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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

2014 Midwest Football Classic

August 30, 2014 to September 01, 2014

Get ready for the 2014 Midwest Football Classic on August 30 thru September 1, 2014! There will be 2 divisions: Select & League Divisions in each grade. 4th - 5th - 6th - 7th - 8th Grade Divisions: $400 Entry Fee, 2 Game Guarantee. ALL TROPHY TOURNAMENT in Each Division - First 8 Teams that Complete Fees in Each Grade & Divis...

50th Mustang Celebration

August 30, 2014

Ford Mustang all 50 year car show

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

Art on the Prairie PREVIEW

August 30, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Carnegie Library Museum
  • 1123 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Phone: 515-465-2481
  • Website

Experience a sneak peek of Perry's annual fall event--Art on the Prairie. At this "sneak peek" event get a preview of the artwork of several of the artists who will be attending Art on the Prairie Nov. 8-9 in Perry, Iowa.

Bushwak: 3 Days of Music, Art & Camping

August 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
  • Location: Avenue of Saints Amphitheater
  • 3357 St. Charles Road
  • St. Charles, IA 50240
  • Times: All day
  • Email | Website

Drake University vs Grandview Football

August 30, 2014

Football

Family Days @ The Races

August 03, 2014 to August 31, 2014

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.

Funny Bone presents Dan Swartwout

August 27, 2014 to August 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: See website for complete details
  • Admission: see website for details
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

 Tickets can be purchased at http://www.funnybonedm.com.

Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr.

August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $18
  • Website

Harvest Wagon Rides

August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms - Murray Conference Center
  • 12234 Douglas Parkway
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Non-Members $15; $13 LHF Members
  • Phone: 5152785286x126
  • Email | Website

Bring your blanket and enjoy an evening horse and wagon ride this fall at Living History Farms! Guests meet at the Murray Conference Center to board an open-air wagon pulled by Percheron draft horses. Munch on popcorn as you take a ride through the fields and country roads of Living History Farms with autumn in the air! After your ride, join other guests for light refreshments ...

Harvest Wagon Rides

August 30, 2014 to September 27, 2014
  • Location: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 5 p.m. or 7 p.m.; No Ride Sept. 20
  • Admission: $15 per person over age 2 (non-members);$13.50 per person over age 2 (members) Advance Reservations Requried;
  • Phone: 515-278-5286 ext. 126
  • Website

Bring your blanket and enjoy an evening horse and wagon ride this fall at Living History Farms! Guests meet at the Murray Conference Center to board an open-air wagon pulled by Percheron draft horses. Munch on popcorn as you take a ride through the fields and country roads of Living History Farms with autumn in the air! After your ride, join other guests for light refreshment...

Historic Baseball Game

August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 1:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $14/Adults, $8.50/Kids, Members Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Watch our home team, the Walnut Hill Bluestockings, compete in 1870s-rules baseball games. Cheer the batters or “strikers” as they call their pitch and “Leg it” to first. The team makes sure kids have a chance to bat around at the end of the game!

Honoring our Hometown Heroes

August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

A special two hours of drawings just for veterans, members of the armed forces and military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics, and teachers! Hourly drawings: 2 p.m. - $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card 3 p.m. - Maui Jim sunglasses - $250 value 4 p.m. - YETI cooler - $300 value! Must show your respective ID to register for prizes. Fish fry samples, also!

Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon

August 30, 2014
  • Venue: Gray's Lake
  • 2100 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: Information coming soon
  • Website

Hy-Vee Triathlon - Pre Race Informational Meetings

August 29, 2014 to August 30, 2014

This event is offered to all registered athletes to receive important information about the race, pick up packets and visit vendors

Iowa Cubs vs Oklahoma City

August 30, 2014

Iowa Gold Star Arabian Horse Show

August 29, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds - Jacobson Center
  • E 30th & University
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri 8 - 5 p.m.; Sat/Sun 9 - 9 p.m.; Sun 8 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Spectators Free
  • Website

For further information: www.goldstarfuturity.com.

James Biehn

August 30, 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

Quoted from the Article about James Biehn in Band Bombshell...click to see full article here. "I'm not going to say that James Biehn is the best guitarist in the city. I'm just going to say that if you went around CALLING James Biehn the best guitarist in the city, he might be one of the only people who would argue with you." "He's better than good. He's shake-yo...

Labor Day Hometown Festival

August 30, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Two days of fun events for family to celebrate the Labor Day Holiday! Kids' activities including the popular Duck Pond, treasure hunt, free craft, and free photo download. Two $25 gift cards given away each day! Outdoor Cooking Seminars Both Days @ 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 Free Hot Dogs and Ice Cream Samples - both days - Hot Dogs 1-4pm, Ice cream 4-5pm Visit www.facebook.com/bpsal...

Live Quarter Horse Racing

August 16, 2014 to October 11, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Prairie Meadows
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Fri - Sat 6:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m. through Oct 11 (no racing on 10/12)
  • Admission: No admission fee
  • Website

Tree of Whim @ Pinot's Palette

August 30, 2014
  • Location: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: $40 per painter
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Email | Website

This bright and mysteriously magical tree is filled with whimsical energy. Tree of Whim is a blast to paint and a colorful addition to any home! Register today at www.pinotspalette.com/DesMoines.

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. ...

Coffee Karaoke

Started April 19, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Location: Java Joes DART Bus Station
  • 620 Cherry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-288-1572
  • Website

Coffee Karaoke will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Saturday nights at the DART Bus Station...stop by for FREE coffee & karaoke!!

Des Moines Renaissance Faire 2014

August 30, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Festival Park @ Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
  • 4051 Dean Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA IA
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Season Pass $35; Adult 2-Day Pass $25; Adult 1-Day Pass $16; Ages 5-13 $8; Under 5 Free
  • Phone: 515-262-4100
  • Website

Hidden behind the golf course trees at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park is one of the most unique attractions in Iowa. It's a complete merry olde English castle town, known as Canterbury-on-Sherwood & it hosts one of the most popular events in the region: the annual Des Moines Renaissance Faire! Travel way back in time to the era of knights, damsels and larger-than-lif...

Farm Exhibit

July 26, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Carnegie Library Museum
  • 1123 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: ree will donation
  • Phone: 515-465-2481
  • Website

Come explore the beautifully restored Carnegie Library Museum in Perry, IA and enjoy both our permanent exhibits along with a temporary farm exhibit of approx. 25 items on loan from Forest Park Museum.

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