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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

Animal Tracks: After School Enrichment Series

February 26, 2015
  • Venue: Greenwood Park
  • 4500 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Admission: $5
  • Phone: 515-248-6369
  • Email | Website

Designed for kids grades K-3, we will start indoors learning about animal tracks and what they can tell us about the animals that made them. We will work as a group to decipher a mystery and everyone will create some tracks of their own. The last part of the class will be outside hiking Greenwood Park looking for the tracks of animals that might live there. Be prepared to go ou...

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

Book Worms

February 26, 2015
  • Location: Cafe Diem
  • 2005 S Ankeny Blvd, Ste 800
  • Ankeny,
  • Times: 7 - 8:30 p.m. - pre-registration required
  • Admission: $5 includes coffee and cookies
  • Website

Join our book club with PCC Naturalist, Heidi Anderson, for an engaging discussion once a month. This month we'll be discussing Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams. Pre-registration required; deadline is February 23. Fee: $5, includes coffee and cookies. Sponsored by the Great Outdoors Foundation. To register, click here.

Bowl for Kids' Sake- YP Night

February 26, 2015

Join us for Young Professionals Night at Bowl for Kids' Sake! This is a great way to meet other YPs and to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. Register today: http://bbbsia.kintera.org/bowlforkids2015. At the event, you will receive 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, a t-shirt & chances to win prizes!

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...

Funny Bone presents Reno Collier

February 25, 2015 to February 28, 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

A former P.E. teacher, West Virginia native Reno Collier has endeared himself to a wide range of audiences from college students to church softball teams. With a contagious laugh and friendly, almost intoxicating demeanor, Reno's observations often find him recalling mishaps of his West Virginia cousins, his Scottish heritage, unruly in-laws and alien abductions. Reno's journ...

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...

Kabbalah, Language & Transcendental Mysteries

February 26, 2015
  • Venue: Drake University - Olmstead Center
  • 2875 University Ave.
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Free & open to Public
  • Email | Website

Steven Katz, Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Chair of Jewish & Holocaust Studies at Boston University, will deliver a lecture on Judaism as part of the Comparison Project lecture series at Drake University.

Lecture – “The Departure of the Argonaut: Prints by Francesco Clemente”

February 26, 2015

Join Curator of Prints and Drawings, Amy N. Worthen for a casual discussion and Q & A on the exhibition “The Departure of the Argonaut: Prints by Francesco Clemente.” Francesco Clemente’s double-spread lithographs for The Departure of the Argonaut comprise one of the most visually compelling artist’s books produced during the second half of the 20th ...

Note by Note Documentary Screening

February 26, 2015
  • Location: West Music Piano Gallery
  • 3304 100th Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-278-1000
  • Email | Website

The most thoroughly handcrafted instruments in the world, Steinway pianos are as unique & full of personality as the world-class musicians who play them. However, their makers are a dying breed: skilled cabinetmakers, gifted tuners, thorough hand-crafters. Note By Note is a feature-length independent documentary that follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand, #L103...

Pippin: Willis Broadway Series

February 24, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Des Moines Civic Center
  • 221 Walnut Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Tues - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: TBA
  • Phone: 515-246-2300
  • Website

 PIPPIN is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago... the show the New York Times declared "ASTONISHING.  A PIPPIN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY." It won the Tony Award for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! With a beloved score by Tony nominee STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (GODSPELL, WICKED), PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying j...

Studying for a Test? Try the Homework Hideout!

February 02, 2015 to February 26, 2015
  • Venue: Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Times: 3 - 5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free

If you need a place to study, consider a trip to the Forest Avenue Library. The Homework Hideout is available for students in grades four through twelve. It is open Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 5 PM. This quiet space has been outfitted with Internet access, limited free color printing, and some commonly-needed school supplies. Community mentors are on hand to encourage...

This New House Promotion

January 19, 2015 to February 27, 2015

One lucky winner will walk away with $10,000 for a home makeover! Pick up your daily entry and earn additional entries by playing throughout the promotion. Qualifier drawings every Wednesday at 7pm - must be present to win! Qualifiers have chance at cash prizes and gift cards from great stores like Lowe's and Homemakers! Grand Prize drawing Friday, Feb. 27 at ...

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 ...

Village Cooperative Lunch & Learn

February 26, 2015
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn
  • 205 S. 64th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-505-7321
  • Email | Website

Village Cooperative Lunch & Learn

Women on the Go Social Run

December 18, 2014 to February 26, 2015
  • Location: Fleet Feet Sports
  • 521 E Locust
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 5:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 515-323-3338
  • Website

Girls Night Out! All levels are welcomed to come walk or run with Fleet Feet Des Moines.

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.

Art Exhibition

February 23, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-244-0507
  • Website

The Des Moines Women'a Club is hosting our 107th Annual Art Exhibition. Artwork by Central Iowa artists is available for viewing and purchase.

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...

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.

Conversations and Coffee

February 12, 2015 to February 26, 2015 (Every Thursday)
  • Venue: Des Moines North Side Library
  • 3516 5th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-283-4152
  • Email | Website

Beginning in February, English language learners will have two weekly opportunities to enjoy a cup of coffee while practicing their new language. Come to Forest Avenue Library on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and to North Side Library on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. Both programs are open to all levels of English speakers.

Drake Theatre Presents "The American Plan"

February 26, 2015 to March 01, 2015 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpenter Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: Thurs-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $5; Students/Seniors; Students/Seniors $1 with Drake I.D.

Drake University's theatre department presents a student-directed production of "The American Plan" by Richard Greenberg. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, $1 with Drake I.D. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office made either in person, by calling 515-271-3841 or by visiting http://drake.edu/theatre/productions/fineartsboxoffice...

Free Meditation Classes- Sahaja Yoga

January 28, 2015 to June 25, 2015 (Every Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Location: Various Public Libraries
  • Times: 3 p.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 312-919-3801
  • Email | Website

Free meditation clases are held every saturday in alternate libraries across Des moines area. Please check the meetup link for venue

Historic Home Tours - Meet the Flynn’s: A Guided Mansion Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; One hour program
  • Admission: $8 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 or over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

Historic Home Tours - Victorian Domestic Spaces Tour

January 03, 2015 to April 26, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Two and a half hour program
  • Admission: $12 per person (fee required for everyone aged 2 and over) Reservations required
  • Phone: (515)278-5286 x 158
  • Email | Website

Explore historic architecture, domestic life, and all of the elements that made a house a home over the past 300 years with a guided group tour through one of our many historic buildings. Reservations required 30 days in advance. Schedules are based on availability. Group Minimum of 10, Group Maximum of 25. To check availability or if you have questions, email kgetting@LHF.or...

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