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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 Des Moines Walk to End Alzheimer's

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Iowa State Capitol
  • 1007 E. Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Times: 8 a.m.
  • Admission: Free (donations)
  • Phone: 515.440.6383x107
  • Email | Website

Registration starts at 8 am and the Walk begins at 10 am. The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 9 locations in the Greater Iowa Chapter region, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages a...

2014 Tour of Remodeled Homes

September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines
  • 6751 Corporate Drive
  • Johnston, IA 50131
  • Times: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 515-270-8500
  • Email | Website

LOCATION: 12 remodeled homes throughout Greater Des Moines ABOUT: Tour 12 newly remodeled homes completed by local experts; all are members of Remodelers Council of Greater Des Moines, an affiliate of Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines. Experts include local remodeling contractors, specialty trade contractors and building materials suppliers. Each home is filled wi...

2nd Annual Little Giant Beer Summit

September 20, 2014
  • Venue: El Bait Shop
  • 200 SW 2nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free to attend; $2.50/ticket for 5-ounce draws; $2/ticket when buy 10 tickets; $7 commemorative glass
  • Phone: 515-284-1970
  • Website

If you're a dedicated beer locavore, el Bait Shop's 2nd Annual Little Giant Beer Summit is for you! Even if you just like beer a lot, you'll probably want to hit this thing up. It's Sept. 20, from 3-7 p.m. & will feature nearly 40 Iowa breweries & over 70 Iowa beers on tap. You mightn't be able to taste them all, but then again, you do have four hours. The event ...

711 Theatre Project

September 19, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Grand View University Viking Theatre
  • 2811 E 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - www.711theatre.com
  • Phone: 515-771-7766
  • Website

The 711 Theatre Project gives teams just seven days to create 11-minute plays from scratch. They're given a prop, a character and a line of dialogue and they take it from there!

80's Pop Icon TIFFANY

September 20, 2014
  • Location: The Garden Nigthtclub
  • 112 SE 4th St
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Reserved Seating: $15 / General Admission: $10
  • Phone: 515-243-3965
  • Website

80's Pop Star TIFFANY Live at The Garden Nightclub!

Animal Rescue League Puff & Fluff Dog Wash

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Animal Rescue League
  • 5452 NE 22nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 per dog
  • Email | Website

Bring your dog to the Puff & Fluff Dog Wash at ARL Main, outside next to Bailey's Bark Park. $15 per dog includes wash & towel dry. No registration necessary, walk-ins only. We offer a handful of dog washes throughout the summer, put them on your calendar so you don’t miss out on these great deals to keep your dog clean throughout the summer and fall! ...

Beaverdale Fall Festival

September 19, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Beaverdale
  • Beaver & Urbandale Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: Fri 5 - 11 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Beaverdale Fall Festival which will be held Friday, September 19 & Saturday, September 20! There will be all kinds of events including: carnival rides, food/drink vendors, merchandise sales, live music, parade & FIREWORKS! For a complete schedule of events: www.fallfestival.org.

Bounce For A Reason

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Centennial Park
  • 1255 S. Warrior Lane
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Wristbands=$10/unlimited inflatable fun; $1/one inflatable
  • Email

Bounce For A Reason. Sponsored by Crusaders 4 Hope. Crusaders 4 Hope is a group of 8 women working together to raise funds and support cancer research through participation in the Dallas, TX Susan G Komen 60 miles in 3 days walk.

Countryside Wildflowers @ Pinot's Palette

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $40 per painter
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Email | Website

Celebrate the beautiful state we live in with this portrait during our most beautiful season. A far off barn, rows of crops, and colorful flowers in a serene countryside landscape. Sign up now for this class at: http://www.pinotspalette.com/.

Daughters of the Most High Women's Community Event

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Elim Christian Fellowship Church
  • 525 E 9th St
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 11 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-299-5072
  • Email

Labor of Love: Where Are You? Come on out for our last session on Labor of Love. Enjoy a free lunch and fellowship with women from across the city. Childcare also provided. Guest Speaker - Minister Theresa Whitfield (First Lady of Corinthian Baptist Church [DSM]

Day out with Thomas

September 13, 2014 to September 21, 2014
  • Venue: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
  • 225 10th Street
  • Boone, IA 50036
  • Times: See website for times
  • Admission: Tickets $19 per person, age two and up. Fri $17 per person, age two and up.
  • Website

Day Out With ThomasTM is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank EngineTM at regional heritage railroads across the country. Thomas trains depart every hour on the hour...Friday:  12:00pm until 5:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am until 5:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am until 4:00pm

Doors to the Past - Tour of Historic Sherman Hill

September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: $5-15; children under 12 free
  • Phone: 515-362-1136
  • Email | Website

The walking tour is an inside look at homes, condominiums or apartments, many built in the 1880s and early 1900s. Property owners provide a personal tour detailing features about their homes. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of décor, from ornate Victorian to Turn-of-the-Century, roaring Twenties to newer ones built within the last few years. Property owners provide a ...

Drake Football vs Marist

September 20, 2014

Go Bulldogs!

Drake University vs Marist College

September 20, 2014


Fall Whiff-It Classic

September 20, 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 Spring Whiff-It Classic! The spring tournament will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at Campbell Park in Clive. All teams are co-ed and consist of 6-8 players. For more information or to register your team visit www.whiffitdsm.com. Don’t have time to Whiff-It all day? We’re also looking for volunteers! Contact Doug Vinsand at 515-95...

Flip for a Cure

September 20, 2014
  • Location: The Keg Stand
  • 3530 Westown Parkway
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $50 registration fee per team
  • Phone: 515-707-9754
  • Email | Website

We are hosting a flippy cup tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (in the name of Rylan's Renegades). Further details can be found on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/381387605348443/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular.

Flynn Barn Dance

September 20, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $15/adult, $5/child aged 5-15, Under 5 Free (members receive 20% discount)
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

Kick up your heels in the historic lantern lit Flynn Barn. Bring the entire family for a rollicking good time with good old-fashioned, toe-tapping, foot-stomping entertainment! No experience is necessary, and no need to bring a partner. Refreshments and nibbles included. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Funny Bone presents Untamed Shrews

September 17, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (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/.

Grandview Football vs Marian University

September 20, 2014

Go Grand View Vikings

Historic Baseball Game

September 20, 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!

Iowa Paint Horse Club State Show & Futurity

September 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014

American Paint Horse Assoc Show sponsored by the Iowa Paint Horse Club. Show includes Halter, Long Line, Weatern Pleasure, English, Trail, & Futurity events for youth and adult. New this year: We are hosting the Premier Paint Sires. 3 year old western pleasure futurity classes.    

LAZER 103.3 $40,000 Rock Girl Search

September 20, 2014

The 2014 LAZER 103.3 $40,000 Rock Girl Search is presented by Max Muscle and Mediacom. Who is the LAZER Rock Girl? The LAZER Rock Girl is an important part of LAZER 103.3. She will represent LAZER at major events, concerts, and much more. She’ll have many professional photo shoots, hang out with the LAZER Hellraisers, make video blogs, and run her own social media...

Metro Arts 5K Rock 'N Run

September 20, 2014
  • Location: Clive Aquatic Center
  • 1801 NW 114th Street
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 4 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Now- Aug 24: $35/person; $30/teams of 4 or more. Aug 25- Sept 19: $40/person; $35/ teams of 4 or more. Day of: $45/person; $40/teams of 4 or more
  • Email | Website

Rock out to great local bands as you race to the stage and enjoy a concert by Pop Rocks! Dress up as your favorite rock star and you’ll have a chance to win the “best dressed” prize. The event is sponsored by Metro Arts Alliance and includes a chip-timed 5K race, 1 mile walk, prizes for race winners, food/beverages, vendors, children’s activities, and li...

Metro Arts Rock 'n Run 5K & Concert

September 20, 2014

Become a rock star on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 4:00 - 10:00pm. You can run like a rock star and help support arts education, with live music every half mile of this 5k run! Forget the ipod and break out the big hair and spandex! Run like a rock star with live music every half mile of this 5k run! Finish the race in front of a free concert from great local bands. Prizes...

Monster Jam @ Knoxville Raceway

September 20, 2014
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 - $20 advance; +$2 day of show; Gold Circle $30
  • Website

Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam! Kids 2-12 need a ticket. 7:30 pm Gold Circle Tickets All Seats $30 For more information: http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com/.  

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