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Category - Arts & Culture

515 Alive Music Festival in Downtown Des Moines

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016 4:00 PM by Katie Dillman

What to Expect at 515 Alive Music Festival in Downtown Des Moines You may have only heard of the EDM Festivals craze in recent years, but it isn’t news to the thousands of Des Moines visitors and locals who attend the annual 515 Alive Festival . Hosted at Western Gateway Park this weekend, the festival is celebrating its 14th year of...

Free Art Friday in Des Moines

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016 1:47 PM by Audrey Weidman

Free Art Friday in Des Moines The art scene in Greater Des Moines is flourishing with free access to the Sculpture Park , galleries and public murals . We have countless opportunities to view the work of so many talented artists, but have you ever wished you could take some of this art home with you? Well you’re in luck because the free art...

5 Des Moines Sunset Photos that Will Make You Swoon

Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:20 PM by Addison Bratvold

5 Des Moines Sunset Photos that Will Make You Swoon Goodbye October. Goodbye fall. My favorite season is on its way out the door and I must say, I'm sad to see it go. From pumpkin cream cheese muffins to the trees changing colors. But most notably, September and October delivered some of the most STUNNING sunsets and locals didn't let it go...

Spring Break at the State Historical Museum

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00 PM by Jess Rundlett

Spring Break at the State Historical Museum: Fun for Families, Veterans and History Buffs The  State Historical Museum of Iowa  has loads of exciting programming coming up for Spring Break week, March 16-20! Catch a  full schedule  that will appeal to families with children, veterans and military, and all of us in Central Iowa...

WFMF: My Favorite Festival in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:30 AM by Brock Konrad

This is one of my favorite times of the year in Des Moines. The hot temperatures of the summer drop. Football and tailgating become weekend rituals. And just like always in Des Moines, there is a TON of things to do! Des Moines has become well-known for its increasing number of very well attended festivals. In the summer, 80/35 and the Des Moines...

The Most Beautiful Capitol in the U.S.

Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:00 AM by Lauren Steenhoek

Dear Des Moines, Thank you for bringing this beautiful structure to my attention. I’ve stared at its glistening gold dome countless times on my walk to work every morning. But I always wondered what the inside looked like. So I decided to take a tour. And it did not disappoint. In fact, the interior of your historic icon went beyond all...

I Stalk Art Festivals

Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 3:00 AM by Mary Ann Moore

Yes, it’s true I stalk art festivals.  I take them quite seriously.  Whether in Boston, Denver or Atlanta, I will go out of my way to visit art festivals.  I even plan vacations around them.  Fortunately, two of my favorites are right here in Des Moines! The Des Moines Arts Festival is a premier event and I enjoy strolling...

Catch Creative Collaboration

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 1:00 AM by Laura Palmer

It's no secret that I love  Des Moines . I could probably write weekly love notes to my fair city. Especially lately… so many wonderful DSM opportunities.  In fact, my business is a business because I'm here in Des Moines.  It may sound bold, but I believe, strongly, that it's true. I met  Tiffany  from the  Greater...

Kid Friendly Culture

Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:00 AM by Trina Flack

You may have seen our recently launched “ Catch Des Moines Culture ” initiative. This community has tons of great ways to experience the arts. I personally enjoy the outdoor, live music with a glass of wine experience…But here are a few more kid-friendly options to expose your kids to all things culture:    1. We LOVE the Des Moines...

Q&Arts: The Scoop on Des Moines Performing Arts

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:00 AM by Lauren Steenhoek

I chatted with Cindy Hughes Anliker, Communications Manager at Des Moines Performing Arts, to discover more about the Broadway shows in our city. The who. The how. And the perks of our very own performing arts scene. Catch the convo below!   How does  Des Moines Performing Arts  bring touring Broadway productions to Iowa? There are a...