Aug
22
Wed
Bookwalk @ Des Moines Parks
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am

Bookwalk, the collaborative program with the Des Moines Public Library will return this summer. You don’t have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read along while enjoying a different book each month at a different park.

May: Evelyn K. Davis Park “In the Tall, Tall Grass” by Denise Fleming
June: Gray’s Lake Park “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle
July: Sargent Park “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert
August: Greenwood Park “In the Small, Small Pond” by Denise Fleming
September: Waveland Trail “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert

Barnyard Readers @ Living History Farms
Aug 22 @ 10:30 am

It’s storytime with the animals at Living History Farms!

Do you know a 3, 4, or 5 year old that loves stories about farm animals and living on a farm? If so, then this 90-minute reading-based, activity-filled program will be perfect for them!

Schedule of Programs

Programs occur from 10:00am-11:30am on Wednesdays or Saturdays.

In general, the schedule will be as follows for each individual program. Please arrive on time so the program may begin on time. Meet at the Visitor Center to begin the program.

  • Introductions; read stories and do activity at Visitor Center
  • Restroom break; walk to tractor carts and travel to the farm
  • Visit the animal of the day, and tour the barnyard
  • Board tractor cart and return to Visitor Center

Program Dates

Programs will feature different animals of the day. Over the series, you’ll learn about chickens, sheep, pigs, cows, horses, and oxen & wagons

Saturdays, from 10am-11:30am:

May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 1, September 8, October 6, October 20

Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:30am*:
*unless otherwise noted

June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18 (9am-10:30am and 10:30am-n00n), July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, August 22

Waukee Farmers’ Market @ Triangle Park
Aug 22 @ 4:00 pm

Market offering fresh produce, baked goods and crafts on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Altoona Farmers’ Market @ Civic Plaza
Aug 22 @ 4:30 pm

Wednesday nights 4:30- 7pm. June 6th through September 26th.

Homemade, homegrown, hand picked and handmade products.

Aug
23
Thu
Bookwalk @ Des Moines Parks
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am

Bookwalk, the collaborative program with the Des Moines Public Library will return this summer. You don’t have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read along while enjoying a different book each month at a different park.

May: Evelyn K. Davis Park “In the Tall, Tall Grass” by Denise Fleming
June: Gray’s Lake Park “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle
July: Sargent Park “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert
August: Greenwood Park “In the Small, Small Pond” by Denise Fleming
September: Waveland Trail “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert

Drake Neighborhood Farmers’ Market @ Drake Neighborhood
Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm

The Drake Neighborhood Farmers Market is a non-profit corporation organized for the purpose of promotion and development of urban gardening; food and food preparation education and the health benefits of consuming fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wednesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Farmers Market/Music in the Junction @ Valley Junction
Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm

The 2018 Farmers Market/Music in the Junction series will take place May 3 through September 27.

Join us for our signature event in Historic Valley Junction – our weekly Farmers Market and Music in the Junction concert series.

Farmers Market is home to over 100 weekly vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, arts and crafts and prepared foods. Join your friends and neighbors from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.

Pooch Paddle Dog Swim @ Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm
  • 6-7 p.m.: Dogs under 15” at the shoulder
  • 7-8 p.m.: Dogs 15” and over at the shoulder
  • Register day-of at the door, fee is $5 per pooch
Social Irrigation @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm

Social Irrigation is a 15-week long program of Thursday night concerts hosted by the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, featuring a new band, food, craft beer and lawn games each week. Trellis Café will be open with small plates and your favorite beverage. The variety of musical genre in the series will provide something for every musical taste. Regular cost of admission applies.

June 14: Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets
June 21: Big Time Grain Company
June 28: Parranderos Latin Combo
July 12: Max Wellman with the Annie Booth Trio
July19: NOLA Jazz Band
July 26: The Cerny Brothers
August 2: Christopher the Conquered
August 9: Abbie and the Sawyers
August 16: The Maytags
August 23: The Limestoners +1
August 30: Parranderos Latin Combo
September 6: Damon Doston
September 13: Kevin Burt
September 20: Gina Gedler sings Barbra Streisand
September 27: Fred Gazzo Band

Aug
24
Fri
Bookwalk @ Des Moines Parks
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am

Bookwalk, the collaborative program with the Des Moines Public Library will return this summer. You don’t have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read along while enjoying a different book each month at a different park.

May: Evelyn K. Davis Park “In the Tall, Tall Grass” by Denise Fleming
June: Gray’s Lake Park “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle
July: Sargent Park “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert
August: Greenwood Park “In the Small, Small Pond” by Denise Fleming
September: Waveland Trail “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert

Summer Concerts @ Penoach Winery
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm

Concerts 7:00 to 10:00 pm

May 25 – Freedom Procect  w/ Tim & Jana West

June 8 – Chad Elliott

June 22 – Opus Taylor

July 6 – Back Stage Boogie Band

July 27 – Brother Trucker

August 10 – Abby Normal

August 24 – Boomerang

Aug
25
Sat
Downtown Farmers’ Market @ Court Avenue
Aug 25 @ 7:00 am

The Downtown Farmers’ Market connects urban and rural communities while supporting 300 local entrepreneurs including farmers, producers, bakers, artists and more, representing 58 counties across the state of Iowa. The Market spans nine city blocks and is held in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines, every Saturday morning, even holidays, from May – October.

Indianola Farmers’ Market @ Warren County Fairgrounds
Aug 25 @ 8:00 am

The Indianola Farmers’ Market runs June to October on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and features farm fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade items, flowers and plants and more.

Yoga in the Park Ankeny @ Wagner Park
Aug 25 @ 8:00 am

Enjoy a free hour of yoga with professional instructors. All ages and levels welcome.

May 5- September 29, 2018 8-9 a.m.

Yoga in the Park @ Gray's Lake Park
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray’s Lake Park. Freeoutdoor yoga classes start June 2 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on the southeast lawn of Gray’s Lake and will continue every Saturday through September 29.

The classes, taught by volunteer instructors from around the Metro Area, are perfect for all skill levels, from curious beginner to advanced yogi. You are encouraged to bring a mat or a towel as well as some water and clothes you can move in. No registration for the class is required, just show up ready to relax, release and enjoy.

Classes will not take place in the event of rain. We will only post on social media if Yoga is cancelled. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter for cancellations.

Gray’s Lake Park is easily accessible via Des Moines’ extensive trail network. Due to the popularity of the program, we encourage participants to walk, run or bike to Yoga.

LSI Global Greens Farmers’ Market @ LSI’s Refugee Connection Center parking lot
Aug 25 @ 9:30 am

This market, located at LSI’s Des Moines campus in the Drake neighborhood, has a great laid-back atmosphere. It’s a low traffic area where it’s easy to find a parking spot, and it’s a perfect place to get to know the farmers who grow your food. We also have a corner for kids’ activities, food samples and prepared foods—come try a new food with us! EBT, senior market vouchers and WIC are all accepted.

 

Bookwalk @ Des Moines Parks
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am

Bookwalk, the collaborative program with the Des Moines Public Library will return this summer. You don’t have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read along while enjoying a different book each month at a different park.

May: Evelyn K. Davis Park “In the Tall, Tall Grass” by Denise Fleming
June: Gray’s Lake Park “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle
July: Sargent Park “Planting a Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert
August: Greenwood Park “In the Small, Small Pond” by Denise Fleming
September: Waveland Trail “Growing Vegetable Soup” by Lois Ehlert

Wildlife Explorers: Pond Adventure @ Greenwood Park
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am

Dip into Greenwood Park pond with the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education program. Participants will learn about the pond and the animals that call the pond home. We will be looking for signs and sounds of animals around the pond and then dip into the pond with nets looking for the interesting creatures that live under the water. This is a great way for young and the not so young to discover and learn together. All supplies will be provided, dirty hands guaranteed. Participants will take home a Pack of Gear so they can go out on their own Pond Adventure at home. Registration is required.

Fall Hunting Classic – Kids’ Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm

Free kids’ activities all weekend – Saturday, 8/25, noon-5 and Sun, 8/26, noon-4.

* NEW! Inflatable Hover ball archery Range and the Archery Challenge – Ages 8-12
* Photo Download
The first 100 children to complete the archery range and the free photo download receive a vest and patch!

Kids’ Archery Workshop – 2 p.m. each day – the first 50 kids receive a medallion at the end of the workshop!

Free craft both days

Ingersoll Live @ Ingersoll Avenue
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm

Celebrating its 15th year, Ingersoll LIVE is a celebration of the Ingersoll and Grand District in Des Moines. This family-friendly street festival offers live music throughout the afternoon and evening, inflatables, rides and activities for kids, arts and crafts for browsing and buying, food and beverage vendors, street performances, and much more.