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Best bets of the week: May 13-19

Dog Jog & Fido Fest

Saturday: The Animal Rescue League holds Dog Jog & Fido Fest, a 5K fun run and dog walk, from 3-6 p.m. at The Copper Cup, 207 Fourth St. You and your dog can participate in the run (or just you), then there’s a street party following the race. $40. Go to

Pedal for Pints

Saturday: Surly Brewing Company presents the first annual Pedal For Pints Bike Tour starting at el Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St. There are 30 and 50 mile routes around Des Moines’ bike trails, leading back to el Bait Shop where beer will flow freely. The rides start between 7 a.m.-9 a.m. $40-$45. Go to


Saturday-Sunday: The Iowa Speedway, 333 Rusty Wallace Drive, Newton, starts racing season with the NASCAR XFINITY Series starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Country singer John Michael Montgomery performs a free concert following Saturday’s races (race tickets required for admission). $30-$85. Go to

Market Day

Saturday: Market Day kicks off its 2015 season with more than 50 vendors from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Gramercy Tap, 400 Walnut St. There will be handmade goods, art, vintage goods and more for sale. Free. Go to

Spring Art Market

Sunday: Valley Junction puts on its Spring Art Market from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fifth Street in Valley Junction, West Des Moines. There’s a juried art show featuring paintings, sculptures, photography and more, live music, food vendors and more. Free. Go to