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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

24th Annual Knoxville Nationals

July 31, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: Gates open 5:30 p.m; Race 7:15
  • Admission: Adults $20 & up
  • Phone: 641-842-5431
  • Website

The biggest sprint car race in the world with the top drivers in the sport. A 4 day racing extravaganza that includes music, food, camping, expo and more that ends each night with some of the most exciting racing you can ever experience. Sponsored by Arnold Motor Supply!

AAU Junior Olympics

July 23, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Passport: $40.00 (6 & under free); Daily Pass: $12.00 (6 & under free)
  • Website

Registration times for certain sports may differ, please check your sport's entry information for specific check-in times. You may only check-in at your sport's designated location. Participants should check-in the day prior to competing. CHECK-IN LOCATIONS: SPORTS: Iowa Events Center: Baton Twirling, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cricket, FOS AllSports Combine, Gymnastics...

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Old Bags Event

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Glen Oaks Country Club
  • 1401 Glen Oaks Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-262-5695
  • Email

Fun-filled cocktail party to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa. Silent auction with incredible prizes, but most of all... amazing bags! Designer bags, fun bags, sports bags, specialty totes, and more! A great event for a ladies night out.

Brad Seidenfeld

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 5pm-9pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

Come on out and help us celebrate our new space!! Thursday, July 31st The patio expansion includes more tables, bags games area, bike racks, bicycle pit stop and a Stage! Brad Seidendfeld will be playing live from 5-9pm $4 Lime and Mango Ritas and our infamous Beer-O-Meter Night! Buy one drink and get the next at Wednesday's High Temp! 75 degrees and every other drink is only 7...

Business Social

July 31, 2014
  • Location: New York Event Center
  • 516 New York Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 4 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: FREE in Advance or $5 At Door
  • Phone: 515-240-4672
  • Email | Website

This is a networking social with 20-30 vendors. Refreshments and Light Appetizers provided. This is a great networking event to attend for any industry. Bring your business cards. RSVP on the website and its FREE!

Cake Decorating Session 5 Creme Summer Camp for Kids

July 29, 2014 to July 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Cake Decorating: Day 1 – Make frostings and practice decorating on cookies. Day 2 – Design cake, make fondant figures and practice decorating on cupcakes Day 3 – Color and roll out fondant and decorate a 2-tier dummy/foam cake for you to take home. Graduation Ceremony. As seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, voted Cityview best dessert and DSM Magazine's Top B...

Cannabis Corpse

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Vaudeville Mews
  • 212 4th Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $13
  • Website

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.

Free Flicks: The Lego Movie

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Good Park
  • 1103 17th Street
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Around 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-4405
  • Website

Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen, and will begin after sunset around 9 p.m. Admission is free, blankets & lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Des Moines neighborhood associ...

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 George Kanter

July 30, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S. Prairie View Dr., Suite 100
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website for details
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

Iowa Gas Swap Meet 28th Annual Collectors Convention

July 30, 2014 to August 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)

If you have never attended Iowa Gas or have been unable to attend for some time, please accept our invitation. There is no admission charge for buyers. When you attend the Annual Iowa Gas Swap Meet and Auction, expect to find vintage signs, gasoline pumps, neon, gas globes, maps, cans and containers, uniforms, soft drink and tobacco items, and other collectible memorabilia fr...

Iowa High School Boys State Baseball Tournament

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Cubs
  • 1 Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: see below
  • Admission: Tickets for each session (2 games): $10
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26: Quarterfinals - Class 1A, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Monday, July 28: Quarterfinals - Class 2A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29: Quarterfinals - Class 3A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30: Quarterfinals - Class 4A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31 - Semifinals, Class 1A: Noon &a...

Music in the Junction: Randy Burk & The Prisoners

July 31, 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.!

Pump UP with Plant Protein

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Smokey Row
  • 1910 Cottage Grove
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 515-371-3463
  • Email | Website

No matter where you are at in life…don’t exercise, exercise, or are a competitive athlete, each one of us requires protein. Protein is an essential component within our body, it is located in every cell; helps build muscle and bone, transport nutrients…and so forth. Let’s take some time to chat about some common misconceptions about plant proteins, lea...

Summer Concert Series: Final Mix

July 31, 2014
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-282-9463
  • Website

Join us every Thursday from 6 - 9pm this summer for live music at Jasper Winery! As always, we'll have all of our wines, sangria & Madhouse Brewing Company beer available by the glass. The grill will be back this year for burgers & brats with a some special appearances by Gusto Pizza. For the really hot nights, don't forget to enjoy a Chocolaterie Stam gelato float! R...

Valley Junction Farmers Market

July 31, 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...

YWRC- Sister's of Summer

July 28, 2014 to August 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Young Women's Resource Center
  • 818 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-4901
  • Email | Website

A free week long program for girls going into 9th-12th grade! We'll be talking about self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, reproductive health, and empowerment. We have lots of fun activities planned and can even provide transportation for the girls.

Zen Blossoms: Painting Class @ Pinot's Palette

July 31, 2014
  • Location: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Email | Website

Find your zen by painting this colorful and peaceful scene with a bright, blossoming cherry blossom tree. After a glass of wine and a few brush strokes, you'll feel like you've been whisked away to a spa vacation!

On-Going Events

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. ...

Live Thoroughbred Racing

April 20, 2014 to August 09, 2014 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Thurs - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through August 9
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

National Balloon Classic 2014

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: National Ballon Classic Launch Field
  • 1601 N Jefferson Way
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: All day
  • Admission: varies (see website)
  • Phone: 515-961-8415
  • Website

Mark your calendars and join us for fun family entertainment at the 2014 National Balloon Classic!   FYI: The National Balloon Classic property is now Smoke Free. Iowa's Smoke Free Air Act became effective July, 2008 making our property No Smoking. No pets, coolers, food, or drink allowed.


July 11, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

In a kingdom far, far away, things get ugly when an ogre, not a handsome prince, shows up to rescue a feisty Princess. Throw in a wisecracking Donkey, a villain with a short temper, a Gingerbread Man with attitude, and other fairy tale misfits, and you've got a mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily there’s one on hand, and his name is Shrek. Shrek is part romance, part...

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 ...




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