Things to Do
Pop-Tarts scream childhood nostalgia, and baker Jess Anderson's twist on these toaster treats has turned into a local success story.
- But like any good story, these hand pies were born from a situation that didn't start so sweet.
🤡 There's plenty of haunted houses open this weekend, but some of your favorites may still be closed this year.
- Here are some other ways to get out and about:
🍺 Embrace being basic and enjoy Confluence's Basic Batch Pumpkin Ale release, starting at noon on Friday.
🌳 Get out of town and head to the Madison County Covered Bridges Festival starting 9am Saturday.
🌭 The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is stopping at the Mills Civic Hy-Vee from 9am to noon.
🌱 Celebrate local farmers at the Fried Green Tomatoes Fall Harvest at Franklin Jr. High, starting at 2pm.
🚲 Join RAGBRAI for The Great Iowa Fall Ride. Bike a 37-mile loop and end in Cumming with a show by the Pork Tornadoes. (Registration is $70.)
Put that instant packet away. Des Moines' burgeoning ramen scene offers umami-rich broths that leave you slurping for the last bits.
- And these hidden gems don't advertise themselves as ramen joints. Your favorite sushi spot likely offers it, but you'll have to search the corners of the menu.
Below are some of our favorite spots to chew on some noodles and satiate our jammy egg cravings.
Step back into an elegant time while sipping on a modern cocktail at The New Northwestern Cocktail & Wine Bar.
- Jeff Link, a well-known Democratic political consultant, and Lucca owner Steve Logsdon are the brains behind the bar that's inspired by Des Moines' railway history.
I stopped by the historic site of the former Northwestern Hotel to give you a sneak preview.
Knotfest — Slipknot's giant metal music festival — is drawing in 30,000 fans from around the world to the National Balloon Classic field just outside Indianola this Saturday.
- To put it into perspective: Wells Fargo Arena's capacity is 16,000. Indianola's population? 15,000.
Why it matters: Iowa is a seemingly odd location when you consider Slipknot has drawn masses of fans, aka "maggots," to festivals in Japan, Colombia and France.
- But Slipknot is Des Moines born and raised. And growing up in the Midwest makes you metal.
Looking for something to do in the Des Moines area this weekend? We've got a line-up of food, films and fun for you.
🎥 Free flick: The Downtown DSM Outdoor Movie Night feature is "Little Giants." Friday at 8pm, Western Gateway Park.
🍺 Exile Music Fest: Watch up-and-coming artists like Euforquestra and Birdie Pie at Exile's festival outside their downtown brewery. Saturday, starting at 10am. Tickets here.
🎤 Johnston Town Center Grand Opening: Eat food, jump on inflatables and watch Maddie Poppe perform. Saturday, starting at 3pm, NW 62nd Street and Merle Hay Road.
🎸 Ingersoll Live: A free street party with three stages and multiple bands. Saturday, 4pm-10pm. On Ingersoll Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets.
The 2021 Iowa State Fair wrapped up Sunday, but your memories will last forever.
- We compiled some of our favorite fair photo submissions that we think capture what the state's largest event is all about. Scroll on.
It feels way too early to think about Christmas, but now is the time to check some gifts off your list, said Jennifer Blackhurst, professor of business analytics at the University of Iowa.
Why it matters: The high demand for products over the holiday season is expected to further "clog" already backed-up shipping channels, Blackhurst said.
- Procrastinating means running the risk of not getting your presents on time.
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