NATIONAL VETERANS CREATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL
Thursday, November 1
Head out to The Atrium at Capital Square to take in award winning artwork and writings created by America’s Veterans. You can also meet these artists and writers to find the inspiration behind their creations and to hear their amazing stories. Admission to this event is free.
IOWA WOLVES SEASON OPENER
Friday, November 2
Cheer on Iowa’s only NBA Affiliate basketball team in their season opener at Wells Fargo Arena. The Iowa Wolves take on the Salt Lake City Stars in their season opener Friday, November 2. Come support the Minnesota Timberwolves’ G-league team with tip off at 7 p.m.
IOWA HIGH SCHOOL STATE CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, November 3
Stop by the Iowa State Fairgrounds to see the high intensity that high schoolers across Iowa bring to the mat. Watch as students flip, jump and stunt to new heights in hopes of hitting a perfect score. Admission to this event is $10 and free to children under 5.
MUSIC OF CREAM – 50th ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR
Wednesday, November 7
Rock out at the Des Moines Civic Center with The Music of Cream. Come experience a once-in-a-lifetime concert salute to one of the most innovative and explosive super-groups of all time, in the hands of those that knew them best. Tickets start at $37.50.
IOWA'S PREMIER BEER, WINE & FOOD EXPO
Friday, November 9 – Saturday November 10
Indulge on unlimited wine, beer and food at Hy-Vee Hall at Iowa Events Center! Enjoy samples from some of the Midwest’s best restaurants, breweries and wineries. Mingle, listen to live music and check out amazing speakers and activities on the Pub Crawl, Vino and What’s Cooking stages. 1-day tickets are $35 and 2-day tickets are $50.
Saturday, November 10
Have a laugh at Des Moines Social Club with No Sleep! After multiple sold out shows this dynamic group returns to the Kum & Go Theatre to take you on a haze of a comedy fever dream. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show.
STRAIGHT NO CHASER
Tuesday, November 13
The not so typical look of a cappella takes the Des Moines Civic Center stage this month. Straight No Chaser are neither strait-toned or straight-faced, bringing a fresh new spin on a cappella with an all-male group. Tickets start at $37.50.
WINTER DOWNTOWN FARMERS' MARKET
Friday, November 16 – Saturday, November 17
Stock up on your holiday meals, parties and gift giving at Capital Square. With over 130 vendors bringing in products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams and a variety of late season and greenhouse greens. After you’ve stocked up on holiday foods you can purchase poinsettias, fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade holiday ornaments and home decorations! You won’t want to miss this free event.
EAST VILLAGE HOLIDAY PROMENADE
Friday, November 16
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Historic East Village. Being one of Des Moines’ premier holiday events, most shops in the neighborhood will have extended hours, treats and special deals. Many stores will stay open late, so you to have time to experience everything the East Village has to offer while checking things off your shopping list.
TREE LIGHTING AND SANTA'S ARRIVAL
Friday, November 16
Enjoy live music and a beautiful tree lighting ceremony at the Jordan Creek Town Center Amphitheatre. The tradition continues with live music by the Nada’s and a special tree lighting ceremony with lakeside fireworks. Come kick off the holiday season with this free event.
MAKE-A-WISH IOWA TOUR DE LIGHTS
Saturday, November 17
Run, walk, bike and skate through the lights at Adventureland Park. Don’t miss your chance to go through Jolly Holiday Lights before it opens up to the public. After you’ve made it through don’t forget to stop by the Wish Shop for cookies and cocoa. $25 registration fee includes a one of a kind Tour de Lights shirt, $15 without.
LIVING HISTORY FARMS OFF ROAD RACE
Sunday, November 18
Strap on your running shoes and prepare to get dirty at Living History Farms. Wade through creeks and claw your way to the top of gullies with other runners at the 39th annual off-road race at Living History Farms. Early registration is $45.
DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC
Wednesday, November 21 – Sunday, November 25
Watch your favorite Disney Princesses glide across the ice at Wells Fargo Arena. Audiences will indulge in the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters. Shows run Wednesday through Sunday, tickets start at $26.75.
WINE AND DESIGN
Thursday, November 29
Have a glass of wine and create a holiday wreath or centerpiece at Summerset Winery. Use a variety of fall, winter and natural elements of greenery to construct your very own wreath or centerpiece. With a ticket purchase of $55 you’ll receive one glass of wine and the supplies to create your desired piece to take home.