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10 things we love about Des Moines in April

What's not to love about April? There are plenty of events in and around Des Moines to look forward to this month.

Des Moines Buccaneers (April 10-11): Final games of the season, 7:05 p.m. each night at Buccaneers Arena, 7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale. $14-$20. Go to

Juice Mixies awards announcement party (April 13): Don't miss our celebration of music in Des Moines at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stay tuned to our site for more details.

Iowa Wild vs. Toronto Marlies (April 14): Final home game of the season at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. 7 p.m. $9-$45. Go to

Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City (April 17): Home opener at Principal Park, One Line Drive. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $7. Go to

Beautiful Bulldog Contest (April 19): Drake Relays event at the Knapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave. 12:30 p.m. (judging), 2 p.m. (pageant). Free for spectators. Go to

Drake Relays (April 22-26): Track and Field events at Drake University and select other locations. Go to

Harlem Globetrotters (April 19): Legendary basketball team at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. 3 p.m. $25. Go to

Gross Domestic Product (April 25): 10th annual festival featuring The Maytags, Canby, Annalibera and others at Wooly's, Streetcar 209, Beechwood Lounge and other East Village locations. $10 in advance. Go to

"The Lion King" (April 28-May 17): Musical inspired by the Disney animated film at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. $30-$69.50. Go to

Zoo Brew Reveal Party (April 30): Revealing the lineup of the 2015 season at Blank Park Zoo, 7401 S.W. Ninth St. 5:30 p.m. $30. Go to