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05-24-2015

Special Events

Art on the Campus

April 26, 2015 to November 15, 2015
  • Location: West Des Moines City/School Campus
  • 4200 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free

West Des Moines' annual outdoor art exhibit features 13 sculptures created by 11 Iowa artists. The exhibit is located at the West Des Moines City/School Campus, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines & takes place through November 15. RECEPTON: An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Meet the artists and members of the West Des Moines Public Arts C...

Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 7: Season Finale – Appalachian Spring – A Memorial Day Tribute

May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $55 (see description)
  • Website

Experience Copland's Pulitzer Prize-winning Appalachian Spring, one of the most iconic pieces of music ever written. The evocative film music of John Williams: The Patriot, Lincoln, Midway and Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan, honors those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. And, as an encore to the hugely successful Symphony In Sculpture, we...

Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present

May 08, 2015 to August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds Fri 11-4pm; Thurs 11-9pm; Sat 10-4pm; Sun 12-4pm; Closed Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Website

May 8 - August 2, 2015 Anna K. Meredith Gallery Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present

Go Outdoors - Free Family Activities Weekend

May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies - see website
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

It's our free family activities and How-To's for Family Outdoor Fun! Free seminars on kayaking, camping, campfire cooking, local trails. Free cooking demos and sampling Saturday and Sunday.  Complete details at www.basspro.com/altoona!

Grand Opening of John Wayne Birthplace Museum

May 22, 2015 to May 24, 2015
  • Location: John Wayne Birthplace Museum
  • 216 South 2nd Street
  • Winterset, IA 50273
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: Free to Attend; Benefit Dinner on Sat., May 23: $150/ticket
  • Phone: 877-462-1044
  • Website

Make your plans now for next year's John Wayne Birthday Celebration, and the GRAND OPENING of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum May 22-24, 2015! New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman will be the keynote speaker at the ribbon cutting, and the Iowa Military Veterans Band (www.iowamilitaryveteransband.com) will perform in concert right before the ribbon ceremony to o...

Heart of Iowa Wine Trail: Spring Wine & Herb Event

May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015
  • Location: see description
  • Times: Saturday 10 a.m.; Sunday 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $30
  • Website

Visit 11 Heart of Iowa Wine Trail wineries over 3 weekends to fill your garden with herbs and sample some of the best Iowa wines. At each winery you will receive a beautiful, locally grown herb in a 4″ square pot and a recipe card that uses that herb and pairs the recipe with a wine from that winery. Pick up a Heart of Iowa Wine Trail Map and celebrate spring with wine ...

Iowa Cubs vs Tacoma Rainers

May 24, 2015
  • Location: Principal Park
  • One Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 1:05 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $7-$25; Ages 13 & Under & Seniors: $4-$25
  • Phone: 515-243-6111
  • Website

The Iowa Cubs are a Triple-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Their home games are played at Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.  For more information/schedule/tickets: www.iowacubs.com  

Iowa Multicultural Family Festival

May 22, 2015 to May 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Water Works Park South Shelter and Big Event Field
  • 4343 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 10 a.m - 8 p.m. all days
  • Admission: TBA
  • Website

LOL Y'ALL COMEDY SHOW

May 24, 2015

COMEDY SHOW

Project Pet

May 24, 2015
  • Venue: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $50 per painter
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Website

Paint a portrait of your pet at Project Pet. Once you sign up for the painting, email us a high quality digital photo of your pet (one pet per canvas, please) and we will do the rest. Each photo will be transferred onto a 16"X20" canvas. Our talented artists will walk you through the steps to create your very own Pet Portrait!  Registration will close for the c...

Smokin' in the Junction

May 23, 2015 to May 24, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Historic Valley Junction
  • Along 5th Street in Historic Valley Junction
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Sat Noon - 10 p.m.; Sun Noon to 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-222-3642
  • Email | Website

Smokin' in the Junction BBQ Contest & Festival

Sunday Tunes @ Summerset Winery - Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2015
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $3 per person or $10 car load. FREE to Case Club Members (show card)
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Email | Website

Featuring:  Abby Normal.  Free entry for Veterans.

sWEEt ONES

May 24, 2015

This pageant is for just our wee ones between the ages of 0 and 4. Judging will be during Beauty stage event in Sweethearts In Candyland. We will have separate judges for Show It Off's sWEEt ONES. Only attire needed is beauty! We will additionally be doing Best Eyes, Best Smile, Best Hair in each division. Cost to add this to your Sweethearts In Candyland is just $35! B...

The Smoking Flowers at Vaudeville Mews

May 24, 2015
  • Location: Vaudeville Mews
  • 212 Fourth Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Email | Website

The Smoking Flowers from Nashville performing at Vaudeville Mews with Karen Meat & The Computer opening. Recent Press on The Smoking Flowers: "Often beautifully ragged; sometimes beautifully haunting; many times beautifully goofy-grinned and/or playful, pleading, or pledging, but always beautiful. A punkish/alt-country/whatever-you-need-it-to-be master...

Thoroughbred Racing

April 18, 2015 to August 08, 2015 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Horse Racing is free and open to all ages to watch. Adults 21+ may place bets on the horses or within the adjacent casino. Opening night of live racing is Saturday, April 18; Thoroughbred | April 18 - August 8; Thursday - Saturday | Post time 6:30pm; Sunday | Post time: 1:00pm. Quarter Horse | August 15 - October 10; Friday & Saturday | Post time 6:30pm; Sunday | Po...

Tour & Tasting

February 05, 2015 to January 30, 2016
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: Every Thurs at 3 p.m.; Sat at 1 p.m.; Sun at Noon. Make your reservations online.
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Website

We are hosting formal tours every Thursday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1p.m. and Sunday at Noon. The price is $20.00 per person and includes: - Cellar Wine Tour - Tasting of Summerset Wines - Cheese Platter - Summerst Logo Wine Glass to take home! - Tours & Tasting is approx 1 hour, but feel free to stay and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck! - Tickets can be purchased ...

Wine and Cheese Pairing Experiences Daily at Tassel Ridge Winery

January 23, 2015 to June 28, 2015
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax
  • Website

We usually think of cheese when we think of wine. But, some wine and cheese pairings are more complementary than others. Tassel Ridge has selected four different Iowa cheeses and has paired them with Tassel Ridge wines. Try these pairings and see which your favorites are! Come on out to the Winery for a relaxing hour or two that can include a tasting, tour, and great conversati...

On-Going Events

Antique Abstraction Exhibit

March 13, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Weds Fri 11-4pm; Thurs 11-9pm; Sat 10-4pm; Sun 12-4pm; Closed Monday
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Email | Website

With roots in the last years of the 19th century, purely abstract art, with no reference to objects in the material world, began to appear in many countries in the early 1910s, and has now been with us for a century. Antique Abstraction highlights works from the museum's collections made within five years of 1915 to celebrate this aesthetic breakthrough, which informed every ...

Battle Flag Hall Exhibit

March 13, 2015 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Battle Flag Hall exhibit explores the stories behind more than a dozen battle flags from the Museum's collection, including national and regimental flags from the Civil War (including a Confederate flag), Spanish-American War and World War I. These battle flags have been fully stabilized and preserved, and will be on display through summer 2015.

Historic Home Tours - Meet the Flynn’s: A Guided Mansion Tour

May 01, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon - Sa t 8 a.m. OR 4 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. OR 4 p.m. One hour program
  • Admission: $8 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 or over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Domestic Spaces Tour

May 01, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon - Sat 4 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. OR 4 p.m. Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Mind Your Manners Tour

May 01, 2015 to October 16, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon - Sat 4 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m. OR 4 p.m. Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Making Art Public

December 19, 2014 to June 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • 600 E Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon to Sat; Noon - 4:30 p.m. Sun
  • Admission: Free

Making Art Public explores the beauty and history of public art in Iowa. Photographs, museum artifacts and original artworks highlight the earliest beginnings of public art in the state, significant artists (including Grant Wood), major themes, the creative process and where it is found in Iowa. Visitors will gain an appreciation for how public art connects us to our natural an...

Summer Bean Bag League

April 10, 2015 to May 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The Des Moines bean bag league will be played at the Hub Spot, located at the 210 Water St. at the corner of Court Ave., across from the Polk County Treasurers Office. The Hub Spot has a top-notch patio area serving concessions and adult beverages. Teams of two adults (18 and older) compete on Wednesday or Thursday nights for six weeks plus a tournament starting June 10. Cost i...

Swim Lesson Registration

April 01, 2015 to July 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Swim lesson class sizes are restricted and registration is first come first served. We have four sessions for swim lessons; in order to get your preferred class, dates and/or times, go online and sign up starting April 1 at 8:00 a.m. Classes offered this summer include: • Baby/Infant and Me • Preschool Swim • Learn to Swim Levels 1-5 • Adult Swimming Lessons

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