Weekender Central Iowa! Trombone Shorty | Beaverdale Fall Festival | Lua Oktoberfest


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There’s a party goin’ on ’round here—several, in fact! Get ready to celebrate this weekend with festivals galore, from Maximum Ames to the return of the Beaverdale Fall Festival, an early season Oktoberfest and more. Top pick of the weekend? Not a fest, but when Trombone Shorty hits the stage, it’s always a party! Don’t miss the New Orleans band leader and grown-up prodigy as he brings his exquisite tones to Hoyt Sherman Place.


Maximum Ames Music Festival

Sep 15 – Sep 18 –

The 10th Maximum Ames Music Festival (MAMF X) will be held September 15-18, 2022!

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Willow on Grand

Jazz, Jewels & Jeans

Sep 15 – 5:00pm

You deserve some Fall fun, right? And oh so much better when it benefits a good cause!

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Beaverdale Fall Festival

Sep 16 – Sep 17 –

Join us for the 2022 Beaverdale Fall Festival, presented by Service Legends!

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Western Gateway Park

World Food & Music Festival Western Gateway Park

Sep 16 – 11:00am

The three-day event offers international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, interactive programs.

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Twisted Vine Brewery

Grand Opening Celebration!

Sep 16 – 11:00am

An amazing weekend full of music, special beer releases, and a commemorative mug.

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xBk Live

Josiah Johnson

Sep 16 – 8:00pm

The solo project from a founding member of The Head and the Heart.

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Gas Lamp Des Moines

El Perro and Druids

Sep 16 – 9:00pm

EL PERRO is a brand new band led by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer Parker Griggs of RADIO MOSCOW.

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Sleepy Hollow

The Renaissance Faire

Sep 17 – 10:00am

The dates for 2022 will remain the first three weekends in September, including Labor Day.

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Lua Brewing

Lua Oktoberfest

Sep 17 – 11:00am

Join us on Saturday, September 17 for our biggest event of the year: Lua’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

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Hoyt Sherman Place

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Sep 17 – 8:00pm

Mammoth Presents Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

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Lefty's Live Music

Gemini Parks, Zap Tura, Sophie Mitchell, Danny Russell Wolf

Sep 17 – 8:00pm

Come out for an eclectic night of music!

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Franklin Avenue Library

Banned Books Scavenger Hunt

Sep 18 – Sep 24 –

September 18-24 is Banned Books week, which is a yearly event that celebrates the Freedom to Read.

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Cowles Commons

Vegan Summer Market

Sep 18 – 12:00pm

VegLife Des Moines is excited to announce the return of their successful Vegan Summer Market series!

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Lefty's Live Music

Iowa Blues Challenge

Sep 18 – 4:00pm

This competition will decide who will represent Iowa in the 2023 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

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Sep 18 – 7:00pm

OhGeesy with DJ Vision & Young Hawaii Slim

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Destroy Boys w/Softcult and Penny Peach

Sep 19 – 6:30pm

Destroy Boys with Softcult, Penny Peach & Bugsy

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Album Review and Q&A: Teller Bank$ — ‘The I & I’

by Chris DeLine, Sep 13
The album opener to The I & I by Teller Bank$ finds the Des Moines-based rapper reflecting on the practical value of processing his trauma through his art.

‘It was always about building it, destroying it, rebuilding, destroying’: The Cult’s new musical era brings them through Des Moines

by Kembrew McLeod, Sep 9
On a magical summer evening in 1986, after a fiery performance by the Cult, the sun refused to set. The band’s shows radiated a mystical quality that could realign heavenly bodies, though this anomaly of nature occurred because Finland’s Provinssirock Festival took place north of the Arctic Circle.

Get your Iowa lit fix at Beaverdale Books this fall

by Lily DeTaeye, Sep 8
Nestled in a cozy town square off of Beaver Avenue, Beaverdale Books has been a space for Des Moines book-lovers since 2006. They offer a wide array of books from both local and farther flung authors, and the bookstore also boasts an impressive events calendar featuring author meet and greets, readings and book fairs throughout the year. Most events are free to attend and some even offer complimentary coffee and cookies, making you feel even more at home.