DSM 411: September 18th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in September, 2019. Updates include two festivals, something for runners, something for gardeners, for Tchaikovsky-lovers, for pumpkin-lovers and something to help find inner peace. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

Beaverdale Fall Festival
The annual Beaverdale Fall Festival is happening this Friday and Saturday, the 20th and 21st of September. Everything kicks off at 5pm on Friday, with a carnival, street vendors, inflatables and a beer tent. Start Saturday off right with a Pancake breakfast at either Acanthus Lodge or on the front lawn of Westminster Presbyterian. The main event, the Fall Festival Parade, will run from 10am-noon along Beaver Avenue. There will be a talent show, tournaments and a kid zone. Check out fallfestival.org for the full schedule of events.
Where: Beaver Avenue, Beaverdale
When: 5-11p Friday, September 20th and 8am-11pm Saturday, September 21st 
Cost: Most entertainment is free
Link to more information


World Food & Music Festival
Head downtown this weekend to check out the Des Moines Partnership’s 15th annual World Food & Music Festival. Starting this Friday and running through Sunday, you’ll find 3 stages and many vendors offering diverse food, programming and entertainment. There will also be a Cultural Discovery Tent, that will host programming coordinated by CultureALL. Hours are 11-11 on Friday and Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday. Admission is free.
Where: Western Gateway Park
When: September 20th-22nd
Cost: Admission is Free
Link to more information

Get Active

Register for the DSM Marathon
Last week we talked about the Monument Mile, which is happening tomorrow, September 19th. So just another quick nudge to remind you that we are officially one month out from the Des Moines Marathon, half marathon, 5K and other races, including kids runs. Registration prices go up next Monday, September 23rd, so be sure to go to desmoinesmarathon.com to see all of the details if you’re interested in running. I’ll be standing near my house, cheering you on.
Where: All around Des Moines
When: October 19th and 20th
Cost: $109
Link to more information and to register

Give Back

Perennial Divide
Here’s a way for gardeners to give back to Des Moines in a way that will beautify city parks, schools and non-profits. The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department is looking for plant donations from your yard. They will be collecting anything you’d like to donate– perennials, bulbs, ground cover, ornamental grasses, shrubs, and seeds. They will take donations this Friday at the Chesterfield Community Center, and again on Saturday through noon. They say no donation is too small, but they do want you to label things, so check out all of the details in the link below.
Where: Chesterfield Community Center
When: Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st until noon
Cost: Your time and labor
Link to more information

Music Scene

Des Moines Symphony Week
We are currently in the middle of Des Moines Symphony Week, where the Des Moines Symphony is celebrating the start of their 82nd season. Included in the week, tomorrow, Thursday the 19th, follow the Des Moines Symphony’s social media for clues about five pairs of free tickets hidden around Des Moines. There is an opening night celebration this Saturday, at 5:30 at Cowles Commons, followed by the season debut, an all-Tchaikovsky program at 7:30 in the Civic Center across the street. The week will end with a second performance at 2:30 on Sunday.
Where: Cowles Commons and the Civic Center
When: September 16th-22nd
Link to more information

The Thing You Know About

Pumpkin Patches and Orchards
It’s still hot in Des Moines, but we are less than two weeks from October, and this puts us in prime pumpkin patch and orchard season. Chances are, if you’re the type of person who likes to go to pumpkin patches and orchards, you already have your favorite spot, but in case you’re new to the pumpkin patch scene, or are looking for a different vibe for your fall tradition, I’m going to give you a quick rundown of the main six options.
-To the South, you’ll find Howell’s and the Pumpkin Ranch
-To the West, you’ll find Wills Family Orchard
-To the East, Pumpkinville and Geisler Farms, and
-To the North, the grand-daddy of them all– Center Grove Orchard
I have only been to Howell’s and Center Grove, but I have talked to many people who prefer the smaller venues that don’t emulate the mall on Christmas Eve. We don’t have time for an overview of each spot, but know that they are diverse in their offerings and vibe, and you can easily find a link to each one here.

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Inner Space
There is a new spot in Des Moines that is dedicated to helping you get in tune with both your physical and mental health. Inner Space opened last Sunday on Keosaqua just south of 235, and they are offering a whole host of classes, experiences and groups to encourage a healthy mind and body. There are meditation and yoga classes, multi-week courses to help you improve your mindset, and even a Himalayan salt room, which is said to aid in respiratory problems as well as some skin conditions. There is a long list of offerings, so check out their site at innerspacedsm.com to see if there’s something there to help you.
Where: 1251 Keosaqua Way
Cost: Varies by service, class and experience
Link to more information

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