Des Moines weekend plans: BBQ & Brews, plus more: Des Moines BBQ Festival
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By | June 19, 2024



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Things to do in Des Moines this weekend, June 20-23: BBQ & Brews, more

Discover the top events happening in Des Moines this weekend, from “Stomp” at the Des Moines Civic Center to the “b. Robert Moore exhibit” at the Des Moines Art Center. Enjoy music from REO Speedwagon and Night Ranger at the Field Daze Music Series and explore the “Black Feminist Guide To The Human Body” at the Stoner Theater. Don’t miss out on the Cajun Fest Boil & Brew, World Refugee Day celebrations, and the DSM Gamer Symphony Orchestra performance. End the weekend with a concert featuring Pixies, Modest Mouse, and Cat Power at Vibrant Music Hall. Get all the details on these exciting events and more in Des Moines!

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Are you looking for fun things to do in Des Moines this weekend? Look no further! From lively concerts to cultural celebrations, there’s something for everyone in the Des Moines area from June 20-23. Whether you’re a music lover, foodie, or art enthusiast, this weekend has a variety of events to keep you entertained.

**‘Stomp’ at Des Moines Civic Center**

Kick off your weekend with a bang at the Des Moines Civic Center, where the electrifying performance of “Stomp” will have you on the edge of your seat. This eight-member troupe transforms everyday objects into percussion instruments, creating a unique and engaging musical experience. Shows are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with tickets starting at $35.

**b. Robert Moore Exhibit at Des Moines Art Center**

On Friday night, head over to the Des Moines Art Center for the opening of “Iowa Artists 2024: b. Robert Moore: In Loving Memory.” This event showcases the powerful and thought-provoking works of Des Moines-based artist b. Robert Moore, exploring themes of social justice and Black identity. Enjoy complimentary desserts and coffee while immersing yourself in Moore’s art.

**REO Speedwagon and Night Ranger at Field Daze Music Series**

Friday night brings the classic rock sounds of REO Speedwagon and Night Ranger to Lauridsen Amphitheater at Des Moines Water Works Park. Sing along to hits like “Can’t Fight This Feeling” and “Sister Christian” as these legendary bands take the stage. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. show start at $45.

**‘The Black Feminist Guide To The Human Body’ at Stoner Theater**

Experience a thought-provoking exploration of the Black women’s experience at “The Black Feminist Guide To The Human Body” on Friday night at the Stoner Theater. Celebrating Black feminist pioneers, this show culminates in an audience dance party. Tickets are available for $26.50, with various dates and times through July 7.

**Cajun Fest Boil & Brew at Cowles Commons**

On Saturday morning, indulge in Cajun flavors at the Cajun Fest Boil & Brew at Cowles Commons. Enjoy crawdads, live music, and a festive atmosphere as you sample delicious dishes from local vendors. Tickets start at $40 per person, with VIP options available for $100.

**World Refugee Day at Franklin Junior High**

Celebrate diversity and culture at World Refugee Day on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Junior High. Hosted by the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, this free event features cultural performances, dance, music, poetry, and more, honoring the contributions of refugees in the community.

**BBQ & Brews at Principal Park**

Saturday afternoon brings the BBQ & Brews competition to Principal Park, where barbecue enthusiasts from across the state will compete for over $10,000 in prize money. Sample delicious grilled pork loin sandwiches and craft beers from Iowa breweries while enjoying live entertainment. Tickets are $30 at the door.

**Cage of Horrors Wrestling Event at Horizon Events Center**

Get ready for an action-packed evening on Saturday night at the Cage of Horrors wrestling event at Horizon Events Center. Featuring title matches and intense showdowns, this event promises thrilling entertainment for wrestling fans. General admission tickets start at $27.59.

**6LACK at Val Air Ballroom**

Saturday night brings the smooth sounds of 6LACK to the Val Air Ballroom. Known for hits like “Free 6LACK” and “No More Lonely Nights,” 6LACK is sure to deliver an unforgettable performance. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $45.

**DSM Gamer Symphony Orchestra at Urbandale High School**

Wrap up your weekend on a high note with the DSM Gamer Symphony Orchestra’s fifth-anniversary show at Urbandale High School. Experience the magic of video game music performed by a 50-piece orchestra and the Des Moines Diversity Chorus, celebrating gaming culture through music.

**Pixies, Modest Mouse, and Cat Power at Vibrant Music Hall**

Close out your weekend with an unforgettable concert featuring the Pixies, Modest Mouse, and Cat Power at Vibrant Music Hall. Jam out to hits like “Where Is My Mind?” and “Float On” as these iconic bands take the stage. Tickets for the Sunday night concert start at $97.

With so many exciting events happening in Des Moines this weekend, there’s no shortage of entertainment options to choose from. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, art lover, or foodie, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities to have a fun-filled weekend in Des Moines!

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