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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

3B Bike Ride! Bikes. Beers. Breaths.

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Confluence Brewing Company
  • 1235 Thomas Beck Road, Suite A
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 1 p.m. - See description
  • Admission: $30, which includes a donation to the CFF and a commemorative T-shirt, while supplies last. Registration before 4/1 guarantees a shirt
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A fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (You may register at Confluence the day of the Ride, but shirts are not guaranteed.) Join us for a great time on and along the trails! 1-2pm Registration and drawing for Prizes at Confluence; 2pm Hit the trails and head toward Orlondo's and Cumming Tap; 3:15pm Drawing for Prizes at Cumming Tap; 5 pm Beer and socializing at ...

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!

Central Iowa Big Game Banquet

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Adventureland Inn
  • 3200 Adventureland Drive
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Social Hour begins at 4 p.m.; Dinner 5:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $70/person; $105/couple & $45/Ages 17 & Under (each single & couple ticket includes yearly RMEF Membership & Bugle magazine subscription)
  • Phone: 515-290-2531
  • Email | Website

Do you love elk, hunting & spending time in the outdoors? Do you recognize the importance of conserving North America’s most vital landscapes? Join us for an entertaining evening while raising money to benefit elk, other wildlife, their habitat & our hunting heritage – that’s what the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation promises at the 21st Annual Cen...

Children's Consignment Sale

April 17, 2015 to April 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
  • 8301 Aurora Avenue
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-777-3902
  • Email | Website

Children's Consignment Sale!

Court2Court 5K

April 18, 2015
  • Location: Iowa Judicial Branch
  • 1111 East Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Admission: $25
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The Drake Law School Public Law Association will host its annual Court2Court 5K. The event is a benefit for Iowa Legal Aid (ILA) and the Poverty Law Internship Program that Iowa Legal Aid and Drake have run each summer for twenty years. Open to walkers and runners alike. To register for the Court2Court go online to https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_...

Death By Disco

April 10, 2015 to April 19, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: The Winterset Stage
  • 405 E Madison St.
  • Winterset, IA 50273
  • Times: Fri & Sat 6pm; Sun 5pm
  • Admission: $27 - $30
  • Phone: 515-462-5156
  • Email | Website

Journey back to the 70’s with The Winterset Stage for this season’s hilarious murder mystery dinner theatre “Death by Disco”. Join our actors, platform shoes and all, while we take you to a disco contest where someone with a “Saturday Night Fever” won’t be “Staying Alive “. The evening is accompanied with dinner fit for all ...

Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 6: Roman Returns – Dvorak Cello Concerto

April 18, 2015 to April 19, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $15 - $55; Students $7.50 - $27.50
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Cellist Joshua Roman, described as "a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts," makes his much-anticipated return to the Des Moines Symphony in Dvorák's dramatic and virtuosic Cello Concerto. Sibelius' romantic Second Symphony is the composer's most popular, with majestic, heroic melodies and an epic, rollicking conclusion. The Legal Circle is the ...


April 18, 2015
  • Venue: El Bait Shop
  • Historic Court District
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Starting at Noon
  • Admission: $40 Advance; Tickets must be purchased on www.Eventbrite.com
  • Phone: 515-244-1888
  • Email | Website

The Iowa Architectural Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming 4th annual Eat.Drink.Architecture fundraising event. This progressive food, drink & architectural tour of downtown Des Moines will be held on Saturday, April 18. The journey begins at El Bait Shop/High Life Lounge at Noon & continues to Ichi Bike, The Royal Mile & will finish at Hessen Haus...

Family Friendly Movie

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: East Side Library
  • 2559 Hubbell Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: 1 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

This month's movie highlights a young man who follows his heart and faces his fears. Bring your blankets, pillows and popcorn to the East Side Library for an enjoyable afternoon.

Festival of Cheese - Cabin Fever Event Series

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Two sessions: 3 - 4:30 p.m. or 5 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: General Admission $20; LHF Members $16. Advanced tickets recommended - Photo ID required for admittance
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

A celebration of the ultimate comfort food - cheese! Grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese fondues, cheesecake, cheese curds - you get the idea. It's the cheesiest event around. Discover what creative variations local chefs, Iowa craft cheese makers and local cheese mongers make of these traditional favorites. To assure ample opportunity for tasting, there will be two sessions, e...

Fireside Music with CW Smith

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free (tips welcome)
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Enjoy music fireside with Cw Smith at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service. http://www.cwsmith.fm/CW_Smith/Home.html

Francine's Will

April 17, 2015 to April 19, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Ankeny Community Theatre
  • 1932 SW 3rd Street
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults - $15, Seniors (60+) - $12, Youth (ages 5-18) - $10
  • Email | Website

When Francine Faraday dies, her entire estate goes to her longtime companion H.P. Manly. While the loyal members of Francine's staff are delighted, her money-hungry relatives are furious. Though the will is ironclad, the relatives find that they can inherit Francine's fortune if H.P. dies of "natural" causes. As the family plots H.P.'s demise, the staff schemes to sav...

Funny Bone presents Ralph Harris

April 15, 2015 to April 18, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • 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 Nebraska

April 18, 2015

For more information/tickets: www.theiowabarnstormers.com.

Iowa Cubs vs Oklahoma City Dodgers

April 18, 2015
  • Location: Principal Park
  • One Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7:05 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/

Ja Volim Balkan

April 18, 2015
  • Location: Palacio Events Center
  • 8900 Hickman Rd.
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Admission: $10 - $15
  • Phone: 515-210-4230
  • Email | Website

Ja volim Balkan

Kids Cook! - Play, Snack & Spring into April

April 18, 2015
  • Location: Ankeny Prairie Trail Hy-Vee
  • 2510 SW State Street
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 515-963-3139
  • Email | Website

Do you love playing with your food? If the answer is yes, then be sure to join Hy-Vee dietitian, Hailey, and assistant, Jacque, in preparing the perfect spring snacks. By using fruits, veggies and a little imagination, you never know what you can create! $10 Registration is required by April 17. Sign up at Hy-Vee.com, call or email hboudreau@hy-vee.com to reserve your spot toda...

Loop the Lake

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Gray's Lake
  • 2100 Fleur Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 10 a.m. Northwest corner of Gray's Lake
  • Admission: 20 CS Members ($30 after 3/29); •$25 Non-members ($35 after 3/29)
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Kick off your running season the right way at Gray's Lake in the outer Des Moines area with Loop the Lake - 8k (2.3 laps) Go to http://www.capitalstriders.org/events/#capital-striders-races for details on packet pickup, directions and more! 

Lucas Oil Championship Cup Series

April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: Hot Laps 6:45 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults - $15; Kids Free Night 0-19
  • Phone: 641-842-5431
  • Email | Website

Lucas Oil Championship Cup Series

Mayor's Annual Ride & Run

April 18, 2015

On April 18, join the Des Moines Park & Recreation Department for the 2015 Mayor's Annual Ride & Run for Trails (MARR) . RAGBRAI, Bike World, and The Des Moines Register, will continue as co-sponsors of the event & Mayor T. M. Franklin Cownie will lead the ride assisted by The Register's own Dream Team. In addition to the ride, the Park &a...

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.


April 18, 2015
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $35; Reserved Seating ON SALE: February 27, 2015, at 10:00 AM
  • Phone: 515-244-0507
  • Email | Website

O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show -including selling out Madison Square Garden twice -and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. With each studio album, the band has endeavored to achieve that sense of immediacy. On THE ROCKVILLE LP, "it comes the closest," Roberge says. "Every live band I know will always want nothing more than to ca...

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Book Sale

April 17, 2015 to April 18, 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...

Rain Barrel Workshop

April 18, 2015

Help control pollution in our local lakes and rivers by installing a rain barrel. Rain is collected and then reused for new purposes. Participants will briefly learn about what they can do to manage storm water on their property and then build their very own rain barrel. All materials and tools will be provided. Make sure you are able to transport your new 55 gallon rain barrel...

Randy Burk & The Prisoners

April 18, 2015
  • Location: Mickey's Irish Pub Waukee
  • 50 SE Laurel St
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Admission: No Cover
  • Phone: 515-987-9604
  • Email | Website

RANDY BURK AND THE PRISONERS takes the stage at 9pm until 1 am! This Iowa based country band has been touring for over 12 years with the Prisoners delivering honest soulful music in the rich tradition of artists like Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, and Dave Alvin. “Money, Heart & Soul" is the Prisoners third album release, and comes 8 years after their second album, &l...

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