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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

Athletic Training Room (ATR) Runner's Club

January 05, 2015 to March 26, 2015
  • Location: The Athletic Training Room
  • 2785 N. Ankeny Blvd., #17
  • Ankeny, IA 50021
  • Times: Mondays 4:45 p.m.; Thursdays 5:15 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-964-5000
  • Website

Runners of all skill levels are invited to participate in free group running. Our goal is to motivate beginner and veteran runners of all ages to train through the harsh Iowa winters. Come train with us and enjoy running with friends and neighbors! Check for updates at: www.ATRrunnersclub.blogspot.com


March 05, 2015

Celebrate Innovation Week CIWEEK6

March 02, 2015 to March 05, 2015
  • Location: Des Moines Area Community College West Campus
  • 5959 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines,
  • Times: See description
  • Admission: Free to Public
  • Website

Monday, March 2, 2015: Kick-off events 6 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Danny Beyer Tuesday, March 3, 2015: Kick-off events 6 p.m. - Keynote Speaker: Tom Eakin Wednesday, March 4, 2015: 8:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions; 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anthony Paustian; 11:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Niall McCann; 12:45 p.m. - Lunch; 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hugh Herr; 6 p.m. ...

Celebrate Innovation Week 2015 - ciWeek

March 02, 2015 to March 06, 2015
  • Location: DMACC West Campus
  • 5959 Grand Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: varies - see website
  • Admission: Free & Open to Public
  • Phone: 515-633-2439
  • Email | Website

A TV star, adventurer, explorer & two Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers all make up the keynote speakers 2015 Celebrate Innovation Week (CiWeek) on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus. The free event runs from March 2 - 6, 2015 & will bring big-name speakers that push the boundaries of their respective fields. The future-foc...

Co-Ed Outdoor Pee Wee Soccer Registration

February 16, 2015 to March 20, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers COED OUTDOOR PEE WEE SOCCER each spring with games played at James W. Cownie Soccer Complex: 3 & 4 year olds play on Tuesdays from 6 - 8pm; 5 & 6 year olds play on Thursdays from 6-8pm. This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere...

Coffee Club - Job Openings

March 05, 2015

A Wellmark representative will be on the Clive campus from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to talk about job openings within the company. There will be coffee, snacks, and a chance to network with professionals within the community. All are welcome to attend.

Drake Women's Basketball vs Bradley

March 05, 2015

FREE Des Moines Tech-Security Conference

March 05, 2015
  • Location: Embassy Suites On the River - Des Moines Hotels
  • 101 E. Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 636-778-9495
  • Email | Website

 The Des Moines Tech-Security Conference features 40- 60 vendor exhibits and several industry experts such as Fortinet, Centrify and Arista discussing current Security Strategy, Mobile Security, Insider Threats and discussions on preventions for ongoing Security Intrusions. This unique conference format will provide educational speaker sessions as well as tremendous networ...

Funny Bone presents Anthony Potmesil

March 04, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • 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

Hypnotist  is often called " The Erotic Hypnotic" - one of the hottest, most risqué and funniest shows touring the country. Show is R-Rated

Gallery Talk - Field, Road, Cloud: Art and Africa

March 05, 2015

Christopher Roy, professor of art history and Elizabeth M. Stanley Faculty Fellow of African Art History at the University of Iowa will present a gallery talk on the exhibition in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery.

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...

In Honor of Dynamic Women

March 05, 2015
  • Venue: Franklin Avenue Library
  • 5000 Franklin Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: 4 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

The annual Dynamic Women celebration will be held at the Forest Avenue Library on Thursday, March 5 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM, recognizing the achievements of four dynamic women from the library community. The Friends of the Forest Avenue Library will host a reception following the ceremony.

Iowa Girls High School State Basketball Tournament

March 02, 2015 to March 07, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Monday,  Mar.  2 10am - 1A  Quarterfinal 11:45am - 1A  Quarterfinal 1:30pm - 1A  Quarterfinal 3:15pm - 1A  Quarterfinal 5pm - 2A  Quarterfinal 6:45pm - 2A  Quarterfinal 8:30pm - 2A  Quarterfinal Tuesday,  Mar.  3 10am - 2A  Quarterfinal 11:45am - 3A  Quarterfinal 1:30pm - 3A  Quarterfinal 3:15p...

Music Series at Salisbury House

March 05, 2015
  • Venue: Salisbury House & Gardens
  • 4025 Tonawanda Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6:45 p.m. Complimentary Wine Reception; Performance 7:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Standard $25; Student $15; Members $22.50
  • Website

Registration Information: A registration list is maintained for guests that purchase tickets online. Event Details - Join us for a musical performance featuring violinist, John Helmich, and pianist, Jin Young Park. Enjoy selections from Mozart, Part, Schnittke and Beethoven.  

Music, Media, and Journalism: Surprisingly Bright Futures

March 05, 2015

Digital technology has transformed music, media, and journalism in very similar ways, though the three once-thriving industries have responded in different ways. During his years as a Rolling Stone columnist and pop music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, UI journalism professor Don McLeese learned what it was like to cover a crumbling industry (major-label music) for another c...

Orchard Place Spelling Bee 2015

March 05, 2015
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • 504 E. Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: varies - fundraiser
  • Phone: 515-287-9605
  • Email | Website

Rowdiness, bribery and shenanigans are the name of this game!  Register your team today to join in the fun of this crazy competition!  Then bring your spelling skills...or just bring money to bribe the judges!  Either way, you can win great prizes, raise money to help Orchard Place children...and have a whole lot of fun while doing it! 

Salisbury House Music Series

March 05, 2015
  • Venue: Salisbury House & Gardens
  • 4024 Tonawanda Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6:45 p.m. wine reception; 7:30 p.m. performance
  • Admission: $25 Adults, $22.50 Members, $15 Students
  • Phone: 515-274-1777
  • Website

Join us for a musical performance featuring violinist, John Helmich, and pianist, Jin Young Park.  Enjoy selections from Mozart, Part, Schnittke and Beethoven. Doors will open at 6:45 pm for a complimentary wine reception.  The performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased at www.salisburyhouse.org or by calling (515) 274-1777.

Speaker Series at Blank Park Zoo - John Calvelli

March 05, 2015
  • Venue: Blank Park Zoo
  • 7401 SW 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: Evening starts 6 p.m; Presentation 7 p.m.
  • Admission: See description for details
  • Website

Has winter got you down? Are you longing to see green leaves on the trees and hear the birds sing once again? We've got the perfect event for you! On the first Thursday of February, March and April, join us for our 2015 Speaker Series at Blank Park Zoo. Each night, we will feature a speaker who is out on the front lines of wildlife conservation, fighting to save some of our wor...

St. Theresa Kindergarten Kickstart

March 05, 2015
  • Location: St. Theresa Catholic School
  • 5810 Cara Carpenter Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-277-0178
  • Email | Website

Does your Kindergartner-to-be love to build and create? Is he/she curious about nature? Is he/she a natural Planner? St. Theresa Catholic School uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum in every classroom with every student in grades pre-K through 8th grade. Plan to attend and experience STEM for yourself and your child. See how STEM curriculum benefits y...

Tour & Tasting

February 05, 2015 to January 30, 2016
  • Venue: Summerset Winery
  • 15101 Fairfax Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: Every Thurs at 3 p.m.; Sat at 1 p.m.; Sun at Noon. Make your reservations online.
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 515-961-3545
  • Website

We are hosting formal tours every Thursday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1p.m. and Sunday at Noon. The price is $20.00 per person and includes: - Cellar Wine Tour - Tasting of Summerset Wines - Cheese Platter - Summerst Logo Wine Glass to take home! - Tours & Tasting is approx 1 hour, but feel free to stay and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck! - Tickets can be purchased ...

Tulips in Bloom

March 05, 2015

You'll enjoy expressionistic brushstrokes and vibrant palette of this painting. The blue tulips POP more than the Blue Man Group against our stylish black and white background

On-Going Events

Adventure Awaits: Victoria Herring, Photographer

February 16, 2015 to April 02, 2015
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Fridays 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Polk County Heritage Gallery is pleased to present "Adventure Awaits - Travel Through the Camera of Victoria Herring. Reception will be held on Friday, February 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. Exhibit will be up through April 2, 2015. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Banana Splits

January 01, 2015 to March 26, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Location: Pioneer Columbus Community Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $2.50 per child
  • Phone: 515-248-6330
  • Website

This program focuses on enhancing your little ones confidence, balance & eye hand coordination. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills & concentration. Children with the aid of their adult companion learn together. It’s for anyone 3 years and older that would benefit from developing better balance, rhythm, muscle coordination, socia...


March 03, 2015 to April 09, 2015 (Every Tuesday, Thursday)
  • Location: ISED Ventures Women's Business Center
  • 8345 University Blvd. Suite F1
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 6 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Admission: $350 (scholarships available)
  • Phone: 515-421-9157
  • Email | Website

In-depth foundation for new entrepreneurs and those in the planning stages. Students will determine feasibility, start-up needs, timeline, and pricing. They will also build skills in financial management, marketing. The instructor will assist the students in writing the business plan. The final product is a business plan draft. Business owners already operating are welcome to...

Comedy Open Mic

November 06, 2014 to April 30, 2015 (Every Thursday)

The Last Laugh Comedy Theater's open mic night allows anyone in the audience to sign up and try their hand at comedy. Stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, funny songs or video, anything comedic is welcomed. Every Thursday, Free.

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