Each month, we highlight the most buzzworthy places and events in Greater Des Moines in a feature we call Des Buzz. It's your “in the know” list of places to go!
PrideFest will take over the Historic East Village, June 9 – 11. The weekend-long celebration helps raise awareness of LGBTQ+ achievements and celebrates individuals and families. Events throughout the weekend include the 5K Pride Stride, the PrideFest Parade, Pet Parade, and more. There will be four zones throughout the East Village you can visit; Health and Wellness Zone, Teen Zone, Family and Kids Zone, and Pet Zone. Check out the full schedule of events here.
Celebrate the arts at the Des Moines Arts Festival happening at Western Gateway Park, June 23 – 25. Immerse yourself in interactive arts like being part of a mural or trying spin art. You can also check out visual art and meet some of the artists. Or catch some live entertainment at one of the stages around the park. The Des Moines Arts Festival is free to attend.
The hype is real for this newbie in West Des Moines! The Pelican Post Bar & Grille is the newest summer spot for your dining needs. With a patio perfect for drinking, enjoy the summer sun while indulging in tin can nachos, smash burgers, cheese curds, and more. Plus, they have live music all the time, meaning it’s the perfect place to hang out in the sun.
The premier disc golf event is back at Pickard Park in Indianola, June 23 – 25. The TruBank Des Moines Challenge 2023 presented by Discraft will welcome pro disc golfers to compete for the title of tournament champion. Spectators are encouraged! Along with the tournament, you will be able to see 16 players attempt to make a 500+ foot hole in one on Friday night. On Saturday, two spectators will be selected to participate in the Sports Page Bar and Grill Putt for Dough contest. Ticket prices range from $10 to $160.
It's time for another year of 70.2 miles of intensity! Throughout the day on Sunday, June 11, Certified Piedmontese Beef IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines will be happening throughout the whole city! Cheer on the swimmers at Grays Lake, bikers throughout the city all the way to beautiful countryside of West Des Moines, and the runners throughout Downtown Des Moines. Need an idea for of what to do or where to eat while you're here? Check out our Top Things to Do and Top Places to Eat blogs. Enjoy cheering the athletes on to the finish line!
You can get up close and personal with military vehicles from World War II, Korean, Vietnam, and Afghanistan Wars at the Military Vehicle Preservation Association – Historical Archives Convention. On June 16 and 17 the public can see the vehicles as they will be paraded around the Iowa State Fairgrounds in their History in Motion showcase. Tickets start at $15.
Officially opening on June 1, EMC Downtown Park is a beautiful new park in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Located at 701 Walnut Street, this park includes areas for people of all ages to enjoy. This includes a half basketball court, pickleball court, bags, and a ping pong table. There will also be swings, play mounds, and a pet relief area. Seems like a perfect place to take the kids for a park and picnic day throughout this beautiful Des Moines summer!
The Blank Park Zoo is partnering with local favorite, Rusty Stars Alpacas, for a brand-new experience! This interactive experience will allow visitors to get up close and personal with eight alpacas. It will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. throughout the summer until September 4. Cost is $6 per person, unless you’re a member of the zoo, earning a dollar discount. Enjoy sitting, petting, and feeding the alpacas all summer long!