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10 things we love about Des Moines in October

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Komen Iowa Race for the Cure (Oct. 3): Help fight breast cancer by participating in the 5K run, 1 mile Walk and Talk, or the Sleep for the Cure/Proud in the Crowd. $35-$40. Go to

Machine Gun Kelly (Oct. 7): Rapper Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) stops at 7 Flags Event Center on his Road Trippin’ Tour, along with King Los and DUB-O. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $30 at 2100 NW 100th St., Clive.

Taylor Swift (Oct. 8): Watch the pop sensation "Shake it Off" at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Vance Joy opens. $39.50-$129.50. Go to

Young Variety Bow Tie Ball (Oct. 9): Help raise money for kiddos in a fun and fancy way from 6-11 p.m. at Wakonda Club, 3915 Fleur Drive. Enjoy live music, sips and eats. $75 single, $125 couple, $150 VIP. Go to

Zombie Walk 2015 (Oct. 10): Join the horde of the undead — or help defend your city — at the 7th Annual Zombie Walk. Come early for the Zombie Bazaar from 10 a.m.-noon for music, face painting, makeup, fake blood, blood type testing, a spray makeup booth, entertainment and more. Then at noon get ready to walk, or shuffle, to help raise money for Central Iowa Shelter & Services and support homeless Iowans. Afterward, fill up with one of the signature sandwiches at Zombie Burger. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids ages 3-10 at the door. 300 E. Grand Ave. Visit

Runway for the Cause Gala (Oct. 15): Raise money to help combat breast cancer at this annual Bras for the Cause fashion show at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton West Des Moines, 1800 50th St. $75 general admission, $150 VIP, $1500 table for 10. Go to

Candeo Dine & Shine Fashion Show (Oct. 15): Support Iowans with Disabilities at this fashion show fundraiser event from 6 - 10 p.m. at Proof Restaurant, 1301 Locust Street, Suite C. $100. Go to

Andrew W.K. (Oct. 17):The high-energy rocker returns to Des Moines for a 7 p.m. concert at Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th St. $20. Go to

Matisyahu (Oct. 28): Reggae rapper Matisyahu performs at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., at 8 p.m. $29.50-$50. Go to

Rob Thomas (Oct. 31): Catch the Matchbox Twenty singer perform a solo show at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. $46-$86. Go to