As Iowa's capital city, Des Moines is a hub of government action, business activity and cultural affairs. But though Des Moines has a big city bustle, residents are extremely proud of the city's small town atmosphere.
With festivals, miles of trails, wineries, breweries, concerts and more, Des Moines is busy, happening and fresh. Throughout the year you can see Broadway musicals, ice skate on Brenton plaza, rent a standup paddleboard at Gray's Lake, enjoy one of the many restaurants in the city, and more. Winefest Des Moines is an annual festival celebrating the food and wine industry. For your creative side, talk a walk through the Pappajohn Sculpture Park or the Des Moines Art Center and be sure to put the dates of the annual ArtFest Midwestet and the Des Moines Art Festival on your calendar. When you're in the mood for music, Des Moines features numerous music venues like Hoyt Sherman Place and Wells Fargo Arena, as well as outdoor concert series like Nitefall on the River. The Science Center of Iowa, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Blank Park Zoo, and Sleepy Hollow Sports Park offer many activities any day of the week. You can also snack on peanuts and Cracker Jacks while you watch an Iowa Cubs game at Principle Park. World Food and Music Festival
Des Moines also has opportunities for outdoor recreation with Gray's Lake and miles upon miles of maintained trails through the city that helped make Des Moines a "Runner Friendly Community" according to the Road Runners Club of America. There are also ample parks, swimming pools, golf courses and sports complexes to meet the needs of anyone looking for a quiet stroll or adrenaline-filled activity. The IMT Des Moines Marathon is an annual event the third weekend in October. The list of things to do around Des Moines is endless! For detailed information, check out Catch Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau website, which has all you need to know about spending a day or the rest of your life in Des Moines. For residential, commercial and economic information, visit the City of Des Moines website.