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10-24-2014

Special Events

Ballet Des Moines Presents 3 + One: A Triple Bill

October 24, 2014 (Recurring every 3 days)
  • Venue: Hoyt Sherman Place
  • 1501 Woodland Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 8 p.m, Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
  • Admission: Adults $42.50; Kids/Students (18 & Under) $27.50
  • Phone: 515-244-0507
  • Email | Website

Ballet Des Moines Presents 3 + One: A Triple Bill is Ballet Des Moines' third annual fall production, featuring four short ballets in one spectacular evening of dance. Ballet Des Moines' own artistic director, Serkan Usta, along with guest choreographers Ma Cong & Gillmer Duran, will each present ballets featuring the company's own professional dancers. A bonus piec...

Cabaret

October 24, 2014 to November 02, 2014
  • Venue: Des Moines Social Club
  • 900 Mulberry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 10/24-25: 10 p.m.; 10/31-31 & 11/1-2: 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $18
  • Website

"Cabaret" takes over the Des Moines Social Club's Basement Bar beginning Friday, October 24, turning the newly opened space into a den of booze, sex & all the other things your parents warned you against. The Des Moines Onstage production starts at 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday (October 24-25); 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. $18, p...

Dracula Evermore: Diaries of the Undead

October 24, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday)
  • Location: Fourth Street Theater
  • 216 4th Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Fri 8 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $14
  • Phone: 1.515.244.2771
  • Website

Celebrate the season with Gothic Masters Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe at a series of parties and intimate, salon-style theatre held in Victorian mansions and other historic venues across the Metro. From the theatre-experience experts—the Iowa Shakespeare Experience--comes a professional production of an original two-act play: "Dracula Evermore, Diaries of the Un...

Drake Theatre Presents Student Theatre Showcase

October 24, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Drake University - Harmon Fine Arts
  • 2505 Carpetner Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Times: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 for adults; $3 for students/seniors; $1 with Drake I.D.

Drake University theatre students will present their showcase.

Elephant @ Pinot's Palette

October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Pinot's Palette
  • 900 42nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50312
  • Times: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: $35
  • Phone: 515-277-7651
  • Website

Maybe you collect animals, enjoy visiting the zoo or just have a love for Elephants. No matter the reason, you'll have a blast painting this regal elephant with its bright colors and whimsical brush strokes.

Fall Shopping Event

October 10, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Every Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Minerals By Bee Boutique & Beauty Salon
  • 415 5th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Times: 2 - 6 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays thru Oct. 31
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-954-7488
  • Email | Website

Fall Shopping Event at Minerals by Bee! Fun, games, refreshments and more...come check us out!

Family Halloween

October 23, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Living History Farms
  • 11121 Hickman Road
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5.50/Person Advance; $6/Person @ Door; Discount for Members; Ages 2 & Under Free
  • Phone: 515-278-5286
  • Email | Website

October 18, 19, & 23-26 & 30, 31 Horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roast, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays delight all during this non-scary family event. Children aged 12 and under trick or treat through town, and we'll have free pop and popcorn for all. www.LivingHistoryFarms.org

Fireside Music with Curry Harter & Tom Gary

October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Hotel Pattee
  • 1112 Willis Avenue
  • Perry, IA 50220
  • Times: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Admission: Free, Tips welcomed
  • Phone: 515-465-3511
  • Email | Website

Live music fireside at the Hotel Pattee 7-10pm. No covers. tips appreciated.

Funny Bone presents John Caparulo

October 23, 2014 to October 25, 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

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

Gay's Night Out

October 24, 2014
  • Location: Glazed Expressions
  • 8826 Swanson Blvd
  • Clive,
  • Times: 6 - 9 p.m.
  • Admission: Reservations strongly suggested - seating limited
  • Phone: 515-224-4700

BYOB - Giveaways - costume welcomed. Jupiter Phuckit, special hostess

Goatwhore Heavy Metal Band

October 24, 2014
  • Location: Vaudeville Mews
  • 212 Fourth Street
  • Des Moines,
  • Times: 5 p.m.
  • Admission: $14 advance; $16 at door
  • Website

New Orleans heavy metal band

Historic Dinners at Tangen and 1900 Farm

October 15, 2014 to March 29, 2015

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...

Hollywood Halloween

October 24, 2014

12th Annual Hollywood Halloween is the Des Moines Playhouse's signature fundraising event, and Des Moines' premier costume party. Proceeds benefit children's theatre and education programs. The evening will include: Dramatic dishes by Catering DM Dancing to Final Mix Unique silent auction packages Costume Contest and much more!

Iowa Wild vs Charlotte Checkers

October 24, 2014

The Iowa Wild regular season is presented by Mercy Medical Center. Season tickets to see the Wild play at Wells Fargo Arena start at just $9 per game. For more information on tickets, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to www.iowawild.com/.

Last Laugh

October 21, 2014 to December 20, 2014
  • Venue: Last Laugh Comedy Theater
  • 1701 25th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Times: Tues Trivia 8 p.m.; Wed Improv 8 p.m.; Fri & Sat Improv 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
  • Admission: Tues & Wed Free; Fri & Sat $14
  • Website

Full bar, good food, big laughs

Mama's Black Sheep @ Ritual Cafe

October 24, 2014
  • Location: Ritual Cafe
  • 1301 Locust St.
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 at the door
  • Phone: 443-629-3800
  • Email | Website

Nationally touring Baltimore based duo Mama’s Black Sheep makes their first appearance at Ritual Café. For Mama’s Black Sheep, this show is the third night of a five day Midwest Tour. Ritual Café is a cozy coffee shop in the Western Gateway which boasts an excellent selection of vegetarian food and the best cup of Joe in town! Mama’s Black Sheep ...

Merry Not Scary Halloween Hike

October 24, 2014
  • Location: Four Mile Community Center
  • 3711 Easton Boulevard
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: 6:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $2
  • Phone: 248-6359
  • Website

You will love this "Merry not Scary" outdoor walk on the trail at Four Mile Community Center themed Nature's Web. Along the trail, walkers will meet costumed characters that have an educational and fun not scary story to share. Learn about the Garden Spider and Little Miss Muffet as they inform and entertain you outside, then join us inside the community center for ...

Not So Scary Jump

October 24, 2014
  • Location: Pump It Up
  • 4069 121st Street
  • Urbandale, IA 50322
  • Times: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 advance; $12 at Door
  • Phone: 515-270-5017
  • Email | Website

Where a haunted house meets a bounce house! Our not so scary jump is perfect for any age! Come in and play in the decorated arenas, get your fortune told, see the mad scientist, and get a glitter tattoo while you're here! It will be loads of fun and end the night right with a fun-filled halloween goodie bag to take home with you!

Owl Prowl

October 24, 2014
  • Venue: Thomas Mitchell Park
  • 10509 NE 46th Ave
  • Mitchellville, IA 50169
  • Times: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Website

Join a naturalist for a lively campfire program to learn about owls. After a discussion about these flying predators of the night, we will go for a hike and learn  how to call three different owl species.     .

Rocktober Party

October 24, 2014

get amped to throw up your rock horns, squeal on your air guitar, and crowd surf your way to the best local eats, drinks, tunes, and fun in des moines. best of all?  it's all free. come as you are, or dress like up like a rock star for prizes! you won't need backstage passes for this shindig. just rsvp on website. we are also rocking this event for run dsm - rundsm is a yo...

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park

October 23, 2014 to October 26, 2014
  • Location: Scream Park @Sleepy Hollow
  • 4951 Dean Ave
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Times: Opens at 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $20 - $26
  • Phone: 515-262-4100
  • Website

Each October, Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in Des Moines, Iowa transforms it's Festival Park event center into one of the Midwest's largest haunted attractions. It features three haunted houses, two haunted walks, a 3-D gallery, a fog maze, marshmallow roasts, live music, and a selection of food and merchandise vendors to keep the brave visitors entertained during the evening. ...

The Ultimate Haunted House

October 24, 2014 to November 01, 2014
  • Location: White Water
  • 5401 E University Avenue
  • Pleasant Hill,
  • Times: Fri - Sat 7 - Midnight; Sun - Weekdays 7 -10 p.m.
  • Admission: $15; VIP Pass $20

Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit

October 10, 2014 to April 12, 2015

Starting October 10, a new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit opens featuring 12 fully animated exotic dinosaurs.  Many of the dinosaurs are unfamiliar to most North Americans, officials said. "Exhibitions like this are exactly what SCI is looking for in terms of achieving our mission," said Curt Simmons, Science Center of Iowa President & CEO. &qu...

On-Going Events

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

October 20, 2014 to December 30, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Simpson College - Kent Campus Center
  • 701 N. C Street
  • Indianola, IA 50125
  • Times: 7:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 515-961-1608
  • Email

Art Exhibit at Simpson College

Carrie The Musical

October 10, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater
  • 901 Cherry Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Times: Weds, Thurs Fri & Sat 7:30p.m.; Sunday 2p.m.
  • Admission: $25 - $30
  • Phone: 515-309-0251
  • Email | Website

Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it… Based on Stephen Kin...

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