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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

AIB’s Monroe Colston Speaker Series

October 22, 2014
  • Venue: AIB College of Business
  • 2500 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 11:45 a.m.
  • Admission: Reservations, please by Oct 17
  • Phone: 515-246-5101
  • Website

Marietta Colston Davis, vice president of U.S. Dynamics for Microsoft Corp., will be the opening speaker for the third season of AIB's Monroe Colston Speaker Series. Colston Davis was named one of the Atlanta Tribune's "Superwomen" for her work with young professionals. She has 30 years of sales experience and now leads a team of 300 professionals serving Microsoft bu...

Classical Conversations

October 22, 2014

Join Dr. Eric Saylor for an informal and enjoyable class that introduces you to the music the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra will perform during the 2014-2015 season! This class is intended for anyone who enjoys music — from long-time Symphony-goers to those interested in attending their first concert. Enjoy the company of fellow music-lovers, a little wine and che...

Funny Bone presents Bill Blank (Special Engagement)

October 22, 2014
  • 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/.

Great Pumpkin Party

October 22, 2014 to October 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Valley Church
  • 4343 Fuller Rd.
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 6 - 8 p.m. both days
  • Admission: Free!
  • Phone: 515-226-9973
  • Email | Website

The entire community is invited to the Great Pumpkin party! Kids, wear your non-scary costumes and enjoy giant inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo, performances by illusionists David & Teesha Laflin, carnival games, free popcorn, and more! With nearly 6,000 guests last year, The Great Pumpkin Party is Des Moines' best family activity this fall. And it's totally free! You w...

Greensky Bluegrass

October 22, 2014
  • Location: Wooly's
  • 504 East Locust Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 advance; $17 at door
  • Website

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015

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...

Last Laugh

October 21, 2014 to December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Last Laugh Comedy Theater
  • 1701 25th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Tues Trivia 8 p.m.; Wed Improv 8 p.m.; Fri & Sat Improv 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Tues & Wed Free; Fri & Sat $14
  • Website

Full bar, good food, big laughs

National Journal to Host “The Next America: Population 2043” at Drake University

October 22, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Olmstead Center
  • 2875 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 9 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Admission: Free but required reservations
  • Phone: 202-266-7196
  • Email

National Journal’s The Next America project will host federal, state, and local education policymakers, practitioners, and experts at Drake University on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to explore how Des Moines’ deepening diversity is impacting its education system while also reflecting the direction of the rest of the country. Samantha - szeldin@atlanticmedia.com or 202-266-7...

Pumpkin Express

October 22, 2014

Come and ride the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad's Pumpkin Train! ?Ride the train across two bridges to the valley floor. ?Each child gets to select their very own pumpkin. ?The ride is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes in length, depending upon how long it takes children to select their pumpkins. ?Seating is very limited. ?Tickets are on sale now. ?Fare (per...

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

October 10, 2014 to April 12, 2015

Starting October 10, a new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit opens featuring 12 fully animated exotic dinosaurs.  Many of the dinosaurs are unfamiliar to most North Americans, officials said. "Exhibitions like this are exactly what SCI is looking for in terms of achieving our mission," said Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa President & CEO. &qu...

On-Going Events

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

Carrie The Musical

October 10, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater
  • 901 Cherry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Weds, Thurs Fri & Sat 7:30p.m.; Sunday 2p.m.
  • Admission: $25 - $30
  • Phone: 515-309-0251
  • Email | Website

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it… Based on Stephen Kin...

Cooper Exhibition

October 02, 2014 to November 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordnance Road
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Tues - Fri 9 - 1 p.m.; Thurs 4 - 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5 - 7pm. The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public Wine and appetizers will be served Bob creates traditional and contemporary functional woodworking & sculpture. Woodworking was a natural career choice for Bob, whose love of art and woodworking proved to be a rewarding combination. As a result ...


September 27, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Location: Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room
  • 500 E. Locust, Floor 2
  • Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-309-2763
  • Email | Website

Dialogues: Conversations between African Art objects and Western contemporary prints. Western & African art have been in dialogue most famously since Picasso had his epiphany when seeing African sculpture and masks at the Trocadero Museum In Paris & then painted his 1st Cubist art work, Les Demoiselles d"Avignon in 1907. Contemporary artists incl Calcer, Chen, Le C...

Evening Bridge Club

September 03, 2014 to December 17, 2014 (Every Wednesday)

Meet at the Central Library to practice playing bridge on Wednesday evenings. Preregister online or call 515-283-4152. Contact Troy for more details at 515-710-2319.

FarmHer: Photographs by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

October 03, 2014 to November 02, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Museum hours; Opening Reception on 10/3: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

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...

Geeks Who Drink Pub Trivia

Started October 22, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: Royal Mile
  • 210 4th St.
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-280-3771
  • Email

Two fun-filled hours of smack talking and delicious Belgian beers. Geeks Who Drink pub trivia consists of roughly 70 multimedia questions and a beer round or two. Prizes awarded to the top teams. Bring your group (up to six people per team) and enjoy two hours of free entertainment!

Girls Night Out: GNO @ The Brewhouse No. 25

September 03, 2014 to November 05, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Venue: The Brewhouse No. 25
  • 805 17th Ave SW
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 4 p.m. to Close
  • Admission: Free

GIRLS NIGHT OUT: GNO @ The Brewhouse No. 25 The Brewhouse No. 25 presents.... GIRLS NIGHT OUT. Every Wednesday night is time for all the ladies to get out of the house and come by The Brewhouse No. 25 for some M&M&M= Martinis, Mules, and Margaritas all for $5 each!! If that special is too sweet for your tastes we also have our buckets for $12 each which can be filled wi...

Girls' Weekend

October 17, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

The ladies tell everyone they're going to Dot's weekend cabin for book club, but it becomes clear after the third case of wine comes through the door there will be more stewing than reviewing. As bottles tip up, secrets spill out and men sneak in. Girls' Weekend is a lightning-quick farce written by local theatre veteran, Karen Schaeffer. The script was a hit in the 2013-14 pla...

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede Exhibition

September 18, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede explores the creativity and friendship between two of the most iconic figures of contemporary American fashion and art. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Des Moines Art Center, Halston & Warhol will consist of original paintings, works on paper, clothes and ephemera by the two men. Many of th...

Local Hero Month

October 01, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We thank those who risk their lives to protect us! October is our Local Hero Discount month! Members of law enforcement, fire, and emergency response receive a 10% discount on regular priced merchandise purchased in the store. Some exclusions apply. Must show ID to receive discount!


October 09, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Urbandale Public Library
  • 3520 86th Streeet
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Library hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Fifteen artsts working in a variety of media creating Monsters from cute to creepy! Monsters from myths, legends, literature, pop culture and some never before seen! Monsters everywhere and just in time for Halloween!

Natalia Goncharova, Olga Rosanova & The Great War: From Icon to Abstraction - Exhibition

September 26, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

 September 26, 2014 / 11:00 AM: Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Russian neo-Primitivist artist Natalia Goncharova (1881-1962) created a series of fourteen black-and-white crayon lithographs titled "War: Mystical Images of War." Her prints are rooted in the imagery of Russian icons, history, Apocalypse imagery, folk art, and contemporary...

Pioneer in Foil Imaging: The Art of Kimberlee Rocca Exhibit

September 15, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Reception will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. Exhibit will be up from September 15 - October 30. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

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