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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

AfterShock ROCKS Bourbon Street Bar & Grill

March 27, 2015
  • Location: Bourbon Street Bar and Grill
  • 500 Army Post Rd
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Phone: 515-208-6406
  • Email

Come out for all your favorite 80's Hair Band Tunes!!

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

March 08, 2015 to April 03, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 1-3 p.m. Daily
  • Admission: Free & open to Public
  • Website

The 44th annual exhibition showcases work by students from across disciplines. Works selected for the show this year include a diverse array of media and approaches, from small intaglio and lithographic prints, carefully rendered drawings and handmade books to large-scale painting, video installation, sculpture and graphic design. The exhibition will remain on display through A...

Asphate Album Release Show

March 27, 2015
  • Location: Vaudeville Mews
  • 212 Fourth Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Website

Black & White Ball

March 27, 2015
  • Location: Lucca Restaurant - 2nd Floor
  • 420 E Locust Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 7:30 - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: $125; YP 35 & under $75
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Hors D Oeuvres & Cocktails - To RSVP to the Black & White Ball, visit Eventbrite.com. Black and White attire and masks suggested. Ticket includes performance of Ballet Des Moines' The Wizard of Oz at the Des Moines Civic Center on April 4th. Come meet the dance professionals, A Champagne Social will be held prior to the ball hosted by Connie Wimer and Fra...

Bomb Shelter Comedy Showcase

March 27, 2015
  • Location: Beechwood Lounge
  • 416 E Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

The Bomb Shelter Comedy Showcase has comedians joining us from all over the midwest this month! Come see Brandon Ream from Madison, Jack COmstock and Stephen Smith from Omaha, James Doyle from Marshalltown, and your hosts, Ryan Solomon and Toll McGrane from right here in Des Moines! Don't miss it!

Bowl For Kids' Sake

March 27, 2015

Bowl for Kids' Sake is a fun & easy way for you & your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. If you have a passion for kids & want to make a difference in our community, register for Bowl For Kids’ Sake today! http://bbbsia.kintera.org/bowlforkids2015

First Tech Challenge North Super Regional

March 26, 2015 to March 28, 2015

The FTC North Super Regional Championship will bring 72 teams from 13 states competing for an opportunity to advance to the FTC World Championship.

Funny Bone presents John Heffron

March 25, 2015 to March 28, 2015
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S Prairie View Drive - Ste 100
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.(no smoking)
  • Admission: $10 - $17
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

John Heffron burst onto the comedic scene during the prime of his college heyday. Although he graduated in his home state of Michigan, Heffron''s priorities became clear when he began to skip class to perform live stand up. His first gig was on the University of Michigan''s campus at the Main Street Comedy Showcase. Since then, his comedy has evolved in a unique and creative ...

Greater Iowa RV and Boat Show

March 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds Varied Industries Bldg.
  • E. 30th Street & E. University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Times: Fri & Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $6 Adults & Seniors; $4 Seniors FRIDAY ONLY; 12 & Under Free
  • Website

Boats - cruisers, pontoons & fishing! Camper trailers, 5th wheel trailers, motor homes class A & C, diesel pushers, rental units all on display!

Hearts & Homes Historic Tea

March 27, 2015
  • Location: Wallace House
  • 756 16th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 11:30 am - 1 pm
  • Admission: $22/person
  • Phone: 515-243-7063
  • Email | Website

Combining high tea and history, this program includes a locally-sourced three course lunch and readings from the women's section of the historic Wallaces' Farmer magazine. Reservations required.

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

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...

Historic Jordan House Tours

January 02, 2015 to August 28, 2015 (Every Friday)
  • Venue: Historic Jordan House
  • 2001 Fuller Road
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: Every Friday 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Ages 13 & up: $5; Ages 6-12: $3; Under 5 Free
  • Phone: 515-277-6652
  • Email | Website

The Jordan House is an historic building located in West Des Moines. It was built by abolitionist James C. Jordan and was a station on the Underground Railroad in Iowa. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places 1973. For more information: www.thejordanhouse.org.

Independence - Tallgrass' Second Annual Dream Project

March 27, 2015 to April 11, 2015
  • Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium
  • 1401 Vine Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265`
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
  • Website


Iowa Barnstormers vs Nebraska Danger

March 27, 2015

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

Italian Dinner Night

March 27, 2015

Mangia! Enjoy a plate of pasta, warm bread and a delicious dessert while connecting with family and friends at the Arboretum. Arboretum member Doug Harr will be giving a presenting at 5:30 p.m. Doug is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, retired Wildlife Biologist and Wildlife Diversity (nongame) State Program Coordinator with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources. Prior to his D...

Last Southern Gentlemen Tour Featuring Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis

March 27, 2015
  • Venue: Drake University - Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main
  • 2507 University Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Doors open 6:30 p.m., Pre-Concert Talk or Performance at 6:45 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $18 - $48; midwestix.com
  • Website

"The LAST SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN is a landmark recording for Delfeayo Marsalis, pairing father Ellis Marsalis, Jr. with son on a collaborative album for the first time. Marsalis' finest outing to date, the superb recording quality and meticulous production showcase his brilliant, classically trained tone as it swings effortlessly through standards and original compositions. ...

Live Music Fireside w/Lincoln Grimes

March 27, 2015
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live Music Fireside with LincolnGrimes

Music Class for Young Children

March 27, 2015
  • Location: Courage League Sports
  • 4405 121st Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50323
  • Times: 9:30 - 10 a.m.
  • Admission: $11 per class
  • Phone: 515-494-4618
  • Email | Website

Classes provide children of all abilities with an enriching opportunity to sing, move and explore musical play. All classes are taught by highly trained musicians/board certified music therapists. The use of quality live music is emphasized. Sessions are playful and designed to meet developmental needs. Class size is limited to 10 students to ensure individualized attention. Th...

My Name is Asher Lev

March 20, 2015 to March 29, 2015
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $12.50 - $30
  • Phone: 515-309-0251
  • Website

SUNDAY TALK-BACK: March 21st, 2015 at 3:30pm or Immediately following the production My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make ...

National Square Dance Pre-Convention

March 25, 2015 to March 28, 2015
  • Venue: Iowa Events Center
  • 730 3rd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: varies - see website
  • Admission: Free for those pre-registered for Nat'l Convention
  • Phone: 563-594-0117
  • Website

Plan to come March 25 - 28, 2015 to the 65th NSDC Pre-Convention®. It will be held at the Iowa Events Center, downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The free Kick-Off Dance will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Iowa Events Center HyVee Hall B. The Opening Ceremony starts at 7:00 and dancing starts at 7:30.  We will have TWO dance halls to appeal to all kinds of ...

Prairie Tractor Pullers 11th Annual Spring Shootout

March 27, 2015
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds - Pioneer Pavilion
  • E. 30th & E. University
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Fri 2 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.
  • Admission: Adults/Seniors $8; 12 & Under Free
  • Phone: 319-361-0642
  • Website

Indoor Mini Rods with car engines, motorcycle engines, running 2 side by side tracks. All inside Pioneer Pavilion heated Bldg, Prairie Tractor Pulling Association has been going for some 30 years. Plus we are sponsoring the 11th Annual Event. Lots of different tractors and mini rods. Fast moving motor sport event - noise, speed, and action. Ear plugs, souveniors, and food ava...

Promotions - Super, Supermarket Checkout

March 24, 2015 to April 04, 2015

One lucky winner will walk away with a grand prize of $5,000 in CASH! Pick up your free daily entry and earn additional entries by playing throughout the promotion. For a chance to check-out with $1,000 CASH Earn double entries on Mondays!

Regional Dance Competition

March 27, 2015 to March 29, 2015
  • Location: Indianola High Scholl
  • 1304 East 1st Avenue,
  • Indianola,
  • Times: TBA
  • Admission: TBA
  • Website

StageWest Fool's Ball

March 27, 2015
  • Location: Sticks Design Studio
  • 3631 SW 61st Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 6 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: $35 - $125; midwestix.com
  • Phone: 515-309-0251
  • Email | Website

 Join us at the 3rd (Sixth Annual) Fool's Ball! A festive and foolishly fabulous evening celebrating the fool in us all! Join your friends to raise fun and FUNDS to support progressive, contemporary theatre for StageWest. Money raised will directly support the theatre artists who bring our stories to life... now there's a cause worth supporting! This year it's a Mas...

StageWest's 3rd, Sixth Annual Fools Ball

March 27, 2015
  • Venue: Sticks Inc.
  • 3631 SW 61st Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: $35 - $75 - $125

A festive and foolishly fabulous evening celebrating the fool in us all! Join your friends to raise fun and FUNDS to support progressive, contemporary theater for StageWest. Money raised will directly support the theatre artists who bring our stories to life... now there's a cause worth supporting! This year it's a Masquerade! Wear a mask so no one will recognize you being fool...

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