new three-character comedy based on the best-selling book of the same title, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English Department holds its monthly meet the authors event....

The Diary of Anne Frank

April 22, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 9th and Cherry Streets
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed, Thurs, Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $30
  • Website

Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, edited by Otto Frank, the play is the account of a young Jewish girl, her family, and four other Jews, who go into hiding during WWII to escape the Nazi persecution. Hiding in the attic of a business in Amsterdam for almost two years before they are discovered and deported to concentration camps, where all but one perish, th...

The Workender!

April 24, 2015 to April 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies
  • Admission: Free

Friday, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Noon-5 p.m., 20/20 Social Hour 6-7 p.m. (Outside, weather permitting) On land or water, figure out your weekend escape at our Workender! Products to take, how to pack, comfort, the right gear! Give-aways, how-tos, and 20/20 social hour to kick off the 20/20 Challenge, with Coca-Cola Life, fun snacks, and a chance to visit with experts from our area! W...

Thoroughbred Racing

April 18, 2015 to August 08, 2015 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Horse Racing is free and open to all ages to watch. Adults 21+ may place bets on the horses or within the adjacent casino. Opening night of live racing is Saturday, April 18; Thoroughbred | April 18 - August 8; Thursday - Saturday | Post time 6:30pm; Sunday | Post time: 1:00pm. Quarter Horse | August 15 - October 10; Friday & Saturday | Post time 6:30pm; Sunday | Po...

Wine & Burger Night

April 24, 2015
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -Burgers served until 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $15 per person, plus tax (includes dinner, 1 glass of wine, recipe card, and gratuity).

It's off to the Southwest! Tonight's burger is a Fiesta Burger spiced with Taco Seasoning and topped with Pepper Jack Cheese, Guacamole, and Pico de Gallo served on a Kaiser Bun with Chips and Salsa and a glass of your favorite Tassel Ridge wine (we recommend Tassel Ridge 2013 Iowa St. Croix Rosé). A slice of Star Spangled White® Cake ends the evening on a sweet note...

Wine and Cheese Pairing Experiences Daily at Tassel Ridge Winery

January 23, 2015 to June 28, 2015
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax
  • Website

We usually think of cheese when we think of wine. But, some wine and cheese pairings are more complementary than others. Tassel Ridge has selected four different Iowa cheeses and has paired them with Tassel Ridge wines. Try these pairings and see which your favorites are! Come on out to the Winery for a relaxing hour or two that can include a tasting, tour, and great conversati...

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