DSM 411: November 6th, 2019

This episode discusses things happening around Des Moines in November and December, 2019. Updates include an ugly Christmas tree, a corn pool, G.I Joes, the Iowa Wolves, Corks & Kegs, local music, a sampler’s delight, a niche flea market and tickets on sale to two very different events. Check out the list below, or subscribe to the podcast following these easy instructions

Family Friendly

A Charlie Brown Christmas
I know we’re more than three weeks away from Thanksgiving, but we’re officially in the holiday season, so I will be highlighting holiday events over the next 7 weeks or so. First up– A Charlie Brown Christmas is coming to the Civic Center in an all-new touring production of the holiday classic. The show is scheduled for Thursday, December 12th at 6:30pm and tickets are on sale ranging from $25-97.
Where:
Civic Center
When:
Thursday, December 12th at 6:30pm
Cost:
$25-97
Link to more information

Harvest Carnival at Blank Park Zoo
The Blank Park Zoo is holding a Harvest Carnival this Saturday, November 9th from 10am-2pm. The carnival is included with the regular price of admission and will include a corn pool, pumpkin bowling, more games, prizes and fall drinks.
Where:
Blank Park Zoo
When:
Saturday, November 9th from 10am-2pm
Cost:
Free with regular admission to the zoo
Link to more information

Free

Assembly Required: G.I. Joe Convention
Here’s an event that I bet you don’t know about: this Saturday, November 9th, an organization called Codename: Iowa is holding an event called Assembly Required at Gravitate Coworking. Assembly Required is the 8th annual G.I. Joe convention that draws hardcore collectors and casual fans alike. There will be displays, dioramas and vendors for G.I. Joe enthusiasts, as well as classes, workshops and contests. The event is completely free to attend.
Where: Gravitate Coworking
When:
Saturday, November 9th from 10a-6pm
Cost:
Free
Link to more information

Sports

Iowa Wolves Opening Game
We covered this last week talking about events in Wells Fargo Arena, but just a quick reminder that the Iowa Wolves, who are the official minor league team for the Minnesota Timberwolves, have their 2019 season opener this Friday, November 8th at 7pm. It’s Iowa State night, and fun fact: a military ID or college ID shown at the ticket office will get you into the game half price.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena
When: Friday, November 8th at 7pm
Cost: $18-36
Link to more information

Give Back

Corks & Kegs
This Friday, November 8th, you can support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by attending their Corks & Kegs events, which will be held at Des Moines University at 5:30pm. Tickets run from $90-150, and you need to call or email them to inquire about ticket availability.
Where: Des Moines University, 3200 Grand Ave
When: Friday, November 8th at 5:30-9:30pm
Cost: $90-150
Link to more information

Music Scene

Gross Domestic Product Music Festival
On Saturday, November 23rd, you can support local music by attending the all-Iowa music festival called Gross Domestic Product. This Des Moines Music Coalition project will host nearly 20 acts from various genres in two locations on that day: Vaudeville Mews and the 4th Street Theatre.
Where: Vaudeville Mews & 4th Street Theatre
When: Saturday, November 23rd from 1:30-11:30pm
Cost: $5-15, kids 11 and under are free
Link to more information and tickets

The Thing You Know About

Beer, Wine & Food Expo
The Iowa Events Center is hosting the 12th annual Beer, Wine & Food Expo, which will include over 120 vendors, live music, and of course, plenty of food, beer and wine samples.   
Where: Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center
When:
Friday, Nov 8th from 4-9pm, Saturday, Nov 9th from 1-8pm
Cost: $25-100
Link to more information

The Thing You Don’t Know About 

Bride to Bride Flea Market
This is a quick little event happening out at the fairgrounds this Sunday from 1-4pm, but if you know a couple planning a wedding, give them this tip to check out this event called Bride to Bride Flea Market. It’s a simple idea: recent brides bring items they used at their wedding to the market, and those planning a wedding can peruse the decor, centerpieces, signs, and anything else the recent brides would like to sell at the event. It is $5 per adult to get in, and from what I could see on their webpage, treat this like a wedding garage sale: bring cash.
Where: Iowa Fairgrounds, Elwell Family Food Center
When:
Sunday, November 10th from
Cost:
$5
Link to more information

Looking Ahead

The Band’s Visit Tickets
Here’s another ticket buying opportunity for the Willis Broadway Series at the Civic Center. If you are interested in seeing the new musical called ‘The Band’s Visit’ next May 12-17th, put a reminder on your calendar for next Monday, November 11th at 9am. Tickets will be on sale from $40-149 for the eight performances of the show.
Where:
Civic Center
When:
Tickets on sale Nov 11th at 9am. Shows run May 12-17.
Cost:
$40-149
Link to more information

Cher Tickets
It’s been more than 10 years since Cher performed in Des Moines, and she recently announced that her North American Tour will be stopping here on April 16th at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sales now for Citi card holders, and the full set of tickets will be on sale this Friday, November 8th at noon.
Where: Wells Fargo Arena
When: Ticket on sale Nov 8th at 12pm. Show will be on April 16th at 7:30pm.
Cost: $40-500
Link to more information

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