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Lion King, Baseball and Comedy, Oh My! 5 Can’t Miss Things This Week

Five Things to Do

It’s about to be another epic week in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Don’t miss your chance to watch Disney’s The Lion King come to life on the Broadway stage, take advantage of a Ballet Des Moines and WineFest collaboration highlighting local female food and drink experts, catch opening night baseball with the Iowa Cubs … and so much more! Check it out.

Disney Presents: The Lion King

Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 16 | Des Moines Civic Center
As part of the Willis Broadway Series, see the Serengeti and Pride Rock come to life as the music soars and animals descend to the stage! Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, more than 100 million people worldwide have experienced the amazing story, unforgettable music and spectacular visuals of this must-experience show.

Assemblé: A Female Focused Wine Dinner

Friday, March 31 | Mainframe Studios
On the final day of Women’s History Month, this event will highlight local female chefs, sommeliers and winemakers. Savor a dinner made by Katie Van Dyke from the Iowa Culinary Institute, Brandy Lueders with The Grateful Chef and Kelsey Williamson from Tangerine Food Company, featuring Bread by Chelsa B and wine selected from women-owned wineries by local sommelier, Blair Zachariasen. Attendees will experience a preview of Ballet Des Moines’ SHE performance and witness the unveiling of 10 profiles and portraits created in partnership with Fearless, a Des Moines Business Record publication empowering Iowa women.

Draw & Sip with Author Denise Williams

Friday, March 31 | RAYGUN
Join author Denise Williams in celebrating her latest collection of novellas, Love and Other Flight Delays, while you draw and sip in Downtown DSM. Choose from two tracks featuring an author talk, drinks and drawing workshop options. This event is produced by Storyhouse Bookpub in partnership with RAYGUN and Daisy Chain Coffee.

Iowa Cubs vs. Columbus

Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2 | Principal Park
Opening weekend for baseball season is finally here in Downtown DSM! The Iowa Cubs will take on the Columbus Clippers in a three-game stretch over the weekend. Friday’s game will include fireworks after the final pitch, Saturday includes pre-game catch on the field and Sunday kids can run the bases thanks to Blank Children’s Hospital. Check the I-Cubs website for even more in-game promotions, ticket deals and special programming taking place each gameday.

On The House

Thursday, April 6 | TeeHee’s Comedy Club
This FREE stand-up comedy showcase features local comedy vets, rising stars and a few surprise appearances from national touring comics, too! Order yourself a cocktail or mocktail and a snack, settle in and get ready for a night of laughter.

Looking for even more ideas to do during on weeknights? Check out this guide for Downtown DSM things to do taking place each week Monday through Thursday. And don’t forget to explore our list of five FREE things to do in this month in Downtown DSM, as well.

For these upcoming events and more, find tips on Downtown Des Moines (DSM) parking and navigation. For additional upcoming events, visit the Downtown DSM events calendar. Plus, follow @downtownDSMUSA on Instagram for more epic, things-you-just-can’t-miss happening around Downtown.

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