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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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09-01-2014

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...

Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

September 01, 2014

Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, the Des Moines Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, artists, educators, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors and students. All of these "makers" come to the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire to show what they have made and share what they have learned.

Doggie Dive

September 01, 2014
  • Venue: Birdland Pool
  • 300 Holcomb Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 4 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $4 per dog, regular admission prices for dog owners and family members
  • Phone: 237-1404
  • Website

This is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs must be accompanied by their owners at all times.

Iowa Cubs vs Oklahoma City

September 01, 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.

WWE Raw

September 01, 2014

See WWE Monday Night Raw TV live and broadcast to the world from Des Moines for the first time in a year! SEE YOUR FAVORITE SUPERSTARS IN ACTION LIVE: WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION JOHN CENA, ROMAN REIGNS; CHRIS JERICHO vs. RANDY ORTON, BRAY WYATT, and DEMON KANE in a 6 WAY MATCH! PLUS: TRIPLE H; KANE & MANY MORE! *Card subject to change Go to http://www....

On-Going Events

Better Body System

July 14, 2014 to September 29, 2014 (Every Monday)
  • Location: True Life Wellness
  • 14225 University Ave. Suite 118
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-225-2266
  • Email | Website

Are you interested in: * losing weight * increasing your energy * kicking your sugar cravings * developing better eating habits Are you tired of being sick and tired? Do you struggle to lose weight or increase your energy? Come listen as Dr. Molstre as he shares Yoli's Better Body System with you. He will show you natural and easy steps that you can take to achieve your health ...

Capitall Riders' Run with the Animals

April 21, 2014 to October 20, 2014 (Every Monday)
  • Location: McVay Trail Head Shelter
  • 300 Block of East 5th Street
  • Indianola,
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: N/A
  • Phone: 515-979-7751

Beginning Runner's Group -  A FREE running group for learning the basics of training and racing for all levels of runners. We run rain or shine, cold or heat - but we will wait for a storm to pass. If there is lightning, we will not run. Everyone who enjoys running. This will be a great way for new runners to learn from experienced runners in a safe and guided enviro...

Central Iowa Textile Show

August 05, 2014 to September 26, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordinance Rd
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibit at Ankeny Art Center

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...

Des Moines Vintage Bike Night

July 01, 2014 to September 01, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Location: Angelo's
  • 1238 8th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-664-3509
  • Email | Website

Des Moines Vintage Bike night: Meeting at Angelo's to show off our classic cafe, brat, chopper & scooters. Free, Come out and have fun!

Hollywood in the Heartland Exhibit

September 01, 2014 to February 01, 2015

Exhibition celebrating Iowa's legacy with the silver screen throughout history. Matinees at the Museum showing the first Saturday of each month.

Thunder Nites Bike Night in Newton

June 01, 2014 to October 01, 2014 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Location: Newton Square
  • Hwy 6/First Avenue on the Square
  • Newton, IA 50208
  • Times: 6 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

Thunder Nites was founded in 2012, we hold 5 events from May through September. Each event has brought 1000+ motorcycles and thousands of people to the town square of Newton, Iowa. Come visit us and check out lots of cool motorcycles, great live music, food vendors and beverages. We have a live radio broadcast each event too! Lots of fun for the whole family! Please like us on ...

TOON'D IN: Adventure Time Art Show

August 12, 2014 to September 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Art show featuring works inspired by the fun and surreal cartoon Adventure Time.

09-02-2014

Special Events

Beaverdale Farmer's Market

June 10, 2014 to September 16, 2014
  • Location: Beaverdale
  • 3422 Beaver Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

September 02, 2014

What is your wild place? Where do you go to be re-energized, unplug and be alone in nature? Chris Adkins, Naturalist for Dallas County Conservation will start the conversation on wilderness. Special guest presenter Dallas Chief Eagle, Champion hoop dancer, will demonstrate traditional Lakota hoop dance. He will engage the audience via dance and story to view our position in n...

Eastside Farmers' Market

June 03, 2014 to September 16, 2014
  • Location: Collectamania Parking Lot
  • 3200 Delaware Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-261-4550

Iowa Youth Chorus Open Auditions

September 02, 2014 to September 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Windsor Presbyterian Church
  • 6301 University Ave., Ste 208
  • Windsor Heights, IA 50324
  • Times: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-262-8312
  • Email | Website

Singers ages 8 - 18 are invited to drop in for an individual audition at any time during our scheduled event. They should come prepared to sing any song of their choosing. The audition takes just 10 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis. Come, be a part of our award winning choir!

Psychic Medium and Author John Edward

September 02, 2014

John Edward will begin the evening with an interactive question and answer session. He will then connect with the other side and give messages to the audience from friends and family who have crossed over. For more information: www.iowaeventscenter.com.

On-Going Events

Central Iowa Textile Show

August 05, 2014 to September 26, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordinance Rd
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibit at Ankeny Art Center

TOON'D IN: Adventure Time Art Show

August 12, 2014 to September 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Art show featuring works inspired by the fun and surreal cartoon Adventure Time.

09-03-2014

Special Events

Catch Des Moines Release Party!

September 03, 2014

Networking. Cocktails. Live artistry. The cover unveil. Catch a first glimpse of the NEW Fall/Winter 2014 edition of Catch Des Moines: the Guide to Greater Des Moines! Appetizers and drinks will be served. A brief program will be held at 5:45 p.m. And don't miss live artist demonstrations provided by the Des Moines Art Center!

Drake Neighborhood Farmers' Market

June 04, 2014 to September 24, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: Parking lot of First Christian Church
  • 2500 University Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: n/a
  • Email | Website

Funny Bone presents Phil Hanley

September 03, 2014 to September 06, 2014
  • 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.

Greenwood Indoor Farmers Market/Merle Hay Mall

May 28, 2014 to September 03, 2014
  • Location: Merle Hay Mall - Food Court Area
  • 3800 Merle Hay Road
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

If you love going to a farmers market, but are easily discouraged by weather, there is now an option for you - the Greenwood Market in the food court at Merle Hay Mall.The market will debut on May 28 & runs from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 3. The market is the brainchild of Dana Green­wood, who also organized the Beaverdale Farmers Market....

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