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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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04-20-2015

Special Events

Alesana Capture the Crown

April 20, 2015
  • Location: Val Air Ballroom
  • 301 Ashworth Road
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Doors 5 p.m.; Event 5:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $17 advance; $20 day of
  • Phone: 515-223-6152
  • Website

With Capture the Crown, The Browning, Conquer Divide, The Funeral Portrait, Intentions & The Point Past Insanity! For more information: www.hottestchickstour.com.

Architecture Month Talk/Tour Lecture Series: "ReUse" @ Temple for Performing Arts

April 20, 2015

Join the Iowa Architectural Foundation in learning about The Temple Performing Arts, formerly a historic Masonic Temple that was transformed into what is now a destination center for arts, entertainment, culture and learning in the heart of Western Gateway. Learn about the acquisition and restoration, as well as upkeep of this important Des Moines icon.

AViD Author Visit: Robin Oliveira

April 20, 2015
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Robin Oliveira is the author of My Name is Mary Sutter, chosen as the 2015 All Iowa Reads title. This stunning historical novel features Mary Sutter, a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. The book also received the 2011 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the 2010 American Historical Fiction Honorable M...

Cash Hog

April 06, 2015 to May 22, 2015

Ride away with your share of over $40,000 in cash and prizes. Pick up your daily entry and earn 3x entries on Mondays!

Cookin' with Katie

April 20, 2015
  • Location: Wallace House
  • 756 16th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $40/person
  • Phone: 515-243-7063
  • Email | Website

During "Preserving Goodness," Chef Katie Porter will focus on freezing, drying and quick pickling fresh vegetables and herbs for later use. Reservations required.

Iowa Cubs vs Oklahoma City Dodgers

April 20, 2015
  • Location: Principal Park
  • One Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 12:05 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: http://www.iowacubs.com/  

Money Smart Week

April 18, 2015 to April 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Participating Des Moines Public Libraries
  • Times: During library hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Boost your financial IQ with fun, informative programs at the Des Moines Public Library during Money Smart Week, April 18th to 25th. Check the Des Moines Public Library's online events calendar for specific times and locations at www.dmpl.org/events.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Book Sale

April 19, 2015 to April 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Join us at the Planned Parenthood Book Sale, April 16-20 in the 4-H Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds! Run by more than 600 volunteers, the Planned Parenthood Book Sale is known to be one of the largest book sales in the country! Shop thousands of new and used books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games and more! Proceeds from the book sale support Planned Parenthood of the Heartland...

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.

Early Bird Season Pool Passes Available

April 01, 2015 to April 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Season pool passes can be purchased ONLINE throughout the summer season. Now through the month of April you can purchase your season passes at a discounted Early Bird price.

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

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 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

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2:30 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

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. OR 1 - 3 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...

Summer Tennis Lessons

April 13, 2015 to April 22, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Summer tennis registration is now open for players of all ages. This summer’s programs include: • Quickstart Tennis 1 for children between the ages of 5-7 • Quickstart Tennis 2 for children between the ages 8-10 • Youth tennis for kids ages 11-18 • Adult tennis (minimum of five participants needed for each session) Tennis programs begin in early June. ...

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

The Departure of the Argonaut: Prints by Francesco Clemente

February 27, 2015 to May 17, 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
  • Email | Website

Francesco Clemente's double-spread lithographs for The Departure of the Argonaut comprise one of the most visually compelling artist's books produced during the second half of the 20th century. The 34 color and 16 black-and-white prints respond to a wartime diary written in 1917 by the Italian writer and artist Alberto Savinio (1891-1952), who composed this text when, as a ...

The Des Moines Big Band

March 02, 2015 to May 25, 2015 (Every Monday)
  • Location: Palacio Events Center
  • 8900 Hickman Road
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. every Monday thru May 25
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-210-4230
  • Email | Website

Come enjoy the progressive sounds of one of Iowa's longest running jazz orchestras. We play every Monday evening from October through May at 6:30 at El Palacio, 8900 Hickman Avenue. Drinks and light dinner items are available, restaurant-style seating is first come, first served. See calendar for cover fees and special events!

Wall of Iowans Exhibit

Started March 13, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The new Wall of Iowans interactive exhibit display uses a large projection to show images and biographical information of nearly 30 Iowans – from Peggy Whitson and Meredith Willson to Carrie Chapman Catt and Alexander Clark – who made important contributions to our state, nation, world, or respective fields of work.

04-21-2015

Special Events

Cash Hog

April 06, 2015 to May 22, 2015

Ride away with your share of over $40,000 in cash and prizes. Pick up your daily entry and earn 3x entries on Mondays!

Conversation Luncheon

April 21, 2015
  • Venue: Wakonda Club
  • 3915 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: $35/One ticket; $65/Two Tickets; $260/Table of 8
  • Phone: 515-255-1853
  • Email | Website

Fromm’s powerful stories and painful experiences are woven with humor and insight, encouraging audiences to be brave and take risks, using “emotional intelligence.” As a highly sought-after business consultant, Fromm is nationally recognized for her motivating presentations – inspiring audiences and corporate leaders to embrace change, think differently,...

Flix Brewhouse Presents: "The Last Starfighter" (1984)

April 21, 2015
  • Location: Flix Brewhouse
  • 3800 Merle Hay Rd. Ste.1300
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $7
  • Phone: 515-612-9200
  • Email | Website

A video-gaming boy, seemingly doomed to stay at his trailer park home all his life, finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force.

Free Live Entertainment - April Line-Up

April 07, 2015 to April 28, 2015

April Line-Up Club 55 Entertainment Tuesdays |  | Finish Line Show Lounge o April 7 - Maple Street Jazz, Big Band/Jazz o April 14 - RBJ Trio, Oldies o April 21 - Sentimental Swing, Big Band/Jazz o April 28 - Maple Street Jazz Band, Big Band/Jazz

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