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 July, please contact us to get it added. 

June 1. Food Still Matters is hosting a monthly Vegan Potluck at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines on the first Thursday of every month. The potluck begins at 6pm. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, dairy, eggs, honey, other animal ingredients) with ingredients list or recipe. 

June 3. You’re invited to help support Iowa’s treasured public trails; to give back, learn and celebrate at National Trails Day at Jester Park! Join Polk County Conservation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and REI for a day of trail maintenance, “History of Iowa Trails” presentation, free local food and beverages, live music and more at Jester Park. Registration is limited and closes on June 1st.

June 3. Practice your urban fishing skills and learn about Des Moines’ waterways at Carp Fest! Hosted by Iowa Outdoor Expo, this fun carp fishing contest is open to all, and will take place on June 3rd from 9am-12pm at Gray’s Lake. Equipment and bait will be available at the event- along with prizes for the biggest catch!

June 4. Join Grade A Gardens for the first 1st Annual Garlic Festival, June 4th from 11am-5pm! Meet farmers and local food friends for a day of live music, garlic themed food, farm tours, and a tie-dye station. This event is open to the public and free of charge.  

June 5. MOVE DSM is the City's Transportation Master Plan, establishing a multi modal vision for transportation over the next 25 years. On June 5th from 6-7:30pm, give your input on transportation in Des Moines to ensure the city is best positioned to provide transportation options for all citizens in in every stage of life. Meeting held at City of Des Moines 1551 E. MLK Jr. Prkwy

June 9. A sustainable community is an inclusive and welcoming community for all, especially our youth! Learn about Iowa Safe Schools and meet board members and supporters at the Iowa Safe School Pride Kickoff Party, June 9th from 5-7pm at RAYGUN. There will be Iowa Safe Schools-inspired merchandise for sale, and a percentage of all RAYGUN sales that night will go back to Iowa Safe Schools. Food & beverages will be provided; stop in and support LGBTQ youth across Iowa!

June 10. Join the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa for World Refugee Day 2017, June 10th from 10am-2pm at Callanan Middle School. Meet community leaders and enjoy a day of cultural presentations, kids activities, and food! If you’d like to volunteer to support the event, register here!   

June 10. Do you enjoy cooking AND being outdoors? Then you can’t miss this Outdoor Cooking Class, hosted by Polk County Conservation and Edible Outdoors-Des Moines, June 10th from 9am-12pm at Jester Park. Participants will learn the basics of outdoor cooking techniques including cast iron Dutch ovens, tin turtles, and pudgy pies. Come hungry and be prepared to help make and enjoy a meal. Pre-registration is required with a deadline on June 5; tickets are $10.

June 15. Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and Trees Forever invite you to be an UpCycle Steward this summer! Help restore Gray’s Lake’s woodlands, provide browse for the Zoo’s animals, and connect with your community at this unique event. No experience necessary! Volunteers will remove invasive species to creates space for native plants and feed Blank Park animals. Events will be held the third Thursday of each month June - August, from 5:30-7:30 pm.

June 15. Have you been spring cleaning and looking for a fun way to share your unwanted clothing? On Thursday, June 15th, Five Monkeys Inc is hosting a free clothing swap from 3-7pm! Stop in to sort your donations, and fill your bag with someone else's donations. Unclaimed items will be donated to Central Iowa Shelter & Services.

June 17. Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session! Free yoga events will take place every Saturday from 9-10am, June through September, and will visit different parks across Des Moines- starting at Gray’s Lake for the month of June. The list of volunteer instructors is available online

June 17.  Summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is near! Embrace the warm summer night and view Saturn in its closest annual approach to our Earth, as well as Jupiter, at The Science Center of Iowa’s monthly Star Party at SCI. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Science Center on June 17th from 9:30-11:30pm. SCI Star Parties occur monthly, March through December. See the full schedule and learn more here!

June 21. 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.

June 24. Join Camp Fire Heart of Iowa and Camp Hantesa at Gray’s Lake on June 24th for Get Outside Iowa, a day to enjoy the great outdoors! Canoeing, nature activities, and crafts will be provided free of charge to the public from 11am-3pm, as well as information about other outdoor recreation opportunities in Iowa. Individuals and families are welcome!