Summer is in full swing! From the Iowa State Fair to the National Balloon Classic, there are so many great family activities going on in August! Make the most of the final weeks of summer before school starts with some of these family friendly events around Des Moines this month.
Send us an email if we missed anything, and we will add it to the list!
August 2017 events and activities
Through August 5 | National Balloon Classic, 15335 Jewell St., Indianola
Come see more than 100 hot air balloons!
Through August 6 | The Music Man, The Des Moines Playhouse
August 1 | National Night Out
Check your neighborhood or community for events
August 1 | Blank Park Zoo Presents World for Wildlife Des Moines Public Library
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines
See four animals from the zoo’s education department to learn how you can make the world a better place for all creatures, great and small!
August 3 | Summer Street Party #shopRoosevelt Roosevelt Cultural District, 42nd Street Des Moines
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
August 3 | Free Flicks: The Lego Batman Movie Bright Grandview Golf Course 2401 East 29th St
August 3 | Tail Waggin’ Tales, Ames Public Library
August 4 | Finding Joy Ladies Night Summer 2017 “Shine Bright”
Jasper Winery 2400 George Flagg Parkway Des Moines
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join author, speaker and “Finding Joy” podcast host Lauren Gaskill for a ladies night full of food, fellowship and fun.* Mothers are encouraged to bring their daughters, too!
August 4 | Yoga at the Glen West Glen Town Center 5465 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
August 5 | Run for Blood: Superhero Edition LifeServe Blood Center 431 E Locus St
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Grab your favorite superhero gear and join us. We’ll have fun activities before the race and yummy food and snacks at the end.
August 5 | Grain Harvest Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Experience different ways oats and wheat was harvested from 1850 to the present.
August 6 | Sundae in the Park The Simpson Barn, 6169 Northglenn Drive, Johnston
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Johnston Community Education office and the City of Johnston are partnering to provide access/information to city services, youth organizations, free ice cream sundaes and music.
August 10 | Free Flicks: Finding Dory Brenton Skating Plaza 520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines
August 10 – 20 | Iowa State Fair E 30th Street & E University Avenue, Des Moines
7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily
August 11 | Family Night at Science Center of Iowa
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
August 12 | Free Flicks: Toy Story 3 Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum, 5300 Indianola Avenue
August 12 | Victorian Birthday Living History Farms
11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come see the Victorian mansion decorated for a little girl’s party, complete with historic streamers and examples of birthday gifts.
August 12 | Primate Day Blank Park Zoo
August 12 | Adel Sweet Corn Festival
8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
August 17 | Free Flicks: Moana Cheatom Park – 1100 Day Street
August 17–20 | Cirque Italia Southridge Mall 1111 East Army Post Road
A circus event like you’ve never seen before! One free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals. Call 941-704-8572 to find more details.
August 19 | RipRoar Johnston Youth Triathalon Terra Park 6300 Pioneer Parkway, Johnston
Open to anyone ages 6 to 15
August 21 | Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Franklin Avenue Library, 5000 Franklin Ave
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
August 26 | Free Flicks: Beauty and the Beast Ashley Okland Star Playground – 5300 Indianola Avenue
August 26 | Community Support Advocates Carnival 6000 Aurora Ave., Des Moines
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come enjoy food trucks, a bouncy house, bungee run, a giant slide, BINGO, carnival games, a video game truck and more!
August 26 | Community Youth Concepts Sidewalk Chalk Flood Walker Johnston Park 9000 Douglas Avenue, Urbandale
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
August 26| Ingersoll Live 2800 block of Ingersoll Avenue
4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
This family-friendly, FREE street festival offers live music, rides and activities for kids, art for browsing and buying, food and beverage vendors, street performances and more!
August 26 – 27 | Pedalers Jamoree Iowa
A social, family friendly bicycle ride from Baxter to Bondurant on a car free nature trail.
August 26 | IABE Free Kids Yoga, Blank Park Zoo 7401 SW 9th St
We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.