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Jazz in July

Metro Arts Jazz in July is a month-long festival that celebrates jazz and art with free outdoor concerts across Greater Des Moines. Each year, interested jazz musicians apply to be a part of the series. The selected list includes returning musicians from Central Iowa and national acts with Iowa ties. Each concert is a mini-festival […]

— Nicole Branstad

Des Moines Arts Festival

Here in Des Moines we are so lucky to have such a thriving creative and artistic community and the culmination of of this group of people happens annually at the Des Moines Arts Festival. This year’s events start Friday and run through Sunday. The Des Moines Arts Festival features 185 of the nation’s top professional artists […]

— Nicole Branstad

Pridefest

This weekend is the annual PrideFest here in Des Moines. The event celebrates the importance of gay culture in the Midwest through various activities including a Pride Scavenger Hunt on Friday night, Street Party Saturday night with live music, competitions and entertainment, and concludes with a pancake breakfast and parade on Sunday morning. Over the […]

— Nicole Branstad

To market, to market

(Blog post updated 9/8/11) Can’t make it to the downtown farmer’s market on Saturdays but still want to support local growers? You might not have to look too far! Did you know that neighborhoods in and around Des Moines have their own farmer’s markets throughout the summer? Perhaps you’ve even driven by one and not […]

— Nicole Branstad

Free stress relief

It seems like nothing is free these days. Well, at least not until now. The Des Moines Park and Recreation Department invites you to enjoy your Saturday morning by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray’s Lake this summer. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga next to the water’s edge at the […]

— Nicole Branstad

Drive-in and enjoy

I grew up watching movies where the characters within those movies went to the movies at a drive-in. Whew, that was a mouth full. How many of you have ever been to a drive-in theater to watch a flick? The number I’m sure is dwindling because they have been disappearing over the last couple of […]

— Nicole Branstad

Get the wheels turnin’

  Tomorrow is official bike to work day, so dust off those spokes, pump up those tires and put on your padded shorts. Celebrate the nationally recognized day with bagels, coffee and juice at Nollen Plaza in downtown Des Moines from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. With the help of Urban Ambassadors, this will be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Family friendly fests

With warmer weather ahead, now is the time to get outdoors before summer sets in and the rising temps are unbearable. Des Moines offers many fun kid-friendly events throughout the spring and summer, but I thought I would give you a heads up on a few events that are happening this weekend that would be […]

— Nicole Branstad

Under your skin

Ever wonder what your body looks like with no skin? Well, you’re in luck because the Science Center of Iowa is hosting the lauded BODY WORLDS Vital traveling exhibit starting this Saturday, May 7. Real donated human bodies are preserved through plastination and will be on display for guests to get a glimpse at what […]

— Nicole Branstad

Grandstanding at the fair

I can’t wait for the corn dogs, butter cow sculpture and people watching, but many others head to the Iowa State Fair for the show-stopping concerts.  This year is no different, and the Iowa State Fair Grandstand act tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 30th. Get ‘em while they’re hot!   Grandstand line-up: Thursday, August […]

— Nicole Branstad