August 23

The Pork Tornadoes & The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Iowa-based party band The Pork Tornadoes and nostalgic rock and roll tribute band The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels join forces at Nitefall on the River. Hear all your favorite covers and enjoy the opening by Pianopalooza. 7 p.m. Brenton Skating Plaza, 520 Robert D. Ray Drive. Tickets are $20-$25 at

August 23-25

Central Iowa Airshow

One of the Midwest’s largest and most diverse aviation events. Pilots perform stunts and choreographed maneuvers in three separate shows, including Nightflight, a night airshow and music festival in one on Friday, followed by two full airshows on Saturday and Sunday. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ankeny Regional Airport, 3702 SE Convenience Blvd., Ankeny. Tickets are $20 for adults for one day and $10 for kids ages 6-12 or $25 and $15 for a weekend pass.

August 24

Exile Music Fest

Don’t miss this one-day outdoor community party, featuring live music and Exile craft beer. 11 a.m.-midnight. Exile Brewing Company, 1514 Walnut St. All ages are welcome, but ages 20 and under must be accompanied by an adult ages 21 and older. Tickets are $20 at

Ingersoll Live

It’s the 16th anniversary of Ingersoll Live, the premier family-friendly celebration of the Ingersoll and Grand District. The street festival offers live music, inflatables, rides and activities for kids, arts and crafts, street performances, food and beverage vendors and more. 4-11 p.m. 2800 block Ingersoll Avenue. Admission is free.

Glow Wild 2019

This family-friendly event, hosted by Polk County Conservation and Cumulus Media, includes many activities for both kids and adults. Get ready for all the outdoor fun you can handle, including tethered hot-air balloon rides, canoeing, glow-in-the-dark climbing walls, giant yard games, horse-drawn wagon rides, a towering bonfire, festival camping and free s’mores. Listen to live music in the evening. 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Jester Park Nature Center, 12130 NW 128th St., Granger. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 3-17. Prices go up the day of the event.

August 25

Fam Jam Featuring 123 Andrés

The Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés will get the whole family dancing and learning in Spanish and English at this month’s Fam Jam event at Cowles Commons. Along with the live performance, enjoy bounce houses, art projects, activity stations, food trucks and more. 11 a.m. Sunday at 313 Walnut St. This event is free and open to the public. 

Victor Wainwright

On the heels of his 2019 Grammy Awards "Best Contemporary Blues Album" nomination, the "Piana From Savannah" Victor Wainwright and the Train continue their August Thunder Tour at Noce Jazz Cabaret, 1326 Walnut St. 6 p.m. $20 and $50. (515) 244-5399 or visit

August 28

Riverview Artist Salon 17

Iowa creatives take over The Basement at the Des Moines Social Club for a night filled with spoken word, art advocacy, community outreach, creative showcase and an art show. Hosted by River City Art and Music and supported by the Iowa Arts Council and the DMSC, this event connects the audience with Iowa’s vibrant and growing art and music scene. 7-9 p.m. Free.

August 31

Water Lantern Festival Des Moines

Come together as ONE WORLD during the Water Lantern Festival, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Water Works Park, 4343 George Flagg Parkway. Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that’s all about connections. Enjoy food, games, music, vendors and activities. Then Light the Water together by sending out lanterns adorned with messages of love, hope and dreams. Tickets are $25-$40 for adults, $12 for ages 8-14 and free for ages 7 and under. Learn more at

Des Moines Renaissance Faire

This year's event moves to a new venue, The Pines on 66th Avenue in Saylorville. Aug. 31-September 2, September 7-8, September 14-15. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adults $12, kids (8-14) $6, under 8 free. Season Pass $35, Free parking. Contact: or 515-490-3344.

Pedals & Pints For Patriots

Join a bicycle expedition across Des Moines in the spirit of all patriots. Venture forth from Fox Brewing to The Chicken to Confluence Brewing to 515 Brewing, and then back for food, live music and more. For every beer purchased by a rider, $1 will donated to Blue Star Moms of Iowa. Free registration at 1-8 p.m. at Fox Brewing, 103 S 11th St, West Des Moines. Free.

September 3


It’s your last chance to see the most iconic live show in rock and roll when KISS performs at Wells Fargo Arena on the last leg of their final tour ever, appropriately named the “End of the Road World Tour.” These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums and have produced such hits as “Rock and Roll All Nite,” “Lick It Up” and “Beth.” 7:30 p.m. 730 Third St. Tickets start at $40 at

September 6-29

'A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder'

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” the most-nominated show of the 2014 Broadway season. The comedy is set in London in 1907 and follows Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who learns he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst. After the ruling Lord D’Ysquith rejects Monty as a relative, family members begin dying in natural - and unnatural - ways. 831 42nd St. Visit for showtimes and ticket prices.

September 6

Thomas Rhett

Among many other honors, Thomas Rhett was recently named the 2019 Male Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Rhett has released 12 No. 1 hits, including “Make Me Wanna,” “Die a Happy Man” and “Life Changes.” See him perform live at Wells Fargo Arena on his Very Hot Summer Tour, with special guests Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins (who is also his father). 7 p.m. 730 Third St. Tickets start at $32 at

September 6-8

ICS World Championship Chili Cook-Off

The most famous chili cook-off championship is a three-day public festival, featuring champion chili, craft beer and spirits, music, family-friendly entertainment, retail and craft vendors and more. The District at Prairie Trail, 1631 SW State Street and SW Vintage Parkway, Ankeny. Free admission, $15 for chili tasting.

September 7

Ames Pridefest 2019

Join Ames Pride for the annual celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, featuring live entertainment, educational programming and a variety of vendors. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Visit to learn more.

September 8

13th Annual Great Ames Adventure Race (GAAR)

The Great Ames Adventure Race is an amateur athletic paddle-bike-run event designed for all ages and abilities. GAAR starts and finishes at Ada Hayden Heritage Park, 5205 Grand Ave., Ames. Learn more and register at

Criss Angel

Criss Angel RAW - The Mindfreak Unplugged is a unique theatrical experience, featuring Angel’s famous sleight-of-hand street magic, mentalism and even some of his most iconic illusions. Prepare to be amazed as Angel challenges your grasp of reality. 7 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets are on sale at

September 9

The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Recognized as one of the all-time best swing bands in the world, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was propelled to a new level of popularity when Frank Sinatra began singing with them. The legendary Big Band, led by Terry Myers, is currently touring the world to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra. Hear songs like “Stardust” and “I’ll Never Smile Again” when they make a stop at Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7 p.m. Tickets are $65-$77 at

September 11

March to the Capitol

Join this 21-mile memorial walk in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Walk the entire route, which begins at Centennial Park in Waukee and ends at the State Capitol, or join a stretch of the walk. The 21-mile walk represents a walking 21-gun salute. The walk will begin at 9:11 a.m., and several stops will be made at fire stations along the way. Register and learn more at

September 13

Ann Hampton Callaway

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook perform live, when Ann Hampton Callaway sings at Hoyt Sherman Place as part of her “Jazz Goes to the Movies” tour. A recent “Performer of the Year” recipient by, Callaway features a unique singing style that blends jazz and traditional pop and is one of America’s most gifted improvisers. 7 p.m 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets are $40-$50 at

September 14

Touchdown Tailgate

Watch Iowa vs. ISU and all the other big games on two Jumbotron screens. Iowa Craft Beer Tent will be serving cold beverages, and three tailgate-style food vendors will be on hand.  Music and entertainment all day long. Bring your chairs for a one-of-a-kind viewing party (no coolers). All ages welcome. Free admission. Cowles Commons, downtown Des Moines, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Tomato Dinner

Enjoy a 5-course dining experience in the gardens of Plant Life Designs, created by chef Tag Grandgeorge, formerly of Le Jardin in Beaverdale. A featured heirloom tomato is included as an ingredient in every course, along with wine pairings. $115 per person, 5-9 p.m., 29154 360th St., Van Meter.

September 16

CultureALL’s Taste of Peru

Authentic Peruvian meal that includes an appetizer, dessert and your choice of select entrées. Sample chicha morada, a traditional (non-alcoholic) beverage made from purple corn. A cash bar will also be available. $50 per individual or $90 for two, 5:30-8 p.m., Panka Peruvian Restaurant, 2708 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 200, Des Moines.

September 19

The Head and the Heart

See American indie folk band The Head and the Heart perform live at Stephens Auditorium, in support of their newly released album “Living Mirage.” 8 p.m. 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets start at $54.50 at

September 21-22

Masterworks 1: Season Debut -- Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky

The Des Moines Symphony debuts its season with a thrilling all-Tchaikovsky program, featuring “Romeo & Juliet,” “Serenade for Strings” and the “Polonaise & Waltz.” Grammy Award-winner and one of today’s preeminent violinists Gil Shaham will also play the romantic “Violin Concerto.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for kids at

September 22

Peace Day 5K and International Festival

In 1981, the United Nations declared September 21 the International Day of Peace. Celebrate Peace Day at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pick up a “passport” and document your journey, with henna tattoos, hijab wrapping and other cultural activities. Hear about other cultures from exchange students from Youth Exchange & Study (YES) and see cultural demonstrations. Learn more and sign up for the Peace Day 5K at

49th Annual Octagon Art Festival

More than 14,000 people each year attend the Octagon Art Festival, which features visual arts, performing arts and children’s art areas. See artwork displayed from more than 100 professional Midwest artists. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Ames. Learn more at

Des Moines Jazz Hall of Fame Ceremony & Concert

The Community Jazz Center of Greater Des Moines hosts its annual Hall of Fame Ceremony & Concert at Noce Jazz Cabaret, 1326 Walnut in downtown Des Moines. The event recognizes contributions made by local jazz artists, educators, students and fans to the cultural vitality of the city. Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner/reception. Program begins at 6 p.m. featuring music from who’s who of local jazz musicians including this year’s honorees. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. (Dinners are available for an additional $15). For tickets and information contact Abe Goldstien at 515-279-6452 or or visit

September 23

Tommy Emmanuel

Esteemed fingerstyle guitarist Tommy Emmanuel brings his one-man band show to Hoyt Sherman Place. Hear the master improviser perform live, fresh off the recent drop of his duets album “Accomplice One,” featuring the likes of Jason Isbell, Ricky Skaggs and others. 8 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $39.50 at

September 24

Jazz at Caspe Terrace Presents Andrea Domenici Duo

Two rising stars on the international jazz scene — pianist Andrea Domenici and bassist Fabrizio Sciacca — make their first Midwest appearance at Caspe Terrace in Waukee, 33158 Ute Avenue. Both natives of Italy, the two will present an evening of acoustic piano jazz in the intimate setting of Caspe Terrace.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a meet-the-artist dessert reception, hosted by the Waukee Area Arts Council,  following the performance. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For information contact Abe Goldstien at or 515-279-6452. Seating is limited to 140.

September 26

American Humorist Nick Offerman

Award-winning actor (best known for his role of Ron Swanson on the NBC series “Parks & Recreation”), writer, woodworker and comedian Nick Offerman brings his brand-new live show, “All Rise,” to Stephens Auditorium. 7 p.m. Center Drive, Ames. TIckets start at $39.75 at 

September 27-29

Iowa’s Largest Arts & Craft Show

Don’t miss Iowa’s Largest Arts & Craft Show, with over 300 exhibitors selling thousands of unique handmade products. 5-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building at Iowa State Fairgrounds, E. 30th Street and E. University Avenue. $6 adults, free ages 10 and under.

September 28

Bert Kreischer

Stand-up comedian Bert Kreischer is host of the Travel Channel’s “Trip Flip” and “Bert the Conqueror.” He makes a stop at the Des Moines Civic Center on his “Body Shots World Tour.” 7 p.m. 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $66 at


One of the top-selling tour and recording acts in the world, Toto celebrates over 40 years together during its “40 Trips Around the Sun” Tour, when it makes a stop at Hoyt Sherman Place. See why they are one of the few ‘70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to enjoy a multi-generational, worldwide fan base. 7:30 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $59.50 at

October 1

Boyz II Men

The best-selling R&B group of all time, Boyz II Men, has sold 64 million albums, featuring hits like “I’ll Make Love To You” and “One Sweet Day.” See why this group redefined popular R&B when they perform live at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $42 at

October 2

Cirque Mei

From the Hebei Province (Iowa’s Sister State) in the People’s Republic of China, Cirque Mei features traditional and contemporary Chinese circus acts, with 40 elite circus artists and acrobats. See many of the most popular Chinese circus routines, including Hoops Diving, Lion Dance, Collective Bicycle Skills, Flying Meteors, Foot Juggling with Umbrellas, Female Contortion and Ladder Balancing Act. 7 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets start at $22 at

October 2-5

Saint Pope John Paul II Exhibit

In October 1979 nearly 350,000 Iowans flocked to Living HIstory Farms to hear Pope John Paul II speak. Visit the Church of the Land at Living HIstory Farms during the 40th anniversary commemoration event to see photographs, artifacts and reminisces of the visit of the saint. The exhibit is included in regular Living History Farms admission: $16 adults, $9.50 kids. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale.

October 3

Switchfoot & Their Fantastic Traveling Music Show

Grammy Award-winning band Switchfoot is embarking on one of their most ambitious endeavors yet in their 20-year career--performing two sets back-to-back each night of their tour. It’s like attending two Switchfoot concerts in one evening: a stripped-down acoustic concert with untold stories and inspirations behind some of your favorite songs and a full-blown rock concert to end the night. 7:30 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $27 at

Dane Cook

Combining energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and trenchant observations about human behavior, Dane Cook has become one of the most prolific stand-up comedians and actors today. See him perform live on his “Tell It Like It Is Tour.” 7:30 p.m. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. Tickets start at $39.50 at

October 3-13

A Doll’s House, Part 2

This Tony-nominated sequel to Ibsen’s masterpiece picks up with Nora returning 15 years after she closed the door on her marriage and family. See the Iowa Stage Theater Company perform Lucas Hnath’s acclaimed play, which takes a searing look at the consequences of our choices. A single ticket starts at $25 for students and Young Professionals and is $39 for adults. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday except October 13, which is a 2 p.m. performance. Stoner Theater at the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Purchase tickets at

October 4

The Sphinx Virtuoisi

Made up of 18 of the nation’s top black and Latinx classical soloists, the Sphinx Virtuoisi is one of the most dynamic professional chamber orchestras in the country. The Civic Music  Association is pleased to bring The Sphinx Virtuoisi to Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit

Hikaru, Japan

Explore Japanese folk music, featuring the distinctive three-string Tsugaro shamisen, powerful taiko drums and Japanese flute. Hikaru’s magical melodies and striking rhythms will carry you to the soaring mountains and rugged seas of Japan. Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth at

October 5

Luke Combs

Get ready for a night of country music that promises to hit you “like a hurricane” when Luke Combs plays Wells Fargo Arena on his “Beer Never Broke My Heart” Fall Tour. Hear him play fan favorites, including his Billboard no. 1 hits “Hurricane,” “One Number Away,” “Beautiful Crazy” and more. Special guests include Morgan Wallen and Jameson Rodgers. 730 Third St. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25 at

October 6

The Mavericks

Masters of country-Latin rock-’n-roll the Mavericks celebrate 30 years together as a band as they embark on a tour, promising to remind America just why they’re so good with their entertaining world-renowned live show. 7 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $45 at

October 7

Celebrity Servers Night

The Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC) and Orchestrate Hospitality will host the 10th annual Celebrity Servers Night event at the newly remodeled Malo and Centro, each with 5:30 and 8 p.m. seating times. Tickets are $45 per guest and include a delicious three-course meal hosted by local celebrities.

Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Ann and Nancy Wilson were groundbreakers when the idea of two women leading a rock band was unheard of. Heart went on to sell 35 million records and become one of the biggest rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s, with hits like “Barracuda,” “What About Love” and “These Dreams.” The pair were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Joan Jett has nine Top 40 singles, including “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Her independent record label, Blackheart Records, is one of the longest-running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands. See these legends perform live at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30.50 at

The Kingdom Choir

Following their show-stopping performance of “Stand By Me” at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, London’s The Kingdom Choir brings their infectious joy and inspiration to the States for their North American Tour, with a stop at Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive, Ames. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $22 at

October 8

Little Feat

Little Feat’s music transcends boundaries, a fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie, with strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz. The seven-member band powerhouse makes a stop at Hoyt Sherman Place to commemorate its 50th anniversary. 7:30 p.m. 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $45 at

Tom Segura

Actor/Comedian/Writer Tom Segura is best known for his three Netflix specials and the podcast, “Your Mom’s House,” which he co-hosts with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky. See why he’s becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought after talents when he brings his “Take It Down Tour” to the Des Moines Civic Center. 7:30 p.m. 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $39 at

October 11

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin

Longtime friends for over 30 years, five-time Grammy Award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter and Grammy Award winner and folk artist Shawn Colvin will perform together on stage as an intimate acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories. 7:30 p.m. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. Tickets start at $39.50 at

October 12-13

Symphony in Sculpture

The Des Moines Symphony celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park with a suite from Heitzeg’s “Symphony in Sculpture,” originally commissioned by the Symphony to portray the sculptures in the park through music. Hear Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 7” and “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov as well. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $7.50 for students at

October 13

Central Iowa Wind Ensemble

Hear the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble perform a concert at the historic Scottish Rite Consistory, 519 Park St. 3-6 p.m. Admission is free.

Chris Tomlin: An Evening of Worship

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear heralded singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin whose latest number one charting album has produced three chart-topping singles to date, including “Jesus,” “Good Good Father” and “Home.” He brings with him special guest Pat Barrett. 7 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. Tickets start at $27 at

October 15-20

Mean Girls

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

October 18

Vince Gill

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

October 19

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

October 19-20

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. 

October 20

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 for the best places to cheer on the runners. 

October 22

Dorrance Dance

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

October 23

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

October 24

Ryan Bingham

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 A limited number of meet-and-greet tickets are also available.

October 25

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

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

October 26

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

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

Carrie Underwood

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

Havana Nights

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

October 28

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

October 29

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

October 30

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

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

November 2

Newsboys United

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 

November 3

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

Jersey Boys

“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

November 7

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

November 8

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

November 8-9

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

November 1

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

November 9-10

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 

November 11

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

November 12

Che Apalache

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

November 13

Indigo Girls

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

Ailey II

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

November 14

Brian Regan

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

November 16

Anjelah Johnson

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

November 19

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

November 19-24

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

November 22

Dennis DeYoung

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

November 23

“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

November 24

Boz Scaggs

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

November 26

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

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

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

December 2

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

December 3

Canadian Brass

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

December 6-8

Christkindlmarket Des Moines

Experience a German-inspired Christmas Market at Principal Park's Main Lot. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a 700-year-old tradition. Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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