Weekender Central Iowa! Exile’s decade celebration | ISU’s Bug Village | Surf Zombies


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

The fests just keep on comin’! Exile celebrates a decade of delectable brews, Ingersoll Live delivers the summer’s best block party and the third annual Sista Soul Fest pairs a day of shopping from women-owned vendors with music, food and more! Top pick of the weekend? Place your bets on the roach races, explore insect art and generally get hands-on with the marvelous creepy crawlies at an open house for ISU’s Bug Village.
The Weekender is sponsored by:

Whiterock Conservancy

Paint It Plein Air

Aug 25 – 3:00pm

Come and paint for free with artist Gary Hoff lead plein air workshops.

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Hoyt Sherman Place

Happy Together Tour

Aug 25 – 7:30pm

The touring sensation that has criss-crossed the nation delighting audiences for over a decade returns this summer with a show full of chart-topping hits from the ’60s and ’70s.

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Des Moines Civic Center

To Kill a Mockingbird

Aug 25 – 7:30pm

All rise for Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork.

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Jordan House Museum

Timeless @ The Jordan House Museum

Aug 26 – 5:00pm

Timeless is a pop-up exhibition featuring objects in the West Des Moines Historical Society collection in conversation with contemporary artwork by Olson-Larsen represented artists.

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Des Moines Civic Center

Science Center of Iowa Gala

Aug 26 – 6:30pm

Experience the science center through the eyes of your inner child when you attend this year’s annual fundraising gala.

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The Garden

Leo's Lounge Of Burlesque

Aug 26 – 8:00pm

Join Leo’s Lounge of Burlesque for an evening of tease and sleaze!

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Gas Lamp Des Moines

The Williams Brothers Band and 80 Grit

Aug 26 – 9:00pm

The Williams Brothers Band & 80 Grit

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DMACC: Ankeny Campus

GiGi's Playhouse Donut 5K, Walk, & Dash

Aug 27 – 9:00am

You DONUT want to miss this year’s event!

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Iowa State University

Bug Village Open House

Aug 27 – 10:00am

Hands-on with bugs, insect art, roach races, learn about pollinators, talk with scientists about their work, and more!

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Exile Brewing Company

Exile Music Festival

Aug 27 – 11:00am

Celebrate our 10th birthday with Exile Music Fest on August 27th!

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Des Moines Water Works Park

Justin Roberts and Inez Barlatier

Aug 27 – 11:00am

Justin Roberts and Inez Barlatier perform at Water Works Park

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Confluence Brewing

The Water Ride

Aug 27 – 12:00pm

On August 27th, The Water Ride will be taking place at Confluence Brewing Company and taking you around the Des Moines trails.

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Ingersoll Live

Ingersoll Live 2022

Aug 27 – 4:00pm

Ingersoll Live is a free, family-friendly “block party” at 2800 Ingersoll Avenue featuring live music, art, food & entertainment.

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Maggie's Rumble Room

Surf Zombies

Aug 27 – 8:00pm

Surf Zombies raise surf rock from the dead with fast, crazy, original instrumentals that straddle retro surf, bubblegum punk and garage rock.

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Teehee's Comedy Club

Comedy Kickback | Back 2 School

Aug 27 – 9:00pm

This standup comedy show benefits the non-profit Back 2 School Iowa.

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Evelyn K Davis Park

Sista Soul Fest

Aug 28 – 10:00am

Food, music, clothing, crystals, art, jewelry and more!

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Lauridsen Amphitheater

Iowa Choreography Festival

Aug 28 – 6:00pm

Iowa Choreography Festival by the Iowa Dance Theater

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xBk Live

Alpha Wolf with Rehtek

Aug 28 – 7:00pm

First Fleet Concerts Presents: Alpha Wolf with Bodysnatcher & Vatican

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One studio has built a break dancing scene in Des Moines. Now, one of its students is hitting the national stage.

by Courtney Guein, Aug. 24
Anthony San began building his breaking skills in 2006 at a summer camp in Pella, Iowa. A camp counselor who offered a workshop encouraged San to take his natural talent further.
“He was like, ‘You’re really good at doing very difficult movements and poses.’ And I was like, OK. I don’t know if it’s for me,” San explained.

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