DSM 411: May 8th, 2019

If you’re looking for something to do in Des Moines, you’re in the right place. Check out a fresh list of events happening around the city below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions.

Family Friendly

National Kids to Park Day
The City of Des Moines is celebrating National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 11th at Gray’s Lake Park. This is a national day of outdoor play celebrated by parks, cities and towns nationwide. There will be $1 boat and bike rentals from 10-8, butterfly garden planting from 10-12, and a free flick– Lego Movie 2 will be showing at the Park at 8:30.
Where: Gray’s Lake
When: Saturday, May 11th from 10am-10pm
Cost: $1 boat and bike rentals
Link to more information


Des Moines Parks Spraygrounds Open
The start of the summer aquatics season kicks off with the opening of our city’s nine spraygrounds. A Sprayground is a splash pad with no standing water. Open May 1st through September 30th from 9am-8pm.

Where: Sprayground Locations:

When: Open May 1st through September 30th, 9am -8pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Get Active

DSM City Ride
Whether you are new to biking or an old pro, the DSM City Ride is for you. Held every Monday evening, this ride takes a different path through Des Moines, helping you to see our city from new angles.

For new riders, it’s good to know that it is a slow paced, short ride (5-10 miles) and is a great way to start getting comfortable riding your bike, learning the rules of the road and discovering safe, fun ways to get around town.  For the old pros?  You can show the group routes you love and discover new ones. For all riders, it is a come as you are ride–  no special clothing is required and we welcome all ages, skill levels and types of bike.

You’ll want to join the Facebook group to keep up on the weekly details here because the ride will start at a different venue each week and then end with an after party.

Where: All around Des Moines
When: Every Monday evening, around 6pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Music Scene

Big Country Bash
The Big Country Bash is changing its format- big time. Instead of being a 2-day summer festival down in St. Charles, it’s turned into a summer concert series, with four separate shows throughout the summer.
Where: Water Works Park Amphitheater
When: June 22nd – Clint Black
July 18th- Chase Rice
September 7th- Cody Johnson
September 26th- Maren Morris
Cost: Tickets range from $30-75 per show
Link to more information and tickets

Restaurant Scene

Mother’s Day Brunch
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and if you have a special mother in your life, whether it’s your mother, you are a mother, or love someone who is a mother, now is the time to make reservations for brunch.
Louie’s Wine Dive
Park Street Kitchen
When: Sunday, May 12th

The Thing You Know About

Market Day
Des Moines’ favorite pop-up market has their spring show this Saturday, May 11th from 9am – 3pm. Market Day gathers independent makers from around the midwest, and gives them a creative community for the day at Capital Square, downtown. Find your next piece of favorite art, jewelry or houseware good– and meet the maker behind it.
Where: Capital Square Atrium, Downtown Des Moines
When: Saturday, May 11th from 9am – 3pm
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Free Art Friday
Free Art Friday is a fun, weekly art drop that makes art available to whomever stumbles upon it (or hunts it down) first. Anyone who makes any kind of art can drop off a piece of art off in a spot around Des Moines. Make it as easy or hard to find as you want, and then post a picture hint of it to Instagram. Tag fafdsm in your picture, and include the #fafdsm hashtag, and the hunt will be on.

If you are the lucky person to find the free art, post another picture with it, tagging and hashtagging fafdsm.
Where: All around Des Moines
When: Fridays
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld is coming to the Des Moines Civic Center on Friday, July 26th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 10th, at 10am. Tickets range from $65 – $150 per ticket.
Where: Des Moines Civic Center
When: Friday, July 26th, with tickets on sale Friday, May 10th at 10am
Cost: $65 – 150
Link to more information and tickets

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