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Spring is here! 5 Can’t-Miss Events This Week in Downtown Des Moines

Five Things to Do

We’re so excited spring is here! Here’s your curated list of five can’t-miss things coming up in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) taking place Friday, April 26 through Thursday, May 2.

Ballet Des Moines Presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28 | Hoyt Sherman Place
Immerse yourself in the classic comedy by Shakespeare, including love, trickery and magic. The production will feature a talented cast made up of both professional Ballet Des Moines dancers and youth dancers from around Greater Des Moines (DSM).


7th Annual Lemon Trail Ride

Saturday, April 27 | Starts & Ends at Exile Brewing Co.
Get your bike in gear! The 12-mile roundtrip route will include the chance to stop at Jethro’s Southside, El Bait Shop, Ernie’s and Captain Roy’s. The cost is $30 to participate, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Des Moines Parks.

Lemon Trail Ride

Notable Women of Early Des Moines: Cemetery Tours

Saturday, April 27 | Woodland Cemetery
Visit the final resting place of some of Des Moines’ most resilient women. Learn about their history by celebrating their accomplishments: the area’s first preschools, the first public art gallery, the first orphanage, the first free public library, the first city plan (and many more achievements!). The 1.5-mile walking tour of the Woodland Cemetary will include commentary from Lorna Truck and Kat Rinken, spanning approximately two hours.

Woodland Cemetery Tour 

Trivia Night at Truman’s

Tuesdays, April 30 | Truman’s Pizza Tavern
Every Tuesday, enjoy live trivia at Truman’s, with teams made up of 2 to 6 players. Two rounds of trivia, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., are available to choose from — or you can participate in both! First, second and third place finishers receive gift card prizes, and beers are $1 off. If you have a blast, come back the following night for music bingo, which takes place every Wednesday at 7 and 8 p.m. at Truman’s.

Trivia Night at Truman's

AViD Presents: Gregg Hurwitz & Nick Petrie

Thursday, May 2 | Central Library
New Your Times bestselling author, Gregg Herwitz, has authored 24 thrillers including the series Orphan X. Nick Petrie is the bestselling author of the Peter Ash book series. Attendees will hear from the authors, have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A, purchase books on-site from Beaverdale Books and participate in a book signing. Admission is free.

AViD Des Moines

Looking for more to explore? Here’s a list of five totally free things to do in Downtown Des Moines during April and May.

Mark your calendar! The Downtown Farmers’ Market season is coming soon, with opening day on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Historic Court District.

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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