Love You Des Moines Days+Celebration @ Valley Community Center
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am

Valley Community Center is hosting a nine-day camp called Love You Des Moines Days with over 65 FREE activities! They will be offering fun and educational classes and activities for kids, families, and adults. Find dates, times, a list of activities and additional information in this flyer.

To close out the festiviites on June 24th – Join them for a Community Open House, a celebration with food, inflatables, fun activities, and more!
All Ages

Teacher Appreciation Day @ Living History Farms
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am

Living History Farms says thank you to all of the teachers who put in the time and effort to bring learning to life for their students. If you’ve never been to Living History Farms with your students, come out to preview what the museum has to offer. Or if you’ve already visited many times with students, enjoy exploring at a leisurely pace. Education staff will be on hand to lead short informational sessions on incorporating an educational visit or program into your classroom. Teachers admitted free; family members pay regular admission fee. Teachers must present school ID to receive free admission.

Friday Family Fun Time! @ Waukee Public Library
Jun 22 @ 9:30 am

Families are invited to visit the library and enjoy a variety of entertainment from a talented series of special guests.

Recommended for 4-10 year olds and their care-givers. Registration is requested and will open 3 weeks before the event. Walk-ins will be admitted if there are unclaimed tickets.

Groups of larger than 8 people should contact youthservices@waukee.org to determine space availability.

6/6 – Animal Sounds & Stories

6/15 – Cool Monsters

6/22 – Jolly Roger: A Musical Pirate Adventure

6/29 – Family Magic Show

Bookwalk @ Des Moines Parks
Jun 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

Friday Family Movies @ Indianola Public Library
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am

Join us for our annual summer movie series!

6/8 – Coco

6/15 – Incredibles

6/22 – Cars 3

6/29 – LEGO Batman

7/6 – Nut Job

7/13 – Dispicible Me 3

7/20 – LEGO Ninjago

7/27 – High School Musical

Friday Flicks Jr. @ West Des Moines Public Library
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am

Join us on Friday mornings for shorter movies (approx. 40 minutes). No registration is needed, though space is limited.

Popcorn and water will be provided, or you may bring your own snack and covered drink (please avoid bringing peanut products to protect our patrons with allergies).

Parents and guardians are responsible for determining if each movie is appropriate for their children.

Pick up a list of the movies we’re showing at the Children’s Desk!

Splash Park – FREE @ Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am

2018 Season: May 29 – TBD. Closing schedule will be determined by staffing levels and the 2018-2019 Ankeny school calendar.

Free entry to the splash park is valid only until 11:45 a.m. Patrons wishing to re-enter the facility during open swim will need to pay daily admission or use a season pass.

Debbie Doowop And Dynamite Dan @ Johnston Public Library
Jun 22 @ 10:30 am

Come to the library for a special musical performance by Debbie DooWop and Dynamite Dan. Their energetic and interactive concert will have you tapping your toes and dancing in your seat. Part of the 2018 Summer Reading Program.

Fairytale Time in the Park @ West Des Moines Parks
Jun 22 @ 10:30 am

FAIRYTALE TIME IN THE PARK! FREE EVENT – No Pre-Registration Required: Come experience your community park and join the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff for a story and a craft. Bring a blanket and a friend!

*Childcare providers — Please let us know if you are bringing your group so we can be sure to have enough supplies for all participants!

June 15 Quail Cove

June 22 Ashawa

June 29 Huston Ridge

July 6 Wild Rose

July 13 Meadowview

July 20 Pearson

July 27 Kiwanis

August 3 Pearson

Tot Swim @ Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center
Jun 22 @ 10:30 am

Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat   10:30 – 11:50 am

June 4 – August 18
6 & under accompanied by adult
Held in the shallow pool
$2/day or free w/season pass

Des Moines Arts Festival @ Western Gateway Park
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am

The Des Moines Arts Festival® is a multi-day Festival that adds vibrancy to Central Iowa by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to celebrate the arts.


The Des Moines Arts Festival® features the nation’s top professional artists and emerging Iowa artists in a juried exhibition of artwork in a variety of mediums. Providing guests with the unique opportunity to meet artists from around the world and purchase their artwork, the Festival has become a signature event for the community.

Performing Arts at the Des Moines Arts Festival showcases dance, musical theatre, acrobatic, live music, and more! Nestled in the Creative Family Zone, the Festival strives tooffer a variety of great acts to entertain the entire family!

Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to get creative and engaged with art, music, dance, and more! These activities can be found at sponsor booths and the Creative Family Zone.

Live music is presented on the Hy-Vee Main Stage. From jazz to rock to gospel, the Festival has something for everyone.

The Interrobang Film Festival combines a traditional film production festival with a public screening. Accepted films are screened at various times throughout the three days of the Festival in the South wing of the Downtown Library.

Belin Quartet Concert @ Various Locations
Jun 22 @ 12:15 pm

Free noon-time concerts on summer Fridays, downtown Des Moines


The Belin Quartet was established in 2000 by a grant to Civic Music Association by the Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts, a charitable foundation created by David Belin. David Belin (1928-1999) 
was a prominent attorney, civic leader, and philanthropist who moved to Des Moines in 1954 and had a tremendous impact on the city during the last half of the 20th century.

A talented violinist himself, he loved music. He also loved Des Moines, and with his trademark bow tie, he was an ever-present supporter of music and the arts in the city. Belin envisioned a community with the opportunity to share in the joys of classical music, which is realized through the Belin Quartet. After his death in 1999, David Belin’s children made the first of 17 annual grants through the Foundation to underwrite the Belin Quartet.

The Belin Quartet consists of alternating violinists Julie Fox Henson, John Helmich, and Tracy Engman Finkelshteyn, violist Jonathan Sturm, and cellist George Work.


All concerts in the series begin at 12:15pm and conclude at 1:00pm,
and are free and open to the public.
Rain location is the lobby of the Kirkwood Hotel, 400 Locust Street.

May 25
Schumann No. 1 in A minor
People’s Plaza

June 1
Beethoven Op. 59 no. 3
Downtown Library

June 8
Beethoven Op. 18 no. 1
Botanical Garden

June 15
Mozart K. 428
Gershwin Lullaby
Downtown Library

June 22
Shostakovich Quartet no. 2
Cowles Commons

June 29
Beethoven Op. 132
East Lawn, Meredith Campus

July 6
Brahms sextet in G
Downtown Library

July 13
Haydn Op. 76 no. 5
Cowles Commons

July 20
Children’s Concert
DSM Public Library

July 27
Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Carl Maria Von Weber Quintet
Principal Financial Group Campus


Check the Civic Music FaceBook page to stay up-to-date on the locations of the concert. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Civic Music Association office at 515-280-4020 or email info@civicmusic.org to confirm the location!

Are you interested in booking the Belin Quartet for an event, concert or party?  Please call 515.280.4020 or email info@civicmusic.org for more information and rates.

Movie Days – Teens @ Indianola Public Library
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm

Teens (grades 6-12). Join us for our annual summer movie series!

6/8 – Beauty & the Beast (live action)

6/15 – Pitch Perfect 3 (PG-13)

6/22 – Into the Woods

6/29 – Grease (PG-13)

7/6 – Justice League (PG-13)

7/13 – Black Panther (PG-13)

7/20 – Les Miserables (PG-13)

7/27 – Hairspray

Friday Flicks @ West Des Moines Public Library
Jun 22 @ 1:30 pm

All movies are shown at 1:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.  No registration is needed, though space is limited.

Popcorn and water will be provided, or you may bring your own snack and covered drink (please avoid bringing peanut products to protect our patrons with allergies).

Parents and guardians are responsible for determining if each movie is appropriate for their children.

Pick up a list of the movies we’re showing at the Children’s Desk!

STEAM with Music @ Waukee Public Library
Jun 22 @ 4:15 pm

Youth entering grades 1-5 in the fall are invited to enjoy science, technology, engineering, art and math activities with music. Registration is required and will open 3 weeks before the event.

Students will explore the hidden math in music and enjoy fun activities to learn about rhythm.

Please register each student individually. Some sessions cover the same material.

Rendezvous on the Riverview @ Riverview
Jun 22 @ 5:30 pm

Rendezvous on Riverview (ROR) is a local concert series every Friday night in June and July. Admission is FREE and concessions are available, including adult beverages. Bring your lawn chairs and join your neighbors for a great time each week! Hours are 5:30 to 9:00(ish) pm.

June 1: Brother Tucker
June 8: Standing Hampton
June 15: Dick Danger
June 22: Fahrenheit
June 29: Backstage Boogie Band
July 6: Stark Raving Madge
July 13: Sons Of Gladys Kravitz
July 20: Final Mix
July 27: Devil’s Deck

Live Music Fridays @ Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm

The SheetJune 1, 2018 6:00 PM

Covering the ’90s to now, The Sheet is playing on the Budweiser Party Stage on our Track Apron beginning at 6pm. They’ll deliver reggae-infused cover songs with their own distinctive sound and style. All ages welcome.

Adairs Run June 8, 2018 6:00 PM

This Nashville-based country group is set to perform during Trackside After 5. Adairs Run has shared the stage with country powerhouses such as Jake Owen and Chase Rice. Show starts at 6pm. All ages welcome.

Farm Rock June 15, 2018 6:00 PM

Farm Rock delivers a powerful performance you won’t soon forget. Come listen to their take on country rock on the Track Apron during Trackside After 5. Show starts at 6pm. All ages welcome.

Ripp Chords June 22, 2018 6:00 PM

Come rock out at Ripp Chord’s FREE show on the Track Apron. They’ll play rock, blues, and even a little country. They’ll play between our scheduled live races. Show starts at 6pm. All ages welcome.

Ted Stockton June 29, 2018 6:00 PM

Free show! Ted Stockton will take the Budweiser Party stage at 6pm. Come hear him cover all your favorite country tunes on the Track Apron between our scheduled live races. All ages welcome.

Friday Night Live Concert Series @ Memorial Park
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm

Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and enjoy live music, food, drink and fun for all ages at Memorial Park in Indianola.  Gates open at 6:00 pm and the concerts start at 7:00 pm. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult

June 1, 2018
​7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Damon Dotson
Bio: ​Damon Dotson is a singer/songwriter based out of Des Moines, IA and originally from Northwest Iowa. Dotson has opened for legendary performers like BB King, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, as well as modern artists like Matt Nathanson, Edwin McCain, and The Lone Bellow. Dotson has sustained his career for ten years including the release of four of his original albums and countless shows all throughout the Midwest without a record label or management.
Genre: Acoustic
June 22, 2018
​7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Monday Mourners
Bio: Monday Mourners are an alt-country  band from Des Moines, Iowa. Midwestern Twang & Roll.
Genre: ​Alt-Country/Americana
July 13, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Hi-Fi Hangover
Bio: Hi-Fi Hangover is a well-known cover band from Omaha, NE. With a repertoire that includes classic to modern rock and a live show that is second to none, Hi-Fi Hangover isn’t just another cover band, they are a force to be reckoned with!
Genre: Rock & Roll
Summer Concerts @ Penoach Winery
Jun 22 @ 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

Teen Night @ Birdland Pool & Ashworth Pool
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm

Regular Admission fees, must be age 13-17 to attend. Everyone attending must be in the water swimming – No loitering in or around the pools.

Ashworth Memorial Swimming Pool – 101 SW 45th Street
Birdland Swimming Pool – 300 Holcomb Avenue