DSM 411: June 26th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in June and July, 2019. Updates include events at parks around Des Moines, something new at the library, a great reason to check out Easter Lake again, a long drive to a great music venue, art for anyone and everyone, and a couple of things happening at the Well. Check out the list of events below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Tour Des Moines Parks
July is National Parks and Recreation month and Des Moines is celebrating the 125th anniversary of our first city parks with the annual Tour Des Moines Parks event. Thirty-one locations around Des Moines have been identified– if you visit 10 of them, and post them to social media with the hashtag #tourdmparks2019, you will receive a t-shirt. Visit and post 20, you’ll receive $20 in park bucks, that can be used for any Des Moines Parks and Rec program. Visit all 31, and you’ll be in a drawing to win $1000, courtesy of the Friends of Des Moines Parks. One more thing– there’s a special mini tour option this year. Visit the first four city parks, and receive a commemorative coin. Check out all of the details at dmparks.org.
Where: Parks all over Des Moines
When: The month of July
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Free Flicks
Des Moines Parks and Rec offers free movies throughout the summer at various neighborhood parks around Des Moines. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.
Where: Parks around Des Moines
When: Most Thursdays, some Saturdays, movies start at dusk
Cost: Free
Link to more information

DMPL New Hours
Beginning July 1st, all six branches of the Des Moines Public Library will have expanded hours. Each branch will have an event to celebrate the expansion.
Where: All Des Moines Public Libraries
When: Hours vary by location
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Easter Lake Re-Opened
Easter Lake, the 172-acre lake on the Southside of Des Moines was opened in 1967 on the site of Polk County’s last operating coal mine. Since the early 2000s, the lake has become increasingly muddied, and for the past 6 years, there has been an active restoration project underway. The project included removing 25,000 dump trucks full of sediment and trash. It’s complete– the water is clean and clear and ready for you to enjoy. There is a 4-mile path around the lake, concession stands, boat rentals, picnic shelters, three playgrounds, and a swimming beach.
Where: 2830 Easter Lake Dr
When: Open year-round, in summer 6:30a – 10:30p
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Music Scene/Worth the Drive

Worth the Drive: Codfish Hollow
Located in a barn, on a farm outside of Maquoketa, IA, is one of the most unique music destinations in Iowa. Codfish Hollow pulls in bigger acts than you would expect them to get in such an off-the-beaten-track spot– by all reports, the concerts experienced at Codfish Hollow are magical. You park in a cow pasture, take a hay ride to the barn, and see an amazing band with 6-700 people. I’ve heard it described as a music-lover’s bucket list must.

Upcoming shows this summer include I’m With Her, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and they have two evenings with Dawes. They will also hold their 2-day music festival called GARP Fest on September 13th and 14th.
Where: 5013 288th Ave, Maquoketa, IA
Cost: Varies by show
Link to more information and tickets

The Thing You Know About

Art Festival
One of the highlights of the summer, the Des Moines Arts Festival brings together 177 of the nation’s best artists to display and sell their work. Even if you don’t buy any art, the festival is a great experience. There will be 26 food booths and trucks, art demonstrations, music and a film festival. Check the website for the full list of events.
Where: Western Gateway Park, Downtown
When: June 28th & 29th from 11-10p, and June 30th 11-5p
Cost: Free admission
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Art Fest Midwest
Didn’t get enough art downtown? Head out to the Varied Industries building at the fairgrounds for another art festival– this one with 250 artists from all over the country. There will also be kids art and artist demos.
Where: Varied Industries Building, State Fairgrounds
When: June 29th from 10-6p and 30th from 10-5p
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Too Broke for the Arts Festival Fest 2019
Twenty local and regional artists will be displaying and selling their art at the Vaudeville Mews’s ‘Too Broke for the Arts Festival Fest’. The art show is all ages and free.
Where: Vaudeville Mews
When: June 29th from 2-5pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

July at the Well

Iowa Barnstormers have made it into the playoffs. You can catch them in the 2nd Round Playoff Game at the Well, playing against Sioux Falls, this Saturday, June 29th at 7:05. Tickets range between $12-70.
More information and tickets
USA Gymnastics Championships will be held from Tuesday, July 2nd through Saturday, July 6th. Events are held in the Convention Center, Hy-Vee Hall, and in Wells Fargo Arena. Check the full schedule for specific locations and to buy tickets.

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