Des Moines Does Spring

Spring is a great time in Des Moines. It’s warming up outside, if even just a little bit. Plus, there are plenty of fun events, competitions, and activities that happen during the spring. Here are some of the local events happening in Spring 2017 in the Des Moines area.

Cold Run for Warm Meals

Spring in Des Moines

Image via Flickr by Peter Mooney

If you like to participate in charity runs, consider the Cold Run for Warm Meals 2.5 mile walk or run taking place on March 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Gray’s Lake (SW entrance). Hosted by the National Agri-Marketing Association, the event will benefit the WesleyLife Meals on Wheels program that provides prepared meals to homeless individuals and those who otherwise face food insecurity. Participation in the race costs $35 and will get you a race entry, a t-shirt, a beer during the after party, and some tasty post-race snacks.

Old Time Music and Dance Jam Workshop

For those who love to bring their instruments to play with others or those who love to watch or dance to live music, the Old Time Music and Dance Jam Workshop is a great option. It’s scheduled to take place every fourth Saturday at 2 p.m. at Java Joe’s 4th Street Theatre at 214 4th Street. Bring your favorite instrument, including homemade rhythm instruments, to learn new songs and play together as a group. The event is open to participants of all ages, including kids who just want to dance to the live music that they hear. In terms of musical jams, this event is one of many that takes place in the community.

2017 Botanical Blues Concerts

Listen to blues music from local and regional blues artists at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s tropical conservatory located at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive. This event takes place every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through March, and it showcases different artists each week. On March 19, 2017, Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell will perform. On March 26, 2017, Matt Woods will perform. The concert is free with your paid admission to the Botanical Garden.

59th Annual ADAI Design Exhibition

On April 21, 2017, the Science Center of Iowa and Blank IMAX Dome Theater will host the 59th Annual ADAI Design Competition. This year’s theme is “Design Uncovered.” Judges critique the best designs from all around the state of Iowa. The public is invited to attend at 6 p.m. to see which design earns the title of “Work of the Year.” Student admission is $20 per person, and adult admission is $40. There will be a cocktail hour with light hors d’oeurves served, the exhibition itself, an awards ceremony, and an after party with wine and craft beer. These are just a small representation of the types of events that will take place this spring in Des Moines. Check with any museums, community organizations, and businesses that you frequent to see if they’re having their own springtime events. You never know what inexpensive and fun things you’ll find to do.