With the Iowa State Fair starting up this week, it’s hard to have anything else on your radar! Rest assured, though: Even if you’re not taking in the fair, there are more than enough activities to help you get through this weekend with a grin on your face and a bop in your heart. Music is the big winner, with not-to-miss shows at Gaslamp, Captain Roy’s and more. For our top pick, head outdoors to expand your mind, with the inaugural Philosophical Barbecue from the Des Moines Lyceum Movement. Explore the teachings of Marcus Aurelius over burgers, brats and beer!
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Iowa State Fair
Aug 11 – Aug 21 – 8:00am
Find Your Fun at the 2022 Iowa State Fair, happening this year from August 11-21
Des Moines installs ‘art corridors’ along five bike trails, showcasing local artists
by Courtney Guein, Aug 8
New art installations have changed the view along five of Des Moines’ popular bike trails. These “art corridors” include panels mounted to a line of metal posts, angled towards pedestrians and cyclists zipping down the trail.
‘My Fair Lady,’ a problematic classic with amazing production, comes to Des Moines
by Lily DeTaeye, Aug 5
My Fair Lady, presented by Lincoln Center Theater, opened at the Civic Center in Des Moines Tuesday night and almost every row was filled. The musical is an adaptation on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play Pygmalion, involving a professor of phonetics training a poor woman with a thick working class accent to pass as a member of high society in order to win a bet with a colleague.