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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

24 Days of Jasper Winery

December 01, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-282-9463
  • Email | Website

Do your holiday shopping and have a little extra fun for yourself at Jasper Winery! Each day through December 24 we'll give you a special gift to thank you for a great year and to help you celebrate a little extra this holiday season. Cheers!

A Christmas Carol

December 17, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (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; family packages available
  • Website

-Synopsis: Set in a small New England town, George, a history professor at the local college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home from a Saturday night party when Martha announces that she has invited a young couple--an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride--to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive, the charade begins. Th...

American Lung Association - Fleet Feet Des Moines

December 12, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

For every pair of Adidas purchased at Fleet Feet Des Moines during the month of December, Fleet Feet Des Moines will donate 15% of each sale to the American Lung Association to help support the cure for lung cancer.

Americana's Ugly Christmas Sweaters/Toys for Tots Brunch

December 21, 2014

Americana Restaurant & Lounge is hosting an Ugly Sweater Brunch sponsoring Toys for Tots. On Sunday, December 21, from 9:30am-2:30pm! Guests are encouraged to bring a toy donation for Toys for Tots & to wear unique & outlandish Christmas sweaters. Americana will give a $10.00 gift card for every toy donated, now through December 21. Americana owners &am...

Breakfast with Santa

December 21, 2014

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Breakfast with Santa is a yearly tradition at SCI that brings families and friends together for food, fun, science and Santa! Enjoy a delicious buffet-style catered meal in the Food Chain Café, decked out especially for the season Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list Experience a journey on The Polar Express on Central Iow...

DM Capitals Hockey vs Sioux City

December 21, 2014
  • Location: Des Moines Buccaneers Arena
  • 7201 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Noon
  • Admission: $0-$5; students free

Drake Women's Basketball vs Iowa

December 21, 2014

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Have a fun, unique and memorable evening at a Living History Farms Historic Dinner! Join us for a dining experience that will take you back in time to Iowa's golden farming years of 1875 or 1900. Served family-style, historic recipes are prepared from scratch on a wood-burning stove. Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and served family style. Most of o...

Holiday Carolers/Free Holiday Cookies (Winners Wonderland)

December 21, 2014 to December 24, 2014

Holiday carolers will entertain guests throughout Prairie Meadows

Iowa LEGO Users Group Meet-Up

December 21, 2014

Join the Iowa LEGO Users Group (IowaLUG) from 2 - 4 p.m. on third Sunday of every month for some free building and LEGO discussion! What is LUG? A LEGO Users Group is simply a community of LEGO enthusiasts who meet up regularly to be social, share ideas, trade parts, build on collaborative projects, plan awesome events and generally share in the hobby. The Iowa LEGO Users ...

Iowa Wild vs Chicago Wolves

December 21, 2014

The Iowa Wild regular season is presented by Mercy Medical Center. Season tickets to see the Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game.  For more information on tickets, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com/.


December 12, 2014 to December 21, 2014
  • Location: Grand View University - Viking Theater in the Student Center
  • 2811 East 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: Dec. 12-14; 17-21: 7:30 p.m. (Sundays @ 2 p.m.)
  • Admission: $10 - $15
  • Website

 Kristin Larson directs this talented cast of actors in a limited run of Macbeth. Get your tickets now! Sponsored by the Royal Mile and Tim & Rachel Scheib of CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate.  

Pony Express to Santa

December 20, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Bring your child out to enjoy a winter wonderland aboard our ponies and end the trip with a visit to see Santa. Decorate stockings, enjoy Christmas carols on a sleigh ride, and much more! $20/child, and sleigh rides additional $5/per person.

Santa Express™

December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
  • 225 10th Street
  • Boone, IA 50036
  • Times: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Basic Coach $18; First Class Coach $45
  • Phone: 800-626-0319

Enjoy a one hour plus round trip ride from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad's Boone Depot to the North Pole. Enroute, you will be served hot chocolate and a cookie, and receive a special gift from Santa himself. Arrive in your pajamas, and enjoy a great adventure! Tickets on sale November 1st - online or by calling 1- (weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm) Fares (per pers...

Santa's Winter Wonderland

November 15, 2014 to December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Valley West Mall
  • 1551 Valley West Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve Santa 10 a.m. - Noon; Train 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Train Tickets are just $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00
  • Website

Santa will be in Center Court visiting with boys and girls from Saturday, November 15th through Wednesday, December 24.

Special Sunday Performance with the Midnight Madness Quartet

December 21, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 2 -3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Join us at the Hotel Pattee for a special holiday event with the Midnight Madness Quartet who also perform with the Harmony Central Sweet Adeline Chorus. Midnight Madness is a registered Sweet Adeline quartet that was formed in 2012 but the members have over a 100 years of barbershop singing experience between them! Members include Charyl Barr on tenor, Jennifer Norton on Lead,...

Two From Galilee

December 21, 2014
  • Location: New Hope Assembly of God
  • 4425 70th Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-254-9094
  • Website


On-Going Events

AMVETS/USO Donations Month

November 11, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free - fundraiser
  • Website

We love our veterans and military service members! Every year, Bass Pro Shops nationwide collect monetary donations for these two groups. 100% of the donations go to these groups. Customers choose the group they wish to donate to and the amount - $1, $3, or $5. No purchase is necessary - stop in and help us support these two great organizations!

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

October 20, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Simpson College - Kent Campus Center
  • 701 N. C Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-961-1608
  • Email

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

Bass Pro Shops/Southeast Polk Schools Warm Kids Campaign

November 06, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We're proud to team up with the SE Polk School district to collect NEW hats, gloves, and boots for children ages 4-12. Please bring your donations to the Bass Pro Shop Altoona lobby by December 31. All donated items will be distributed at Southeast Polk School District elementary schools so kids can stay warm during our frosty winter!

Blow your Own Glass Ornaments

November 03, 2014 to January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Studio Fuzzishü
  • 1808 Fuller Road, Suite B
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $14 per ornament
  • Phone: 515-402-8143
  • Email | Website

Looking for a super fantastic one of a kind holiday gift? Come create your own BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENT at Studio Fuzzishu! Each ornament takes about 10 minutes to make & then 20-30 minutes to cool down. Ornaments cost $14 a piece. Want to make oodles of ornaments? There is a price break at 3 ornaments & 5 ornaments per person. Come on your own or with a group of fr...

Decked Out for the Holidays

November 29, 2014 to December 28, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Carnegie Library Museum
  • 1123 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: Saturdays 10-4 p.m. & Sundays 1-4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free (donations gladly accepted)
  • Phone: 515-465-2481
  • Email | Website

Come experience the Carnegie Library Museum decked out for the holidays! Trees decorated by local businesses. Coloring pages and a paper ornament craft for kids.


December 05, 2014 to January 04, 2015

Opening reception: December 5, 7 - 10p.m. all ages welcome! More information on the exhibit: www.desmoinessocialclub.org.

everyday abstraction Exhibit

November 07, 2014 to January 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University
  • 2507 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Tues - Sun noon - 4 p.m.; Thurs Noon - 8; Open with appointment also
  • Admission: Free and open to public
  • Website

New work by five contemporary abstract painters will be on display at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University Nov. 7 through Jan. 23rd. The exhibition includes work by Jered Sprecher, Brian Porray, Megan Kathol Bersett, Andrea Ferrigno and Margaret Crowley.    

Freedom Summer 1964: Two Iowans & the Campaign for Civil Rights in Mississippi

September 18, 2014 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thre...

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