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Your Fun Fix This Week: 5 Can’t-Miss Things in Downtown Des Moines

Five Things to Do

Get your fix of fun! This week in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is full of exciting, unique and surprising events. Check out these five can’t-miss things coming up in Downtown Des Moines.

An Evening with Cake: Field Daze Music Series

Saturday, May 11 | Water Works Park
Blending several genres and influences, CAKE continues to stay true to themselves while issuing a sound unlike any other band. Songs like “Never There,” “The Distance” and “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” will have you reminiscing in no time at all! And don’t forget to make a pit stop at the Des Moines Biergarten.

Cake Field Daze

Yappy Hour with the ARL

Saturday, May 11 | Exile Brewing Co.
Beer lovers and dog lovers, unite! Enjoy a local brew from Exile while you meet-and-greet with several pups on the patio of Exile. Doggos will be available for adoption as part of this fun event!

ARL Yappy Hour

Siricasso De Mayo

Saturday, May 11 | Teehee’s Comedy Club
Local painter and muralist, Siricasso, is collaborating with TeeHee’s for a unique Cinco De Mayo celebration! Admission includes an 8x10 canvas — select either pre-outlined or blank — so you can create your own artwork alongside Siricasso. The night will also feature comedy, live music, food, cocktails and more. Hosted by Siricasso and Jorge Ramirez, and sponsored by Latinos in Action.


Birding Basics

Wednesdays through May 29 | Gray’s Lake
Search for migrating and residential birds with other beginners and experienced bird watchers. Birds such as the yellow-rumped warbler, Baltimore Oriole and Scarlet Tanager may be among the species spotted along the trail! Attendees can bring their own binoculars or scopes or borrow on-site from Des Moines Parks and Recreation. The event is free to attend.

Birding Basics

Iowa Hawkeye Baseball vs. Florida International University

Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 | Principal Park
Three days, three games and two teams going head-to-head. The Iowa Hawkeyes baseball team will play the Florida International Panthers right here in Downtown Des Moines. Single-game tickets and full series packages are available for purchase.

Photo Credit: Iowa Cubs, Dylan Heuer and Ginnie Coleman

Hey! We think you might also be interested in the Iowa Cubs baseball games taking place Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12.

Also, here’s a list of five totally free things to do in Downtown Des Moines during May if you’re looking for even more to explore.

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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