DSM 411: March 22-28 2019

It finally feels like spring and we’re still talking about basketball. That and a lot of other great things are happening around Des Moines this week:

Family Friendly

Animal Tracks with the Family Nature Club
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Blank Park Zoo Family Nature Club to offer this fun event at Greenwood Park.
Where: Greenwood Park
When: Saturday, March 23rd at 1:30p
Cost: It appears to be free, but registration is required
Link to more details, including registration

Note: The next Family Nature Club event is scheduled for April 27th to be held at the Zoo. Plan for that by registering now!


World Food Prize Free Open House
The World Food prize is holding a special open house in honor of the 105th anniversary of Norman Borlaug’s birth. There will be free activities for all ages throughout the day.
Where: World Food Prize
When: Monday, March 25th from 9am – 2pm
Cost: Free

Note: If you miss this event, it’s good to know that the World Food Prize building is open regularly for tours each Tuesday, and open without tours on Saturdays.
Link for more information


NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament
Iowa is representing in the brackets this year– a lot of opportunities to cheer for our teams:

Friday, March 22nd:
– Iowa Men vs. Cincinnati at 11:15am on CBS
– Iowa Women vs. Mercer at 1pm on ESPN2
– Iowa State Men vs. Ohio State at 8:50pm on TBS
– Drake Women vs. Missouri on ESPN2, time TBA

Saturday, March 23rd:
– Iowa State Women vs. New Mexico State on ESPN2, time TBA

As for hosting, we finally know which teams will be coming to Des Moines. Now it’s time to complete those brackets, and make plans to join the fun of the tournament being hosted in our fair city. General public tickets are sold out, so either plan to buy them on the secondary market, or plan to join the fun at Cowles Commons.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Cowles Commons
When: March 21st and 23rd
Cost: Tickets vary on the secondary market, the event at Cowles Commons is free

Alternatively, the Register has published this exhaustive list of specials and events related to the tournament throughout the city.

Bonus: You can watch each team practicing at the Well for free on March 20th. Here is a link to the Register’s list of the practice times.

Get Active

Free and low-cost yoga events happen regularly around Des Moines. Here are a few upcoming events:
Yoga Under the Stars — at the Science Center Planetarium. Each Monday, 5:30-6:30 LINK
Yoga at Noce — at Backstage at Noce. Each Wednesday at 11:45a LINK
Yoga at the Garden — at the Botanical Garden. Last Wed of every month, 5:30-7 LINK
Pop up Yoga DSM — Central Public Library. Fourth Tues of every month, 12:15-1 LINK

In the summer months, there is free yoga in many outdoor locations. Will update with that info in warmer months ahead!

Music Scene

Botanical Blues — Winter Concert Series
Where: Des Moines Botanical Garden
When: Sundays, March 24th and 31st from 2 – 4pm
Cost: $7 -$10
Link to tickets and more information

Where: Wells Fargo Arena
When: Thursday, May 17th at 8pm
Cost: Tickets are ranging from $50 – $125
Link to more information and to buy tickets

The Thing You Know About

Des Moines Performing Arts: Willis Broadway Series
Every year it’s a big announcement– which broadway shows will be coming to the Des Moines Civic Center? This year’s announcement did not disappoint:
Mean Girls — October 15-20, 2019
Jesus Christ Superstar — January 14-19, 2020
Come From Away — January 28-February 2, 2020
Anastasia — February 25-March 1, 2020
My Fair Lady — March 17-22, 2020
The Band’s Visit — May 12-17, 2020
Link to more information and to buy season tickets

Note: There are still tickets available in this season’s remaining shows:
Hello Dolly — April 9-14, 2019 Link to tickets
School of Rock — April 30- May 5, 2019 Link to tickets

The Thing You Don’t Know About

If you don’t know about this, you really should. Creative Des Moines people led by Evan Olson come together to produce a unique dinner experience that you won’t soon forget.
Around the Table – Popup Dinner Party
Where: Dinner 8 will be held at Exile Brewery
When: Friday evening, April 19th
Cost: $130 per ticket. They will sell out, and it is worth the price.
Link to more information, including the menu and tickets

Looking Ahead

Shakespeare on the Lawn
This year, the Iowa Stage Theatre Company will perform Macbeth in the Salisbury House’s annual Shakespeare event. Bring a blanket and a picnic for a relaxing and entertaining evening.
Where: Salisbury House
When: There are five shows, one each evening on June 12th – June 16th
Cost: $30 for a Standard ticket, $28 if you are a member, $10 for kids 6-12
Link to more information and to purchase tickets

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