Events Around Town

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 February, please email us at!

January 1. Join the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in celebrating the New Year with a free, guided hike in 26 of Iowa's State Parks! First Day Hikes are hosted annually and family friendly! Times and locations vary- click here for more information about hikes near you!

January 4. Food Still Matters will be hosting another monthly Vegan Potluck, and January’s theme is a Healthy Start to 2018! Bring your favorite healthy dish to share. Please remember to bring a copy of the recipe or list of ingredients. Potluck begins at 6pm at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines.

January 6. Don’t let the cold get you down! Join The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Saturday mornings, January through March, for weekly education on a range of topics from designing your garden to foraging in the wild at. Each week includes two hour-long sessions; purchase tickets here. On January 6th from 10:30-1:00pm, join experts to learn about Planting on the Wild Side and Bold Strokes.

January 6. Visit the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for Nature Tots, a fun and educational event! Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult and enjoy reading stories, exploring outside, making nature crafts, and much more! The event is free but registration is required. Email or call 515-994-3400 to register.

January 8. Take your yoga practice to the next level under the stars in Science Center of Iowa's Star Theater Planetarium! Yoga Under the Stars classes are held on Mondays from 5:30-6:30pm, January through March. Pre-registration is required; register here

January 13. Want to learn how to create your own prairie garden? From seed cleaning and planting to weed control and using for education, you will learn a new skill every month in this DIY series, hosted by Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. The topic for January’s Do it Yourself Prairie Series will be: Planting Seeds Outside. Learn the practice of "dormant season seeding" and start your garden in the winter. These programs are for aspiring gardeners of all ages and experience. Individuals and groups are welcome!

January 13. Five Monkeys Inc will be hosting a free clothing swap from 11am to 4 pm! Bring your clothing donations and shop for free! Anything that doesn't leave will be donated to Central Iowa Shelter and Services to clothe the homeless.

January 13. Learn how fun and easy snowshoeing can be while experiencing the great outdoors at this Snowshoe Hiking event at Fort Des Moines Park Shelter #3. Wear warm waterproof boots. Class will be canceled without snow. Pre-registration required and the deadline to register is January 11. The cost to participate is $10 and includes snowshoes.

January 15. Join Community Youth Concepts for the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 15 from 9:30am-11:30am at Community Youth Concepts, 1446 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway. The Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) students are currently working together to brainstorm and plan service projects for us to do throughout the morning!

January 16. What if Civility Ruled the World? Join Connie Ryan, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, who will explore the concept of civility and engage the audience in a conversation on January 16th at the Franklin Avenue Library, 6:30-7:30pm. Connie will discuss how we can create civil atmospheres and the importance of working toward civility every day. The event is free and open to the public. 

January 21.  VegLife Des Moines will be hosting a Vegan Brunch Fundraiser at HoQ Restaurant! Brunch is from 10 am-12 pm, and all funds raised will be going to VeganFest 2018.

January 27. Iowa's African American Festival Celebrates 20 Years! Join this Celebration Day that highlights African American art, culture, and contributions. Attendees can enjoy soul food, a health fair, celebrity headliners, kids carnival and much much more!

January 30. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is hosting a summit at the Meadows Conference Center at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. Guests will have the opportunity to hear exciting speakers and industry leaders discuss the future of renewable fuels. The Summit is Free and Open to the Public. Register for the event here.