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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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08-23-2014

Special Events

"Lincoln's Last Interview" at the Iowa Capitol

August 23, 2014

Historical Drama staged at the Iowa Capitol, starring KCCI's Elizabeth Klinge and Des Moines theater favorites Mary Bricker and Matthew McIver as Mister and Misses Lincoln. Written and directed by Emmy nominee Brent Roske ('Chasing The Hill'). 'Lincoln's Last Interview' is the first play ever staged in the Iowa House of Representatives chamber, with the audience sitting at th...

15th Annual Iowa SIDS Walk for the Future

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Ankeny Bandshell
  • 410 W. First Street
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: Registration begins 8:30 a.m.; Walk begins 9:30 a.m.
  • Admission: $25/Adult; $10/Youth
  • Phone: 515-729-3965
  • Email | Website

The 15th annual Walk for the Future will be held at the Ankeny Bandshell-Hawkeye Park, 410 W. 1st Street, Ankeny. Registration for this family friendly event will begin at 8:30 am. Events include memorial walk, silent auction, raffle, family activities, and refreshments. For more information on other walk locations or to register, visit www.iowasids.org or call 86...

515 Get Down Car Show

August 23, 2014

Car classes: Picture Perfect (Best of Show), best domestic, best import, best interior, best wheels, cleanest engine bay, cleanest paint, loudest exhaust, best mods.

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

Back to School Open House

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Carlson Chiropractic
  • 6989 University Avenue
  • Windsor Heights, IA 50324
  • Times: 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-782-2763
  • Email | Website

With school just around the corner, learn how to get a healthy head start! At the Back to School Open House we will have activities for both kids and adults. There will be different games and bounces for the kids to enjoy. For the parents and adults, we will have different vendors. There will also be a photographer to take pictures of kids and families!

Ballet Des Moines Nutcracker Auditions

August 23, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Ballet Des Moines
  • 712 E. 2nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-440-1177
  • Website

Ballet Des Moines will hold its annual Nutcracker production is derived from the classic 1892 production of the Nutcracker. Featuring choreography by Artistic Director Serkan Usta and Ballet Mistress Lori Grooters, this performance will return for Christmas 2014 at Hoyt Sherman Theater. Auditions will be held at Ballet Des Moines, located at 121 So. 11th Street, Suite 10...

Buddy Walk

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Merle Hay Mall
  • 3800 Merle Hay Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 & up
  • Phone: 515-252-7529
  • Email | Website

17th Annual Central Iowa’s GiGi's 5K, Buddy Walk, and Kids Zone! This year's event will have something for everyone: you can run, walk, play and party in honor of all the families we serve and support! You can also enjoy a great DJ, games, crafts, inflatables, food, and more! The event is a Super Buddy theme, so everyone is encouraged to dress up as your favorite superh...

Canning & Preserving Workshop with Annie Peterson

August 23, 2014

Local freelance food stylist & writer Annie Peterson presents this workshop demonstrating creative ways of preserving the season’s harvest. A talented gardener & canner in her own home, she brings an artist’s eye to this age-old practice. Peterson will share her own recipes, tips and advice garnered from years of experience working for Meredith Corporation S...

Canning and Preserving Workshop

August 23, 2014

Local freelance food stylist and writer Annie Peterson presents this workshop demonstrating creative ways of perserving the season's harvest. A talented gardener and canner in her own home, shebrings an artist's eye to this age-old practice. Peterson will share her own recipes, tips and advice garnered from years of experience working for Meredith Corporation Speical Interest P...

Color Fun Fest 5K

August 23, 2014
  • Venue: Iowa Cubs
  • 1 Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Admission: Adults $20; Ages 12 & Under Free
  • Email | Website

Come join us on August 23rd 2014 as we combine two of the most EPIC festivals in the world. Color Fun Fest brings the Holi Festival and the electronic dance movement together for the first time with a day and night glowing color 5K run.

Crash Test Dolls vs. TBA

August 23, 2014
  • Venue: Seven Flags
  • 2100 NW 100th Street
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: Doors open 6 p.m.; Event at 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 advance; $14 day of show; Ages 10 & Under Free
  • Website

 Advance tickets may be purchased online or at the Seven Flags Fitness Center Reception Desk located next to the Seven Flags Event Center between the hours of 5 AM and 11 PM daily.

CYC's 5th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Flood

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Western Gateway Park
  • 10th & Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-243-4292
  • Email | Website

You are invited to CYC's 5th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Flood to celebrate youth and their awesome impact in our community! Join the fun and share your ideas on how we can make our community better together. This event is for people of all ages and attendees can participate in a number of fun activities including making your own chalk, a zumba party, sharing your message through sid...

Des Moines Restaurant Week

August 15, 2014 to August 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines Restaurants
  • Times: Varies
  • Admission: $25 per person for one three-course dinner or two lunches (excludes beverages, taxes and gratuity)
  • Website

Catch Greater Des Moines' talented chefs in action. Special fixed-priced menus. Delectable cuisine. One week (two weekends!) of guilt-free dining. Savor the sweet creations. The local flavors. The delicious aromas. Des Moines Restaurant Week awaits. Presented by: dsm Magazine, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Business Record. Fun Fact: 2012 marked Des Moines...

Dialogues - Opening Reception

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room
  • 500 E. Locust, Floor 2
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-309-2763
  • Email | Website

A first time event in Des Moines Iowa – Steve Vail Fine Arts presents Dialogues: conversations between African art objects and Western contemporary prints. Artists include Stephen Andrews, Calder, Cetano Del Almedia, Phillip Chen, Le Courbusier, Mark Francis,Joseph Guivanart, Antonio Saura, Daniel Senise, Mitchell Squire, Xiabul Su, Antoni Tapies and Clover Vail Dialogues...

Dole Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Hy-Vee #4
  • 4605 Fleur Dr.
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Dole's nationwide Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour, dedicated to proving that getting your bananas and other summer fruits and veggies can be tasty and fun, arrives in Des Moines. Enjoy surprisingly indulgent recipes, product samples, coupons, giveaways and fun activities for the kids - all for free! Sponsored by DOLE Bananas® and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze&re...

Dole Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Hy-Vee #5
  • 1107 E. Army Post Rd.
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

Dole's nationwide Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour, dedicated to proving that getting your bananas and other summer fruits and veggies can be tasty and fun, arrives in Des Moines. Enjoy surprisingly indulgent recipes, product samples, coupons, giveaways and fun activities for the kids - all for free! Sponsored by DOLE Bananas® and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze&re...

Evita: Willis Broadway Series

August 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Thurs - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 - $79
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER's Tony Award®-winning musical returns at last! Eva Perón used her beauty & charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world - while her greed, outsized ambition & f...

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.

Free Flicks: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

August 23, 2014
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • 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...

Free Tomato Festival

August 23, 2014
  • Location: Ted Lare Garden Center
  • 2701 Cumming Avenue
  • Cumming, IA 50061
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-981-1075
  • Website

You'll probably just want to hang out at Ted Lare Garden Center in Cumming this weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 23, they're hosting a tomato festival. There will be tasting from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (or whenever the tomatoes run out). Sample 20-plus varieties of heirloom tomatoes and vote for your favorite. Plus chef Chef Jeremy Brittain from Johnny's Italian Steakhouse in West De...

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 Ian Bagg

August 20, 2014 to August 23, 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.

Ingersoll LIVE

August 23, 2014
  • Location: 2800 Block of Ingersoll Ave.
  • 2800 Ingersoll Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 4 - 11 pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 279-8818
  • Email | Website

Celebrate the Ingersoll and Grand Ave. District at the can't miss festival of the summer! Set within the backdrop of the improved Ingersoll streetscape, Ingersoll LIVE will feature over 30 vendor booths from area businesses, restaurants and local artists. With live performances from local bands and kids rides and games. Admission is FREE.

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

Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series Finals #18

August 23, 2014
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: Hot Laps 6:45 p.m.; Time Trials 7:15 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $25
  • Website

Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series Finals #18 - WalMart Night plus 305's (August 30 raindate)

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