DSM 411: September 25th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in September, 2019. Updates include more festivals, a fair, a free ride, a horse pun, beer news, lederhosen, a big anniversary and lotsa music. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

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Latino Heritage Festival
Another weekend, another festival! This coming weekend is the Latino Heritage Festival, which will be held this Saturday and Sunday at, where else: Western Gateway Park. The two-day festival will include Latin food vendors, artist displays, and of course, Latin music and dancing. There will also be cultural booths, highlighting the nuance and diversity within the Latino community. For kids, there will be bounce houses and hands-on educational activities, including piñata-making.
Where: Western Gateway Park
When: 10a-11p Saturday, September 28th and 10am-6pm Sunday, September 29th 
Cost: Admission is $5, Children under 12 are $1
Link to more information

Vintage & Made Fair
The Fall edition of the Vintage & Made Fair is happening this Saturday and Sunday. I think it’s worth the drive to the Adel fairgrounds to catch this fun event with amazingly creative vendors. They always have great food vendors, great music, and the atmosphere should be perfect for a fall stroll through the fairgrounds with a hot drink. 
Where: Dallas Co Fairgrounds in Adel
When: Saturday, September 28th from 9-4, and Sunday, September 29th, from 10-4
Cost: $6 online through Friday, $8 at the door
Link to more information


We are in the middle of DART Week at Des Moines Public Library. In an effort to get people to sign up for a library card and/or use the DART bus system, this week through Saturday, you can scan your full-size Des Moines library card to get on the bus for free.
Where: On the bus
When: September 22nd-28th
Cost: Free with your library card
Link to more information

Give Back

Animal Rescue League- Mane Event
If you are an animal lover, this update is for you. When you’re looking to adopt a new pet, the Animal Rescue League probably comes to mind. But did you know that, other than the typical cats and dogs, they often have many other kinds of animals in their care, available for adoption? Not only do they have small animals like hamsters, rabbits, hedgehogs, birds, and reptiles, they also have horses that have been rescued from abuse, neglect or abandonment. You can support the ARL and their mission by attending their big annual fundraiser for horses– their Mane Event. The event will happen at The Kruidenier Second Chance Ranch on Thursday, October 3rd. It will begin with a cocktail hour in the barn with the horses at 6pm, followed by a dinner, a barn dance and games. It is kid friendly and there will also be a silent auction. 
Where: Kruidenier Second Chance Ranch
When: Thursday, October 3rd at 6pm
Cost: $20 for kids 6 and under, $30 for everyone else
Link to more information

Music Scene

Two Quick Updates:

You can still get tickets for tomorrow night’s Maren Morris show at Water Works Park. Tickets range from $35-75.

Hoyt Sherman just announced that Grace Potter is coming to their venue in February. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am, so set yourself a reminder if that is your jam. 


Restaurant Scene

Brewery News:

Madhouse closing

In surprising news, Madhouse Brewing is closing at the end of September. Head over this weekend to experience one of their great sours, or their Sundae Fundae Stout, which was just released last week. 
Where: Madhouse is at 501 Scott Ave, Lua will be at 
When: Madhouse’s last Saturday is September 28th.
Link to Madhouse

Lua Brewery almost open
In much better news, the new Sherman Hill brewery, called Lua Brewing, is so close to opening- it looks like any day now. Keep an eye on their website and social media for updates, and I’ll plan to post something on the DSM411 social accounts when I see it happens.
Where: 1525 High Street, DSM
When: Soon!
Link to Lua Brewing

The Thing You Know About

Get out your lederhosen, because this weekend, everyone is German at Des Moines’ annual Oktoberfest. Starting Friday at 3pm, this 21 and over event will run through 1am, and will include Craft Beer Village, Lederhosen Lane and the Silent Disco Party Plaza. The event runs again on Saturday, with the same hours– 3pm to 1am. 4th Street will be closed off south of Court Avenue for the event. Tickets are $7 if you buy them ahead of time– buy them at Hy-Vee if you want to avoid fees– and it will be $10 at the door. There will be contests, music, food, merriment and beer, lotsa beer.
Where: 4th Street south of Court
When: Friday, September 27th 3pm-1am, Saturday, September 28th 3pm-1am
Cost: $7 before the event, $10 at the door
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About

Fall Family Fun Fest @ Union Park 
This Saturday, Union Park (aka, the Rocketship Park) is the place to be in Des Moines. There are two events happening there in tandem:
First, the annual Fall Family Fun Fest is happening. It will include an 8 and under Trikathalon at 1pm, followed by pie and pizza eating contests– registration is required for all of these events. The event will also include a DJ, face painting, inflatables, and of course, the rocket slide and the Heritage Carousel. 
Where: Union Park, DSM
When: Saturday, September 28th from 1-4pm
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information

Union Park 125-year Celebration
This year marks the 125th Anniversary of Union Park. To commemorate this milestone, there will be a bike ride from the park at 10:30am on Saturday, which mirrors the bicycle parade that happened at the inauguration of the park in 1896. The ride will start in the park, go to Peace Tree Brewing downtown, and back to the park via the Neal Smith Bike Trail. Following the ride, there will be a decorated bicycle parade for kids at noon, and then free hot dogs at 12:30, and a guided history tour of the park at 2:30 alongside the rest of the Family Fun Fest. 
Where: Union Park, DSM
When: Saturday, September 28th from 10:30am
Cost: Free to attend
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

October at the Well
Wells Fargo Arena has come back to life– there is a LOT going on in October, so here’s a quick rundown:

Iowa Wild have games on: 10/4, 10/6, 10/11, 10/12. Tickets are $13-48

Luke Combs will be performing on 10/5 at 7pm. Tickets: $25-50
Heart and Joan Jett will be at the Well on 10/7 at 7pm. Tickets: $40-351
Chris Tomlin will have a show on 10/13 at 7pm. Tickets: $15-77
Twenty One Pilots will perform on 10/25 at 8pm. Tickets: $40-80
Carrie Underwood has a show on 10/26 at 7pm. Tickets: $46-96
Young Thug & Machine Gun Kelly on 10/29 at 8pm. Tickets: $30-70
A Day to Remember will perform on 10/30 at 6:30pm. Tickets: $30-60

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