Things to do in Des Moines in July 2022

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This article is sponsored by The Iowa Cubs.

July Events Des MoinesThe Iowa Cubs are calling all Marvel Super Hero fans to join them at Principal Park on July 16 for Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamonds Night as the I-Cubs take on the Buffalo Bison, official affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. First Pitch is set for 6:08 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m.

Get there early to get your photo taken with character appearances from both Thor and Spider-man. The I-Cubs encourage your kids to channel their inner hero and dress up as their favorite Marvel character when coming to the ballpark as the team will be wearing Avenger themed Jerseys. Moms, don’t be shy. You are more than welcome to dress up as your favorite character as well!

Join us at Principal Park for a SUPER fun time for you and your kids as the I-Cubs present Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamond Night. You and your family don’t want to miss out on this unique and memorable night. “Avengers, Assemble.” Get tickets here

July brings ALL the fun activities for everyone in the family. Local favorites, Ankeny Summerfest, and music fest 80/35 return this year. Of course, there are 4th of July celebrations to take up the first weekend of the month.  

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Fire up the grill! We’re ready for backyard BBQs, fireworks, and family events. This month there are endless options for outdoor storytimes, festivals, and more.

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Things to do in Des Moines in July 2022

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | Sips and Songs, The District at Prairie Trail
Kick-off the weekend with music, drinks, and family fun in Ankeny. The concert and parking is free. NOTE: There are no food vendors this year. You can pick a local restaurant to support and bring a take-out meal with you as you hang out with friends. Be sure to pack chairs or a blanket to sit on.

July 2 | Independence Day & Baseball, Living History Farms
Enjoy an old-fashioned fourth with an iconic, historic Independence Day celebration in the 1876 town of Walnut Hill. 1876 marks the first centennial of the United States. Be sure to arrive early to tour the historic farms, enjoy the town activities, and make time to catch the Walnut Hill Bluestockings baseball game at 3 p.m.

July 3, 10 17, 24, 31 | Yoga in the Commons, Cowles Commons
9 a.m.
Shake up your yoga practice with a yoga session in Cowles Commons. Each week’s practice will be led by a different instructor. Classes are offered as a free-will donation, with all proceeds benefiting Des Moines Performing Arts. Click here for more outdoor yoga classes.

July 5 | Reading Buddies with ARL TheraPets, Central Library
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Do you love animals? Then visit Central Library to practice reading with an ARL TheraPet! Kids will each get 15 minutes to spend reading and interacting with a live, certified pet-therapy animal. Registration required.

July 5, 12, 19, 26 | Maker Monday, Johnston Public Library
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stop in each Monday to pick up a free activity for kids in third through fifth grades. Each week’s kit will include all the things you need to complete the craft. No registration required. First come, first serve. Check their site to see what the featured craft is each week.

July 5, 12, 19, 26 | Storytime in the Parks, Urbandale Public Library
10 a.m.
Explore a new park each week and enjoy storytime with the Urbandale Public Library. This event is geared for younger kids, ages 2-8, but the whole family is welcome to join in on the fun. Check their website for the weekly location.

July 6, 27 | Zoo Brew
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The camels aren’t the only ones celebrating hump day at Blank Park Zoo! On select Wednesdays in the summer, the Zoo comes to life after hours for those 21 and over. This popular fundraising event features a variety of live music and summer brews all while enjoying the animals.!

July 7 | Toddler Tales, Jester Park Nature Center
10 a.m.
Let your kids’ imaginations run wild with this nature-themed storytime. Listen to a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets, or a craft. This event is free, but registration is required.

July 7, 14, 21, 28| Summer Concert Series, Jasper Winery
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy free live music at Jasper Winery. Bring a lawn chair, blankets, and snacks. Drinks and food will also be available for purchase at the event. Check their website before the event for the most up-to-date social distancing guidelines. Click here to see more outdoor concerts.

July 7-10 | Bees by Polyglot Theatre, Various locations
Explore a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. Bees uses ritual, non-verbal communication, and the secret world of bee movement to provide a range of access points for children to participate.

July 8-9 | 80/35 Music Festival, Western Gateway Park
Des Moines’ best music festival is back! Discover mind-bending music. Engage with eye-popping art. Devour delicious fest foods. Savor sweet brews. Shop local faves and so much more!

July 9 | Kayak the Des Moines River, Prospect Park
9 a.m.
Join experienced naturalists as they lead you down the Des Moines River on a relaxing kayak trip. $35 per person, advanced registration required.

July 9 | Farm School: Busy Bees, Rose Farm near Norwalk
9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m.
Catch one of the 30-minute farm school sessions to learn about the parts of a bee + the life cycle of a worker bee and other types of bees and then participate ins a hands-on learning activity. This event is geared toward children ages 4-10.

July 8-10 | Ankeny Summerfest, The District at Prairie Trails
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
Enjoy live music, games, food vendors, and fireworks during these three days of family-friendly fun. From the Grand Parade to kick start the weekend to the fireworks at the end, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy!

July 11 | Storytime with Ruby the Reading Red Panda, Blank Park Zoo
11 a.m.
Listen in for a story and meet a special live ambassador animal from the Zoo. Storytime is free with membership or regular daily admission.

July 14 | Nature Story Hour, Jester Park Nature Center
12 p.m.
Pack a picnic lunch, grab a blanket, and bring your family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist from Polk County Conservation. Enjoy the fresh air, and sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two, and discover new parks with your children. The event is free.   

July 15 | Angel Invitational, Waveland Golf Course
This 4 Person Best Shot Tournament benefits No Foot Too Small, an organization that draws awareness to pregnancy loss and infant mortality while encouraging the celebration of angels. The tournament will be followed by a festive post-party, program, and awards ceremony – complete with good food, good beer, and good music!  

July 15-16 | Waukee Arts Festival, Centennial Park in Waukee
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
Enjoy a Friday night concert by Elton and Billy – The Tribute and Saturday night by DECOY, art from more than 100 regional artists, and food vendors.

July 16 | Beaverdale Blue Grass Festival, Tower Park In Beaverdale
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of bluegrass featuring Joseph Huber, Miles Over Mountains, and more! This event is free and open to all. Beer will be available for purchase. Food trucks will be on hand. It’s recommended to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and water.

July 16 | ICubs Marvel Night, Principal Park
6 p.m.
Head out to the ballpark and see the team don Avengers-themed jerseys and meet Thor and Spider-man.

July 21-24 | Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Various Locations
Check out one of these pop-up events for an evening of jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, plate spinning, sword swallowing, brain twisters, and other risk-taking feats set to live music, combine to create an interactive evening of fun for the entire family.

July 24 | Paint & Sip at Jasper Winery
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Join in for an afternoon of painting with a glass of wine or two at Jasper Winery. Paint the popular “Rolling Home Painted Sky” on wood cutouts in the shape of Iowa. Seating is limited, so reserve your spots early.

July 29 | Insects and Spiders with Polk County Conservation, North Side Library
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Explore the fascinating world of insects and spiders and their bizarre ways of life with Polk County Conservation. Live insects or spiders will be used if available.

July 29-30 | Dew Tour, Lauridesen Skate Park
Don’t miss this the annual Dew Tour pro skateboard competition and festival returning to Des Moines for the second year. Watch the very best skaters from across the globe and enjoy the two-day festival with activities for all ages. The event is free. 

July 29 – August 6 | National Balloon Classic, Memorial Balloon Field, Indianola
This spectacular, 9-day event held every summer features 100+ hot air balloons. Enjoy live music on, buy a balloon ride or enjoy the mystical glow during Dawn Patrol and Nite Glow. Enjoy food vendors, beer/wine, fireworks, Special Shapes, and so much more! Tickets ($10 for guests 6 and older) must be purchased online. Check the website for details and the full schedule.


Send us an email if we missed anything, and we’ll add your event to the list.

We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, as COVID guidelines are always changing, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.

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