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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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07-26-2014

Special Events

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...

Ankeny Farmers' Market

May 17, 2014 to September 27, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Venue: City of Ankeny
  • SW Third & Maple Streets
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-963-1897
  • Website

Beaverdale Live

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Beaverdale Betterment Coalition
  • 3422 Beaver Avenue (behind Boesen's)
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 4 p.m. start

Food, beer and live music from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. w/Tall Grass Band.

Beaverdale Motorfest

July 26, 2014
  • Venue: First Federated Church Auditorium
  • 4801 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-255-2122
  • Email | Website

Hot Rods, Hot Bikes, Classics, and Muscle Cars! A FREE BBQ lunch, No entry fee, plenty of parking on the lawn, bouncy house for the kids, and awards! Registration begins at 9am.

Ben Gran and Friends Comedy Show

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Stoner Theater
  • 221 Walnut St.
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $24
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

Ben Gran is a Des Moines writer/comedian who got his start in comedy by wasting time on Facebook. But all of those hours writing jokes have led to some surprising opportunities: last year, Ben Gran was contacted by a producer at Rooftop Comedy, a comedy publishing website & record label in San Francisco, and Rooftop Comedy has started to syndicate video & audio clips ...

Butterfly Festival

July 26, 2014
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free for Zoo Members; regular Zoo admission applies
  • Phone: 515-285-4722
  • Email | Website

Join Blank Park Zoo at the Butterfly Festival as we kick off our newest conservation project, Plant. Grow. Fly.! We will celebrate our most eye-popping pollinators with crafts and activities for families, meet-and-greets with local gardening, bee and butterfly experts along with much, much more! Learn what YOU can do to help our pollinators thrive.

Cellar Dwellers

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: No Cover
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

A little Southern Rock, Country and Classic Rock - come check out this great band!

Christmas in July

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Inspired Locally Marketplace
  • 415 5th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-0388
  • Email | Website

Christmas is coming early this year, Inspired Locally Marketplace is pleased to bring you Christmas in July! We will be spotlighting lots of local crafters and vendors, several of the vendors offering unique Gifts, food, and we will be having in-store sales on select items starting at 20%. Soothing Senses will be present and invites you to stop by & indulge in a sweet or sa...

Citrus Series - Lemon: Painting Class @ Pinot's Palette

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $40
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Email | Website

Perfect kitchen art! Paint the first of our three-part citrus series. Join us next month for the limes!

Crafternoon at Confluence with Barleys Angels

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Confluence Brewery
  • 1235 Thomas Beck Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at event
  • Website

Join us Saturday, July 26 at Confluence Brewing Co. for a fun and educational women's "Crafternoon!" Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the brew house by Founder and Head Brewer John Martin, followed by a tasting of 4 - 6 oz. Confluence offerings. Snacks will be provided, and you’ll even get to take home a commemorative Confluence pint glass!

Dog Wash Benefit

July 26, 2014

Animal Lifeline of Iowa 's experienced volunteers will bathe, brush and towel-dry your dog for a $20 donation. Join us for DJ music, pet-related vendors, raffles, scavenger hunt for prizes. Food, drinks available. Family fun. Free admission, free off-street parking.

Family Days @ The Races

July 13, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Coloring books, crafts, spin art, mascots, Heartland Greyhound Adoption, Animal Rescue League, Des Moines Mounted Police, Avenue of Horses. Sunday brunch special $11.95/adults; $5.95/children; Free/children under age 5.

Farm to Table Dinner

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Wallace House
  • 756 16th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $70 per person
  • Phone: 515-243-7063
  • Email | Website

Fresh, locally-sourced ingredients will take center stage during a Farm-to-Table fundraising dinner on Saturday, July 26 at the historic Wallace House in Des Moines. Chef Katie Porter will create a four course menu for the upscale dining experience that features fresh organic fruits & vegetables grown at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center near Orient & loca...

Final Mix Showband

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel Street
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9pm-1am
  • 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 First Time Homebuyer Seminar

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Wedgewood Conference Room
  • 6937 Vista Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50263
  • Times: 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-897-9307
  • Email

Please join Shannon Thome with First Mortgage Company and Daphane Trevillyan with Keller Williams Realty GDM on Saturday, July 26th from 10:00am-11:00am for a FREE First Time Homebuyer Seminar. They will go over the home buying process and how it works, the process of get pre-approved, what financing programs are available, why NOW is the best time to buy, etc. Pastries, coffee...

Free PBR Family Event

July 26, 2014 to July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Free fun activities for the kids! Stick bull riding, bull roping, face painting, and free cactus cowboy craft. Free cowboy hat light up key chain to the first 100 customers each day! Best Cowboy or Best Cowgirl Contest on Sunday only -- judging begins at 2:30 p.m. $50 gift card to the winner!

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 D.C. Benny

July 23, 2014 to July 26, 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

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

Iowa Barnstormers vs San Jose Saber Cats

July 26, 2014

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

Iowa Cubs vs Memphis

July 26, 2014

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...

Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa

July 25, 2014 to July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Cultural Event! Contests, Children's Park, Heritage Stage, Cultural Hall, Main Stage Entertainment. Two days & night of family fun for everyone.  More information can be found at: www.italianfestivalofiowa.com.

Jazz in July - Paige Harpin & Gruve

July 26, 2014
  • Location: West Glen Town Center
  • 5465 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: 5 - 11 p.m. Jazz in July 6:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Joe Biel: Tributary

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Transient Gallery
  • 121 12th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 7 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

Site Specific installation by internationally prominent artist, Joe Biel

Jumpstart School Physicals

July 26, 2014
  • Location: East High School
  • E. 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

School & sport physicals; immunizations; dental screenings; lead poisoning tests; after-school programming information; behavioral health screenings; health & dental insurance application. All services are free! A parent/guardian must accompany the student. For more information/download forms, visit: www.dmu.edu/jumpstart.

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