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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

24 Days of Jasper Winery

December 01, 2014 to December 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Jasper Winery
  • 2400 George Flagg Parkway
  • Des Moines, IA 50321
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-282-9463
  • Email | Website

Do your holiday shopping and have a little extra fun for yourself at Jasper Winery! Each day through December 24 we'll give you a special gift to thank you for a great year and to help you celebrate a little extra this holiday season. Cheers!

A Christmas Carol

December 17, 2014 to December 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 9th and Cherry Streets
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Wed, Thurs, Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $30; family packages available
  • Website

-Synopsis: Set in a small New England town, George, a history professor at the local college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home from a Saturday night party when Martha announces that she has invited a young couple--an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride--to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive, the charade begins. Th...

ABC of Iowa Craft Championships

December 19, 2014

For more information/details, go to www.abciowa.org.

American Lung Association - Fleet Feet Des Moines

December 12, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

For every pair of Adidas purchased at Fleet Feet Des Moines during the month of December, Fleet Feet Des Moines will donate 15% of each sale to the American Lung Association to help support the cure for lung cancer.

Celestial Sounds Crystal Bowl and Vocal Healing Concert

December 19, 2014
  • Location: Unity of Des Moines
  • 414 31st St.
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 suggested love offering
  • Phone: 515-371-0725
  • Email | Website

Join Deb Jennings and Judy Olson of Celestial Sounds for a one-of-a-kind Healing Concert. Deb will play crystal singing bowls and Judy will tone vocally, all with the intention of creating a healing environment for those who attend. Bring a friend-it would be a wonderful Christmas gift to them. Very unique!

Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey vs Waterloo Black Hawks

December 19, 2014

Fireside Music with Bryan Baker

December 19, 2014
  • 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 Bryan Baker at the Hotel Pattee. David’s Milwaukee Diner and Inter-Urban lounge are open for service. http://www.reverbnation.com/bryanbaker.

Funny Bone presents Pete Lee

December 17, 2014 to December 20, 2014
  • 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 (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...

Iowa Energy vs Grand Rapids

December 19, 2014

The NBA D-League continues to be a springboard for NBA talent as the official minor league of the NBA.There were 149 players with NBA D-League experience on 2013-14 NBA end of season rosters; that represented 33% of all NBA players, an all-time high. Join the Iowa Energy as they enter their new single affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies.  New Energy Head Coach B...


December 12, 2014 to December 21, 2014
  • Location: Grand View University - Viking Theater in the Student Center
  • 2811 East 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: Dec. 12-14; 17-21: 7:30 p.m. (Sundays @ 2 p.m.)
  • Admission: $10 - $15
  • Website

 Kristin Larson directs this talented cast of actors in a limited run of Macbeth. Get your tickets now! Sponsored by the Royal Mile and Tim & Rachel Scheib of CENTURY 21 Signature Real Estate.  

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

December 19, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $51.50 & up
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group's annual tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season come...

Santa Express™

December 19, 2014
  • Venue: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
  • 225 10th Street
  • Boone, IA 50036
  • Times: 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Basic Coach $18; First Class Coach $45
  • Phone: 800-626-0319

Enjoy a one hour plus round trip ride from the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad's Boone Depot to the North Pole. Enroute, you will be served hot chocolate and a cookie, and receive a special gift from Santa himself. Arrive in your pajamas, and enjoy a great adventure! Tickets on sale November 1st - online or by calling 1- (weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm) Fares (per pers...

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.

Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Show

December 19, 2014 to December 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults-Main Floor $37.50; Balcony $32.50; Ages 12 & Under-Main Floor $25; Balcony $20
  • Phone: 515-244-0507
  • Email | Website

Celebrate the holiday season at this popular holiday show. Greg, Mark, Jared, and Shaun have arranged a fantastic a cappella show, fun for any age!

Two From Galilee

December 19, 2014
  • Location: New Hope Assembly of God
  • 4425 70th Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-254-9094
  • Website


Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Night

December 19, 2014
  • Venue: Tassel Ridge Winery
  • 1681 220th Street
  • Leighton, IA 50143
  • Times: 5:30-7:30 p.m.-Pizza served until 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $25 per person, plus tax-Harvest Club Member & 1 Guest Price: $20 per person, plus tax (includes salad, 11-inch pizza, 1 glass of wine, and gratuity).
  • Website

Join us for Wine & Wood Fired Oven Pizza Night. Begin with a House salad made with Romaine, Garbanzo Beans, Black Olives, and Italian Dressing. Then, Chef Frank and his team will prepare an 11-inch individual pizza just for you. Choose a Margherita Pizza, made with Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil; a Pepperoni, Black Olive, and Shredded Mozzarella Pizza; a Prosci...

Winter Solstice Concert

December 19, 2014 to December 20, 2014
  • Location: First Christian Church
  • 2500 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Ticket on sale soon


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...


December 05, 2014 to January 04, 2015

Opening reception: December 5, 7 - 10p.m. all ages welcome! More information on the exhibit: www.desmoinessocialclub.org.

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...

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