2014 Summer Arts & Entertainment Guide- Outdoors5/21/2014
We made it. Summer has finally arrived. Here is a long list of all things revving, riding, dancing, shaking, grunting, groaning, squatting, running, swimming, flying, floating, fencing, and all things in between to do under the sun in the central Iowa this summer. Check back at Cityview’s weekly events calendar for updates and additions all summer long.
Mechanized events, shows, cruises and rides
The Bad Boyz Mustang Club never runs out of stuff to show off or brag about, so much, in fact, it holds car shows and other events all summer long. See the latest and classics on display in the art of auto body work, modifications and restorations at one of the club’s many cruise night events. www.badboyzmustangclub.com.
May 31-Sept. 27 — Lucas Oil Knoxville Championship Cup Series. The Knoxville Raceway has a busy summer schedule that includes the Cup Series, motorcycle races, a Hairball concert on July 11 ($15-$20), a July 14 rodeo and an endure race on Aug. 24. Tickets for the KCCS are $15-$25 for a pit pass. www.knoxvilleraceway.com.
June 1 — Mustang Car Show. The Historic Valley Junction district will host a car show that is open to all Ford-powered vehicles from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Learn more at www.valleyjunction.com.
June 7, 13, 21, 28 — Indianola Classic Car and Truck Show and Shine. This weekly car/truck show takes over the Community State Bank lot and includes food, music and prize drawings. Proceeds benefit local charities. 771-8966.
June 12, July 11 — Gathering on the Grounds. The Iowa State Fairgrounds’ Grand Concourse becomes covered with motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc., on the second Thursday of the month. Gates open at 5 p.m., and this event is free with free spectator parking and other events at the triangle. www.gatheringonthegrounds.com.
June 14 — Circle and Figure 8 Racing. Indianola will host ongoing racing events at the Warren County Historical Society Museum at 6:30 p.m. 515-993-2216 / www.dsnracingpromotions.com.
June 19 — Nationwide Powersports Showcase. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company offers this showcase of boats, motorcycles, personal watercraft, ATVs, snowmobiles, motorhomes, travel trailers, RVs, golf carts, gators and more. Admission is free. 800-532-1436.
June 20, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 — Bike Down to I Town. On the third Friday of the month through September, Indianola hosts one of the biggest bike night events this region sees all summer, complete not only with motorcycles of all makes, but a plethora of motor vehicles, live music, food vendors and more, at the downtown square, from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free. www.bikedowntoitown.com.
July 11-12 — NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Indy Car Series. Head out to the Iowa Speedway, 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive in Newton for this major racing extravaganza, $20-$100. www.iowaspeedway.com
Aug. 1-2 — NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Feel the wind and hear the roar of the motors from the stands at the Iowa Speedway, 3333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton. $20-$85. www.iowaspeedway.com
Aug. 10 — American Iron Car Show. Pleasant Hill’s Crescent Drive will be lined with gorgeous classics and vintage rides from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., as the Recreation & Park District celebrates this 13th annual show. Free to public. 925-682-0896.
Outdoor live music and movies
May-July 31 — Jasper Winery Summer Concert Series. Jasper Winery offers free music on Thursdays with Madhouse Brewery and Jasper Winery tastings in the vineyard at 2400 George Flagg Parkway from 6-9 p.m. www.jasperwinery.com.
May-Aug. 7 — Music in the Junction. In conjunction with its famed farmers market, Historic Valley Junction offers a summer lineup of concerts in Railroad Park from 5:30-8:30 pm., both of which are free to attend, every Thursday. www.valleyjunction.com.
May-Aug. 8 — Urbandale Friday Fest. The Walker-Johnson Park at 86th Street and Douglas Avenue is home to yet another of Urbandale’s summertime events and traditions, offering people an outdoor happy hour of live music from 4:45-8 p.m., $8 admission.
May 30-June 27 — Chill on the Hill. Pleasant Hill will host its sixth annual “Chill on the Hill” every Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Copper Creek Lake Park. The $8 admission includes two drink tickets with choices of beer, wine, soda and water available and live music.
May 30-Aug. 1 — Ames on the Half Shell. At the Durham Bandshell Park, Ames plays host to a weekly outdoor concert event every Friday from 5-8 p.m. for $4.
May 30-Aug. 1 — The Belin Quartet, managed by Civic Music Association, has a series of free outdoor noontime concerts at the Des Moines Social Club Courtyard, Des Moines Public Library Lawn and a special appearance at the Des Moines Arts Festival in the Jazz & Wine Pavilion. All concerts are free and open to the public. 280-4020 / www.civicmusic.org.
June 5-Aug. 7 — Summer on the Hill. The Des Moines Art Center, 4405 Grand Ave., is poised in the scenic south of Grand neighborhood prime for outdoor leisure. Watch a free movie at dusk, or catch some live music from 5-8 p.m. for $5.
June 6-Aug.1 — Rendezvous at Riverview. Experience downtown Des Moines’ scenic riverway from the perch of Riverview Park, at Sixth and Boston Avenues, every Friday from 5:30-9:30 p.m., with free live music.
June 7-28 — Ankeny Unplugged. The Ankeny Bandshell offers a Saturday weekly installment of live entertainment at Wagner Park, 410 W. First St., at 5 p.m. For $5, attendees get three bands each night.
June 8 — Connection Music Festival. Crossroads Church is hosting a free outdoor music festival on its 20-acre campus and calling it “the biggest outreach event Norwalk and the surrounding area has experienced,” featuring entertainment by four national Christian contemporary bands. www.connectioniowa.com.
June 20-22, July 10-13, Aug. 1-3 — Music Under the Canopy: Americana Music Festival. Brenton Skating Plaza may be closed for the season of ice-skating, but that doesn’t mean it can’t host summertime events, too. Check out some live music at the Plaza downtown. www.musicunderthecanopy.com.
July 3 — Yankee Doodle Pops. The Des Moines Symphony Music Director and Conductor Joseph Giunta and his orchestra will once again take the stage at 8:30 p.m. for Iowa’s largest single day concert event, the 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops. Held on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol, this is a moment of patriotic pride and majesty at no charge to attend. It includes a prelude concert and a variety of food vendors and a fireworks display. https://dmsymphony.org.
July 3-27 — Metro Arts Jazz in July. Now in its 32nd year, this month-long family-friendly festival celebrates jazz and art with free outdoor concerts at various locations across the metro in partnership with neighborhood groups and corporate sponsors. Both local musicians and national acts with Iowa ties entertain, as attendees graze food vendors, visual art on display and activities for the kids. www.jazzinjuly.org.
July 4-5 — 80/35 Music Festival. Des Moines Music Coalition’s premier music festival of the year is drawing national headliners to its Western Gateway Park main stage, along with local acts. This two-day festival takes over three stages and includes tons of buskers and vendors lining the streets for free. 244-2771 / http://2014.80-35.com.
Aug. 1 — Garage Band at the Lake. This is a Pleasant Hill community event hosted by the City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane lawn at 7 p.m., including tunes from local teen bands in Pleasant Hill. This is a family-friendly event. For more details, visit www.pleasanthillrec.com.
Aug. 2 — 515 Alive Music Festival. This 12th annual event is so popular, early-bird tickets are already sold out. Tons of national, regional and local acts take over multiple stages downtown along with live art, food vendors, buskers and more at the Western Gateway Park. All ages are welcome, $22.35.
Food and drink events
May 24-25 — Smokin’ in the Junction. Some of the region’s top griller and smokers of meat will draw crowds to The Historic Valley Junction district in West Des Moines to this sixth annual event featuring food, live music, kids’ activities, inflatables and a beer garden, from 12-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 12-9 p.m. on Sunday. www.valleyjunction.com.
May 31-June 7 — Winefest Des Moines. Winefest Des Moines is celebrating its 12th year of bringing education, fun and tastings to the Greater Des Moines community. www.winefestdesmoines.com.
June 7 — Altoona’s Premiere Wine Event. Hy-Vee and the Altoona Chamber Commerce partnered with six area wineries and three craft beer breweries to offer a sampling event, at Iowa State University’s Polk County Master Garden, Enabling Garden, from 5-8 p.m., $15-$25.
June 7 — Swine Festival. The eighth annual Swine Festival combines two of Iowa’s proudest homegrown products: wine and pork, featuring Iowa’s finest chefs preparing samples of gourmet pork to pair with samples from the state’s top wine-makers. It will be held outside at the Iowa Culinary Institute next to DMACC’s Ankeny Campus, $40. http://swinefestival.com.
June 7 — Cops Against Cancer Five-O BBQ Classic. Taking over the Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny campus Future Farmers of America Enrichment Center from 5-11 p.m., local cops are offering an evening of delicious food and intense competition. It’s all-you-can-eat with live music by The Brian Holtz Band, all for the benefit of cancer research. 965-7372.
June 7-8 — Greek Food Fair. Stop by the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, located on 1110 35th St., for the 37th annual Greek Food Fair. Authentic Greek cuisine including gyros, ice cream, pastries and baklava will be served during the two-day event, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 277-0780.
June 14 — Iowa Craft Brew Festival. Craft beer lovers will enjoy unlimited beer samplings of more than 200 different flavors concocted by more than 30 Iowa breweries, along with a host of regional and national micro-brews, food and a wide variety of special brews from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Court Avenue Bridge between Second Avenue and East First Street downtown, $30-$40. www.iowabeer.org/iowa-craft-brew-festival.
June 21 — All Iowa Wine Festival. For seven years, the Adel Chamber of Commerce has drawn a score of Iowa wine-makers and wine-lovers to its annual wine festival, and this year it will feature eight Iowa wineries handing out samples and selling wine from 4 to 9 p.m. Live music by El Dorados at 5 p.m. For a $20 admission fee, attendees receive a commemorative wine glass, a coupon for $5 off a bottle of wine and 10 wine samples. www.alliowawinefestival.com.
July 19 — Cityview Brewfest. Since 2007, this annual event’s offerings have grown proportionately with its attendance. Last year 3,000-plus attendees were counted and more than 400 beer varieties comprised the vendor lineup. This is a “must attend” for beer enthusiasts and newcomers alike with beer samples, food, music, free parking, a commemorative sample glass and lots of fellowship at Principal Park. Tickets are available through Iowa Cubs, www.midwesttix.com or a select number of area liquor stores, $25-$30. www.dmcityview.com/brewfest.
Let freedom ring
Fourth of July events and other patriotic celebrations
Clive – Living History Farms Decoration Day, May 24. March in a procession to the town cemetery and listen to honorary speeches about the brave Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. www.lhf.org.
West Des Moines — Valley Junction Independence Day Street Celebration, July 3. Enjoy an evening of live music, food and fun for the entire family in Railroad Park and the 100 block of Fifth Street after the completion of the West Des Moines Independence Day Parade, from 6 to 11 p.m. www.valleyjunction.com.
Urbandale — Fourth of July. Urbandale is home to one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the area, featuring a family-friendly street dance, carnival rides, a two-mile-long parade and fireworks. www.uniquelyurbandale.com.
Pleasant Hill — Fourth of July. This town celebration kicks off with a Firecracker 5K Fun Run at 7:30 a.m. followed by a parade down Crescent Drive and games in the park, 147 Gregory Lane, including a climbing wall, bounce house, community booths and more. The PH Aquatic Park is offering cool-off swim, and the day ends with fireworks at College Park High School. www.phjuly4.com.
Clive — Independence Day at Living History Farms. Enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day with a historic celebration in the 19th century town of Walnut Hill. This family-friendly event includes pie-eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seed-spitting contests and more. Games begin at 11 a.m. followed by a patriotic procession, and an 1875-rules baseball game at 2:30 p.m. www.lhf.org.
Fairs, festivals and other celebratory events
May 31 — CelebrAsian. This 12th annual Asian Heritage Festival celebrates Des Moines’ deep Asian roots, as the different cultures are represented as villages showcasing the food, traditions, history, fine arts and sports of their respective Asian countries, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the State Capitol Complex East Campus. www.iowaasianalliance.com.
June 6, 11-13 — Shakespearience Festival of the Classic Arts. Bring wine and picnics to the breezy downtown Des Moines Riverwalk or other designated stages at area Historic Mansions for free professional theatre under the stars that showcase Shakespeare and other classic arts displaying live music, dance, costumes and special effects. Mainstage has nightly pre-show concerts, parties and activities starting at 6 p.m. (8 p.m. curtain), June 11-13 and a sneak peek show on June 6. www.IowaShakespeare.org.
June 6-8 — PrideFest. Capital City Pride Des Moines has given this event a “Pride 2.0” theme this year, as it works toward “building the next generation of PrideFest,” with new hours and new locations. (The Garden Nightclub will host a “Smoke Out Grill Out” event on June 6 at 7 p.m. to help with fundraising.) www.capitalcitypride.org.
June 8 — Summer Antique Jamboree. West Des Moines’ Valley Junction district is a star on the map for discovering new old finds. This event offers a step back in time bagging treasures from the past, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.valleyjunction.com.
June 12-14 — Governors Days. This annual community celebration held in Grimes’ Governor District offers a free fun family-friendly weekend featuring a carnival, a 5K and one-mile run, live music, a Hawkeye Pedal Pull and a parade. www.governorsdays.com.
June 12-15 — Shakespeare Garden Party/Shakespeare on the Lawn. Salisbury House and Gardens hosts its garden party on the south gardens with cocktails and appetizers (June 12, 5 to 7:30 p.m., $100) to open its Shakespeare on the Lawn summer series put on by the Repertory Theater of Iowa. 274-1777 / www.salisburtyhouse.org.
June 13 — Moon Float. Grays Lake hosts this summertime program, welcoming all non-motorized boats — as well as offering boat rentals for $5 — to convene for a moonlit, and boat-lit, float. 248-6314 / www.dmparks.org.
June 16-21 — Polk County Fair. Don’t confuse this with the Iowa State Fair. This is one is less people-watching and beer-drinking and more horse-brushing and sheep-sheering. It’s a 4-H and Future Farmers of America fair, and it’s taking over the Iowa State Fairgrounds for its 75th year this summer. 957-5770 / www.polkcountyfair.com.
June 19-22 — Green Days. The 18th annual Johnston community celebration offers a wide variety of opportunities with something for everyone, including a rib cook-off, a car give-away and car show, a carnival, a beer garden and food booths, a 5K run and live DJ entertainment, a talent show, a spaghetti feed, live music and more. www.johnstongreendays.org.
June 28-29 — Pleasant Hill Family Camp Out. Parents get time to spend outdoors introducing kids to camping, as this event includes activities, crafts, campfire with s’mores, music and an outdoor movie, plus dinner and breakfast, $15.
June 27-29 — Des Moines Arts Festival. A handful of annual events make Des Moines a star on the global map, and this is one of them. The Des Moines Art Festival at Western Gateway Park just west of downtown every year features live music, 23 eclectic food booths and more than 30 interactive art activities among thousands of art for sale by world-renowned artists. New this year is the Canvas and Corks event, the festival’s all-new way to explore one’s artistic side in a fun and creative team-building way. www.desmoinesartsfestival.org.
June 28-29 — ArtFest Midwest. Dubbed “the Other Art Show,” as it’s on the same weekend as the Des Moines Art Festival, ArtFest Midwest includes the artwork of more than 220 Iowa and regional artists, making it a more affordable alternative, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. http://stookeyshows.com.
July 5-13 — Dallas County Fair. Located on the north side of Adel, just off Highway 169, the Dallas County Fair offers 4-H and Future Farmers of America members an opportunity to show off their animals, projects and displays as well figure-eight races, motocross, truck/tractor pulls, a rodeo and a carnival. http://dallascountyfair.com.
July 10-13 — Ankeny Summerfest. This annual community bash takes place near the Prairie Ridge Middle School, 1010 Prairie Ridge Drive, featuring food and entertainment vendors, a kiddie parade, a karaoke contest, a men’s slow-pitch softball tournament, a Miss 16 contest, a pie and ice cream social fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, a barbecue, an Iowa Wine and Craft Beer Festival and a Bill Riley Talent Show. www.ankenysummerfest.com.
July 17-20 — Clive Festival. The 39th Clive Festival is for the benefit to local charities featuring a Kid’s Corner of crafts, storytelling, tug-of-war, magic shows and prize drawings. Adults will have their fun during the Jazz in July performance and the traditional Mayor’s Bike Ride around the city. www.clivefestival.com.
July 18-23 — Story County Youth Fair. Farm kids come together to show off their hard work and potential as Future Farmers of America at the Story County Fairgrounds in Nevada, 220 H Ave. 382-6090 / www.sc-fair.com.
July 18-24 — Jasper County Fair. In Colfax, this county fair offers more than just 4-H and FFA livestock shows. Events include live music by Flatland Frank and the Flat Cats, Highway Home, Nick Ryan Country, Ted Miller Music and Lindgren and Lewis, plus kids activities, parades, fireworks, contests and more at 359 N. Walnut St. 515-674-4382 / www.jaspercofair.com.
July 23-28 — Warren County Fair. Check out this rural outdoor entertainment featuring a rodeo, truck/tractor pulls, figure-eight races and lots more fun for the whole family at the Warren County Fairgrounds, 1400 W. Second Ave., Indianola. 515-961-5861 / www.warrencofair.com
July 25-26 — Italian American Heritage Festival. Des Moines’ deep Italian roots are celebrated each year with dancing, music and food at the corner of 12th Street and Grand Avenue. Along with the traditional events, such as the Queen Coronation, choir performances, bocce ball and mass, the Little River Band headlines. www.italianfestivalofiowa.com.
July 25-27 — 48-Hour Film Fest. Celebrating its 10th year in Des Moines, filmmakers from all over will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. www.48hourfilm.com/en/desmoines.
July 25-Aug. 2 — National Balloon Classic. Bright colors, mesmerizing patterns and shapes and tons of hot air will fill the sky in the form of balloons during the Indianola National Balloon Classic. www.balloonclassic.com.
July 27 — Pleasant Hill Family Fest. The event will feature a parade and inflatables for the kids and a car show and movie in the park for everyone. There will be an evening firework show to end the night. The all-day event is from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Copper Creek Lake Park. www.pleasanthillchamber.org.
Aug. 7-17 — Iowa State Fair. It’s all about the food, the people and the music every year at the fair anymore. Of course the traditional agricultural, craft and industrial offerings are the core of this annual draw, but the masses that make up for fun people-watching are there for more contemporary offerings, such as the Grandstand lineup and free stage concerts, alternative entertainment throughout the fairgrounds and competitions. www.iowastatefair.org.
Aug. 9 — Adel Sweet Corn Festival. People come in droves to line the square’s brick streets for locally farmed free sweet corn, one of the state’s longest parades and live music at a beer garden adjacent to four local taverns. http://adelpartners.org.
Aug. 22 — Cityview’s Fine Spirits Festival. Celebrate the spirits of some of the world’s finest libations — and we mean liquor — at this second annual carousal of downtown Des Moines establishments. Check back at www.dmcityview.com for details as they come available.
Get physical/Stay fit
Participatory competitions, games and sports
Tuesdays all summer — Tacopocalyse Tuesday trail ride. Every Tuesday offers an opportunity to ride from Orlando’s, 4337 Park Ave., eight miles south along the Great Western Trail to Cumming Tap for drink specials and Tacopocalyse taco deals.
Fridays all summer — Light the tRAIL for Art. Every Friday night cyclists may converge upon Dallas County donned in glow sticks at 9:15 to ride, dine, drink and karaoke. Starting points change weekly between Adel’s Rendezvous Lounge and The Longest Yard Sports Grill in Dallas Center, but everyone comes together at Waukee’s Mickey’s Irish Pub to close out the night. http://iowabicyclecoalition.org/light-trail-art.
Saturdays all summer — Urban Tour de Cluck. This is an Urban Community Concepts challenge, and the ride starts at The Chicken Coop Sports Bar and Grill in West Des Moines at 10 a.m. The cost to register is $15-$20. See Facebook page for details.
May-June 16 — Bike Commute Challenge. There’s still time to pick up a Bike Month passport from the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, 506 E. Sixth St., and be eligible to attend the June 16 close-out after-party event at Gramercy Tap, where division winners will be recognized, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. http://bikemonthiowa.com.
May 23, 30 — Handlebar Happy Hour. Spin through Beaverdale to Goodsons for a toast with fellow cyclists, and conclude this May-only event at the Gray’s Lake Overlook Terrace, 2101 Fleur Drive, on May 30.
May 24 — Confluence Brewery Bike Tour. Confluence Brewery will host its first annual bike tour, which will start and end at the brewery, 1235 Thomas Beck Road. Cyclists will have a start window of 7 to 9 a.m. and two route options of either 25 miles or 50 miles. Registration includes a T-Shirt, refreshments, a pint of Confluence beer and other treats. http://confluencebrewing.com/events.
May 28 — Biking for Bonobos. This family-friendly bike ride begins at Mullets and follows 14 miles of rec trails and residential streets to the 230-acre Iowa Primate Learning Center, where participants can visit the bonobo family, $15-$35. Registrations starts at 10:30 a.m., and the ride begins at 11:30 a.m. 681-3962.
May 31 — Dam to Dam, Iowa’s Race Classic. After 34 years, this Iowa classic has changed its traditional distance run from 20K to a half-marathon (13.1 miles from Saylorville Dam to Western Gateway Park), which — as it goes every year — has already filled all 9,000 spots. The route had to change slightly per the request of the city to help mitigate traffic issues. Deadline to register for the 5K is May 22, and youth participants do not need to register in advance. www.damtodam.com.
June 2 — IRA Golf Classic. Drink and dine your way across the Toad Valley Golf Course, in Pleasant Hill, as each hole offers a new dish and drink from local restaurants, such as Dos Rios, Down Under and Saints, $100. 276-1454 / www.dineiowa.org.
June 5 — Cy’s Birdie Classic Golf Tournament. The Tournament Club of Iowa is bringing this competition to Polk City at 1 p.m., where teams of four may compete for a spot in the Acura Alumni Team Championship at Pinehurst Oct. 5-8. 294-9171 / www.isualum.org.
June 5 — Social Run with Fitness Sports and 515 Brewing. Meet at Fitness Sports between 5:30 to 6 p.m. to get in on this guilt-free excuse to drink craft beer and exercise. Proceeds for a couple miles (or as far as you are able). All running abilities are welcome. Learn more at www.facebook.com/pages/Fitness-Sports-LTD, where there are tons more social running events listed throughout the summer.
June 12-15 — Iowa Senior Olympics. This annual tradition gives “Over the Hill” a much more triathlete kind of meaning. These golden-year go-getters can pick from something fun like Granny basketball, something sit-down like Scrabble, or more physical competitions in things like archery, football and soccer and the Iowa Senior Games Pickleball Challenge, to name a few. Seniors can compete individually or with a team for medals in gold, silver or bronze. www.iowaseniorolympics.com.
June 14 — Clive Running Festival. This annual event offers a jaunt for all ages, including 5K/10K ($25-$35 by June 7 or $40 day of), one-mile ($10-$15) and a “tadpole trot” (free), all beginning at 8 a.m. A scenic course traverses the neighborhoods of Clive and its Greenbelt Trail. Proceeds from the race are used for trail improvements. www.fitnesssports.com.
June 14-15 — Tour the Raccoon. Des Moines Cycle Club is again facilitating this third annual two-day bike ride along the scenic Raccoon River Valley Trail through the small towns of Dallas Center, Minburn, Perry, Dawson and Jamaica (there) and Cooper, Herndon, Yale, Panora, Linden, Redfield, Adel, Ortonville and Waukee (back) — more than 60 miles total, with an overnight stay in Jefferson just in time for the city’s Bell Tower Festival. New this year, the 47-mile-long scavenger hunt, including supper and prizes, will make this family-friendly ride all the more entertaining, $30-$50. www.dmcycleclub.com.
June 18 — Great Outdoors Foundation Annual Golf Outing. At the Jester Park Golf Course, this event begins with lunch at noon, which is included in registration, along with range balls, a golf cart, dinner and, of course, a round of golf to benefit youth programs in the surrounding communities, $360. 967-3895 / www.greatoutdoorsfoundation.org.
June 21 — Iowa Game’s Mud Run. “Iowa’s original mud run” returns with its unique mud courses (one-mile, three-mile or the Little Muddy Buddy Trot) through the James Cownie Soccer Complex in a wooded stretch along the Des Moines River. Runs start at 8:45 a.m., 9:30 to 10 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively. This year this event allows for teams of four or more participants to sign up for the three-mile race only. www.iowagames.org for more information.
June 21 — Biking Bondu. The annual 44-mile and 5K fun run/walk from Bondurant to Baxter will begin at the Bondurant Fire Station this year at 7 a.m. and will make stops at Founder’s Irish Pub in Bondurant, Team 36 in Mitchellville, Valeria for water, Greencastle in Mingo, the Chichaqua Valley Trailhead for pie and ice cream and end at Founder’s again with live music by After Shock, $20 (all proceeds go to the city trails.) https://bikingbondu.wufoo.com/forms/biking-bondu.
June 21 — “The Longest Day.” The Des Moines American Contract Bridge League Unit is taking advantage of the longest day of the year by having a full day of card-playing, crafts and other activities at the Bridge Center, 10190 Hickman Court, Clive, as part of a nationwide fundraiser to combat Alzheimer’s disease, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Other activities include bake and craft sales, mah jong games, a morning walk on the Clive greenbelt, meals as well as a wine and cheese party to end the day. Costs of games and meals is $6 each, but the party bridge, walk and mah jong are freewill donation activities. All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. 288-9989 / www.bridgeunit216.org.
July 2 — Adult Outdoor Wiffleball. Participants of this Des Moines Parks and Rec. league must be 16 or older. Games will be played on Wednesdays at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Both competitive leagues and recreational leagues are available, $60 per team. www.dmgov.org.
July 25 — Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District Derby Day. The Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park, 147 Gregory Lane, welcomes guests of all ages to test their engineering skills by designing a boat out of cardboard, recyclable materials and duct tape to compete in a race across the pool, $5 by July 23. The race starts at 2 p.m. 682-0896.
June 28 — BACoon Ride. The Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival has joined forces with the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa to offer an oxymoron of two things that somehow seem so right together: bacon and bike riding — 71 miles on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, that begins and ends in Waukee, $44-$60. www.baconride.com.
June 28 — Color Vibe. This fun run starts at Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, and follows a course where runners will be blasted with paint at four color stations along the way, so by the time everyone convenes back at Principal Park for the dance party, no one is recognizable beneath all the colorful skin, hair and clothing, $43-$50. www.thecolorvibe.com.
Spectator sporting events
May 27-June 1 — Principal Charity Classic. This family-friendly annual golfing extravaganza attracts a score of pros such as Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Fuzzy Zoeller, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tome Kite and Mark Calcavecchia and is considered one of the tour’s premiere stops. It is also a great fund-raiser for local nonprofit organizations for kids, with $5 million donated in recent years. Eighty-one players and their fans will descend upon the 72-par Wakonda Club course for a three-day, 54-hole stroke-play competition. www.principalcharityclassic.com.
July 18-19 — Polo on the Green. This unique outdoor at Powder River Ranch in Cumming offers face-painting, a bounce house and pony rides from 5:30-9 p.m. on Friday Family Night ($20; kids 12 and younger are free), as well as a championship polo match for the Governor’s Cup on Saturday, where festivities include dinner, dancing and live music by Lost Wax, live and silent auctions and a cash bar, 5 to 11 p.m. www.varietyiowa.com.
All games are at 7:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Friday night games end with fireworks. Tickets are available for purchase at www.milb.com or at the door.
May 23-24 — vs. Colorado Springs
May 25 — vs. Colorado Springs (1:05 p.m.)
May 26 — vs. Colorado Springs (12:05 p.m.)
June 5-7 — vs. Colorado Springs
June 8 — vs. Colorado Springs (1:05 p.m.)
June 17-21 — vs. El Paso
June 22 — vs. El Paso (1:05 p.m.)
June 23-24 — vs. El Paso (12:05 p.m.)
June 30-July 3 — vs. Omaha
July 1 — vs. Omaha (12:05 p.m. make-up game)
July 11-12 — vs. Oklahoma City
July 12-13 — vs. Oklahoma City (1:05 p.m.)
July 21-22, 24 — vs. New Orleans
July 23 — vs. New Orleans (12:05 p.m.)
July 25-26 — vs. Memphis
July 27 — vs. Memphis (1:05 p.m., double-header)
Aug. 12-14 — vs. Las Vegas (6:35 p.m.)
Aug. 15 — vs. Las Vegas
Aug. 16, 18 — vs. Salt Lake City
Aug. 17 — vs. Salt Lake City (1:05 p.m.)
Aug. 19 — vs. Salt Lake City (12:05 p.m.)
Aug. 29-30 — vs. Oklahoma City
Aug. 31 — vs. Oklahoma City (1:05 p.m.)
Sept. 1 — vs. Oklahoma City (12:05 p.m.)
Iowa Barnstormers (Arena League)
Wells Fargo Arena
Kick-off is at 7:05 p.m.
May 31 — vs. Orlando
June 14 — vs. Tampa Bay
June 28 — vs. Philadelphia
July 19 — vs. Pittsburgh
July 26 — vs. San Jose
Iowa Crush (women’s tackle)
Valley Stadium, West Des Moines
June 14 — vs. Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Des Moines Blaze
Valley Stadium, West Des Moines (VS)
Spring Creek Sports Complex, Altoona (SCSC)
Kick-off is at 7 p.m.
May 24 — vs. Midwest Titans (at VS)
June 7— vs. Cedar Valley Charge (at SCSC)
June 21— vs. Heartland Falcons (at SCSC)
July 5— vs. Sioux Falls Stallions (at VS)
Des Moines Roosters (Australian Rules)
Des Moines Rugby Club
July 19 — vs. Minnesota and Ohio Valley/Milwaukee
Sept. 6 — vs. Kansas City
Des Moines Rugby Club
Windsor Hall, 120 39th St., West Des Moines
June 8 — Iowa Men’s 7s Series
July 13 — Toys for Tots Men’s 7s
Des Moines Menace
Valley Stadium, West Des Moines
Games start at 4:30 p.m. for the Women’s League (WLS) and at 7:30 p.m. for the Premier Development League (PDL)
May 31 — vs. Chicago Red Stars Reserves (WLS)
May 31 — vs. Minnesota United FC Reserves (PDL)
June 7 — vs. Minnesota TwinStars (WLS)
June 7 — vs. Chicago Inferno (PDL)
June 21 — vs. Madison 56ers (WLS)
June 28 — vs. Kansas City Courage (WLS)
June 28, 29 — vs. Thunder Bay Chill (PDL)
July 12 — vs. Fire and Ice SC (WLS)
July 12 — vs. St. Louis Lions (PDL)
July 18, 19 — vs. WSA Winnipeg (PDL)
Crash Test Dolls
7 Flags Event Center
Bouts start at 7 p.m.
June 21 — vs. DuPage Derby Dames
Aug. 23 — vs. Cedar Rapids Rollergirls
Sept. 27 — vs. Old Capitol City Ped Maulers
A list of area farmers markets
Adel — Tuesdays, 4 to 7 p.m., June 3 – Aug. 26, along the south lot of Harvey Floral Company, 611 Nile Kinnick Drive South (Highway 169 South). 993-3916.
Ames — Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays 3 to 6 p.m., now through Oct. 25, at the North Grand Mall parking lot, 2801 Grand Ave. 515-232-7930.
Main Street Ames — Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, now through Oct. 25, at the 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street and the Tom Evans Plaza in Ames. 515-233-3475.
Ankeny, Uptown — Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, now through Sept. 27, at the corner of Southwest Third and Maple Streets. 964-4104.
Des Moines, Beaverdale — Tuesdays 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 3 – Sept. 16, at 3422 Beaver Ave. 238-3245.
Des Moines, Downtown — Saturdays 7 a.m. to noon, now through Oct. 25, in the Historic Court District. 286-4928.
Des Moines, Lutheran Services of Iowa — Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lutheran Services of Iowa parking lot, 3200 University Ave., June 7 – Sept. 27. This inaugural LSI Global Greens market connects local refugees with community gardens and provides intensive training for those who seek to become small business farmers.
Des Moines, Southridge Mall — Mondays 3 to 7 p.m., now through Oct. 20, at the Southridge Mall parking lot. 287-3881.
Indianola — Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m., June 7 – Oct. 25, at the Warren County Fairgrounds. 961-4727.
Johnston — Tuesdays 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., now through Oct. 7, in the City Hall parking lot, 278-0939.
Pleasant Hill — Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m., now through Oct. 23, at the Berean Assembly of God Church, 5299 E. University Ave. 554-8915.
Waukee — Wednesdays 4 to 7 p.m., June 4 – Sept. 24, at Triangle Park. 987-1552.
West Des Moines, Valley Junction — Thursdays 4 to 8 p.m., now through Oct. 3, along Fifth Street. 222-3642. CV