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!
‘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.