Mar 8, 2024 - Things to Do

10 things to do in Des Moines this weekend, including an Oscars watch party

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🧁 Something sweet: Ankeny's Cinnaholic location opens and is selling $2 cinnamon rolls. 10am-2pm.

🧢 Iowa's largest arts and craft show is at the Varied Industries Building at the fairgrounds. $7. 5-9pm Friday and runs through the weekend.

🧩 It's adult game night at Happy Apple Celebrations in Norwalk! 6-9pm. Free!

🍷 Sample wine, food and beer while supporting the Des Moines Metro Opera at the downtown Marriott. 6-9pm. Tickets: $50.

πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈ "Love Letters" is a ballet inspired by queer Iowans at Hoyt Sherman Place. 8pm tonight and 7pm Saturday. Tickets: $37-87.


🐱 Take an introductory pole class and support animals at the ARL during "Sweat for Pets" at Encore Fitness in Clive. Noon. Registration: $20.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Dance the night away at "Baewatch," a lesbian/queer party at Lefty's. 9pm. Tickets: $10.

🎻 Des Moines Symphony celebrates its 100th anniversary with George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" at the Civic Center. 7:30pm tonight and 2:30pm Sunday. Tickets: $15-$70.


πŸŽ₯ Watch the Oscars on The Varsity's big screen! 5pm. Tickets: $35 and comes with food and two drinks.

🎸 Listen to Weary Ramblers, a new Iowa folk duo, at Middlebrook Mercantile in Cumming. Free! 2-5pm.


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