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Good morning, Iowa!

Happy Friday eve! If you're looking for events around Des Moines to attend, check out our Things to Do app! Download our Things to Do app (for FREE) and enter to win 2 VIP Passes to see Zeds Dead, Machine Gun Kelly and more July 22 and 23 at Western Gateway Park for 515 Alive. (iPhone app | Android app

VIP Passes include: 515 Alive T-shirt, pin, festival poster, sunglasses, shaded VIP viewing area (with main stage view and seats), souvenir mug (with drink specials), drawstring bag, cloth VIP wristband and a separate bar with top shelf. Sounds pretty good, right? What are you waiting for? Go download the app...  

TRUE LIFE: I TRIED SNOOKIES

So my colleaugue Matt Leimkuehler has been a bad Iowan. Until a few days ago, he had never tried ice cream from Snookies Malt Shop. I have a confession, too. I also hadn't tried Snookies until a few weeks ago. Nostalgia and long-standing tradition aside, we both now understand why the quaint, casual and oh-so-Iowan atmosphere of Snookies is loved among so many. Maybe we'll see you on Beaver Ave. soon.

ROCK ON!

Live music is alive and well in Ames with this year's Maximum Ames Music Festival bringing in over 100 acts. It takes place Sept. 15-18. You can buy passes to the festival at Midwestix.com. Seattle-based group Lavender Country and DJ Yella of NWA fame will be there. You can find Baby Dee, Kansas City-based blues artist Danielle Nicole, Des Moines' own The Maytags, Simon Joyner, Dressy Bessy and more on the lineup here.

BABY, YOU'RE A FIREWORK

We've been to a million fireworks shows, but nothing beats a night under the stars with close friends and family as you celebrate Independence Day. There are a number of places to celebrate the Fourth of July across central Iowa. After you're done firing up the grill and gather your family and friends at one of these area fireworks shows.

THE BEST IS YET TO COME...

July is such a great time to be in Des Moines. From the 80/35 Music Festival that’s happening next week to the Italian American Festival of Iowa, there will be something for everybody to enjoy this month.

I'M IN LOVE WITH...

  • Meanz Chan's Instagram page. She's one of my favorite local photographers.

- Ameena, Juice

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