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Where to Spend Your Weeknight in Downtown Des Moines

Downtown DSM Weeknight Activities

Weeknights can be just as epic as weekends in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) during the winter months. There are tons of weekly happenings that are entertaining, interactive and just plain fun! Explore what’s in store Monday through Thursday during January, February and beyond with this guide of weeknight things to do throughout Downtown DSM. 

Mondays in Downtown DSM

Botany Book Club

Where: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden 
When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; takes place the last Monday of the month 
Get together with other botany and book lovers each month, for engaging discussion, tasty snacks and camaraderie among plant friends.

Move It Monday

Where: Central Library 
When: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.; takes place the last Monday of January and February 
Join along with others to release stress and get your body moving! Each month an instructor from around the region will lead the session. January’s movement is yoga-themed.

Writers’ Workshop

Where: Central Library 
When: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.; takes place the last Monday of the month 
Gather with fellow writers from around Greater Des Moines (DSM)! Attendees can arrive prepared to share samples of their writing and both gain and give feedback to others as well.

Tuesdays in Downtown DSM

Bad B*tch Bingo Night

Where: TeeHee's Comedy Club 
When: 7 – 9 p.m.; every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 
Think classic bingo, but with a sassy twist! Prizes will be awarded. Comedian Sarah Mattox will serve as event host each week.

Bingo Night

Where: Exile Brewing Co. 
When: 6 – 8 p.m.; every Tuesday in January and February 
Show up, play bingo, drink beer, win prizes — easy peasy!

Sporcle Trivia Quiz Night

Where: Truman’s Pizza Tavern 
When: 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. rounds 
Bring your friends (or just yourself!) and test your knowledge of random facts.

Trivia Tuesdays with Crimson B

Where: The Blazing Saddle
When: 9:30 – 11 p.m.
Learn lots of things while you enjoy prizes and drinks, too!

Underground Comedy

Where: Beechwood Lounge  
When: 7:30 p.m. sign-up, 8:30 p.m. showtime 
Come for the laughs or try your hand on stage at this open mic night! Hosted each week by Dan Umthun, Alex Carter and Matt Lamb.

Wednesdays in Downtown DSM

Free Live Trivia

Where: 300 Craft & Rooftop 
When: 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. rounds 
Trivia, drink specials and the chance to win prizes! To-go food is welcome; stop into several restaurants and food vendors located throughout the building.

Karaoke Night

Where: Pura Social Club 
When: 8 – 11 p.m. 
Whether you attend to listen or to dazzle the audience with your musical talents — either way, you’re in for a fun time!

Trivia at the Tree

Where: Peace Tree Brewing Co. 
When: 7 p.m.; every 2nd Wednesday 
Sip on some local craft beer and compete for sweet prizes! Walk-ins are welcome but advanced registration is encouraged.

Singer/Songwriter Night

Where: 503 Cocktail Lab + Tasting Room 
When: 7 p.m. 
Each week, a local DSM musician will take to the stage to share songs from their own albums.

Yoga in the Garden

Where: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden 
When: 5:30 – 7 p.m.; every 2nd and 4h Wednesday 
Bring your own yoga mat and enjoy relaxation in the warm tropics of the Botanical Garden.

Thursdays in Downtown DSM

Blank Space Game Night  

Where: Bellhop Tiki 
When: 7 – 9 p.m. 
This new game is a ton of fun! Try to answer the puzzle as letters are revealed, and the sooner you can correctly guess the correctly, the more points your team will receive.

Cocktails and Cardboard: Board Game Night

Where: The New Northwestern 
When: 6 – 9 p.m.; every other Thursday 
The Dealt Hand brings a great selection of board games, rotating each week — perfect for date night or a fun night with friends after work!

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night  

Where: The Red Monk 
When: 8 – 10 p.m. 
Gather your smartest friends for seven interactive rounds of trivia, located above the Royal Mile in the Historic Court District.

Lounge Board Night

Where: The Surety Hotel 
When: 6 – 9 p.m. 
Bring your favorite board games of play the ones available on-hand at the hotel! A wine and cheese board special is available to order, as well.

Social Runs

Where: Fleet Feet 
When: 6 p.m. 
Every week, join fellow running enthusiasts for a fun run around Downtown DSM. There will be multiple distances and routes available, with each week including a three-mile option.

Trivia Night

Where: Coa Cantina 
When: 7 – 9 p.m. 
Play trivia, earn prizes and have a great time. Come early, seats fill up fast!

Make it one epic winter in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) by exploring, experiencing and enjoying what Downtown DSM has to offer. Plan your visit to Downtown DSM with these tips for parking and navigation

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