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Best bets of the week: May 27-June 2

‘The Addams Family’

Friday-Sunday: The classic TV series “The Addams Family,” comes to life with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Des Moines Playhouse, 831 42nd St. The musical tells the story of grown-up Wednesday Addams who falls in love with a normal young man, and how the odd family copes. Additional performances through June 21. $32. Go to

Food Truck Throw Down

Saturday: The Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St., hosts the first Food Truck Throw Down from 5-10 p.m. Participating trucks include The Spot, Street Eats DSM, Powered By Fries, Taco Loco, Say Cheese DSM and more. There will be music by The Maytags, Canby, Sleep Study, Karen Meat and the Computer and DJ Omatic. Free. Go to

Summer Brewfest

Saturday: The ninth annual Summer Brewfest returns to Principal Park, One Line Drive, from 2-5 p.m. More than 400 varieties of beer will be available to taste, and experts will share their knowledge. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Tickets available at


Saturday: Water Works Park, 2201 George Flagg Parkway, will be hosting a lot of big events this summer. Get a taste for what’s to come at Launch, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the park. “The Village” will feature food and beverage vendors, along with an ultimate Frisbee game, a birding tour, paddling, cycling, yoga, music and more. Free. Go to

Iowa Lawn Party

Sunday: The Winefest Iowa Lawn Party is held from 2-5 p.m. at Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway. The event features beverages by local microbreweries and wineries, a Slider Challenge by the Iowa Pork Producers and music by The New Bodies. $15. Go to