DSM 411: July 17th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in July, 2019. Updates include a science celebration, a super hero ballgame, music events in many genres, a new restaurant, a long bike ride and a potential fender bender. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Special
This Saturday, July 20th, head to the Science Center of Iowa to help them celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. There will be special events held throughout the day, including a presentation of NASA archival footage, which will be synced with the timing of the moon landing 50 years ago. (2:17 CST)
Where: Science Center of Iowa
When: Saturday, July 20th from 9-5pm
Cost: Free for members, regular admission price otherwise
Link to more information


Beaverdale Bluegrass Festival
Free and open to everyone, the 6th annual Beaverdale Bluegrass Festival will be held this Saturday, July 20th from 5pm-10pm at Tower Park. There will be four bands featured, ending with bands from Nashville, and Asheville, North Carolina. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs. Food trucks will be available, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. In fact, they use the funds raised by selling beer and wine to pay the artists and keep the festival free to the public, so don’t BYOB– support the event by purchasing drinks there.
Where: Tower Park
When: Saturday, July 20th from 5-10pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information


The Iowa Cubs
The Cubs are back in town vs Oklahoma tonight and tomorrow night– you can go to Super Hero night tonight– kids are free with a paying adult– and adult GA tickets are only $5!
Where: Principal Park
When: July 17th at 7:08pm, July 18th at 12:08pm
Cost: $5-14
Link to more information and registration

Music Scene

Water Works Amphitheater
Chase Rice
Tickets are still available for the July 18th Chase Rice concert, which is part of the Big Country Bash Series. The concert will be at the Water Works Amphitheater– doors are at 6pm and tickets range from $30-55.
Where: Water Works Amphitheater
When: Thursday, July 18th at 6pm
Cost: $30-55
Link to more information

Flaming Lips
You can still get tickets to see the Flaming Lips, who will be performing at Water Works Amphitheater next Wednesday, July 24th. Tickets run from $35-199
Where: Water Works Amphitheater
When: Wednesday, July 24th at 5pm
Cost: $35-199
Link to more information

Restaurant Scene

Motley School Tavern
It opened just last Friday, but the Motley School Tavern is already a must-visit spot in Beaverdale. Located across from Snookie’s in the old Chef’s Kitchen location, Motley School Tavern is the latest Jason Simon creation, joining his all-star lineup of Alba, Harbinger and Eatery A. This restaurant will include new twists on comfort food and will serve breakfast through dinner, with a daily happy hour from 2-5pm.
Where: 1903 Beaver Ave.
When: Hours are 8am-10pm daily, closed Mondays
Link to their menu

The Thing You Know About & Worth the Drive

RAGBRAI kicks off this Sunday, July 21st in Council Bluffs and ends on Saturday, July 27th in Keokuk, which is located in that little bit that hangs off the bottom of southeast Iowa. The full week’s ride is 427 miles, but you can ride for just a day or two if the entire week won’t work. On Tuesday, you can join the ride from Winterset to Indianola, or– just head to one of these towns to enjoy the spectacle, some entertainment, and hopefully some pie.
Where: Across Iowa
Cost: $30 for a day pass
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Balloons over Downtown
In anticipation of the National Balloon Classic (which I’ll talk about next week), get ready to enjoy hot air balloons over downtown Des Moines, next Monday, July 22nd, during the morning commute. If it rains, the flight will take place the following morning.
Where: Downtown Des Moines
When: Monday, July 22nd
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

Twenty One Pilots
The band, Twenty One Pilots will be coming to Wells Fargo Arena on October 25th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 19th at 10am.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena
When: Friday, October 25th
Cost: $40-80
Link to more information

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