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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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08-21-2014

Special Events

AAF of Des Moines August Luncheon w/Aaran Draplin

August 21, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Member: $25, Student: $20, Non-Member: $40
  • Phone: 651-271-2419
  • Email | Website

Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. delivers a suckerpunch of a talk that aims to provide bonafide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design. Just a regular guy with a ...

Des Moines Restaurant Week

August 15, 2014 to August 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines Restaurants
  • Times: Varies
  • Admission: $25 per person for one three-course dinner or two lunches (excludes beverages, taxes and gratuity)
  • Website

Catch Greater Des Moines' talented chefs in action. Special fixed-priced menus. Delectable cuisine. One week (two weekends!) of guilt-free dining. Savor the sweet creations. The local flavors. The delicious aromas. Des Moines Restaurant Week awaits. Presented by: dsm Magazine, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Business Record. Fun Fact: 2012 marked Des Moines...

Dole Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour

August 21, 2014

Dole's nationwide Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour, dedicated to proving that getting your bananas and other summer fruits and veggies can be tasty and fun, arrives in Des Moines. Enjoy surprisingly indulgent recipes, product samples, coupons, giveaways and fun activities for the kids - all for free! Sponsored by DOLE Bananas® and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze&re...

Evita: Willis Broadway Series

August 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Thurs - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 - $79
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER's Tony Award®-winning musical returns at last! Eva Perón used her beauty & charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world - while her greed, outsized ambition & f...

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 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.

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, ...

Funny Bone presents Ian Bagg

August 20, 2014 to August 23, 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.

Habitat Young Professionals Kick-off Party

August 21, 2014
  • Location: Saint's Pub West Des Moines
  • 265 50th St.
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Website

New board, new year—time to kick it off right! Join us at Saint's in West Des Moines on Thursday, Aug. 21, to learn more about HYP and Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, why you should get involved, and the exciting things in store for the upcoming year. We'll be located in the northeast corner of the patio—look for our table/signange! Enjoy some happy hour sp...

Music in the Junction: The El Dorados

August 21, 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,...

Polk City Farmer's Market

May 29, 2014 to October 09, 2014
  • Location: Polk City Town Square
  • Times: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-238-2850
  • Website

The Polk City Farmer's Market will take place every Thursday from May 29 - mid-October from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

Valley Junction Farmers Market

August 21, 2014

Join us for our signature event in Historic Valley Junction – our weekly Farmers Market (plus Music in the Junction concert series)! Free parking & free shuttle service available 4-9 p.m. during all scheduled Thursday night events at Hillside Elementary School, 713 8th Street, West Des Moines. The West Des Moines Farmers Market is home to over 100 weekly vendo...

On-Going Events

Architecture @ Hand Summer Walking Tours

May 15, 2014 to September 18, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Thursday)
  • Location: Iowa Architectural Foundation
  • 400 Locust St., Suite 100
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per person
  • Phone: 515-244-1888
  • Email | Website

Lace up your walking shoes and explore downtown Des Moines’ architectural gems with the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s (IAF) annual summer Architecture @ Hand Walking Tours. Guided by area architects and design professionals, these tours of downtown Des Moines provide an opportunity for local residents and visitors to appreciate the rich architectural heritage of I...

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

Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Loving Kindness Tour

August 15, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

An Exhibition of the Buddha and other Buddhist Masters

Spring Opening at The Garden Barn

April 17, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The Garden Barn
  • 11879 G 24 Hwy
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-962-0024
  • Email | Website

Opening for the season! The Garden Barn will reopen on Apr 17th! Our new hours will be Thurs. Fri. and Sat. from 10am – 5pm. April through Dec. Our store is filled with new spring merchandise for your home and outdoor space! Including: home décor, wreaths, floral accents, body and bath products, unique gifts, garden art, and antiques. Also visit our display garden ...

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.

08-22-2014

Special Events

13th Annual River Run Garbage Grab

August 22, 2014
  • Location: From Saylorville to Yellow Banks Park
  • Times: 8 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

This event allows volunteers the opportunity to remove trash from the river or along its adjacent trails--paddlers, rowers, power boaters, walkers, hikers, bicyclers, mountain bikers, birders, etc are all welcome!

Cabaret’s End of Summer Bash Featuring Burnin’ Sensations

August 22, 2014
  • Location: West Glen Town Center
  • 5465 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Website

Des Moines Restaurant Week

August 15, 2014 to August 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines Restaurants
  • Times: Varies
  • Admission: $25 per person for one three-course dinner or two lunches (excludes beverages, taxes and gratuity)
  • Website

Catch Greater Des Moines' talented chefs in action. Special fixed-priced menus. Delectable cuisine. One week (two weekends!) of guilt-free dining. Savor the sweet creations. The local flavors. The delicious aromas. Des Moines Restaurant Week awaits. Presented by: dsm Magazine, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Business Record. Fun Fact: 2012 marked Des Moines...

Dole Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour

August 22, 2014
  • Location: Hy-Vee #2
  • 2510 SW State Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50023
  • Times: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Dole's nationwide Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour, dedicated to proving that getting your bananas and other summer fruits and veggies can be tasty and fun, arrives in Des Moines. Enjoy surprisingly indulgent recipes, product samples, coupons, giveaways and fun activities for the kids - all for free! Sponsored by DOLE Bananas® and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze&re...

Dole Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour

August 22, 2014
  • Location: Hy-Vee
  • 410 Ankeny Blvd.
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Dole's nationwide Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour, dedicated to proving that getting your bananas and other summer fruits and veggies can be tasty and fun, arrives in Des Moines. Enjoy surprisingly indulgent recipes, product samples, coupons, giveaways and fun activities for the kids - all for free! Sponsored by DOLE Bananas® and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze&re...

Evita: Willis Broadway Series

August 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Thurs - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 - $79
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER's Tony Award®-winning musical returns at last! Eva Perón used her beauty & charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world - while her greed, outsized ambition & f...

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.

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