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5 Ways to Spend Grandparents Day in DSM

2021 Grandparents Day

According to the American Heart Association, recent studies suggest that grandparents and grandchildren with an emotional bond help grandparents ward off depression and lead a longer, more fulfilling life. With that in mind, we’re looking at five ways you can spend Grandparents Day, happening Sunday, Sept. 12, in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Here’s our top picks for time spent with Grandma, Grandpa, Poppy, Nan or whatever your loved ones go by:

1. Cabaret (Des Moines)

At 2 p.m., attend the Des Moines Playhouse rendition of Cabaret at the John Viars Theatre. The 1966 musical explores Berlin life as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich, and later became a film directed by Bob Fosse. Purchase your tickets ahead of time to make planning a snap. LEARN MORE>

2. Des Moines Concours d’Elegance™ (Downtown DSM)

The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance™ is an annual automotive exhibition held near the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Downtown DSM. See vintage and classic vehicles before treating your grandparents to Menchie’s, located on nearby Ingersoll Avenue, for frozen yogurt. LEARN MORE>

3. The Return of the DSM Gamer Symphony Concert (West Des Moines)

The Return of the DSM Gamer Symphony will take place at 4 p.m. at the Jamie Hurd Amphitheatre in West Des Moines, bringing the songs gamers love to life at a free, live concert. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic blanket to enjoy with grandparents who are fond of gaming and good music. LEARN MORE>

4. Summer Tunes at Summerset (Indianola)

Your grandparents are sure to enjoy the music of Des Moines-based rock band Suede while sipping on local wine from Summerset Winery. Head 17 miles south of the city to the town of Indianola where you can enjoy outdoor music from 2-4:30 p.m. along with wines like “Pink Frost,” “Frontenac” and “Edelweiss.” LEARN MORE>

5. Geisler Farms Fun (Bondurant)

For grandparents with younger grandchildren, Geisler Farms is the perfect place to spend time together for Grandparents Day. You can attend the annual Corn Maze and Fall Festival, hunt for the perfect pumpkins and more. Visit from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. to try out the pedal karts, the big slide, porch swings, rubber duck races and various other activities included with your admission. LEARN MORE>

We hope you can get out in DSM and celebrate Grandparents Day with those you love! For more things to do in DSM, including local restaurants and shops to visit, check out The Partnership’s directory. You can also find gift ideas in our buying guide.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.