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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

Antique Spectacular

November 21, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • 3000 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 5 -9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $7
  • Phone: 712-326-9964
  • Email | Website

Admissions: $7 Adult, 14 and younger are FREE. Antique Collectors won't want to miss the Fall Antique Spectacular show, November 21-23, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa at the Iowa State Fairgrounds-Knapp Animal Learning Center. It is brimful with a wonderful selection of fine antiques and vintage collectibles for sale. Featured will be select antique dealers with unique merchandise...

DM Capitals Hockey vs Lincoln

November 23, 2014
  • Location: Des Moines Buccaneers Arena
  • 7201 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Noon
  • Admission: $0-$5; students free

Drake Choir Concert

November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free & Open to the Public
  • Website

Concert by all four of Drake University's choirs: Drake Choir, Chamber Choir, Drake University Community Chorus and Drake Chorale.

Drake Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin

November 23, 2014

Family 4 Pack: Purchase a Family 4 Pack to this game and get 4 reserved tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for only $30. To purchase tickets visit GoDrakeBulldogs.com or call 515-271-3647. Family 4 Pack: Purchase a Family 4 Pack to this game and get 4 reserved tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for only $30. To purchase tickets visit GoDrakeBulldogs.com or call 515-271-3647.

Habitat Young Professionals @ the Iowa Wild

November 23, 2014

Support Habitat for Humanity and Habitat Young Professionals by coming out to the Iowa Wild game at 5 pm on Sunday, Nov. 23. You can help raise money for a great cause through Chuck a Puck, enjoy a "Bags on Ice" tournament during intermission, and enjoy a free skate after the game.

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...

Holiday Bazaar and Vendor Fair

November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: No charge
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Email | Website

Get into the spirit of the season at Summerset Winery’s Holiday Bazaar and vendor fair. Browse our local vendors, sip on a mug of mulled wine and nibble on holiday treats. Zach Svoboda will perform from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Wine, treats, fun and music – all while checking off that holiday shopping list!

Holiday Entertaining Ideas!

November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per person, plus tax—Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $5 per person, plus tax.
  • Phone: 641-672-9463
  • Email | Website

Take your holiday entertaining up a notch with simple yet elegant recipes that will wow your guests. Sip Candlelight Hot Apple Cider (a great drink for cold nights!) while Chef Frank shows you how to make Apple Bacon Stuffed Pork Loin, Zinfull Red Cranberry Sauce, and Autumn Apple Crisp à la Mode. Enjoy samples and take home recipe cards. Advance prepaid, non-refundable ...

Iowa Wild vs Milwaukee Admirals

November 23, 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/.

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Willis Broadway Series

November 18, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: TBA
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. Directed & choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production will feature Broadway/TV star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspr...

Thanksgiving Potluck

November 23, 2014
  • Location: Edencrest Assisted Living & Memory Care
  • 2210 E Park Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50320
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-288-4040
  • Email | Website

We will supply the turkey and sides; you bring a dessert to share!

The Last House of Bricks Show

November 23, 2014
  • Location: The House of Bricks
  • 525 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: Starting at 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $10

Afater 14 years of bringing music to Des Moines, House of Bricks goes out with a bang!

Tour De Lights

November 22, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: El Bait Shop
  • 2201 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: Beginning at 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per child
  • Phone: 515-334-2638
  • Email | Website

Don't miss your chance to go through Jolly Holiday Lights before it opens to the public! Tour de Lights is a night where you can walk, bike, run or skate through Jolly Holiday Lights.  Family Night on Saturday, November 22 allows you to go at your own pace!  Start and register at Water Works Park for the 1.5 or 3.5 mile route. Sunday, November 23 is Fitness ni...

Wine & Canvas - Crooked Oak

November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 515-829-0661
  • Website

Crooked Oak  - Wine and Canvas has a 48-hour cancellation policy; with 48 hours notice, we will reschedule or refund your registration. Please review the FAQ's page for additional information.

Wonder of Words Festival: Freckleface Strawberry Stage Presentation

November 20, 2014 to November 23, 2014
  • Venue: Grand View University
  • 2811 E. 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: Thurs & Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $5; Students/Seniors $3; 12 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-281-5111
  • Website

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Sunday, November 23, 2014 Nov. 20-22 at 7 PM and  Nov. 22-23 at 2 PM. A children's musical based on the book by actress Julianne Moore. Presented by Grand View University. The mission of the Wonder of Words Festival is to connect readers, writers, and publishers at events that celebrate reading and share the joy of lifelong learnin...

Yves St. Laurent: His Life and Times, 2002 (film)

November 23, 2014

A film by filmmaker David Teboul that chronicles the life and career of one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. Stars Pierre Bergé, Betty Catroux, Edmonde Charles-Roux. Director: David Teboul, 77 minutes, NR

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...

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 ...

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.    

Fashion Film Series

November 09, 2014 to November 23, 2014 (Every Sunday)

The Des Moines Art Center invites you to its Fashion Film Series, which starts at 1:30 p.m. on each of the next three Sundays in the Levitt Auditorium. Each of the three feature-length documentaries spotlights an iconic designer, starting with "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" (Nov. 9) & then on to "Lagerfeld Confidential" (Nov. 16) & "...

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...

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...

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