DSM 411: July 10th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in July, 2019. Updates include events at the Playhouse, a community celebration, a night bike ride for a good cause, free night yoga, and a LOT of music events. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Des Moines Playhouse: Newsies
The Des Moines Community Playhouse has their newest family favorite hitting the stage starting this Friday, July 12th: Disney’s Newsies. In case you didn’t catch the 1992 film version, starring a young Christian Bale, this is the story inspired by a real-life event: the 1899 strike by the New York newsboys. It’s an amazing story, and I know we can count on the Playhouse to turn out an energetic and well-done performance.
Where: Des Moines Playhouse, 831 42nd St.
When: Shows start Friday, July 12th and run through August 4th. Shows on W-Sa are at 7:30p, and shows on Sunday are at 2pm.
Cost: Tickets start at $29
Link to more information


Ankeny SummerFest
Ankeny’s annual summer celebration, Ankeny SummerFest, begins on July 11th, with events daily through July 14th. Highlights of the event include the Grand Parade on Saturday, July 13th at 9am, fireworks on July 14th at 9:30pm, and a carnival and various other activities each day. There is also an adult entertainment garden, held nightly, with adult beverages and local musical acts, including our favorite Pork Tornadoes on Saturday night, and Towncrier on Sunday night. Check their website for all of the details.
Where: Ankeny
When: July 11th through 14th
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Get Active

Yoga Under the Moon
The Y is hosting a monthly, free yoga session called Yoga Under the Moon. This month’s session will be held this Friday, July 12th from 8-9pm behind the South Suburban YMCA, down on Army Post Rd. Bring your own yoga mat, and enjoy some relaxing yoga under the moon.
Where: Behind the South Suburban YMCA, 401 E Army Post Rd.
Cost: Free, no registration required
Link to more information and tickets

Give Back

Orchard Place Moonlight Classic
You can support the work of Orchard Place, the oldest Des Moines-based children’s charity, this Saturday, July 13th with their annual Orchard Place Moonlight Classic. The Moonlight Classic is a night bike ride, through the streets of downtown Des Moines and on nearby trails. The ride begins and ends at the Iowa Taproom, and includes contests for Best Costume, Best Bike Lights and Best Helmet Lights. Registration can happen online and then onsite, through the morning of the ride, and is $40. Support some of our most vulnerable children in Des Moines by supporting Orchard Place with this fun ride.
Where: Begins and ends at the Iowa Taproom
When: July 13th from 9:30p – 2am
Cost: $40
Link to more information and registration

Music Scene

CMA Jazz Festival
Put his on your calendar- the Civic Music Association is holding their annual Jazz Festival next Saturday, July 20th, on the lawn and in the theater of Hoyt Sherman Place. The lawn performances begin at 1pm that day, and are free to the public. There will be additional free performances that day in the art gallery inside, and the event will conclude with a ticketed-only event in the theater, which will begin with the LA-based Connie Han Trio, and end with the New-York based Bria Skonberg Quartet.
Where: Hoyt Sherman Place
When: Saturday, July 20th, from 1pm- 9pm
Cost: Free, and Reserved seating for the evening performance is $39
Link to more information

Restaurant Scene

Dirt Burger
Vegan’s rejoice! There is a new vegan burger shop that recently opened in the Tacopocolypse location in the East Village. It’s called Dirt Burger, which is slang for veggie burger, and they offer an impressive list of fast, vegan food. They currently offer six vegan burgers that look very flavorful, as well as salads, fries, and something called Dirt Balls.
Where: 407 E 5th St
When: Open daily: Su-Th 11a-10p, F-Sa 11a-3a
Link to their menu

The Thing You Know About

80/35 Music Festival
This Friday and Saturday, head downtown to the Western Gateway Park to enjoy one of the biggest music events of the year– the 80/35 Music Festival. This year’s festival will feature three free stages and two ticketed stages throughout the event, showcasing local favorites, regional up-and-comers, and national headliners, including Elle King and Portugal. The Man.
Where: Western Gateway Park
When: Friday, July 12th and Saturday July 13th
Cost: $50-220, one-day up to VIP
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

The Gram – Java Joe’s
Head downtown to Java Joe’s this Friday, July 12th for their Instagram-based comedy quiz show called The Gram. The show will feature six comedian-contestants, and the objective will be to determine which of them has the best Instagram game. This is actually their 1st-anniversary show, so it will be professionally filmed, and tickets at the door will be $10. This will be Friday from 8-10pm.
Where: Java Joe’s,
When: Friday, July 12th from 8-10pm, doors at 7:30
Cost: $10
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

515 Alive
515 Alive is Des Moines’s annual EDM and hip-hop festival. The festival will be held again at Water Works Park, and headliners include Griz, Flux Pavillion, Wiz Khalifa, Illenium and Hippie Sabotage.
Where: Water Works Park
When: Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th
Cost: $130-$350
Link to more information

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