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Greater Des Moines Events



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-Hour Sew-A-Thon

September 19, 2014
  • Location: Meredith Corporation
  • 1716 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50323
  • Times: Fri 3 p.m. - Sat 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-284-3339
  • Email | Website

You’re invited to join American Patchwork & Quilting in the first ever One Million Pillowcase Challenge 24 Hour Sew-a-thon. Join us for twenty four hours of sewing, door prizes and fun! Pillowcases will be donated to local charities. No sewing experience necessary. FREE entry and all supplies provided! Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to sign up at our website.

6th Annual Sporting Clays Event

September 19, 2014
  • Location: New Pioneer Gun Club
  • 31454 312th Place
  • Waukee, IA 50263
  • Times: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Admission: n/a
  • Website

Event that supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Iowa!

711 Theatre Project

September 19, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Grand View University Viking Theatre
  • 2811 E 14th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50316
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - www.711theatre.com
  • Phone: 515-771-7766
  • Website

The 711 Theatre Project gives teams just seven days to create 11-minute plays from scratch. They're given a prop, a character and a line of dialogue and they take it from there!

Animal Blessings on the Autumn Equinox

September 19, 2014
  • Location: Unity of Des Moines
  • 414 31st Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 6. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free will donation
  • Phone: 515-493-6409
  • Email | Website

Bring your beloved Pets to receive a Divine Healing Hands Blessing in honor St. Francis of Assisi Day which occurs every Autumn. Also, animal communicators will be offering pet readings for those in need. More details to come about the cost of the readings. Divine Healing Hands Are God’s Soul Light Hands released to help humanity, animals, nature and more in Mother Earth&...

Art in the Barn

September 19, 2014
  • Location: Simpson Barn
  • 6169 Northglenn Drive
  • Johnston, IA 50131
  • Times: 5.30 to 8.30 p.m.
  • Admission: $20
  • Phone: 515-278-5233
  • Email | Website

Local artists feature in art show at historic Simpson Barn in Johnston. Annual fundraiser with live jazz, appetizers, wines and boutique beers - and showcasing outstanding local artists. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Johnston Public Library. Tickets can be purchased online - see link below.

Beaverdale Fall Festival

September 19, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Beaverdale
  • Beaver & Urbandale Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Times: Fri 5 - 11 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: n/a
  • Website

Be sure to mark your calendar for the Beaverdale Fall Festival which will be held Friday, September 19 & Saturday, September 20! There will be all kinds of events including: carnival rides, food/drink vendors, merchandise sales, live music, parade & FIREWORKS! For a complete schedule of events: www.fallfestival.org.

Bike Down to I Town

September 19, 2014
  • Location: Indianola Downtown Square
  • 115 N Howard Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 6 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-961-6269
  • Website

The Midwest's Largest Bike Nights! 3rd Friday each month - April through September - from 6 - 10 p.m. Indianola Bike Night draws motorcycle enthusiasts and visitors from around the Midwest. Located in our unique town square, this family friendly event draws up to 6,000 bikes and crowds of over 10,000. Includes live music, food & motorcycle exhibits. MAY 16: Cr...

Day out with Thomas

September 13, 2014 to September 21, 2014
  • Venue: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
  • 225 10th Street
  • Boone, IA 50036
  • Times: See website for times
  • Admission: Tickets $19 per person, age two and up. Fri $17 per person, age two and up.
  • Website

Day Out With ThomasTM is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank EngineTM at regional heritage railroads across the country. Thomas trains depart every hour on the hour...Friday:  12:00pm until 5:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am until 5:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am until 4:00pm

Electrify Des Moines

September 19, 2014

Des Moines, get ready for one of the WILDEST EDM events to ever hit Iowa. For the first time, we are taking the Brenton Skating Plaza by storm and turning it into an ELECTRIFIED party. Think TOP notch lighting production, a banging sound system, and some of the best DJs around.

Funny Bone presents Untamed Shrews

September 17, 2014 to September 20, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • 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

Tickets/more information: http://www.funnybonedm.com/.

Martini Fest

September 19, 2014
  • Venue: West Glen Town Center
  • 5465 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 260
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $20; tickets online www.dmcityview.com
  • Website

Cityview, UV Vodka and West Glen are pleased to bring Martini Fest back to West Glen Town Center on Friday, Sept. 19 from 5-9 p.m. For a ticket price of $20, attendees will receive 10 tickets that can be redeemed at each participating martini stop for a sample size martini. Locations include nightclubs and restaurants at West Glen Town Center. Jump on complementary golf carts f...

MCC55: Champions

September 19, 2014

In just over one month, the Midwest’s most popular promotion will return to Hy-Vee Hall with another explosive mixed martial arts event. MCC 55: “Champions” features five title bouts with some of the most exciting up and coming and veteran fighters in the game today.  For Tickets: http://bit.ly/1pe8Rgk.    

Monster Jam @ Knoxville Raceway

September 19, 2014
  • Venue: Knoxville Raceway
  • 1000 N Lincoln Street
  • Knoxville, IA 50138
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 - $20 advance; +$2 day of show; Gold Circle $30
  • Website

Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam! Kids 2-12 need a ticket. 7:30 pm Gold Circle Tickets All Seats $30 For more information: http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com/.  

Moonlight Through the Trees @ Pinot's Palette

September 19, 2014
  • Location: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $35 per painter
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Email | Website

Emerald skies and the Romantic moonlight sparkling through the trees! Sign up now for this class at: http://www.pinotspalette.com/.

Parranderos Latin Combo

September 19, 2014
  • Location: East Village Outdoor Piano
  • E. 4th & E. Grand
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

City Sounds, which installed pianos two locations in downtown Des Moines in July, is organizing a few end-of-season concerts. The Gateway Piano is located in front of the Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Ave. The East Village Piano is at East Fourth Street and East Grand Avenue, diagonal from Zombie Burger. Here are the concerts: Parranderos Latin Combo, 6-7 p.m. ...

Pioneer in Foil Imaging: The Art of Kimberlee Rocca Exhibit

September 15, 2014 to October 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Polk County Heritage Gallery
  • 111 Court Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-286-2242
  • Website

Reception will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the gallery. Exhibit will be up from September 15 - October 30. For more information: www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org.

Pop-Up Boutique General Shopping

September 16, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Des Moines Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: Tues, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun Noon - 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

Discover fashion steals from some of the finest closets in town at the Art Center's pop-up boutique: Eliel's Closet, named after Eliel Saarinen, the architect who designed the original 1948 Art Center building. Eliel's Closet is part of ART MEETS FASHION, a line-up of events inspired by the Art Center's major exhibition Warhol and Halston: Silver & Suede. Volunteers ...

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

September 12, 2014 to November 15, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Rex Mathes Auditorium
  • 1401 Vine Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265`
  • Times: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $15
  • Website

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] - All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has been revised for 2014. This irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays features madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride. &nb...

The Phantom of the Opera

September 10, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)

Following an acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will return to Des Moines as part of a brand new US National Tour. Hailed as "stunning, intense and spectacular" by the Sunday Express, this production features a brilliant new design...

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

September 18, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 9th and Cherry Streets
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Thurs, Fri & Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: $15 - $30
  • 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...

Wine & Canvas

September 19, 2014
  • Location: Okoboji Grill
  • 8481 Birchwood Ct.
  • Johnston, IA 50131
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 515-829-0661
  • Email | Website

A Wine & Canvas event is a fun, social, group setting, with a local artist to guide you step-by-step in replicating the night's featured painting. By the end of the event, you will create a fabulous piece of artwork! It's art entertainment at its finest! Leave your cares at the door and dive into the paint party! The $35 includes the artist, canvas, paint, brushes, ea...

World Food & Music Festival

September 19, 2014 to September 21, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Walnut Street Bridge
  • Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free to attend; Vendors will have $1 tasting options & up
  • Phone: 515-286-4906
  • Email | Website

The 2014 World Food & Music Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21 at a new location: the Walnut Street Bridge, downtown! Now in its 10th year, the World Food & Music Festival has grown steadily as Iowa’s top celebration of diverse food traditions and rich cultural network. The event is free to the public, with reasonably-pric...

On-Going Events

A City at Work

September 18, 2014 to October 19, 2014

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 thr...

Book & Gift Fair

September 18, 2014 to September 19, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Capital Square Atrium
  • 400 Locust Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Thurs 10 - 3 p.m.; Fri 9 - 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Website

We bring the store to you! 30-70% off retail prices! Special offer: purchase a wireless speaker tower for just $69.99 after instant $50 rebate! These speakers retail for $160.00 - limited quantities available.

Central Iowa Textile Show

August 05, 2014 to September 26, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Location: Ankeny Art Center
  • 1520 SW Ordinance Rd
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Times: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-965-0940
  • Email | Website

Exhibit at Ankeny Art Center

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