DSM 411: July 3rd, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in July, 2019. Updates include events around the metro celebrating Independence Day, as well as a new coffee shop, a new festival, and a long race coming to Des Moines. Check out the list of events below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

All Iowa Bash
If you want to get started celebrating Independence Day ASAP, head over to the All Iowa Bash at Valley Junction on July 3rd. The festival will begin at 3pm and will feature all things Iowa– food and drinks from local Iowa vendors, live music from Iowa bands, and all kinds of family fun. Bonus: the West Des Moines parade will begin at 6:30 at Valley High School. It will come down Vine and end on 4th and Maple, just one block south of the festival.
Where: 300 block of 5th St, Valley Junction
When: Wednesday, July 3rd from 3-11pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Urbandale Parade and Fireworks
If you are looking for a classic 4th of July celebration in the Des Moines metro, the place to be is Urbandale. The city will host a 2 mile long parade at 10am on the 4th, followed by a carnival at Lions Park, and ending with fireworks at 10pm. Many more events run throughout the day– check the full schedule at uniquelyurbandale.com.
Where: Urbandale, most events at Lions Park
When: July 2-4
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Iowa Cubs
Celebrate Independence Day with the Cubs– there are games against Memphis on both July 4th and July 5th. Both games start at 7:05 and will end with fireworks.
Where: Principal Park
Cost: $14-16
Link to more information and tickets

Get Active

Des Moines Firecracker 5K
Get your 4th off to an active start with the Firecracker 5K, a race that will start and end at Peace Tree Brewery. The route will wind through the East Village, around the Capitol building, and back to Peace Tree for a celebratory beer, games, a costume contest and entertainment.
Where: Peace Tree Brewery
When: July 4th at 9am
Cost: $45 per runner
Link to more information and registration

Restaurant Scene

Dreiberge Coffee
A brand-new coffee shop has opened in the East Village, and it looks like a winner. Dreiburge Coffee opened in the new 111 E Grand building in the East Village- it will feature everything you’d expect in a coffee shop- cold brew, nitro, espresso, drip, pour overs, tea, pastries, GF and vegan- as well as something not often found in a coffee shop– a play area in the back for kids. The space looks beautiful and modern- can’t wait to check it out.
Where: 111 E Grand, Suite 109
When: Open T-Sa from 7am-4pm
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

Yankee Doodle Pop
When I think of the 4th of July in Des Moines, the first thing I think of is this annual concert that actually happens on the 3rd. The Des Moines Symphony’s is celebrating with their 26th Yankee Doodle Pops, which is held on the west terrace of the state Capitol. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the music starting at 8:30pm. The evening will conclude with music set to fireworks. #protip: you can avoid the parking nightmare by riding Dart’s free D-line downtown bus to and from the concert.
Where: West Terrace of the state Capitol
When: July 3rd at 8:30pm
Cost: Free, no tickets required
Link to more information
Link to modified Dart D-Line bus route

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Des Moines Underground Film Festival
The 1st Annual Underground Film Festival is being held this Sunday, July 7th at 7pm, in the Basement at the Des Moines Social Club. The goal of the festival is to celebrate local filmmakers and give them a platform to get their work out into the world. The event is technically free, but a $10 donation is encouraged.
Where: The Basement @ the Des Moines Social Club
When: Sunday, July 7th at 7pm
Cost: Free, $10 donation encouraged
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

IronMan 70.3 North American Championship
The IRONMAN organization recently announced that their IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship will be held in Des Moines starting next June 21st, and the following two years. The 70.3 is a triathlon that s exactly half of the distance of a regular IRONMAN competition. They will start with swimming in Grey’s Lake for 1.2 miles, followed by a 56-mile bike ride, and finishing with a 13.1 mile run from Gray’s Lake, through Des Moines, ending downtown on Court Avenue. 75 participants in the race will advance to the World Championship in New Zealand.
Where: Gray’s Lake and throughout Des Moines
When: Registration begins next Tuesday, July 9th, and the event will be held on Sunday, June 21st, 2020.
Cost: Begins at $325
Link to more information and registration

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