Find dozens of ideas for things to do, activities and events in Des Moines
Through October 26
The Slaughterhouse, a haunted attraction featuring Slipknot memorabilia
The Slaughterhouse is back with new features thanks to a second-year partnership with Slipknott. With actors, costumes, props and animatronics, The Slaughterhouse brings a Universal Studios Horror Nights-like experience to Des Moines. The Slaughterhouse will feature Slipknot memorabilia, decor and themed actors for the entirety of its 2019 season. Slaughterhousedm.com.
Through October 31
West Des Moines Pumpkin Patch
With hundreds of pumpkins, apple cider, a free photo booth, as well as fall decor and baked goods for sale, the West Des Moines Christian Church Pumpkin Patch is a fun stop for all your fall needs. With proceeds supporting youth mission projects, this is a great way to have some fun and make a difference. 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines Monday-Friday, 11 to 7; Saturday 10 to 7; Sunday noon to 7.
Direct from Broadway, “Mean Girls” is the hilarious hit musical about Cady Heron, who moves from the African savanna to suburban Illinois and soon falls prey to a trio of frenemies whose leader is the Queen Bee Regina George. Cady finds out what happens when she tries to dethrone the queen without getting stung. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Get your tickets at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Country superstar Vince Gill has amassed 21 Grammy Awards to date — more than any other male country artist. He’s also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Don’t miss the chance to hear him perform live at Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $65 at ticketmaster.com.
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical” tells the story of the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter. A pre-show dinner will also be available for the performance. 8 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. For ticket information, visit center.iastate.edu.
Dress the kids in their most creative costumes and join the parade at the Iowa Arboretum. Take a hayride, decorate a pumpkin, explore a hay maze, play games and enjoy treats. The fun family Halloween event is $2 per person. 1-3 p.m. 1875 Peach Ave., Madrid.
Great Iowa Pet Expo
Animal lovers of all kinds are invited to attend the Great Iowa Pet Expo, the largest pet-related trade show in the state. Find family entertainment as well as vendors and presentations related to all-things pets. You can even bring your pets! 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jacobson Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave. $10 adults, $6 ages 6-12.
Spirits in the Gardens
For a fun family Halloween adventure, head to Reiman Gardens in Ames, where you can go on the Jack-O-Lantern Walk to see 1,000 intricately carved and lit pumpkins. Kids can wear their favorite costume and go trick-or-treating, meet a scientist, be amazed by a magician, dance to “Thriller” and more. 4-10:30 p.m. Saturday and 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday. 1407 University Blvd., Ames. Admission at the door is $6 per person, with kids ages 2 and under free.
IMT Des Moines Marathon
Run through quaint neighborhoods, city parks and streets and even make a loop around the famed Blue Oval track at Drake University during the IMT Des Moines Marathon, benefiting Special Olympics Iowa. Along with the full marathon, the event will also feature a half-marathon and 5K. Don’t want to run? Check out desmoinesmarathon.com for the best places to cheer on the runners.
Des Moines Community Orchestra Fall Concert
The theme is "DMCO Goes to the Circus." Carl Johnson is the conductor and guest hosts are Dan Wardell and Abby Brown from Iowa Public Television's "Kids Clubhouse." Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. 2 p.m. at Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium, with pre-concert talk at 1 p.m. Free admission.
Founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history by pushing it rhythmically, technically and conceptually. Experience their live performance at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Singer, activist and yoga practitioner Michael Franti produced his most recent album, “Stay Human Vol. II,” to remind himself and his listeners that there is still good in the world and it is worth fighting for. Michael Franti & Spearhead makes a stop at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., for a one-night-only performance. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $33 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
The iconic singer-songwriter performs at 8 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium in Ames. $69, $89.50. https://www.center.iastate.edu/events/bob-dylan-2
Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham already has Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards under his belt, and he’s not stopping there. Bingham makes a stop at Hoyt Sherman Place in support of his most recent album “American Love Song.” 7 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $29.50 at hoytsherman.org. A limited number of meet-and-greet tickets are also available.
History on the Rocks: Scary Movies that Aren't
Spooky movies might make you scream in horror, but you're more likely to laugh out loud with "Horror Island" and "The Mummy's Hand." Either way, you'll get into the Halloween spirit when Iowa Scream Queen Peggy Moran escapes angry mummies, searches for buried treasure and survives the mysterious Phantom. You won't have to do any tricks, but we'll bring the treats. Beer, donated by Doll Distributing, and popcorn and candy available while supplies last. Cash bar. Must be 18 years or older to attend and 21 years or older to consume alcohol. 5-8 p.m. State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St. $5. iowaculture.gov
Bianca Del Rio
Comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio brings her brand-new show “It’s Jester Joke” to Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Hear the self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” tell tales of her worldwide adventures and the outrageous circus that is her life. 8 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 at hoytsherman.org.
Twenty One Pilots
The duo best known for their hits “Stressed Out” and “Heathens” adds a stop at Wells Fargo Arena on their “Bandito Tour” due to overwhelming demand. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this alternative hip-hop band live. 8 p.m. 730 Third St. Tickets are available at HyVeeTix.com.
Komen Iowa Race for the Cure More Than Pink Walk
The Komen Iowa More Than Pink Walk begins with registration and festivities at 7 a.m. at Water Works Park, followed by a program at 8:30 and the walk at 9 a.m. 2201 George Flagg Parkway. Learn more and register for $35 at info-komen.org.
The Great Inflatable Race
If a one-of-a-kind race with inflatable obstacles sounds right up your alley, you will want to get signed up for the Great Inflatable Race. The event is for everyone, regardless of age or ability level. It’s not timed--it’s just for fun. The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave. Learn more and get signed up at thegreatinflatablerace.com.
Seven-time Grammy Award winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female touring country artist Carrie Underwood stops in Des Moines on her Cry Pretty Tour 360. The title track of her newest album, “Cry Pretty,” debuted as the #1 song in the U.S. in all genres. Underwood will be joined by special guests Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Tickets start at $46 at HyVeeTix.com.
Star soprano Camille Zamora joins the Mambo Kings to present a sultry, passionate and exciting evening of Latin music from Spain and the island of Cuba. The show is presented by the Des Moines Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
Famed guitarist Steven Van Zandt’s group Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul just released their first new album of original material in over 20 years, “Summer of Sorcery.” The 14-member ensemble Disciples of Soul features some of the best studio and live musicians in the business. Hear them perform live in what promises to be one rocking show at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 8 p.m. Tickets start at just $39 at hoytsherman.org.
Des Moines Storytellers Project: Tall Tales
The Storytellers Project is a series of live storytelling events curated and hosted by the Des Moines Register. The Register’s journalists help community members to draw out authentic, personal experiences and hone them into engaging dialogue. the October 29 theme is Tall Tales: Stories so bizarre and mysterious they have to be true. 7 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $12 or $60 for the season at ticketmaster.com.
Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly
Grammy Award-winning artist Young Thug and chart-topping rapper Machine Gun Kelly joined forces for a tour across North America this fall. Wells Fargo Arena, 8 p.m. Emerging on Atlanta’s hip hop scene with his 2011 mixtape series, Young Thug launched into the mainstream with his knack for melodicism and unique vocal style. Machine Gun Kelly recently released his highly anticipated fourth studio album, "Hotel Diablo."
Harlem 100 Featuring Mwenso & The Shakes
Harlem 100 is a multimedia show that captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists like Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes and Billie Holliday made Harlem the cultural center of the country. Experience today’s most exciting Harlem musicians and dancers in a modern variety show, presented by the Civic Music Association. 7:30 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Get tickets at civicmusic.org.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour
The hilarious Peabody Award-winning TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000” has earned its place in the Top 100 TV Shows of all time. Creator and original host Joel Hodgson makes a stop at the Civic Center on his final tour, bringing along the world’s greatest -- and only -- movie-riffing robots Tom Servo, Crow and Gypsy. Experience the live version of this hilarious TV show with the original crew. 7:30 p.m. 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $25 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
A Day to Remember
A Day To Remember were recently featured on Marshmello’s single “Rescue Me,” making their first new music since 2016’s acclaimed "Bad Vibrations." 6:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Arena.
'The Little Mermaid Jr.'
Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends. Class Act Productions will have performances for families of all ages Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. captheatre.org and 800-838-3006. $10 for ages 3-18 and $15 for adults.
Since coming on the scene nearly three decades ago. the Newsboys have been a leader in Christian music, garnering 33 number one hits, including “He Reigns,” “Born Again” and “We Believe.” See them perform live on their “Greatness of Our God Tour,” featuring Ryan Stevenson with Adam Agee and special appearance by Kevin Max. 7 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames.Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.
Goldie's Kids Club: Cannons and Catapults
BOOM! Examine a Civil War cannon to see how it works and then make your own (much safer) catapult to see how far you can make something soar. Recommended for children ages 8-12 who are accompanied by an adult. 10-11 a.m. Free, but advance registration is required. State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St. in Des Moines. iowaculture.gov
Daniel Hsu solo piano recital
Ames Town & Gown Chamber Music Association presents the winner of the 2017 Cliburn Competition Bronze Medal. Daniel Hsu will perform works of Schubert, Schumann and Chopin. 7:30 p.m. in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall on the Iowa State University Campus. $30; students all ages free amestownandgown.org
Goo Goo Dolls
Selling 12 million records worldwide, the Goo Goo Dolls have earned four Grammy Award nominations riding on a slew of hits, including “Iris,” “Dizzy Up the Girl,” “Let Love In” and more. See this iconic rock band perform live to promote their new album “Miracle Pill” at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39 at hoytsherman.org.
“Jersey Boys” tells the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons--just four guys from Jersey until they sang their first note and produced a sound nobody had ever before heard. Despite perfect harmonies on stage, behind the stage it proved to be a different story. Don’t miss the chance to see this favorite Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical. 7:30 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets start at $37 at ticketmaster.com.
Taste of Japan hosted by Bacon Fest
Double Dragon Dojo, location to be announced through email, 5 to 8 p.m. This is a sneak peak of what will be served at the 3rd Japan Bacon Festival in Kofu, Japan, from Nov. 23-24. The menu is a collaboration of Chef Dom Iannarelli and 2019 Bacon Queen Michelle Yoshimura-Smith. $50, Eventbrite.com.
November 5, 8, 9
Chef’s Table Dinner Series
Italian cooking demonstration with champagne on Nov. 5 with Italian Michelin Star Chef Giusseppe Ricchebuono or two 6-course dinners on Nov. 8 and 9. $100 per person for the cooking demo and $150 each for the 6-course dinners. firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 802-2667. Kitchen Spaces, 1139 24th St., Des Moines
Cat & Nat #MOMTRUTHS Live
Friends since they were teens, Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer now tell the real (hilarious) stories behind having kids and a marriage in their #MOMTRUTHS video series and book. Bring your friends and get ready to laugh and nod your head in agreement when Cat & Nat perform live at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $28 at hoytsherman.org.
Corks & Kegs
The Des Moines area’s finest wine, beer and food vendors will showcase their culinary creativity in an intimate setting at Des Moines University--all to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Enjoy silent and live auctions, a mystery wine auction and a special musical guest. 6:30 p.m. 3200 Grand Ave. Tickets start at $90 for an Early Bird ticket or $150 for a VIP ticket with early access. Learn more and purchase your ticket at events.cff.org/corksandkegsia.
Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo
It’s the 12th anniversary of Iowa’s Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo presented by Hy-Vee. Sample food, beer and wine from some of the Midwest’s best restaurants, breweries and wineries. Listen to live music and check out the speakers and activities on the two stages. 4-8 p.m. Friday and 1-8 p.m. Saturday. Hy-Vee Hall, 730 Third St. Tickets are $40 per day at HyVeeTix.com.
Iris DeMent with Pieta Brown
Iris DeMent brings her acclaimed blend of folk, country and gospel music to the Temple Theater in a concert with Pieta Brown. 1011 Locust St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Des Moines Symphony Masterworks 3: Grieg & Dvorak
Hear Grieg’s majestic “Piano Concerto” played to lyrical perfection by Jon Kimura Parker when the Des Moines Symphony presents “Masterworks 3.” You’ll also experience Michael Torke’s “Javelin,” as well as Dvorak’s “Eighth Symphony,” written by Iowa’s favorite Czech composer after his summer in Spillville. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $20 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
TLC’s “Long Island Medium” Theresa Caputo shares personal stories about her life, including her 20 years as a medium, and explains how her gift works. She will also deliver healing messages to audience members from loved ones who have passed. 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $44.25 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
The four-man string band based in Buenos Aires started out as a bluegrass band but has since incorporated Latin American styles into their repertoire. Founded by North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer Joe Troop, the group now includes three of his most dedicated students. Experience their unique blend of music when Che Apalache performs live at Temple Theater, 1011 Locust St. 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
After 20 years together, Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers aren’t slowing down. They are the only duo with Top 40 hits on the Billboard 200 in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. See the legendary pair perform live at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $44.50 at hoytsherman.org.
Universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dancers with the passion and creativity of the most outstanding emerging choreographers, Ailey II brings their dance talent to Stephens Auditorium for an evening performance. 7:30 p.m. 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets start at $22 at ticketmaster.com.
Considered one of the best stand-up comedians in the country by critics, fans and other comedians, Brian Regan premiered his new Netflix series, “Stand Up and Away! With Brian Regan” last Christmas Eve. Get ready for huge laughs when he makes a stop at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $54.50 at hoytsherman.org.
Mexican and Native American comedian/actress Anjelah Johnson became an internet sensation with her viral video “Nail Salon,” leading her to join the cast on Fox’s “MadTV,” where her viral character “Bon Qui Qui” was born. See her perform her standup comedy live when she makes a stop on her “Technically Not Stalking” Tour. 7 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $39.75 at hoytsherman.org.
The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers are hailed as one of the top folk-rock acts in the country, with music that has traditional roots in folk and bluegrass but mixes in the no-boundaries attitude of rock and roll. Hear them live at Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets start at $49.50 at ticketmaster.com.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
This lavish new production tells the story of a song-and-dance team who put on a show in a magical Vermont inn and end up falling for a stunning sister act. Don’t miss this timeless tale of joy and goodwill, perfect for the start to the holiday season. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. For ticket information, visit desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Sustainable Iowa Land Trust's annual dinner is held at Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines. Enjoy a locally sourced three-course dinner with a vegetarian option. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a reception and acoustic music by Will Schmitt followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. There will be a foodie-focused silent auction, guest speaker Lydia Wade of Veggie Thumper and the presentation of SILT’s first-ever Growing Good Award. General admission, $75; farmers/fixed income, $45; table for 10, $700. silt.org/foodiefest2019
See Dennis DeYoung, one of the founding members of Styx, whose career has spanned 40 years, as he pays tribute to the 40th anniversary of the legendary album “The Grand Illusion,” which produced eight top 10 hits, including “Babe,” “Lady” and “Mr. Roboto.” Hear him perform the album in its entirety at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $48 at hoytsherman.org.
“Whose Live Anyway?”
Current cast members of the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, including Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Dave Foley and Joel Murray, bring their comedy improv to Hoyt Sherman Place for a night of unforgettable laughs. 1501 Woodland Ave. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35 at hoytsherman.org.
Bringing his show originally scheduled for July 8 to Hoyt Sherman Place, blues legend Boz Scaggs shares his prowess in blues, R&B and early rock and roll. See why his career has lasted more than five decades. 7:30 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $45 at hoytsherman.org.
Irish Christmas in America
Take a glimpse into holiday traditions in Ireland during Irish Christmas in America, featuring top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and energy. 7:30 p.m. The Temple Theater, 1011 Locust St. Purchase tickets at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
November 27-December 1
Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
Enter a dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice where Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney-Pixar’s “Cars” perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you’ve never seen before. Also taking the ice will be Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” the “Toy Story” gang, and Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.” 7 p.m. Wednesday, 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Tickets start at $23 at HyVeeTix.com.
November 30-December 1
Home Alone in Concert
Watch the heartwarming and hilarious holiday classic “Home Alone” while the Des Moines Symphony performs John Williams’ charming and delightful score live. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $20-$75 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Larry the Cable Guy
Don’t miss the opportunity to laugh live as one of the country’s best stand-up comedians, Larry the Cable Guy, brings his Remain Seated Tour to the Des Moines Civic Center. Hear new material, as well as his favorite catchphrase “Git-R-Done,” as Larry gets ready to tape a new special at the end of the year. 7:30 p.m. 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $43.50 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
One of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass, has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Hear their full range, from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them. 7:30 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. For more information on tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Pat Hazell’s Permanent Record
“Seinfeld” writer Pat Hazell introduces a one-man show where he uncovers his permanent record in a confessional night of humor, heart and humanity. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Temple Theater, 1011 Locust St. Purchase tickets at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Don’t miss this extra-special Christmas show, when Lorie Line celebrates 30 years of touring. Enjoy both new and classic music from years past during this show featuring fashion, beautiful music, laughter, stories and a celebration of the birth of our Lord. 7 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $60 at hoytsherman.org.
A Christmas Story, The Musical
See all the iconic scenes from your favorite Christmas comedy in this musical adaptation for the stage. Set in the 1940s, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts: an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and December 23. Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St. Tickets start at $29 at dmplayhouse.com.
In “Three Tales of Christmas,” the men’s vocal ensemble Cantus reimagines beloved stories through familiar carols alongside new holiday classics. The show is presented by the Civic Music Association. 7:30 p.m. Staplin Performing Arts Center at Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $30-$75 at civicmusic.org.
Christkindlmarket Des Moines
Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the holidays as your participate in the 700-year-old tradition of a German-inspired Christmas market at Christkindlmarket Des Moines. Shop regional vendors selling Old World handcrafted products, enjoy polka music and traditional dance, participate in children’s activities and sip some warm, mulled wine. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Principal Park, 1 Line Drive. Admission is free.
Christmas with Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant
Multi-platinum Grammy winners Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant reunite to co-bill their popular Christmas tour, making a stop at Wells Fargo Arena. The duo will be joined by special guest Marc Mantel and will be backed by a full symphony orchestra. 7 p.m. 730 Third St. Tickets start at $27 at HyVeeTix.com.
Straight No Chaser
The nine-member male a cappella group Straight No Chaser (SNC) has garnered a massive fanbase, with numerous national TV appearances. See why audience members are calling them an unforgettable live act when they make a stop at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Don’t miss this inspiring new American musical from three-time Tony winner and “Hamilton” choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. The story takes place in 1945, when six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike anything the nation has ever seen. Get ready for infectious music and high-octane, heart-stopping dancing. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $25 at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Ballet Des Moines Presents: The Nutcracker
Experience the magical holiday tradition of “The Nutcracker,” performed by central Iowa’s only resident ballet company. Join Clara, her magical prince and toys that come to life as a mysterious gift sparks a wondrous adventure. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $28 at hoytsherman.org.
“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Enjoy a new version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol,” performed by the Iowa Stage Theatre, featuring the timeless tale of Scrooge’s ghostly visitations and Yuletide change of heart. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday. The Stoner Theater at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $38 adults, $34 seniors, $25 students/young professionals/veterans/service members at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Five Finger Death Punch
Heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch has been raking in the awards since their first album was released in 2007, including 2015 Artist of the Year by SiriusXM Octane Music Awards. Hear them perform live at Wells Fargo Arena, with Three Days Grace, Bad Wolves and Fire from the Gods. 6:30 p.m. 730 Third St. Tickets start at $39.50 at HyVeeTix.com.
WWE Monday Night RAW
See your favorite wrestlers one last time in 2019 when WWE Monday Night RAW comes to Wells Fargo Arena. Cheer on your favorite WWE superstars, including Universal Champion Seth Rollins, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, United States Champion AJ Styles and more. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 at HyVeeTix.com.
Des Moines Storytellers Project: Holiday Spectacular
The Storytellers Project is a series of live storytelling events curated and hosted by the Des Moines Register. The Register’s journalists help community members to draw out authentic, personal experiences and hone them into engaging dialogue. the December 17 theme is Holiday Spectacular: Family, faith and reasons we gather at the end of the year. 7 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $12 or $60 for the season at ticketmaster.com.
Tonic Sol-Fa The Nights Before Christmas Tour 2019
Don’t miss the tradition of attending a Tonic Sol-Fa holiday concert when the groundbreaking a capella ensemble from Minnesota performs at Hoyt Sherman Place. Enjoy the humor and soulful vocals of the Emmy Award-winning group as they present a brand-new holiday show. 7:30 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. TIckets start at $37.50 at hoytsherman.org.
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world in the brand-new show “A Magical Cirque Christmas.” Performers will be accompanied by live music featuring favorite holiday classics in this performance that’s perfect for the whole family. 6 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets start at $49 at ticketmaster.com.
New Year’s Eve Pops: Cirque at the Symphony
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the Des Moines Symphony and Troupe Vertigo. Witness jaw-dropping feats of athletic prowess and gravity-defying acrobatics, aerialists, jugglers and more, all choreographed to live music performed by the Des Moines Symphony. 8 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $7.50 for students at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Comedy XPeriment’s Laugh In the New Year
Laugh in the New Year with Des Moines’ longest-running improvisational comedy troupe, whose New Year’s Eve special will feature short form, “Whose Line Is It Anyway”-type skits in a competitive head-to-head format. Doors open at 9 p.m. with a dessert bar and social hour with the performers. The show starts at 10 p.m. and ends with a champagne toast at midnight. Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Purchase tickets at desmoinesperformingarts.org.
Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo
See the best-of-the-best in cowboy and animal athletes competing to be the Toughest in the world as well as to qualify for the “million dollar” American rodeo in Dallas and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for the World Champion title. Enjoy entertainment and thrills the whole family will enjoy. 7:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Purchase tickets at HyVeeTix.com.
Des Moines CultureCon
Escape the cold at Des Moines’ hottest winter music and arts festival, held at the newly renovated Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. See what happens when creative minds convene in a market of diverse styles, tastes and sounds. 4-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Learn more at dsmculturecon.com.
The Color Purple: The Musical
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the motion picture, “The Color Purple: The Musical” is a Tony Award-winning Broadway revival adapted for the stage by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephens Bray. A pre-show dinner will also be available for the performance. 7:30 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets are $32-$76 at ticketmaster.com.
Des Moines RV & Outdoor Show
See all the latest makes and models of recreational vehicles from all the nation’s top manufacturers at the Des Moines RV & Outdoor Show. Plan your spring and summer camping adventures and escape the winter blues. 1-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Iowa Events Center, 730 Third St. Tickets are $8 or $6 for Good Sam Club members. Learn more at iowaeventscenter.com.
Emmet Cohen Trio
As a child prodigy, Emmet Cohen began the Suzuki method piano instruction at age 3. Now at age 30, he has become one of his generation’s most notable jazz pianists and composers. His signature professional undertaking is the Masters Legacy Series, a set of recordings and interviews celebrating legendary jazz musicians. Hear Cohen perform live at Hoyt Sherman Place, presented by the Civic Music Association. 7:30 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $27 at civicmusic.org.
History on the Rocks: Caucus and Cocktails
Practice for the Iowa Caucus, just 10 days away, at History on the Rocks: Caucus and Cocktails, held at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Participate in a mock caucus with an imaginary slate of famous Iowans, explore the museum’s “First in the Nation” exhibit and more. 5-7:30 p.m. 600 E. Locust St. $5 or free with college ID.
Trampled by Turtles with Them Coulee Boys
Trampled by Turtles is a band from Duluth, Minnesota, with a unique bluegrass/folk rock sound. Hear them perform live with Them Coulee Boys at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $36.50 at hoytsherman.org.
January 24-February 2
'Adore Us! Line' by Robert John Ford
Iowa Stage Theatre proudly presents the World Premiere of “Adore Us! Line” by Robert John Ford, whose “Caucus! The Musical!” has been lampooning presidential hopefuls every four years since 2007. In this parody of “A Chorus Line,” politicians are auditioning for the role of a lifetime amidst caucus chaos. Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $25. For performance times and tickets, visit iowastage.org.
January 24-February 9
The Diary of Anne Frank
This adaptation of the original, Pulitzer Prize-winning script features scenes from previously unpublished parts of Anne Frank’s real-life diary. Experience the story of Anne Frank and her family, Jews during World War II who hid from the Nazis for nearly two years in an attic in Amsterdam. The hope that Anne exudes throughout this horrific experience continues to resonate with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St. Tickets are $29-$37 at dmplayhouse.com.
The Office! A Musical Parody
Fans of the hit TV show “The Office” won’t want to miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody that Mashable calls “the world’s most elaborate inside joke, created with a whole lot of love, just for fans.” “The Office! A Musical Parody” includes all your favorite characters, including Dwight, Jim, Pam, and of course Michael Scott, who all work at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company (Scranton’s third largest paper company). 7:30 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $31.50 at hoytsherman.org.
The Civic Music Association presents Grammy Award-Nominated musician Jazzmeia Horn, whose performances are recognized for great storytelling, fluid vocals and amazing scat singing. See her perform live at the Staplin Performing Arts Center at Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$75 at midwestix.com.
BRR — Bike Ride to Rippey
Perry’s 43rd Annual Bike Ride to Rippey is held, rain or shine, beginning at the Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Ave., Perry. Warm up afterward with hot entertainment. Learn more and order tickets at 2020brr.eventbrite.com.