Events Around Town

This month’s calendar is loaded with Earth Month events! We’ve tried to skim a few of the best for you. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for an up to date list of Urban Ambassadors and partner events. If we missed something or you have an upcoming event we can share in May, please email us at!

April 2 – 25. It’s that time of year again – time for the Des Moines Vegan Restaurant Tour! The tour is back for its second year and VegLife Des Moines is as excited as ever to celebrate amazing vegan food with you at all twelve of the tour’s restaurant locations this month. Each participating restaurant will be featuring at least three vegan options to all costumers dining at the restaurant on their designated day. Check out all of the dates and restaurants on their Facebook event page. Visit a few – or a lot – in order to experience some amazing vegan food and help drive demand for it here in Des Moines!

April 10. Ever wondered how to start growing Microgreens on your own? Well, fear no more, Dogpatch Urban Gardens is here! Join them as they go in-depth on what you need to know to start! In this workshop you will learn all the steps in growing your own microgreens.  They will discuss where to source required items, what types of seeds to grow, what grow medium to use, the best lighting options, how to water, how to harvest, and tips/tricks to success.

April 19 – 20. Put your gloves on as the City of Des Moines and surrounding cities put on their annual Earth Day Trash Bash! This is Iowa’s largest Earth Day volunteer event, with total registered volunteers clocking in at 1,900 in 2018 and a total of 75 project locations throughout the greater Des Moines metro. Last year volunteers removed over 81,000 pounds of rubbish and brush, along with almost 34 pounds of cigarette butts, planted 200 trees and recycled 3,400 plastic grocery bags. Be a part of something huge and register today to do your part in this year’s Trash Bash. A full schedule of events as well as links to register can be found on the Earth Day Trash Bash website.

April 20. Have you been interested in using more public transit, but have reservations about using the bus system? Put those worries to rest at Dart Bus Line's April How to Ride Training. Dart staff will be providing small group training to help individuals learn to ride the bus in Greater Des Moines. Training will demonstrate how to plan a trip, read maps and schedules, recognize bus stops, pay fares, practice ride safety, and more. Training sessions are free and open to the public. The session will be held in the Multimodal Room at DART Central Station. Happy busing!

April 22. Looking to revive your spring wardrobe? Swap, don’t shop! Urban Ambassadors is hosting a free Earth Day Clothing Swap. Bring clothes to donate, grab clothes to take home. Drop your items with a volunteer on the way in, and browse through the racks for the same number of new things. Don’t have anything to leave, but still want to shop? All good, we just ask you make a donation to shop instead. Come celebrate Earth Day by swapping sustainably!

April 25 and 27. The City of Des Moines is putting on their annual Tiny Trees Giveaway. Planting tiny trees is a great idea if you wish to increase property values, save on heating and cooling, provide oxygen, or create more habitat for wildlife. Planting is now easier than ever, as the City of Des Moines is giving out up to five free trees to City of Des Moines residents. Orders can be placed on the Tiny Trees webpage. You can also find educational material such as tree planting, tree watering, and new tree care on their webpage. If you are not in need of trees to plant, consider volunteering for this awesome event instead. Volunteers are needed on April 25th for the Tree Packaging Day and on April 27th for the Tree Giveaway Day.

April 27. The biggest VegLife Des Moines event of the year is here, Des Moines VeganFest 2019! This event will span both indoors and outdoors at The Atrium and Cowles Commons. Tickets will be $5 (kids are free!) and can be purchased in advance on the VeganFest Facebook page linked above, or on site inside The Attrium. Tickets will give you access to all of the amazing vegan food vendors represented at the festival, as well as workshops, speakers, cooking demos, and merchandise. Bonus: be one of the first 150 people in the door and you’ll get a sweet VeganFest swag bag! This is the biggest vegan festival in Iowa, and you certainly won’t want to miss it!