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7 must-attend weekend events around Des Moines

Young Variety Bow Tie Ball

Friday: Grab your best bow ties and little black dresses, and raise money for kiddos in need at this 3rd annual gala 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

Planned Parenthood Book Sale

Friday-Sunday: Calling all book worms! Check out the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Book Sale in the 4-H Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 East Grand Ave. 3-9 p.m. Starting Thursday ($10 admission this night only), 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday-Monday.


Friday: Tim Kasher and co. play a headlining set in Des Moines before connecting with Coheed and Cambria for a run of shows. The Olympics and Derek Lambert & The Prairie Fires are lined up to support the show. Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th St. $20. More info at

William J Locker

Saturday: Des Moines-based rock ‘n’ roll man William J Locker celebrates the release of his debut LP at Gas Lamp. Adam Bruce and Josh Davis open the show. 1501 Grand Ave. $7. More info at

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Mid Mod Madness

Saturday: Tour six homes that combine mid century decor with contemporary living, plus get boozy with a post-tour cocktail crawl at nine vintage stores where you can shop for your own vintage finds. $30. Buy tickets at Funky Finds or A Okay Antiques. Go to

Vintage & Made Fair

Saturday-Sunday: Two days of indie shopping, live music and food trucks? Yes, please! Head to 2251 Fuller, West Des Moines, to hunt antiques from vendors like Vintage No. 35, Mai & Co., Hill Vintage and Whoa Nelli. and others. $5. Go to

Leon Russell 

Sunday: Join one of the most tenured musicians in rock ‘n’ roll for a Sunday evening performance at Wooly’s. Christopher The Conquered’s set to open the show. 504 E. Locust St. $25-$35. More info at