Jess' top events August 7-14
Jess' top events August 7-14
I'm super pumped for the Iowa State Fair, which kicks off this Thursday. There are plenty of other fun things to do as well - here are a few:
Iowa State Fair
Thursday through Aug. 19: Summer is officially coming to an end, marked by the Iowa State Fair, which kicks off this week. The theme, “Nothing Compares,” sums up the plethora of music, entertainment, animals, shows, contests, foods, attractions, games and more you can experience at the 11-day event. Start planning your time at our state’s biggest event, which includes performances from Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Hank Williams Jr., Journey and others on the Grandstand, carnival rides, yodeling and mullet contests, the butter cow, the Super Bull, the Sky Glider and more. Grounds are open 7 a.m.-1 a.m. (no entry or re-entry after 9 p.m. on Aug. 19); buildings are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; midway is open 10 a.m.-midnight. On opening day, the grounds open an hour early, at 6 a.m. $10 for adults, $4 for children 6-11, free for children 5 and under. Iowa State Fairgrounds, E. 30th Street and E. University Avenue. Go to iowastatefair.org.
Hot Chelle Rae - CANCELED
Friday: Sorry everyone, this show has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. Refunds will be issued to the cards used to purchase tickets. Read more in Joe's music blog.
Adel Sweet Corn Festival
Saturday: Stuff yourself with Iowa’s sweetest summer treat at Adel’s annual Sweet Corn Festival. Volunteers will shuck more than seven tons of sweet corn Friday night, which will then be served for free all day Saturday, to be enjoyed along with other vendor foods, live music and a beer garden. The day kicks off with the Adel Sweet Corn Festival 5K, which begins at 8 a.m. After the run, head to the town square for a parade. The festival is held in downtown Adel, 10th and Main streets. Go to adelpartners.org.
Sunday: Matisyahu will bring his reggae, rock and hip-hop beat-boxing mix back to Des Moines for a Sunday show during Nitefall on the River. His first single, “King Without a Crown,” was a top 40 hit in 2004, and he has since released three studio albums and two live albums. Don’t be startled by the singer’s new look since his last visit to Des Moines (he shaved his beard and cut his hair short in December 2011), he’s still the reggae superstar we love. The Dirty Heads (“Lay Me Down,” “Spread Too Thin”) will open the show. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. $30 at ticketfly.com. Simon Estes Amphitheater, 71 E. Locust St.
Sunday: Grab your bikes, your buds and some beers for the Urban Assault Ride, a bicycle obstacle event hosted in a handful of large (and fun) cities across the nation. Des Moines’ debut in 20120 was the biggest inaugural ride in the event’s history. There also are rides in Austin, Chicago, Fort Collins and other cities. To participate, choose a teammate and set out on a citywide quest to checkpoints. Each checkpoint includes a silly obstacle for riders to complete before proceeding to the next. The goal is to complete all the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. $30-$60 per person. Online registration closes Friday at 4 p.m., or register between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at el Bait Shop, 200 S.W. Second St. The ride starts and finishes at Mullet’s, 1300 S.E. First St.