Events Around Town

We're here to keep you connected to other events happening in our community & plug all the amazing things going on that you can join. If we missed something or you have an upcoming event we can share in June, please contact us to get it added. 


May 6. The wait is almost over! Find your handful of happiness on opening day at the Downtown Farmers’ Market on May 6th, presented by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. The Market is held in Downtown Des Moines’ Historic Court District every Saturday morning, May through October. Spanning nine city blocks, The Market includes locally-grown produce, seasonal flowers, farm fresh eggs and cheese, locally-produced wine and fresh baked goods, Iowa-raised meat, ready-to-eat foods, local artists, learning opportunities, and more! Learn more at DesMoinesFarmersMarket.com.

May 6. Calling all Gardeners! Join Homes for My Peeps for the Empowerment Garden Spring Clean-Up. Volunteers will help plant and weed the garden, and have the opportunity to participate in a barrel workshop and community compost program. Bring your friends! There will be free food, music, and community learning. The event runs from 9am-4pm on May 6th.

May 6. Join Central Iowa Trails Association for a morning of trail work at Ewing Park, off McKinley Avenue in Des Moines. Volunteers will be working on cleaning up the trails for the Ewing Mountain Bike Race (held on May 20) and possibly helping to finish out the new flow trail! CITA will provide the tools, lunch, and drinks. More info here!

May 9. Gardens and gardeners can adapt to and help prevent the future effects of climate change at Gardening For Climate Change, a workshop with Matthew Bailey, founder of The Plant Sync. This event will take place at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on May 9th. Learn about the impact of a changing climate on gardening and what you can do about it. Click here to register and read more information.

May 14. Cheers to mothers and celebrating them by bike! The Des Moines Bicycle Collective is hosting a free Mother’s Day Bike Ride on May 14th from 1-3pm. Participants will ride from Jasper Winery to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens. All riders encourage to wear pink.

May 17. Every third Wednesday of the month is Women's Shop Night at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, a night for female-identifying cyclists to come work on their bikes and learn specific bike maintenance skills at the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. Have specific maintenance questions? Bring your bike in or learn on one of the shop's bikes! Staff will also be on hand to give tours of the shop. Women's Shop Night is hosted by Women Rolling Collectively, an initiative of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective to get more women on bikes in Des Moines.

May 18. Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Trees Forever, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Blank Park Zoo for “Can I UPCYCLE that?”, an exciting workshop and hands-on training focused on identifying and removing invasive plants and native alternatives that can be "upcycled" into food and fun for the animals at Blank Park Zoo. The training will take place at Greenwood Park on May 18th, from 5:30-8:30pm. Purchase tickets here- dinner and educational materials included! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Mary Runkel at mrunkkel@inhf.org with questions.

May 20. Pedal the Prairie is back! Meet cyclists and prairie pals at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge for a spring bike ride on the Prairie Parkway Bike Trail, the newly paved and expanded refuge entry road featuring four-foot bike lanes on each side! Participants will have the chance to see bison and elk, ride amongst native wildflowers, toss seed bombs, meet live animals, hike the trails, and explore our Visitor Center. Snacks, refreshments, games and activities will be provided at this free event. Riders and non-riders are welcome to attend!

May 20. Save the date for Market Day Iowa, scheduled for May 20th from 8am-3pm at Captial Square Atrium in Downtown Des Moines.  Market Day is a curated pop-up market, showcasing quality, original artists and collectors from Des Moines, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Omaha, Kansas City, and beyond. Shoppers can "meet their makers," and put a face to the objects they buy!

May 21. Grab your camera and come to the May Photo Hike on Sunday, May 21, from 7:00-9:00pm at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge! This program is free and open to the public for amateur and professional photographers of all ages and skill levels. Bring your camera equipment, and hiking supplies, and be ready to go off the walking trails. Please RSVP to Doreen_vanryswyk@fws.gov.

May 25. Celebrate community justice champions and enjoy spoken word from youth artists with Art Force Iowa at Celebrate our Community. The event will take place from 4:30-5:30pm on May 25th at the Polk County Heritage Gallery. The event is free and refreshments will be provided!

May 25. The Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Downtown Chamber Economic Bike Tour to highlight Des Moines’ downtown development projects and B-Cycle program. Participants will be biking to various development sites to learn about the impact they have on our thriving local economy. This year's tour guides are Ryan Moffatt, Senior City Planner at the City of Des Moines, and Erin Olson- Douglas, Urban Designer at the City of Des Moines. Two rides are scheduled for May 25th and May 26th, both from 1pm-3pm. Bring your own bike or rent a B-Cycle!

May 27.  The Science Center of Iowa will be hosting this month’s Star Party at SCI on the south lawn at the Science center on May 27th from 9:15-11:15pm. Bring your friends and family for an up-close look at our solar system’s largest planet and learn more about its intense gravity, radiation and magnetism from NASA’s current Juno mission. SCI Star Parties occur monthly, March through December. See the full schedule and learn more here!