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11-27-2014

Special Events

Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy

November 26, 2014 to November 30, 2014

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy  comes to Des Moines!  Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater & the crew of Disney Pixar's Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid's enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow...

Festival of Trees & Lights 2014

November 26, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 1984 the Festival of Trees & Lights made its debut in Des Moines & since that time families & friends have eagerly awaited this fun-filled event to kick-off the holiday season! With beautifully decorated trees, a fun-filled children's area, food, entertainment & special events, "Festival" has become a central Iowa tradition. **Discounted pre...

Free Thanksgiving Meal

November 27, 2014
  • Location: Chuck's Restaurant
  • 3610 Sixth Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-262-4605

Last Thanksgiving, a whopping 3,700 people received free meals from a group of volunteers at Chuck's Restaurant - a banner year likely triggered by the death of longtime owner Linda Bisignano who passed just a couple weeks before. This year, organizers are concerned because they only have about 1,700 reservations for the Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner, even though they s...

Free Thanksgiving Meal

November 27, 2014
  • Location: Hope Ministries' Bethel Mission
  • 1310 Sixth Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-265-7272
  • Website

No reservations required - all are welcome!  

Funny Bone presents Doug Thompson

November 26, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 570 Prairie View Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
  • Admission: varies - see website
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

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

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015

Have a fun, unique and memorable evening at a Living History Farms Historic Dinner! Join us for a dining experience that will take you back in time to Iowa's golden farming years of 1875 or 1900. Served family-style, historic recipes are prepared from scratch on a wood-burning stove. Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and served family style. Most of o...

Santa's Winter Wonderland

November 15, 2014 to December 24, 2014
  • Venue: Valley West Mall
  • 1551 Valley West Drive
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve Santa 10 a.m. - Noon; Train 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Train Tickets are just $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00
  • Website

Santa will be in Center Court visiting with boys and girls from Saturday, November 15th through Wednesday, December 24.

Santa's Wonderland - Thanksgiving Hours

November 27, 2014 to November 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies, see description
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Santa's Wonderland has special holiday hours because we have SO many visitors and out-of-town guests here for the holidays! Free photos with Santa: Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ** Free crafts: Thanksgiving Day, 3-5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, 5-7 p.m. ** Free games and activities open to close! Complete Santa's Wonderland schedule can be found ...

Thanksgiving Brunch @ WDM Marriott

November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Two Rivers Grille
  • 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $26; Seniors $20.80; Ages 6-11 $13; 5 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-457-3224

Brunch menu includes:  Arcadian Farms Local Lettuce Salad w/assorted Toppings; House made Dressings Including Honey Mustard, House Recipe Buttermilk Ranch and Classic Red Wine Italian; House Made Citrus Cranberry Relish; Chilled Chef-Cut Fresh Fruit Display with Orange Vanilla Bean Yogurt Dip; International & Domestic Cheese Display with House-made Melbas and M...

Thanksgiving Charity Lunch

November 27, 2014
  • Location: Mickeys Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 Se Laurel st
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

On Thanksgiving from 11-2pm, we have a FREE buffet for those who don't have extra money to spend on a full Thanksgiving spread or for those who just want some holiday company!! The money donated will go straight to JDRF! Receipts are available from the bartender. If you prefer to donate a food item, salads or desserts are appreciated! *Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, ...

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

November 27, 2014

Come out to the Ramada Tropics Resort/Conference Center for our delicious Thanksgiving Day Buffet! Delicious food including: Oven Roasted Turkey & Stuffing, Pineapple Glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Candied Yams, Fresh Warm rolls & butter, Mixed Greens salad, Pasta salad, Potato salad, Assorted Dessert Pies plus Ice Tea and Lemonade...

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Prairie Meadows Casino & Racetrack
  • 1 Prairie Meadows Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Breakfast: 7-9am; Bruch: 9-3pm; Dinner: 3-9pm
  • Admission: Breakfast $11.95; Brunch & Dinner $23.95
  • Phone: 515-967-1000
  • Website

Breakfast Buffet - 7AM - 9AM - $11.95; Brunch Buffet - 9AM - 3PM - $23.95; Dinner Buffet - 3PM - 9PM - $23.95. Parties of six or more will be seated in The Meadows Ballroom.

Thanksgiving Feast @ Downtown Marriott

November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Marriott Downtown
  • 700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 Adult Buffet; $12 Ages 10 & Under
  • Phone: 515-558-6730
  • Website

Indulge all of your senses with a distinctive dining experience for Thanksgiving at Rock River Grill & Tavern (Des Moines Marriott, Skywalk Level) with dishes including:  Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream and Turkey Giblet Gravy.  Joined with classic side dishes like Yukon Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Dressing, Green Bean Cassero...

Thanksgiving in BOS

November 27, 2014
  • Venue: BOS
  • 401 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 Adults, $14 for ages 5 - 15, Free for ages 4 and younger
  • Phone: 515-284-1BOS
  • Website

Plated Thanksgiving Dinner and A La Carte Menu Service 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in BOS. Coda Lounge will be open at 6 a.m. serving Starbucks  coffee in the morning and hand-crafted drinks and small plates to share until midnight.

Turkey Trot

November 27, 2014
  • Venue: Iowa State Fairgrounds
  • 3000 E Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 9:30 a.m.
  • Admission: $18 before Nov. 18 includes a long-sleeve shirt or pay $7 and get no shirt.
  • Website

The 50th annual turkey trot bills itself as "Iowa's Oldest Running Road Race." It includes a 5-mile run, 2-mile run, and 2-mile walk. Proceeds go to needy families in the area.  

On-Going Events

AMVETS/USO Donations Month

November 11, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free - fundraiser
  • Website

We love our veterans and military service members! Every year, Bass Pro Shops nationwide collect monetary donations for these two groups. 100% of the donations go to these groups. Customers choose the group they wish to donate to and the amount - $1, $3, or $5. No purchase is necessary - stop in and help us support these two great organizations!

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

October 20, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Simpson College - Kent Campus Center
  • 701 N. C Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-961-1608
  • Email

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

Bass Pro Shops/Southeast Polk Schools Warm Kids Campaign

November 06, 2014 to December 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We're proud to team up with the SE Polk School district to collect NEW hats, gloves, and boots for children ages 4-12. Please bring your donations to the Bass Pro Shop Altoona lobby by December 31. All donated items will be distributed at Southeast Polk School District elementary schools so kids can stay warm during our frosty winter!

Blow your Own Glass Ornaments

November 03, 2014 to January 31, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Studio Fuzzishü
  • 1808 Fuller Road, Suite B
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $14 per ornament
  • Phone: 515-402-8143
  • Email | Website

Looking for a super fantastic one of a kind holiday gift? Come create your own BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENT at Studio Fuzzishu! Each ornament takes about 10 minutes to make & then 20-30 minutes to cool down. Ornaments cost $14 a piece. Want to make oodles of ornaments? There is a price break at 3 ornaments & 5 ornaments per person. Come on your own or with a group of fr...

Comedy Open Mic

November 06, 2014 to April 30, 2015 (Every Thursday)

The Last Laugh Comedy Theater's open mic night allows anyone in the audience to sign up and try their hand at comedy. Stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, funny songs or video, anything comedic is welcomed. Every Thursday, Free.

Dialogues:

September 27, 2014 to November 29, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Location: Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room
  • 500 E. Locust, Floor 2
  • Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Phone: 515-309-2763
  • Email | Website

Dialogues: Conversations between African Art objects and Western contemporary prints. Western & African art have been in dialogue most famously since Picasso had his epiphany when seeing African sculpture and masks at the Trocadero Museum In Paris & then painted his 1st Cubist art work, Les Demoiselles d"Avignon in 1907. Contemporary artists incl Calcer, Chen, Le C...

everyday abstraction Exhibit

November 07, 2014 to January 23, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University
  • 2507 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Tues - Sun noon - 4 p.m.; Thurs Noon - 8; Open with appointment also
  • Admission: Free and open to public
  • Website

New work by five contemporary abstract painters will be on display at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University Nov. 7 through Jan. 23rd. The exhibition includes work by Jered Sprecher, Brian Porray, Megan Kathol Bersett, Andrea Ferrigno and Margaret Crowley.    

Freedom Summer 1964: Two Iowans & the Campaign for Civil Rights in Mississippi

September 18, 2014 to February 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)

The State Historical Museum of Iowa is "Fresh for Fall" with the addition of three new displays & an educational program that engage audiences in Iowa's history. The State Historical Museum is administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI), a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the past month, the Museum installed thre...

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede Exhibition

September 18, 2014 to January 18, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Mon, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede explores the creativity and friendship between two of the most iconic figures of contemporary American fashion and art. Organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Des Moines Art Center, Halston & Warhol will consist of original paintings, works on paper, clothes and ephemera by the two men. Many of th...

Jolly Holiday Lights

November 25, 2014 to January 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Waterworks Park
  • 2201 George Flagg Pkwy
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 5:30 - 10 p.m. daily; (Santa's Wish Shop open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)
  • Admission: $10 car; $20 limo or mini-bus; $45 for bus
  • Email | Website

Light Up a Child's Life® at Jolly Holiday Lights, a great holiday tradition! Bundle up the family and enjoy a 3.5 mile ride through magical light displays. 100% of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish® Iowa! Jolly Holiday Lights is a drive-through holiday light display that is annually set up by Make-A-Wish Iowa in Des Moines' Water Works Park. The event raised e...

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