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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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07-29-2014

Special Events

AAU Junior Olympics

July 23, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Passport: $40.00 (6 & under free); Daily Pass: $12.00 (6 & under free)
  • Website

Registration times for certain sports may differ, please check your sport's entry information for specific check-in times. You may only check-in at your sport's designated location. Participants should check-in the day prior to competing. CHECK-IN LOCATIONS: SPORTS: Iowa Events Center: Baton Twirling, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cricket, FOS AllSports Combine, Gymnastics...

Adel Farmers' Market

June 03, 2014 to August 26, 2014
  • Location: Harvey's Floral
  • 611 Nile Kinnick Dr. South
  • Adel, IA 50003
  • Times: 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-993-3916
  • Website

The ever popular Adel Farmers' Market returns for 2014!

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

Botanical Design Series: Edible Floral Arrangements

July 29, 2014

Tap into your inner artist and hone your design skills as part of the new Botanical Design series! This monthly offering features hands-on studio time to create designs inspired by the garden. From floral design to nature weaving, this series celebrates plants as the medium for making great art. Prices include cost of supplies and will vary per class topic throughout th...

Cake Decorating Session 5 Creme Summer Camp for Kids

July 29, 2014 to July 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Cake Decorating: Day 1 – Make frostings and practice decorating on cookies. Day 2 – Design cake, make fondant figures and practice decorating on cupcakes Day 3 – Color and roll out fondant and decorate a 2-tier dummy/foam cake for you to take home. Graduation Ceremony. As seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, voted Cityview best dessert and DSM Magazine's Top B...

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

Final Act Ensemble: Entertaining the Troops, 1943

July 29, 2014

Join us at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 29, for "Entertaining the Troops, 1943." The Playhouse's Final Act Ensemble will recreate a World War II performance for the troops comprised of a series of short, radio shows including "Flash Gordon," "The Lone Ranger," and "My Friend Irma." The radio plays are interspersed with banter between the show...

From Speaker to Receiver Exhibition

June 13, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

From Speaker to Receiver seeks to explore the role of spoken and written communication as a catalyst for social agency in a world radically altered by digital information and social networking. The exhibition specifically looks at how artists use the linguistic transfer of information to address a broad set of issues pertaining to political and religious propaganda, history, ...

GrowIt! Launch Party

July 29, 2014

GrowIt! is an exciting new iPhone application for gardeners. Not only does the application help you find plants that work best in your area, but it also lets you show off your gardening prowess. Join the Botanical Garden and app developers from Ball Horticultural for a fun kickoff event to celebrate this new technology.

Iowa High School Boys State Baseball Tournament

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Cubs
  • 1 Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: see below
  • Admission: Tickets for each session (2 games): $10
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26: Quarterfinals - Class 1A, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Monday, July 28: Quarterfinals - Class 2A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29: Quarterfinals - Class 3A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30: Quarterfinals - Class 4A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31 - Semifinals, Class 1A: Noon &a...

Nitefall on the River: Fitz & the Tantrums w/Max Frost

July 29, 2014

Led by songwriter Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz & the Tantrums brew up a retro sound inspired by Motown and Stax Records. Fitzpatrick initially formed the Tantrums as a neo-soul solo project, having purchased an old church organ, and found that it helped inspire his songwriting. While recording a solo EP, he recruited an old college friend, James King, to add horn arrangement...

Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair

July 29, 2014
  • Venue: Central Library
  • 1000 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have been involved in that unique August experience. Join Mary Kay Shanley in a discussion of the book's best tales and share some of your own. Bring your lunch and then sample some State Fair-style snacks!

YWRC- Sister's of Summer

July 28, 2014 to August 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The Young Women's Resource Center
  • 818 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-4901
  • Email | Website

A free week long program for girls going into 9th-12th grade! We'll be talking about self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, reproductive health, and empowerment. We have lots of fun activities planned and can even provide transportation for the girls.

On-Going Events

Botanical Details

July 05, 2014 to August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Local painter Jerri Ross presents a series of plant paintings from a unique point of view as executed in watercolor and gouache media. The exhibit celebrates Jerri's excitement and fascination with plants and their diversity of colors, patterns, anatomical symmetry and chaotic growth. Jerri's art is influenced by her experiences as an architectural designer and travels abroad. ...

Conversations & Coffee

June 24, 2014 to July 29, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Venue: Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

English-learning adults and community members wishing to share their local knowledge are invited to come together for English conversation and light refreshments. Come to the Forest Avenue Library on Tuesdays. For information, contact Ashley Molzen at armolzen@dmpl.org.

Influence: How To Achieve Winning Outcomes

July 29, 2014 to July 30, 2014
  • Venue: Tero International
  • 1840 NW 118th, Suite 107
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $695 ($625 per person for active military and SHRM, ASTD and IABI members)
  • Phone: 5152212318ext214
  • Email | Website

Influence: How To Achieve Winning Outcomes A two-day workshop on building the skills that lead to influencing winning outcomes. Registration fee includes: expert workshop facilitation for two days by two highly-skilled Tero trainers, participant materials (useful resource manual), complimentary subscription to Tero's monthly eZine (electronic magazine) and complimentary a...

National Balloon Classic 2014

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: National Ballon Classic Launch Field
  • 1601 N Jefferson Way
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: All day
  • Admission: varies (see website)
  • Phone: 515-961-8415
  • Website

Mark your calendars and join us for fun family entertainment at the 2014 National Balloon Classic!   FYI: The National Balloon Classic property is now Smoke Free. Iowa's Smoke Free Air Act became effective July, 2008 making our property No Smoking. No pets, coolers, food, or drink allowed.

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Open House

June 10, 2014 to August 26, 2014 (Every Tuesday)

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is expanding its FREE public hours! Now open to all on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with Wednesdays and Thursdays reserved for pre-booked group tours! Come explore our beautiful artwork, architecture, stories and educational exhibits! www.worldfoodprize.org/visit

07-30-2014

Special Events

AAU Junior Olympics

July 23, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Greater Des Moines and Iowa City
  • Times: See description below
  • Admission: Passport: $40.00 (6 & under free); Daily Pass: $12.00 (6 & under free)
  • Website

Registration times for certain sports may differ, please check your sport's entry information for specific check-in times. You may only check-in at your sport's designated location. Participants should check-in the day prior to competing. CHECK-IN LOCATIONS: SPORTS: Iowa Events Center: Baton Twirling, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cricket, FOS AllSports Combine, Gymnastics...

Cake Decorating Session 5 Creme Summer Camp for Kids

July 29, 2014 to July 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Cake Decorating: Day 1 – Make frostings and practice decorating on cookies. Day 2 – Design cake, make fondant figures and practice decorating on cupcakes Day 3 – Color and roll out fondant and decorate a 2-tier dummy/foam cake for you to take home. Graduation Ceremony. As seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, voted Cityview best dessert and DSM Magazine's Top B...

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

From Speaker to Receiver Exhibition

June 13, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)

From Speaker to Receiver seeks to explore the role of spoken and written communication as a catalyst for social agency in a world radically altered by digital information and social networking. The exhibition specifically looks at how artists use the linguistic transfer of information to address a broad set of issues pertaining to political and religious propaganda, history, ...

Funny Bone presents George Kanter

July 30, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Funny Bone Comedy Club
  • 560 S. Prairie View Dr., Suite 100
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: see website
  • Admission: see website for details
  • Phone: 515-270-2100
  • Website

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....

Iowa High School Boys State Baseball Tournament

July 25, 2014 to August 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Iowa Cubs
  • 1 Line Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: see below
  • Admission: Tickets for each session (2 games): $10
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Friday, July 25 & Saturday, July 26: Quarterfinals - Class 1A, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Monday, July 28: Quarterfinals - Class 2A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29: Quarterfinals - Class 3A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30: Quarterfinals - Class 4A, Noon, 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31 - Semifinals, Class 1A: Noon &a...

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