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 October, please contact us to get it added. 

September 3. Visit Jester Park for Glow Wild, an afternoon of food, fun, environmental education programming, drinks, and live music - all illuminated by an evening bonfire! Glow Wild will feature more food trucks, extended hours, more activities, a larger venue and more fun! Pre-register here!

September 4. Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, the 2017 Des Moines Mini Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, artists, educators, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors and students. Check out the Science Center of Iowa on September 4 from 9am-5pm to meet the "makers" and learn about their work!

September 6. Join the Iowa Waste Reduction Center for 2 1/2 days packed full of education, insight and networking focused on reducing food waste and improving food recovery efforts at the Midwest Food Recovery Summit. Through breakout sessions and workshops, attendees will learn and connect around reducing food waste and saving resources. Visit this webpage for information about attending, exhibiting and sponsoring.

September 7. 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.

September 8. Join the Des Moines West Side Chamber for a tour of several economic development projects in process on the Des Moines West Side on an Economic Development Bus Tour! The tour will take place on September 8 from 10am-1pm. Check out the event page for details as they develop.

September 8. Learn more about rain garden design and installation and soil quality restoration at this Rainscaping Workshop, hosted by Easter Lake Watershed Project and the Iowa Storm Water Education Partnership. Rain gardens are shallow depressions made in yards that are planted with flowers where rain water will soak into soils, to improve the soil health! Register here.

September 9. Join Hiatt Neighborhood's youth leaders from Boys & Girls Club and neighbors at the Hiatt Community Garden Party! A Garden Meet-Up will start at 11:00am, followed by lunch, crafts, and music from 11:30-1pm. See and learn about the amazing projects our community's youth are doing in the garden!

September 12. Volunteer for the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project this month, a data collection project that is extremely valuable for identifying and prioritizing where new bike and pedestrian facilities should be built. Des Moines Parks and Recreation needs volunteers to conduct counts and surveys on September 12, 13, and 16.Volunteers are rewarded for their time with a choice of a free bike rental at Gray’s Lake Park for each time they volunteer or receiving a free 2018 Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride registration for volunteering for more than one spot! Click here to learn more and sign up now!

September 14. Every year, hundreds of former refugees are resettled to Central Iowa and begin working to establish themselves in their new community. Support this community and Lutheran Services of Iowa at this year’s Empowerment Luncheon, September 14th from 12-1pm, that will share courageous stories in starting a new life in Central Iowa and celebrate our community's newest citizens. Click here to read more and purchase tickets.

September 17. Blank Park Zoo’s Plant Grow Fly and partners are pleased to announce the 2017 Monarch Festival at Blank Park Zoo on September 17th from 12-4pm. The Festival will highlight the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly and will offer everything from traditional Mexican dancing, puppet shows, monarch tagging, and habitat education, to free seeds to start your own butterfly garden.

September 20. Every third Wednesday of the month from 5-7pm 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.

September 21. Join the Easter Lake Watershed Project and Polk County Conservation at the Easter Lake Park shop and learn to build your very own rain barrel to collect and use runoff at home! This Rain Barrel Workshop will take place September 21st from 6:30-7:30pm. All materials will be provided for the event, but participants should plan transportation to get your barrel home! Pre-register by September 16th here!

September 23. September is National Recovery Month. Join Prelude Behavioral Services to celebrate and support individuals and families in our community who are enjoying life in recovery from alcohol and drugs at the annual Art of Recovery walk. Through visual arts, music and stories, participants will learn how we can all make a difference in our community and end the stigma of addiction and mental health disorders in our community. Register here!


September 30. Can't get enough of food trucks, 5Ks, or great live music? Then register here today for the Food Truck 5K! The 5K starts at 5:00pm on September 30th at the Foundry, ending at a rally of the best food trucks in Des Moines. Stay and eat, listen to great music and hangout into the night! Proceeds will benefit Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.