DSM 411: July 24th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in July, 2019. Updates include a family event at Cowles Commons, a couple of free concerts, ways to help people who need food and/or school supplies, a webcam, 100 hot air balloons and 74 Olympians. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Fam Jam
This Sunday, July 28th, head to Cowles Commons to enjoy Fam Jam, a Des Moines Performing Arts family-centered event. The event will run from 11am to 4pm and will include a band, bounce houses, food trucks, art projects and activity stations. It is completely free and open to the public.
Where: Cowles Commons
When: Sunday, July 28th from 11am to 4pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Summer in the City
The third installment of the Summer in the City concert series is upon us, which will happen this Saturday, July 27th at Martin Luther King Jr Park. The completely free show will highlight a Hip-Hop/Rap duo from Austin, Texas, Blackillac. The doors are at 4:30 with the show starting at 5:15.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1650 Garfield Ave.
When: Saturday, July 27th at 5:15pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information


Toyota Track & Field Outdoor Championships
Starting tomorrow and running through the weekend, you can catch some of the best athletes in the nation competing on the blue oval. The Toyota Track and Field Outdoor Championships are being held at Drake Stadium, and will feature 74 Olympians, including 28 gold medalists. The top three winners in each event will represent Team USA at the World Championships in Qatar this September.
Where: Drake Stadium
When: Thursday, July 25th through Sunday, July 28th
Cost: $5-$25
Link to more information and tickets

Give Back

Smoke Out Hunger 2019
It is estimated that nearly 342,000 people in Iowa are food insecure. 111,000 of them are children. If you’d like to take a part in helping with that problem, you can join the Food Bank of Iowa at their annual fundraiser, Smoke Out Hunger. The event is happening this Sunday, at Brenton Skating Plaza from 11am to 2pm. A $45 donation to the Food Bank will get you access to the all-you-can-eat BBQ event, which will also include craft beer and wine, live music, yard games and kids activities. Kids tickets range from $10-$25.
Where: Brenton Skating Plaza
When: Sunday, July 28th from 11am to 2pm
Link to more information and tickets

Music Scene

John Williams Spectacular
You can file this under family friendly, and free as well– join the Des Moines Symphony this Sunday, July 28th at 7:30 as they play a slew of John Williams iconic music. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic to the Water Works Amphitheater and listen to music from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, ET, Jaws– I don’t have their set list, but there is a lot of amazing music to chose from that you definitely know. There is parking nearby for $10, free parking farther away with a shuttle, and a free bike valet for those that come in by the bike trails.
Where: Water Works Amphitheater
When: Sunday, July 28th at 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About & Worth the Drive

National Balloon Classic
Did you see the balloons over downtown yesterday morning? That was just a reminder that one of the best central Iowa events is starting this Thursday in Indianola, Iowa. Yes- this also falls under our occasional category Worth the Drive– it’s a quick 40-minute drive south to view the always beautiful hot air balloons at the annual National Balloon Classic. There will be 100 balloons in this flying competition event, which will include flight challenges for the pilots each day. The event runs for 9 days– starting this Friday, and running through the following Saturday, August 3rd. There are free morning events, and the evening events run $6/person with tickets bought online, $8 at the event. There is live music, plenty of food and activities for kids. Be sure to bring blankets and chairs
Where: National Balloon Classic Field, 15335 Jewell St. Indianola, IA
Cost: $6-8
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Lauridsen Skatepark
You’ve surely heard about the big skatepark being built downtown– it will be next to Des Moines River on the north end of the Principal Riverwalk near Wells Fargo Arena. Did you hear that the plans have been expanded so that when completed, it will be the largest skate park in the country? Construction has finally started, and you can view the progress on a time-lapsed webcam. Keep your eye on the project on a daily basis as it aims to open later this fall.
Where: North end of the Principal Riverwalk
When: Aiming to open this fall
Link to more information
Link to the webcam showing time-lapsed progress

Looking Ahead

Back to School
Start Date: August 23rd for almost all of the Metro
Tax Free Weekend: August 2nd & 3rd
To help kids without resources: General Donation Page for DMPS

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