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4 must-attend weekend events

The fun blooms in Pella

Friday-Saturday: The city of Pella hosts its 80th annual Tulip Time celebration this week in downtown Pella. Tulip Time features two parades each day, concerts, city tours and more Dutch letters than you could ever eat. Free. Go to


Friday and Sunday: The hard rock festival Lazerfest is held in its new home, Seven Flags Event Center, 2100 N.W. 100th St., starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Friday's lineup features Halestorm, Young Guns, We Are Harlot, Starset, Holy White Hounds and Girls Rock Des Moines. Sunday is headlined by Five Finger Death Punch with Falling in Reverse, Devour the Day, Green Death, Apathy Syndrome and Through the Darkness. $35 per day or $50 for both days. Go to

Dark Mirror

Saturday: The Des Moines metal band Dark Mirror plays an album release show at 5 p.m. at Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St. In addition to the album, "Patterns of Chaos," Dark Mirror will have new T-shirts and will be giving away prizes throughout the night. Savagery, ThorHammer and Plagued Insanity open. $5. Go to


Saturday: The Iowa Comic Book Club hosts MinIcon from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Adventureland Inn, 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona. Vendors, artists and writers from around the Midwest will be on hand, including D. Ryan Allen, Candle Light Press, Tom Hotka and others. $5. Go to