DSM 411: August 7th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in August, 2019. Updates include a Duke and Duchess, free corn, a clown, EDM, all the restaurants, animal puns and movies after midnight in the moonlight. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Blank Park Zoo- Meet the Zebras
If you haven’t made it to the zoo yet this year to see the new baby rhino, there are two more new reasons to visit: Duke and Duchess– the two zebra that have recently joined the menagerie. However– it’s good to know that they are currently only on display four days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: Blank Park Zoo
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Cost: Free-$14, although, buying tickets online will save a few dollars, and don’t forget to look into using a free Adventure Pass from your public library
Link to more information
Link to Adventure Pass information

Free & Worth the Drive

Adel Sweet Corn Festival
A quick 30-minute drive west of Des Monies will take you to Adel, and this Saturday, August 10th, it’s worth the drive to visit their 40th annual Sweet Corn Festival. There is a full list of events happening that day, including a parade at 9:30 and free sweet corn at 11am. There will also be a car show, live music, food and craft vendors and inflatables for the kids.
Where: Adel, IA
When: Saturday, August 10th
Cost: Free
Link to more information

Give Back & Get Active

Pedal for the House
The Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit that directly supports families with critically ill children. You can help their cause and be active at the same time by participating in their 8th annual Pedal for the House fundraiser. Saturday August 17th, show up at Captain Roy’s at 3pm with $30 and your bike to register for the event. The ride will take from 4-7pm and will take you along the Neil Smith trail. There will be stops at Peace Tree and Madhouse Brewing Company before returning to Captain Roy’s for an after party at 7pm.
Where: Captain Roy’s
When: Saturday, August 17th Registration at 3pm, ride from 4-7pm, after party at 7pm
Cost: $30
Link to more information

Music Scene

515 Alive
515 Alive is coming next week– if you love EDM and hip-hop, there is still time to get tickets to this annual music festival. It will be held again at Water Works Park next weekend– August 16th and 17th. Check the website for the full lineup and to buy tickets, which will run from $75 – $350.
Where: Water Works Park
When: Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th
Cost: $75-$350
Link to more information

Restaurant Scene

Des Moines Restaurant Week
Des Moines Restaurant Week begins on August 16th and runs through the 25th, and now is a great time to make some reservations. Thirty-six of the best restaurants in Des Moines that are participating in the event. Here’s how it works: each restaurant will have a fixed price menu available with specialties created just for the event. For $28, you can either have lunch for two, or if you go for dinner, the $28 will cover one three-course meal.
Where: Restaurants all around Des Moines
When: August 16th through 25th
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

Iowa State Fair
The summer break from school is nearing the end, which can only mean– it’s fair time. The Iowa State Fair kicks off on August 8th and runs through the 18th. Buy tickets ahead of time, online or at Hy-Vee, Fareway or Price Chopper to save $2-4 per ticket. Additionally, there are still tickets available to most grandstand performances, including the Chainsmokers, the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and Foreigner– but sorry, the Slipknot show is sold out. A million other attractions will be there– too many to list. Fairgrounds are open from 7am to 1am, and a full schedule of events can be found at iowastatefair.org.
Where: Iowa State Fairgrounds
Cost: Free (5 and under), $4-6 (6 to 11yo), $8-12 (12 and over)
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Bark to School at the ARL
This one is for the dog-lovers. The Animal Rescue League is putting the fun in fundraiser by holding a Bark to School dog photo shoot event. Next week, on August 13th and 14th between 5-7pm, you can have a professional picture taken of your favorite canine for only $15. All proceeds go to support the ARL and their work in the metro. Pictures will be taken at Bailey’s Bark Park, and you should register before you go.
Where: Bailey’s Bark Park, 5452 NE 22nd St
When: August 13th and 14th from 5-7pm
Link to more information and registration

Looking Ahead

Valle Drive-In Theater
Here’s an update I’ve been saving for the end of summer– a quick 40-minute drive east of Des Moines will bring you to the Valle Drive-in Theater — one of four drive-in theaters that still exists in Iowa. The gates open each night at 6:30, and there’s always a double feature. Through tomorrow night, it’s the new Lion King followed by Toy Story 4. Starting on Friday, Spiderman: Far From Home will follow the Lion King. The reason I waited until the end of summer to talk about this is because the first movie starts at dusk– which is a more reasonable 8:30-9pm.
Where: 4074 Hwy F48, Newton, IA
When: Nightly through Labor Day, gates open at 6:30, first movie starts at Dusk
Link to more information

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