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10 things we love about Des Moines in May

The weather's a bit warmer and the month is filled with plenty of things to do. Here's what we're looking forward to.

Downtown Farmers' Market: It's back every Saturday! Weekly market with hundreds of vendors in Court District, 7 a.m.-noon. Free. Go to

Lazerfest (May 8 and May 10): Halestorm, Five Finger Death Punch and more on the Court Avenue Bridge, downtown. $35 per day or $50 for both days. Go to

MinIcon (May 9): Comic book artists, writers, vendors, cosplayers and more at Adventureland Inn, 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. Go to

Market Day (May 16): Local crafters and vendors at The Gramercy Tap, 400 Walnut St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Go to

Pedal For Pints (May 16): 30 and 50 mile bike tours starting at el Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St. 7-9 a.m. starting window. $40-$45. Go to

Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 7 (May 23-24): Season finale performance of Copland's "Appalachian Spring" along with the film music of John Williams at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. 7:30 p.m. May 23, 2:30 p.m. May 24. $15-$55. Go to

CelebrAsian (May 22-23): Experience authentic Asian cuisine and culture at the 13th annual Asian Heritage Fest. Go to

Nitefall on the River (May 23 – Aug 28): Star 102.5 presents its annual Nitefall on the River series featuring acts such as Hairball, The Nadas, Michael Franti & The Spearhead, Los Lonely Boys, Slightly Stoopid and more. Visit for complete calendar.

Dam to Dam: Iowa's Distance Classic (May 30): Join in on this 36th annual classic in downtown Des Moines. Register online at

Winefest (Starting May 30 until June 6): Nosh on and learn about the best food and wine available in central Iowa at this week-long series of events. Go to