Best bets of the week: April 22-28
Wednesday-Sunday: The 106th annual Drake Relays are held this week at Drake Stadium, 2719 Forest Ave. Athletes from around the country will compete in running events, shot put, discus, high jump, pole vault, a half marathon and more. $5-$95. Go to drakerelays.org.
Gross Domestic Product
Saturday: The Des Moines Music Coalition holds its 10th annual celebration of Iowa music, Gross Domestic Product, starting at 2 p.m. with shows at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St., and shows at Streetcar 209 and Beechwood Lounge, 415 E. Walnut St., starting after 9:30 p.m. Eighteen bands will perform, including The Maytags, Canby, Surf Zombies, Men in Lead Masks, prettygirlhatemachine and Karen Meat & The Computer. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Go to desmoinesmc.com.
Professional Bull Riders
Saturday-Sunday: The Professional Bull Riders return to Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Reigning three-time world champion Silvano Alves and four other former PBR world champions will try to ride bulls for eight seconds to earn $30,000. $12-$102. Go to iowaeventscenter.com.
Sunday: When they’re not solving mysteries with Scooby-Doo, the Harlem Globetrotters find time to play a little basketball, like they will at 3 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St. The game is part of the Washington Generals Revenge Tour, in which the perennial losers try to turn their luck around (spoiler alert: they probably won’t). $26-$99. Go to iowaeventscenter.com.
‘The Lion King’
Tuesday through May 17: Disney’s musical “The Lion King” returns to the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Based on the 1994 animated film, the musical features impressive costumes and puppetry envisioned by director Julie Taymor with songs by Elton John and Tim Rice. $30.50-$69.50. Go to desmoinesperformingarts.org.