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Category - Holiday

Fall Bucket List | Things to Do this Fall in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 PM

Fall Bucket List | Things to Do this Fall in Greater Des Moines Finally , it’s here. The season every one enjoys. Gone are the bikinis, swim trunks and diets of summer and back are the scarves, flannels, boots and jeans. Pumpkin EVERYTHING hits the shelves and stores, leaves start falling and, let’s be honest, you’ve probably...

8 Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Greater Des Moines

Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 2:00 PM

8 Things to Do 4th of July Weekend in Greater Des Moines 4 th of July is a great time to get out and experience what the metro can offer. Here’s a quick list of eight things to do this 4 th of July in Greater Des Moines. 26th Good Guys Heartland Nationals Browse hundreds of hot rods and muscle cars at the Iowa State Fairgrounds . Good Guys...

16 Can't-Miss November Events in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016 1:00 PM by Addison Bratvold

16 Can't-Miss November Events in Des Moines It’s hard to believe it’s already November! The beautiful weather we’ve had makes it feel as though it should still be early fall. But holiday gatherings will soon be knocking at your door and Santa will be spotted across the metro in just a few weeks. We have four weekends to...

Catch a Haunted House in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016 12:00 PM by Allen Huffman

Catch a Haunted House in Des Moines The Des Moines haunted house market has shrunk a bit over the past few years. Gone is the long-running White Water University Ultimate Haunted House. The Ankeny Haunted Barn is taking a break this season after seven years of screams. While there are rumors of the return of The Slaughterhouse in 2017, it...

11 Can't Miss Halloween Events in Des Moines

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016 4:00 PM by Addison Bratvold

11 Can’t Miss Halloween Events in Des Moines Ahhh October. A month filled with football, fall weather and Halloween events. Let’s not forget Des Moines trick or treating. This year, October brings new events, annual celebrations, and plenty of ways to get your dose of ghosts, pumpkins and candy. Catch these 11 ways to celebrate...

7 Greater Des Moines Events to Enjoy Over Thanksgiving

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2015 8:30 AM by Katie Fencl

7 Greater Des Moines Events to Enjoy Over Thanksgiving Thanksgiving has become an assortment of our traditions and beliefs. For some, that includes traveling to visit family, feasting for days, time off work, parades and football games. A vast majority also indulge in shopping over the long holiday weekend but not everyone wants to deal with the...

'Tis the Season for Helping Others - Volunteer in Des Moines

Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:47 AM by Mary Ann Moore

'Tis the Season for Helping Others! Is there any more rewarding activity than the act of volunteering? I don't think so! Monetary donations are essential but donating your time is also important. Many worthy organizations could not function without volunteers. Your time and talent is invaluable. Perhaps your family is looking for...
Catch Costumes and Candy: A Guide to Kids Halloween Activities in Des Moines It’s that time of year to start thinking about Halloween!! The holiday where we spend time and money to make our kids’ costumes perfect, only to cover them up with a winter coat on Beggar’s Night. Regardless, Halloween is one of my favorites—so...