Skip to main content

7 must-attend weekend events

Sick of Sarah

Friday: The punk-influenced Minneapolis band Sick of Sarah performs at 10 p.m. at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. In June the band will release its first new material in four years, "Anthem." George Morris and The Spartan Blue open. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Go to

Andrew WK

Saturday: Party enthusiast Andrew W.K. returns to Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St., for a solo show at 5 p.m. Andrew W.K. is known for hits like "Party Hard" and "We Want Fun," as well as high kicks, questionable hygiene, all white outfits and occasionally partying until he pukes. Quick Piss and Ramona and the Slimdudes open. $20. Go to

Fantasy Nerd Roast

Saturday: Comedians from Des Moines and Omaha will dress up as Marvel and DC superheroes and roast each other at the Fantasy Nerd Roast starting at 9 p.m. in The Basement at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. Superman, Batman, Bwana Beast, Spider-Man, Punisher, Daredevil and others will be on hand to settle which is truly the greatest comic book company. Free. Donations will be accepted for the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Go to

Folk N Roll

Saturday: The local ticketing agency Tikly presents Folk N Roll from noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Streetcar 209, 525 E. Grand Ave. Performers include Dustin Smith of The Maytags, Patresa Hartman, Sara Routh, Rae Fehring and others. The concert benefits Girls Rock Des Moines. $20. Go to

Beaverdale Superhero 5K

Saturday: Spider-Man, Green Lantern and the odd Sleepwalker and Paste Pot Pete will run in the Beaverdale Superhero 5K, a running event where superhero costumes are encouraged and proceeds go to the Everybody Wins mentoring program. The race starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at First Federated Church, 4801 Franklin Ave. $25. Go to

Cinco de Mayo Festival

Saturday: Valley Junction hosts its 11th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival from noon-10 p.m. on Fifth Street in West Des Moines. There will be vendors, folk dancers and music by Mariachi Zapata, Tony Valdez Large Band and others. Free. Go to

Downtown Farmers' Market

Saturday: The Downtown Farmers' Market returns to Court District from 7 a.m.-noon. More than 400 farmers, artists and other vendors will be on hand, along with music by Matt Woods and others. It's time to get some fresh food right from the source. Free. Go to