DSM 411: July 31st, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in July and August, 2019. Updates include a wizard’s birthday, free jazz, a hidden Dr. Suess reference, Vikings, great music, great food and an upcoming anniversary. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Generic Wizard and his Legally Compliant Birthday Party
I have a family friendly event for Harry Potter fans– and it’s tonight– July 31st– from 5-7:30. As any true Harry Potter fan knows, July 31st is Harry’s birthday, and the Iowa Taproom is hosting their annual event called: Generic Wizard and his Legally Compliant Birthday Party. Limited release beers will be available, including a non-alcoholic ‘Harry’s Better Beer’– there will also be free ice cream and Molly’s cupcakes in three mystery flavors. Harry Potter costumes are encouraged, for this all-ages event.
Where: The Iowa Taproom
When: Wednesday, July 31st from 5-7:30pm
Cost: Free
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Wine and Cheese Wednesday at Noce
Each Wednesday through August, the downtown Jazz Club Noce will be hosting Wine and Cheese Wednesdays. You can get into the show without paying a cover, and if you’d like, you can indulge in a cheese plate from the Cheese Shop along with a bottle of wine for only $25. So no- you can’t get the wine and cheese for free, but if you’ve been waiting for a good time to catch a show at Noce, Wednesdays would be a free way to do it! Check out the link below to see who will be performing each week.

Side note: If Wednesday nights don’t work for you– Thursday nights appear to always be cover-free to get in. Jazz artists vary by week.
Where: Noce
When: Wednesdays through August
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Music Scene

Captain Roy’s
Today I want to highlight Captain Roy’s, which is a bar, a restaurant and a music venue that is located not only on a bike trail, but on the Des Moines River too– so you can get to Roy’s by bike, by boat or by car. They have a food truck bus that serves up burgers, chicken, fries and waffles; they have wine and beer for sale– and — the reason it’s in this category– most Friday and Saturday nights they host musical acts from in and around Des Moines. This Saturday, you can catch Brother Trucker from 7-10pm. It’s right next to Birdland Marina by Union Park– check them out for laid back, outdoor concert vibe.
Where: 1900 Saylor Rd, DSM
When: Friday and Saturday evenings
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Restaurant Scene

There is a new pub opening in the East Village today, July 31st, and it is a Viking-themed restaurant and bar called SKOL. No, it’s not a spot just for Minnesota Vikings fans, but if you’re someone who enjoys various roasted meats, beer, bourbon and things Scandinavian, this is the spot for you. They will also serve tacos, burgers, wings and salads. Skol is located at SE 5th and MLK, and will be open daily at 11am.
Where: 401 SE 5th
When: Grand opening today, July 31st at 11am. Open Su-Th from 11am-midnight, F-Sa 11am-2am
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The Thing You Know About & Worth the Drive

It’s here– this weekend is Hinterland, and I can’t wait to see Hozier and Casey Musgraves on Friday night. If anyone wants to babysit my kids the rest of the weekend, that would be swell. Saturday will bring Jason Isbell, and Sunday will highlight the amazing Brandi Carlisle. There are still 1-day and 3-day passes available! And heads up for those that are local– you can speed up the process for everyone by picking up your wristbands at Wooly’s this week through Thursday, from noon to 8pm.
Where: Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater, St. Charles, IA
Cost: $60-400
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Farmstand to Fork
DogPatch Urban Gardens is a small-scale urban farm that started in 2015. Located at 51st and Meredith and led by Jenny Quiner, the farm offers seasonal, organic produce– sold in a store on the farm and sold directly to local chefs. The farm also hosts monthly dinners called Farmstand to Fork, which incorporates their locally grown ingredients with the genius of some of the best chefs in Des Moines. The last dinner featured Joe Tripp from Harbinger, and the next dinner will be this Sunday, August 4th. It will feature Chef Ken VanMilligan from St. Kilda. Tickets are $120 per person, but that includes food, drink, tip and tax, a tour of the farm by Jenny, and an unforgettable experience with interesting people. There will be one more dinner after this one, on September 29th– so check out their website for details and tickets.
Where: 5085 Meredith Drive
When: August 4th at 5pm
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

Sculpture Park- 10-year Anniversary
You may have recently seen that the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, downtown, received a new sculpture– one of the iconic LOVE sculptures by Robert Indiana was installed last Thursday in anticipation of the 10th Anniversary of the park. So- looking ahead- you can join the free, public celebration of the 10th anniversary, on Saturday, September 7th, from 4-7pm. There will be music, food trucks, a kid zone, tours of the sculptures, refreshments and a cash bar.
Where: John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, downtown DSM
When: Saturday, September 7th from 4-7pm
Link to more information

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