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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

2nd Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt

April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Drake University - Olmstead Center
  • 2875 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 214-284-1280
  • Email | Website

Please join us for an Easter egg hunt on Drake campus’ South Field (located on the lawn south of the Olmsted Center). There will be two separate hunts for ages 2–6 and 7–12. Prizes awarded to those who find specially decorated eggs. In case of rain the fun will go on in Olmsted Center.

Art Exhibit: Tanya Lichinsky

April 03, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: The Great Frame Up - West Glen
  • 5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste #150
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-226-2310
  • Email | Website

Art Exhibit featuring the landscapes of Tanya Lichinsky. For more information:

Celebration of Peggy Patrick's Life (1923-2013)

April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 3:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Email

On Saturday, April 19, the Des Moines Art Center will celebrate the life of Peggy Patrick, former assistant director of the Art Center for 34 years, who retired in 1985. Friends and family of Peggy will gather at 3:30 pm in Levitt Auditorium where a tribute will be paid to her life in words and music. Following this presentation, there will be a reception at 4 pm in the lobby o...

Dixon's Violin

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Ritual Cafe
  • 1301 Locust Street, Ste D
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10
  • Email | Website

Join us for this rare opportunity to experience the one-of-a-kind digital violin shaman in concert Saturday April 19th at Ritual Cafe! About Dixon's Violin: "Transformational Journeys via Digital Violin": The world's premier digital violinist, Dixon's life mission is to inspire people! And he has done so across North America, captivating audiences at intimate shows, a...

Early Bird Season Pool Passes On Sale

April 01, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 2014 purchase your season pool passes online starting April 1 at 8:00am. Early Bird pass rates are available from April 1-April 30. Individual - Early Bird: $40, Regular: $45 First two in family - Early Bird: $75, Regular: $80 First three in family - Early Bird: $100, Regular: $110 First four in family - Early Bird: $120, Regular: $140

Easter Eggstravaganza/Capitol City Church

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Capitol City Church
  • 5990 NE 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-289-1419
  • Email | Website

Hunt for thousands of Easter eggs, plus lots of candy and prizes. Celebrate with other fun activities too, like inflatables, games and contests, Easter manicures and tattoos, and prize drawings. Toddlers through 4th graders will be divided by age groups for Egg Hunts. If inclement weather, event will move inside. More info at

Easter Event at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

April 12, 2014 to April 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies, see description

Our popular Easter event is back! Kids get a free 4x6 Photo with the Easter Bunny on Saturdays & Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday – Thursday, April 14-17: 6-8 p.m., Friday – April 18: 2-7 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt on Saturdays and Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20 ONLY, beginning promptly at 2 p.m. and lasting one hour. Ages 2-10 only please. F...

Educator Appreciation Days

April 12, 2014 to April 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Barnes & Noble
  • 4550 University Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-221-9171
  • Email | Website

Educator Appreciation Days are April 12-20. PreK to 12 educators receive 25% off classroom and personal purchases, including movies, music and tech gear. Storewide events. Enter to win a NOOK or a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.


April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Members Free; Regular zoo admission for Others
  • Phone: 515-974-2523
  • Email | Website

A spring tradition for all of Des Moines, Eggstravaganza is an event for the entire family. Featuring photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, crafts, and a golden egg hunt- this fun event is perfect for families with small children!


April 18, 2014 to April 19, 2014
  • Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium
  • 1401 Vine Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. each night
  • Admission: $15 in advance / $18 at the door - mature audiences
  • Phone: 515-505-3504
  • Website

One morning when her roommates are out, a strange man barges into Marjorie's house. He claims to be looking for a friend named Joe, but it is soon clear that he has come for more sinister reasons. After having subdued her attacker, Marjorie finds her roommates have returned to find the shocking and horrifying sight, and a debate ensues as to how to deal with the would-be rapi...

Family Easter Party

April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: $5.50/person in advance; $6/person at Door; Discount for Members
  • Email | Website

Fun for the entire family including: toy hunts, preschool Bunnyland, live animals, horse and wagon rides, and traditional games. Townsfolk will open their doors for spring visitors in the town of Walnut Hill. Free coke products and popcorn for all and a free breakfast wrap for the first 1,000 visitors. Easter Presented by EMC Insurance Compan...

Final Mix Showband

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Des Moines best party band, come out and dance! They rock the house, playing the hottest hits, this band features experienced, talented showman musicians. FINAL MIX serves up the latest in R&B, Jazz Fusion, Blues, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll and original material. The leader and songwriter of the group is DEL "SAXMAN" JONES. For Del, blowing smooth sounds from his sa...

Free Family Movie

April 19, 2014
  • Venue: East Side Library
  • 2559 Hubbell Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 1:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Bring some popcorn and join us for a free family-friendly movie. Enjoy a hit animated film about two sisters weathering the cold storms of love and family. Rated PG and 102 minutes long. Pillows and blankets also welcome!

Funny Bone presents Sandman the Hypnotist

April 16, 2014 to April 19, 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

Women were crying their makeup off and people's face and sides were aching as they watched THE SANDMAN get people from the audience on stage and make them do things they couldn't believe! Maybe you or one of your friends will be the next star of the show! From Nashville, TN to stages throughout the U.S. and with over 30 years of stage performances, THE SANDMAN has been dub...

Hamfest 2014

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds - Elwell Family Food Center
  • E. 30th & E. University
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: $6 Adults; 12 & Under Free
  • Website

Amateur Radio "Hamfest" swap meet. Vendors with NRE equipment, accessories, books, used equipment & much more. License testing in Varied Industries Building, Room D (registration at 9 am, testing at 9:30 am). For more information:  

Hotel Pattee Music - Bella Soul Duo

April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Tickets not required/ Tips for the musicians encouraged
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music at the Hotel Pattee every Friday and Saturday.  Events vary, check website for details. Ride to the Hotel Pattee enjoy dinner, drinks and live music.    

Inspired Locally Health & Wellness Expo

April 18, 2014 to April 19, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Adventure Land Palace Theater
  • 305 34th Ave. NW
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Fri: 5 - 10 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 515-277-0388
  • Email | Website

You don't want to miss the Inspired Locally Health & Wellness Expo. Our Health & Wellness Expo will be at the Adventure Land Event Center where you can hear from Experts on ways to improve our lifestyles, live longer, better & happier. Order tickets via Eventbrite at:

Iowa Barnstormers vs Los Angeles Kiss

April 19, 2014

Tickets may be purchased at Wells Fargo Arena Box Office, online at, call 866-55-DAHLS or stop by any Dahls Food Stores.

Iowa Cubs vs Round Rock

April 19, 2014

Jesper Just: This is a Landscape of Desire

March 06, 2014 to May 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Jesper Just (born 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark) has won international acclaim for his visually beguiling videos. Preferring a process more aligned with the cinematic to a low-fi aesthetic or documentary one, Just creates choreographed and grand works of art. His productions make use of mesmerizing elements of grand landscape painting as well as a hypersensitive and acute portr...

Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series Season Opener KCCS #1 Plus 305's

April 19, 2014
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: Hot Laps 6:45 p.m.; Time Trials 7:15 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $25; Free Kids' Night
  • Website

Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series Season Opener KCCS #1 Plus 305's - Pella Motors Race For Your School Night/Lions Club Night

Mayor's Annual Ride & Run for Trails

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Des Moines City Hall
  • 400 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Ride $30; Run $30; Both $35; Ages 5-17 $5; $ & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Website

Join Mayor Cownie & the Dream Team on this fun bike ride & experience Des Moines as you ride & run through area Neighborhoods & raise money for recreational trails.  All proceeds from this event support Des Moines recreational trails.  Over the last 10 years this ride has raised over $100,000 for improvements to Des Moines trails! Register...

Mini Shoppers Showcase

April 19, 2014

Mini Shoppers Showcase: April Showerz!

OCR Presents.. Dead Superstar from Long Island, New York

April 19, 2014
  • Location: The House Of Bricks
  • 525 E. Grand Ave
  • Des Moine, IA 50309
  • Times: 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $8
  • Phone: 641-295-3298
  • Email | Website

Des Moines Our City Radio Rock Presents.... Dead Superstar is a heavy active rock band. Their songs are hard driving tales of life on earth packed with sexually and politically charged lyrics that hook the audience in with a melodic rock sound. Throw in an unbelievably energetic live show and Dead Superstar is primed to bring a big new rock sound to the masses. Doors will open ...

Opening Night of Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website
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