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Ongoing Paranormal Investigations - The Supernatural Research Society of Iowa is the state's premier team of paranormal investigators. They will be conducting ghost hunts throughout the year.

If you are experiencing paranormal activity, contact SRSOI. Even if you just have questions, we'd be more than happy to help you answer them.

SRSOI will soon be giving public presentations at local libraries. Visit our website at www.SRSOI.com to learn more, and to contact the group for a paranormal presentation.

Thank you!
The Supernatural Research Society of Iowa

Email: SRSiowa@gmail.com
Web: www.SRSOI.com
Fee: No admission fee, free of charge

February

1 - 4 Des Moines Home and Garden Show - The Des Moines Home & Garden Show is the place for you to experience what's new in Home, Gardening, Remodeling, Home Decor, and More! You'll have the opportunity to meet over 500 experts and experience thousands of products and services.

Address: Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-564-8000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.desmoineshomeandgardenshow.com

3 - 4 HeArt Fest - HeartFest is a partner show with June’s ArtFest Midwest ‘The Other Art Show’—Iowa’s LARGEST fine art show! HeartFest is a juried fine art show, held just in time for Valentine’s Day gift-giving. Featured are mid-western artists’ works in jewelry, metal, fiber, clay, photography, paper, painting and mixed media.

Address: Valley West Mall, West Des Moines, Iowa , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-278-6200 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: suestookey@att.net
Web: www.stookeyshows.com

3 Red Wing Pottery & Stoneware Show and Sale - Open to the public a packed ballroom of vendors selling Red Wing Stoneware, Dinnerware, Art Pottery, Memorabilia and other American pottery. This Show and Sale is held in conjunction with the 2013 Red Wing Collectors Society MidWinter GetTogether. The member’s only registered events include a Friday night social, Saturday breakfast with education. Rooms Sales all weekend!

RWCS membership is open to anyone and only $25 per year. MidWinter events open to members include: education sessions, social events and other activities.

Are you pottery or stoneware collector learn more about the RWCS visit www.RedWingCollectors.org.

Address: Holiday Inn and Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Rd , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 800-977-7927 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 651-388-4042
Email: swegner@redwingcollectors.org
Web: www.RedWingCollectors.org
Fee: FREE

9 - 11 Iowa Multicultural Festival - This event will celebrate Iowa's multicultural communities and will honor the heritage of new Iowans and the history of the Iowans who first settled our state. The Festival will feature folk artisans, a variety of entertainers displaying authentic costumes and unique choreography, ethnic cafes with culinary delights and a global market where attendees will be able to purchase items from around the world right here in downtown Des Moines.

Ph: 515-286-4932 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: mdana@downtowneventsgroup.org
Web: www.downtowneventsgroup.org

14 - 17 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament - Ph: 515-564-8000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.iowaeventscenter.com

March

15 - 18 Valley West Mall Antique Show - Top Midwestern dealers selling furniture, primitives, jewelry, glassware, paper.

Ph: 515-278-6200 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: suestookey@att.net
Web: www.stookeyshows.com

24 - 25 North High School "March Madness" Craft and Vendor Fair - Think spring at this craft and vendor show at Des Moines North High School Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3-4. Admission is free. Paired with an AAU basketball tournament in the school. Crafters and vendors accepted. Email for an application. Event is a fundraiser for the North High Post Prom event. Earlier craft and vendor show included more than 50 booths.

Address: 501 Holcomb Ave. , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-577-0245 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: NHSpostprom@yahoo.com
Fee: Free

26 - 3 Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament - At Wells Fargo Arena.

Ph: 515-564-8300 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.iowaeventscenter.com

3 - 4 Potpourri Promotion Art and Craft Sale - At Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Ph: 515-262-5942 (Always call and confirm events)

5 - 10 Iowa State Boys Basketball Tournament - At Wells Fargo Arena.

Ph: 515-564-8300 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.iowaeventscenter.com

16 - 15 Rodeo National Championship - Ph: 515-564-8000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.iowaeventscenter.com

April

12 - 15 Des Moines Springfest Horse Show - American Saddlebred horses and Hackney ponies from around the U.S. and Canada.

Ph: 515-278-2714 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: susanaschenbrenner@hotmail.com
Web: www.dmspringfest.com

May

20 - 22 Za Ga Zig Shrine Circus - Ph: 515-564-8000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.iowaeventscenter.com

21 Kids Fair at Merle Hay Mall - Ph: 515-276-8551 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.merlehaymall.com

23 - 10 Iowa Artists - Exhibit features artwork of artists living and working in the state of Iowa.

Ph: 515-277-4405 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: informationdesk@desmoinesartcenter.org
Web: www.desmoinesartcenter.org

28 CelebrAsian: Asian Heritage Festival - Iowa's largest Asian event, with colorful attire, fresh foods, performances, fashion show, art contest, children's activities, from 18 Asian communities. At Des Moines Water Works Park.

Ph: 515-309-6038 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.celebrasian.org

28 Downtown Farmers Market - Fresh fruits, vegetables, home-baked pastries and breads, specialty cheeses and wine, hand crafted apparel and jewelry, together with music, magic and more.

Ph: 515-286-4928 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: kfoss@knowdowntown.com
Web: www.knowdowntown.com/events/farmersmarket

12 Walk MS: Des Moines Walk - Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. This community event raises critical funds to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. It is an experience unlike any other — a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections. Join friends, family and your community and walk to create a world free of MS. For more information and to register, visit myMSwalk.org.

Address: Des Moines, IA , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 800-582-5296 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: specialevents@mssociety.org
Web: www.mymswalk.org
Fee: free

12 NEW2U Annual Classic Car/ Motorcycle Show - Show off your classic car or motorcycle to the public! We had a lot of fun last year; registration is at 10:00 A.M., no fee ... Radio station will be on-site, food vendors, raffle tickets and store sales in the complex. Come relax, look at some awesome cars and motorcycles, eat and find some bargains too.

Address: 1050 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA, 50315 , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: (515) 238-5663 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: conniestegman@hotmail.com
Fee: No fee

June

17 Architectural Walking Tours - Architects will lead walking tours of downtown Des Moines' historic architecture from 5:30-7:30 p.m. starting at Nollen Plaza.

Ph: 515-244-1888 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: kanderson@iowaarchfoundation.org
Web: www.iowaarchfoundation.org

19 - 20 Drake Neighborhood Historic Home Tour - Tour historic homes in a neighborhood rich in National Historic Register structures, and enjoy the Greek Food Fair.

Ph: 515-255-9293 (Always call and confirm events)

19 Dam to Dam Run - Join over 5,000 runners at Dam to Dam by entering the 20km, 5km and youth runs.

The demanding 20 kilometers is the perfect distance. Running 12.4 miles is a worthy of a finisher's medal. The 5 kilometer gives everyone an opportunity to participate in Dam to Dam. The youth runs this year are Olympic distances of 100, 200 and 400 meters.

The beautiful Iowa countryside course ends in downtown Des Moines, where finishers enjoy great food, drink and entertainment at scenic Nollen Plaza for the awards ceremony.

Ph: 515-440-1960 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.damtodam.com

24 - 27 Iowa Senior Olympics - 50 events for 50 and older.

Ph: 515-633-5011 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.iowaseniorolympics.org

7 - 8 Baby & Kids Expo - Des Moines Baby & Kids Expo Iowa's largest kids event is a 2 day
extravaganza for babies, kids, expectant parents, young families, and
grandparents and is the one-stop place to see all the newest and most
exciting products and services available specifically for them. American Coed Pageants will host Iowa Idol Beauty Pageant during the event. There will be a variety of different events for all ages!

With tons of free giveaways, exciting activities and
events and everyone from top names to local
favorites, the Des Moines Baby & Kids Expo
guarantees to be the baby event of the year! Come
have some fun!

Address: Hy Vee Hall Downtown , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 888-862-9330 (Always call and confirm events)
Fax: 877-252-0728
Email: robertaudio2001@yahoo.com
Web: jrpromo.net
Fee: $6.50

8 - 17 Iowa Country Jam and Cajun Fest - Regional music festival featuring headliner acts from Nashville, 30 bands in various genres, food, beer, equestrian acts, contests and an authentic Wild West Show. At Festival Park.

Ph: 515-262-4100 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: greg@festint.com
Web: www.festint.com

15 - 17 Des Moines Arts Festival - Featuring some of the nation's top artists, interactive arts activities, fireworks, a variety of food and hours of entertainment.

Ph: 515-286-4932 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.desmoinesartsfestival.org

16 Bike MS: Cruise the Cornfields - Don’t just ride, Bike MS. Experience this fully supported, one-day ride through the Des Moines, IA area. Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Choose a long or short route and pedal toward a world free of MS. For more information and to register, visit myMSbike.org.

Address: Des Moines, IA , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 800-582-5296 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: specialevents@mssociety.org
Web: www.mymswalk.org
Fee: $200 fundraising minimum plus registration fee

17IA0106016e109 - Des Moines Annual "Peace" Classic Car and Truck Show - Best kept "Car Show" secret on the southside of Des Moines, Iowa. Annual "Peace Classic" Car and Truck Show, Father's Day Sunday. Open show, 1900-2015 makes/models including imports welcome. Registration from 9:00am to 12:00 pm noon, participant voting 12:00pm- 1:30pm, awards at approx 3:30pm. Lunch served noon till 2:00pm. 50/50 cash and raffle prize drawings. Come join our Car Show and have a great time. Great food, great music, great giveaways, and our famous Top 50 show with 105 TOTAL AWARDS!!!! Door prize drawings throughout the show. Dash Plaque's for the first 150 cars. For more info or flyer, see website, phone or email lew1052@gmail.com or wrench57@gmail.com and remember, "Keep them old wheels turning".

Address: 5615 S.W. 14th , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-490-6353 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: wrench57@gmail.com
Web: www.wrench57.com
Fee: $15.00

18 - 20 Sports Card and Collectibles Show at Merle Hay Mall - Ph: 515-276-8551 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.merlehaymall.com

23 - 24 ArtFest Midwest: "The Other Art Show" - Largest Fine Art Show in Iowa! Over 210 artists will be showing. This year approximately 40% are from Iowa and 90% from the MIdwest! ArtFest is offered as an alternative, affordable art show--a complement to the downtown show.

It will be held indoors in the air conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. There will be an expanded "artist demonstration area" in front of the building.

Affordable juried fine art show. Free admission, shuttle to downtown Des Moines Art Festival.

Address: Iowa State Fairgrounds , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-278-6200 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: suestookey@att.net
Web: www.stookeyshows.com
Fee: Free

July

7 Summer Time Show n' Shine - Za Ga Zig Shrine Hot Rods Bring you 'Summer Time Show n Shine'
Register cars from 9-Noon for any Cash Donation
Dash Plaques to the first 50 entries
1st, 2nd 3rd in Best of: )Show )Paint )Unfinished
Raffle giveaways
with registrations (Giftcards f/: QT O'Rielly's Casey's Advance Auto KC BBQ
50 / 50 Drawing DJ R&B Productions
Trophy's Waitresses Will be on Hand!!

Address: Trophy's Bar snd Grill (Plaza Lanes Family Fun Center) , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-480-6429 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: za-ga-zig_hotrods@hotmail.com
Web: www.zagazighotrods@webs.com

August

25 - 27 Iowa Gas Petroleum Collectors Swap Meet and Auction - The nation's largest oil, gasoline, and auto-related advertising and collectible event.

Ph: 515-276-2099 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.iowagas.com

2 - 12 Iowa State Fair - America's classic state fair and Iowa's largest event boasts headliner grandstand shows, outstanding free entertainment and a 160-acre campground. The largest foods department of any state fair and one of the largest livestock shows in the world.

Ph: 800-545-3247 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: info@iowastatefair.org
Web: www.iowastatefair.org

11 Wheels for Warriors Charity Car and Bike Show - Annual charity car and bike show! EVERY DIME GOES TO VETERANS OF IOWA! This show is a blast! Live DJ, food, fun and games! 17 huge awards. Great door prizes. Goody bags and dash plaques to the first 50 entries. Located at the Des Moines Veterans Hospital, 3600 30th Street. Registration 10am - 1pm. Awards at 3pm. Open to all makes and models! $15 to show. Without them, we wouldn't be able to have car shows. Let's show our gratitude! Any questions please email capri83rs@gmail.com. Hope to see you there! Rain or shine!

Address: 3600 30th Street, Des Moines, IA 50313 , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-249-8439 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: capri83rs@gmail.com
Web: www.mustangclubofcentraliowa.org
Fee: $15

September

25 - 9 Des Moines Renaissance Faire - Experience the "Age of Enlightenment" at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire. Enter our gates and you will go back in time to an era when royalty ruled, knights jousted, and the arts came alive! The excitement begins Labor Day weekend and extends through the next two weekends in September.

Address: Festival Park, 4051 Dean Ave , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-262-4100 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: gregfest@netins.net
Web: www.dmrenfaire.com

1 Sherman Hill Walking Tour of Homes - Once an affluent "suburb" of Des Moines, this historic district contains more than 150 homes and apartment buildings: Victorian, Queen Anne, Italianate, Classic, Mission, Stick and Flemish architecture.

Ph: 515-284-5717 (Always call and confirm events)

9 Collectamania/Joy Rides Auto Club Car Show - Awards will be Top 15, Best of show, Cancer Survivor, and 10 other categories. ALL proceeds will go to John Stoddard Cancer Center at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA. Special mention LA Raiders helmet to be auctioned the day of the show with all money going to John Stoddard! It is only $15.00 to show car but absolutely free to look at the cars and bikes. 10am-3pm.

Address: Collectamania, 3200 Delaware Ave , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-975-1489 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: daytron@excite.com
Web: www.facebook.com/groups/165396710327206/
Fee: $15.00

19 Beauty Pageant - My name is Ashley and I am the director for the State of Iowa Beauty Pageant for Mary-Jay Health & Education Alliance. Please come and have a great time either being in the competition or watching the competition/Singer Chris Ranallo perform before the event!

The performance is from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Contestant: $59, any ages-adults and kids welcome to join!

Address: Lotus Moments Event Center: 2134 East Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50317 , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-669-1463 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: ashleyconnett2010@gmail.com
Web: www.beautybenefit.org
Fee: General Admission: 5 and under FREE/6-11 $10/12 and older $20

27 - 30 Valley West Mall Antique Show - Top Midwestern dealers selling furniture, glassware, primitives, jewelry, textiles, paper.

Ph: 515-278-6200 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: suestookey@att.net
Web: www.stookeyshows.com

October

22IA0106016e108 - Des Moines Autumn Show n' Shine - Bring The Family To A Hot Car Show Before Snow Flies! Free to See!

1st Sat October
All Cars Welcome
Food Drinks Drawings
Always Good Times at Trophy's
Enter from 10-Noon - - Awards at 3:30
Street Rods Muscle Cars Corvettes
Entry donations benefit Za-Ga-Zig Hot Rods Club
Hot Roddin! See Ya There!

Address: Plaza Lanes/Trophy's Sport s Bar, 2701 Douglas Ave , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-255-1111 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: Za-Ga-Zig_HotRods@hotmail.com
Web: www.plazalanesdm.com/
Fee: Cash Donation

26 - 28 Iowa State High School Dance/Drill Team Competition - The American Quilter's Society is dedicated to TODAY's quilter. Inspired by the enduring creativity and importance of quilts and quiltmaking, their objective is to provide a forum for quilters of all skill levels to expand their horizons in quiltmaking, design, self-expression, and quilt collecting. Through their books, magazines, product offers, quilt shows and contests, workshops and other activities in the world of quilting, they strive to inspire, instruct and nurture the art and skill of quiltmaking.

Attend the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Des Moines and see quiltmaking at its very best! Visit with vendors, view a wide variety of quilts of all themes and genres, and participate in specialty classes and show seminars. Don't miss the annual show in Des Moines!

Address: Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-564-8000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.americanquilter.com

26 - 29 Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Quilt Show - Our quilt show is a "Show within a Show", held in conjunction with American Quilter's Society Quilt Week and Show. Our guild's quilt show includes approximately 400 member quilts, usually 100+ quilts in our Silent Auction (with a Take It Home Now pricing), special exhibits, and a large display of quilts donated by members to a large variety of local charities.

Visit AmericanQuilter.com for details on the national quilt show, along with registration information and a list of classes and lectures.

Address: Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-279-2368 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: wmshotwell@aol.com
Web: www.dmaqg.org

28 - 30 Antique Spectacular - Ph: 888-677-4440 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: kim@antiquespectacular.com
Web: www.antiquespectacular.com

28 - 30 U.S. Cellular® World Food Festival - Taste your way around the world! Celebrate Iowa's diverse culinary traditions. Ethnic cafes, folk artisans, entertainers displaying authentic dress and choreography, global market.

Ph: 515-286-4906 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: aeaton@downtowneventsgroup.org
Web: www.worldfoodfestival.org

28 - 30 IMT Des Moines Marathon and Sports & Fitness Expo - Marathon, half marathon, five-person marathon relay, 5K road race, Kids Run and more.

Ph: 515-288-2692 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: cburch@desmoinesmarathon.com
Web: www.desmoinesmarathon.com

29 - 14 Des Moines Pumpkin Fest and Harvest Fair - Fairytale characters, food merchants, craft merchants, games and rides. At Festival Park near Sleepy Hollow.

Ph: 515-262-4100 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: greg@festint.com
Web: www.festint.com

13 - 14 Potpourri Promotion Art and Craft Sale - At the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Ph: 515-262-5942 (Always call and confirm events)

13 Auction - SE DSM Boxing Club is a non-profit club that relies on contributions and events put on by us to raise money.

All items have been donated from all over the state.

Address: Corner of 30th & Scott, Des MOines IA , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-243-2444 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: grn69rmblr@mchsi.com
Fee: 0.00

November

19 - 21 ArenaCross Series - Ph: 515-564-8000 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.iowaeventscenter.com

26 - 28 Antiques at the Fairgrounds - Dealers from across the U.S.

Ph: 515-262-6714 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: njohnson@collectorsextravaganza.com
Web: www.collectorsextravaganza.com

3 Annual Beaverdale Holiday Boutique - Handcrafted items and unique gifts for sale. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and delicious desserts at the cafe. Stock up on homemade goodies at the bakery. At Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School.

Ph: 515-255-3162 (Always call and confirm events)
Web: www.htschool.org

3 - 4 The Dickens/Victorian Sawdust Festival - In the Festival park at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park.

Ph: 641-357-5177 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: gregfest@netins.net
Web: www.festint.com

3 - 4 Christ the King Annual Fall Craft Show - Christ the King Church Altar & Rosary will be hosing our Annual Fall Craft Show Saturday from 8:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Admission is free. There will be a wide variety of over 40 Crafters and Vendor. We will be serving Walking Tacos, Pork Sandwiches and Nachos!! There will be tons on baked goods for sale along with home made pies (both whole and by the slice)! We will have both a Basket and Quilt Raffle. Please contact us with any questions.

Address: 5711 SW 9th St , Des Moines, Iowa
Ph: 515-285-2888 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: Rmouse05@aol.com
Web: www.facebook.com/ChristTheKingAnnualCraftShow
Fee: Free

10 - 11 The Dickens/Victorian Sawdust Festival - In the festival park at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park.

Ph: 641-357-5177 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: gregfest@netins.com
Web: www.festint.com

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Salisbury House

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Iowa State Fairgrounds

The Iowa State Fair, held each August, is Iowa's largest tourism event and the cornerstone event of more than 160 activities held year-round on these 400

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Hoyt Sherman Place

Built in 1877 by prominent pioneer businessman Hoyt Sherman, this mansion was Des Moines' first public art gallery and houses a distinctive collection of 19th and 20th century artwork. The 1,250

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Wallace House

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