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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

Art Exhibit: Tanya Lichinsky

April 03, 2014 to April 26, 2014
  • Location: The Great Frame Up - West Glen
  • 5515 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste #150
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-226-2310
  • Email | Website

Art Exhibit featuring the landscapes of Tanya Lichinsky. For more information:

Early Bird Season Pool Passes On Sale

April 01, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 2014 purchase your season pool passes online starting April 1 at 8:00am. Early Bird pass rates are available from April 1-April 30. Individual - Early Bird: $40, Regular: $45 First two in family - Early Bird: $75, Regular: $80 First three in family - Early Bird: $100, Regular: $110 First four in family - Early Bird: $120, Regular: $140

Easter Event at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

April 12, 2014 to April 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Bass Pro Shops
  • 1000 Bass Pro Drive Northwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Varies, see description

Our popular Easter event is back! Kids get a free 4x6 Photo with the Easter Bunny on Saturdays & Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday – Thursday, April 14-17: 6-8 p.m., Friday – April 18: 2-7 p.m. Easter Egg Hunt on Saturdays and Sundays, April 12-13 & 19-20 ONLY, beginning promptly at 2 p.m. and lasting one hour. Ages 2-10 only please. F...

Educator Appreciation Days

April 12, 2014 to April 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Barnes & Noble
  • 4550 University Avenue
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Store hours
  • Admission: n/a
  • Phone: 515-221-9171
  • Email | Website

Educator Appreciation Days are April 12-20. PreK to 12 educators receive 25% off classroom and personal purchases, including movies, music and tech gear. Storewide events. Enter to win a NOOK or a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.


April 18, 2014 to April 19, 2014
  • Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium
  • 1401 Vine Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. each night
  • Admission: $15 in advance / $18 at the door - mature audiences
  • Phone: 515-505-3504
  • Website

One morning when her roommates are out, a strange man barges into Marjorie's house. He claims to be looking for a friend named Joe, but it is soon clear that he has come for more sinister reasons. After having subdued her attacker, Marjorie finds her roommates have returned to find the shocking and horrifying sight, and a debate ensues as to how to deal with the would-be rapi...

Funny Bone presents Sandman the Hypnotist

April 16, 2014 to April 19, 2014
  • 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

Women were crying their makeup off and people's face and sides were aching as they watched THE SANDMAN get people from the audience on stage and make them do things they couldn't believe! Maybe you or one of your friends will be the next star of the show! From Nashville, TN to stages throughout the U.S. and with over 30 years of stage performances, THE SANDMAN has been dub...

George Strait - The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

April 18, 2014

George Strait - The Cowboy Rides Away Tour - Strait, who recently renewed his record deal with MCA Records during a celebration at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, will continue to record new music and play select dates around the country following the completion of the tour. The Cowboy Rides Away Tour will offer fans a final opportunity to see Strait's live show fil...

Hotel Pattee Music - Ron Burchett

April 18, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Tickets not required/ Tips for the musicians encouraged
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music at the Hotel Pattee every Friday and Saturday.  Events vary, check website for details. Ride to the Hotel Pattee enjoy dinner, drinks and live music.    

Inspired Locally Health & Wellness Expo

April 18, 2014 to April 19, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Adventure Land Palace Theater
  • 305 34th Ave. NW
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Times: Fri: 5 - 10 p.m.; Sat: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Admission: $10
  • Phone: 515-277-0388
  • Email | Website

You don't want to miss the Inspired Locally Health & Wellness Expo. Our Health & Wellness Expo will be at the Adventure Land Event Center where you can hear from Experts on ways to improve our lifestyles, live longer, better & happier. Order tickets via Eventbrite at:

Iowa Cubs vs New Orleans

April 18, 2014

Jean-Marie Salem Project @ Mars Cafe

April 18, 2014
  • Location: Mars Cafe
  • 2318 University Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Email | Website

Jean-Marie Salem will play a solo, acoustic show at Mars Cafe's Sound Rover Series.

Jesper Just: This is a Landscape of Desire

March 06, 2014 to May 25, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Jesper Just (born 1974, Copenhagen, Denmark) has won international acclaim for his visually beguiling videos. Preferring a process more aligned with the cinematic to a low-fi aesthetic or documentary one, Just creates choreographed and grand works of art. His productions make use of mesmerizing elements of grand landscape painting as well as a hypersensitive and acute portr...

Joe Bonamassa

April 18, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Admission: Ticketmaster $82.15 - $112.85

Bonamassa has been lauded as one of the world's greatest guitarists and he is fast evolving into a full-blown truly charismatic and mesmerizing blues-rock star, as well as a singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. Joe currently has ELEVEN #1 Albums on the Billboard Blues Chart. To support his most Recent DVD/BLURAY Release "Tour De Force - Live In L...

Jon Wayne & The Pain, Mighty Shady and Fuzzy Logic

April 18, 2014
  • Venue: Wooly's
  • 504 E Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Doors 8 p.m.; Show 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
  • Phone: 515-979-3950
  • Email | Website

Until the release of "Surrender", their sometimes sinister combination of organic drums and guitar with electronic bass and synths could only be heard if fans could catch the band's live act in clubs and festivals around the U.S. or sift through bootleg uploads on Youtube. Their third full length album is full of electronic instrumentals that build from entrasic dub l...

Kool & The Gang

April 18, 2014

Fresh from their Lifetime Achievement honors and revered second only in the R&B rap genre to the meteoric James Brown, Kool & the Gang comes to The Meadows Events & Conference Center leading a weekend of ‘Celebration' on Friday, April 18. The group has been performing continuously for the past 35 years, longer than any R&B group in history while amassing...

Let's Talk About Sex: Outreach Event

April 18, 2014

The Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa is presenting this outreach event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the 4th Street Theatre/Java Joes on April 18, from 6-8pm. The event will be an open mic/spoken word/poetry slam about sexual violence & prevention. Kids from the RunDSM/Movement 515 will perform their slams & the program will also include sex...

Living History Farms at Dawn

April 18, 2014
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 6:30 a.m.
  • Admission: $20 pp; $18 for members; June 13 only $27
  • Website

Friday, April 18 at 6:30 am - Walnut Hill; Friday, June 13 at 5:00 am - Walnut Hill; Friday, October 17 at 6:30 am - 1900 Farm. Living History Farms at Dawn offers photographers, artists, bird watchers, and early risers the chance to experience Living History Farms in a different light, when we are not open to the public. Space is limited and is available only to guests 18 and ...

Max Wellman

April 18, 2014
  • Location: Bistro Montage
  • 2724 Ingersoll Avenue
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 9 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $20

Mayor's Annual Ride & Run for Trails

April 18, 2014
  • Location: Des Moines City Hall
  • 400 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Ankeny, IA
  • Times: 10 a.m.
  • Admission: See description
  • Phone: 515-237-1386
  • Website

On April 19th, join the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department for the 2014 Mayor's annual Ride for Trails. RAGBRAI and The Des Moines Register will continue as co-sponsors of the ride, which helps improve, maintain and hi-light Des Moines's recreational trail system. Mayor T. M. Franklin Cownie will lead the ride assisted by The Register's own Dream Team. In addition to t...

Pump It Up Easter Egg Hunt

April 18, 2014
  • Location: Pump It Up of Urbandale
  • 4069 121st St
  • Urbandale, IA
  • Times: 10 -11:30 a.m. and 4:45-6:15 p.m.
  • Admission: $10/child, Adults are FREE
  • Phone: 515-270-5017
  • Email | Website

Come out and join us to bounce like bunnies and find all the eggs the bunny has hidden in the inflatables! Find the eggs and everyone gets a gift bag! Only $10/child and adults are free! Sign up today, spots fill up fast! Register online at:

Swim Lesson Registration Opens

April 01, 2014 to May 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

In 2014, register for swim lessons online. To get the class you want, go online and sign up starting Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00am. Click below for session dates and times. http://stage/Departments/Parks/PDF/Aquatics031314.pdf

The Crucible

April 17, 2014 to April 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Social Club Kum & Go Theater
  • 900 Mulberry St
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: Thurs, Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $22-$25 Adults; $19 Seniors; $12 Students; Group Rates also Available
  • Website

Considered a central work in the canon of American Drama, join us as RTI and Des Moines Onstage Children's Theater present Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, a journey back to the late 1600's and the Salem witch trials of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Winner of the Tony for best play in 1953, The Crucible creates a powerful picture of what blind accusation and corruption can...

Toon'd In: After Dark Exhibit

April 18, 2014
  • Location: The Fremont
  • 1030 E. 9th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-974-7864
  • Email

Toon'd In: After Dark: A Grown-up, cartoon-inspired art show!

On-Going Events

Art Show: Charlotte Hamity

April 08, 2014 to April 27, 2014 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Location: First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
  • 1800 Bell Ave
  • Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Times: M - F, 1-5 p.m.; Sun, 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Admission: free
  • Phone: 244-8603

Charlotte Hamity Art Show

Barns, Bison & Bonnets

March 17, 2014 to April 30, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Venue: Urbandale Public Library
  • 3520 86th Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: Mon- Thurs 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 402-515-0921
  • Email | Website

Selected work from the portfolio of Iowa oil painter Michael Wilson. Wilson’s barn paintings are up-close, intimate and solemn, placing emphasis on how light and shadow affects the iconic architecture. Wilson’s bison paintings feature the bison at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge east of Des Moines and the bonnets feature historical interpreters from Living H...

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