Events Around Town

We're here to keep you connected to other events happening in our community & plug all the amazing things going that you can join. If we missed something or you have an upcoming event we can share in October, please email us at info@urbanambassadors.org!

September 6. All are welcome to join VegLife at a monthly vegan potluck hosted the first Thursday of the month! The event is free and open to the public. While there is a theme each month, it is optional to bring a dish in keeping with the theme - don't let it hinder you from coming! It's a way to explore new things and have some fun. September's theme is to showcase sweet potatoes!! We love this deliciously sweet little tuber! Whether you make it savory or sweet, let it shine in your dish this month. Don't forget all dishes must be vegan - no animal products including meat, dairy, eggs, honey.

September 9. Pop into "Butterflies and Brews" to learn how to turn your yard or property into a pollinator oasis! This event is a collaborative effort between Blank Park ZooIowa Natural Heritage FoundationU.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceNeal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, and DMACC Sustainable Urban. This family-friendly event will be held on the patio at Peace Tree - Des Moines Branch on Sunday, September 9th from 2-6pm.

September 10. Join VegLife on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Faith and Grace Community Garden for Community Garden Work Day. This garden produces hundreds of pounds of food each year and all of it is donated to local shelters and community organizations feeding food insecure folks right here in Des Moines. Roll up your sleeves and join for an hour or two at the garden each Monday night!

September 14. Don’t miss the 14th Annual World Food & Music Festival held in Western Gateway Park in Downtown Des Moines. FREE admission! Experience food and beverage vendors representing more than 25 countries and culinary regions including Italy, the Mediterranean, Thailand, Ecuador, Jamaica, the Netherlands, France, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, India, Morocco, Great Britain, Bosnia, El Salvador and more.

September 14. Polk County Conservation is hosting a stargazing event! Turn your eyes to the sky to view the autumn constellations. Local astronomers will provide telescopes. FREE. No registration required.

September 18. Beer and water! REI is partnering with Iowa Rivers Revival and 515 Brewing Company to host this happy hour with a hint of networking and education. Posters will be set up to help visualize what a downtown whitewater park could look like, and the designers will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the Central Iowa Water Trails and Greenways Master Plan.

September 22. Join VegLife Des Moines as they host Eating For a Healthy Planet. Learn how moving toward a plant-based diet can empower you to make a positive contribution to the world, at every single meal. This interactive class will provide you with the tools, motivation, and knowledge to effectively contribute to a more just and sustainable world.

Septemember 27. Join Iowa Environmental Council for their Annual Conference - Environmental Justice: An Iowa Value. Environmental threats to land, water, and climate are more likely to impact low income, minority, and tribal populations. Renowned and engaged speakers will tackle thorny issues such as economic impacts from environmental efforts, engaging resistant communities in understanding climate change impacts, food scarcity and food waste diversion, sparking energy policy that protects under-served populations, balancing economic development with natural landscapes, and more. Re-imagine a just environmental law and policy platform in Iowa by attending this event that ensure the work we do as individuals, businesses, and organizations is bringing everyone to the table. Join us for this critical conversation to improve Iowa's environmental for all.

Septemeber 29. Join Trees ForeverCity of Des Moines Forestry and Trees Forever TreeKeepers in a bike tour of the city's urban forest. They'll curate multiple tree-related stops on the approximately 13-mile route and will start and stop at Peace Tree Brewing. Trees Forever TreeKeepers stationed at the tree stops will provide a short description of the surrounding trees and be available to answer questions. Go at your own speed, and we'll see everyone at Peace Tree Brewing at the finish! The ride is FREE, but please pre-register here to help them coordinate.