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 August, please email us at!

July 5. All are welcome to join Food Still Matters at their monthly July Vegan Potluck, hosted the first Thursday of the month! The event is free and open to the public. July's theme is raw food! There is so much you can do to prepare plants without cooking them. All dishes should be vegan, no animal products including meat, dairy, eggs, honey.

July 11. Buy a brew, support the zoo! Visit Zoo Brew: Penguins and Pilsners, July 11th from 5:30-9pm. When you attend Zoo Brew, you are supporting Zoo programs and conservation efforts to help save animals in the WILD. Every dollar raised at Zoo Brew continues to advance the Blank Park Zoo’s mission.

July 12. Eco-Trivia Night with Green Iowa AmeriCorps is on again, July 12th from 6-7:30pm at Peace Tree Brewing in Des Moines! Bring your team of up to 6 people (and your A game) to test your environmental knowledge and support Green Iowa's mission.

July 14. The Four Mile Clean-Up has been rescheduled! Join Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition and Iowa Rivers Revival on July 14th, from 10am-12pm at Sleepy Hollow Park.  Supplies will be provided (gloves, grabbers, bags, water, sunscreen, bug spray). This is a family-friendly event. Mark your calendars for ALL THE FUN!

July 14. Cruise the streets in the moonlight while helping a great cause - the children of Orchard Place. Join Orchard Place for the 2018 Orchard Place Moonlight Classic, a night bike ride through the streets of downtown Des Moines and nearby trails! Live music and refreshments can be enjoyed both before and after the ride. Come prepared for contests in Best Bike Lights, Best Helmet Lights, and Best Costume. For all the event details, go to

July 14. Stop and smell the flowers on this Summer Wildflower Hike at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Join Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden staff for a family-friendly, guided hike through the prairie at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, located 35 minutes east of Des Moines. Participants will enjoy a leisurely stroll on paved trails while learning interesting facts about blooming plants and the Refuge. The Prairie Learning Center and bison/elk enclosure will be open to tour following the hike. Transportation is not provided. Members $10, Nonmembers $15, Families (immediate only) $20.


July 18. Every third Wednesday of the month from 5-7pm is Women's Shop Night, 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 and volunteers 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.

July 19.  Volunteers are needed this summer at Gray’s Lake on July 19 from 5:30 p.m - 7:30 pm for this ongoing Upcycle Stewards Volunteer Event. Invasive plants such as honeysuckle are pulled by volunteers and UPCYCLE’d after they are removed from Gray’s Lake Park and given to the Blank Park Zoo for food and fun for their animals. The first 30 participants (21 and up) will get a free beer from Confluence Brewing Company. No registration is necessary. Volunteers should meet at the Parks Maintenance Building located off Thomas Beck Road. Contact for more information.

July 21. The Waxing gibbous moon, Saturn, and Jupiter will be viewable at this month’s Star Viewing Party at Ewing Park. This partnership with the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater brings viewing of the night sky to Ewing Park. Telescopes and information about what you are looking at are provided. Everyone is welcome and if you have a telescope of you own, feel free to bring it along.

July 27. Enjoy the July full moon at Gray’s Lake Moon Float! Gray’s Lake boats are rented out on the night of the full moon each month during the summer. Participants have the opportunity to float on Gray’s Lake under the stars and listen to the calming sounds of the night. Rentals are offered 8:30 – 11 p.m. and are $6 per boat per half hour.