Temperatures are dropping and Fall is upon us, but Des Moines is heating up with booze-infused and food-centered events. Whether you fancy old homes, cold beverages, classic cheese or ethnic food and music – September events in Des Moines have it all!
Music in the Junction – Sept. 18
Head to Valley Junction and enjoy the Valley Junction Farmers’ Market in collaboration with the sweet sounds of Music in the Junction. Enjoy fresh produce, local products, shopping and live music by The James Biehn Band. The band will perform from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. More information: http://bit.ly/1tZID3e.
Martini Fest – Sept. 19
Raise a fancy glass and join Cityview for Martini Fest at the West Glen Town Center from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and attendees will receive 10 tickets that can be redeemed for sample size martinis or Deschutes beer (if you’re not a martini fan). More information: http://on.fb.me/1s5LQhA.
Beaverdale Fall Festival – Sept. 19 – 20
This annual event in Beaverdale (my stopping grounds when I was a kid) includes carnival rides, a beer tent, a parade, live music, fireworks, food and more. The Beaverdale Fall Festival will be held on Friday from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. More information: www.fallfestival.org.
World Food & Music Festival – Sept. 19 – 21
Get your fill of unique foods and beverages during the World Food Festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary in a new location. Enjoy more than 50 vendors from around the world, like Mesopotamia, Ethiopia, Morocco and Bosnia, live music and cooking demonstrations. The Festival is open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at its NEW location the Walnut Street Bridge. Food “tastes” are $1 and all entrees are $5 or less. Free admission. More information: www.worldfoodandmusicfestival.org.
Tour of Remodeled Homes – Sept. 20 – 21
Join the Remodelers Council as they showcase 12 newly remodeled homes throughout the city. Take in granite counter tops, attention to detail and the freshest coats of paint on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1qZXoPI.
Doors to the Past – Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28.
Tour historic homes, many built in the 1880s and early 1900s, in the historic Sherman Hill district of Des Moines. The tours will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day. Ticket prices range from $5 – $15 and can be purchased in advance from Gateway Market, Dahl’s and Hoyt Sherman Place. Learn more: http://bit.ly/ZoO1QE.
Zooktoberfest – Sept. 25
What do you get when you mix Zoo Brew with Oktoberfest? Zooktoberfest, of course! Endulge in brews, animals and music from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Zoo will put the animals away at 6:30 p.m. – so get there early if you’d like to mingle with the monkeys! Live music will be performed by the Barry Boyce Polka Band. Zooktoberfest will feature Oktoberfest-style food, pretzel necklaces and seasonal beers for only $7 and the first 750 people will receive a limited-edition Zooktoberfest koozie! Learn more: http://bit.ly/1o1FCIC.
Oktoberfest – Sept. 26 – 27
Polka lessons, stein holding contest, live music, bier maiden contest and more. General admission is $10 at the door, or you can order tickets in advance for $7.50 for a one-day ticket or $12.50 for a two-day ticket. Rain or shine the polka party will go on and will be held at the end of 4th Street near Hessen Haus. Don’t miss the tapping of the golden keg, which will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday – free bier until it’s gone! Purchase tickets here: https://tikly.co/-/2739.
Cheese 101 – Sept. 29
What do you know about cheese? Join the Cheese Shop of Des Moines for a cheesy class at their 42nd Street location. For $35, taste and learn about seven classic styles of cheese – fresh, bloomy rind, semi soft, semi firm, hard aged and blue, served with house wine. Learn more: http://thecheeseshopdsm.com/.
What are your favorite fall events in Des Moines?