Jess' top events May 29-June 5
Jess' top events May 29-June 5
From party bike rides to the Principal Charity Classic, there is something for everyone this week:
Through Sunday: The annual Principal Charity Golf Classic, a stop on the Champions Tour, returns to Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines this week, bringing together some of the game’s greatest players. See 2010 champion Nick Price, as well as Fred Funk, John Cook and many others. Gates open at 7 a.m. daily. Don’t forget Networking on the Green. The Friday morning event for young professionals gives attendees the opportunity to meet several of Des Moines’ top executives, with a keynote speech from Angela L. Walker Franklin, president of Des Moines University. Doors open at 7 a.m. Friday for Networking on the Green, admission is $35 (which includes entry to the tournament). Register by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Go to principalcharityclassic.com.
Saturday through June 9: Winefest Des Moines, which traditionally spans a long weekend, stretches to a full week of events to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and will include more educational components this year. The fun starts Saturday, with “Saturday Sessions” hosted at Meredith Corporation (hands-on cooking classes taught by local and national chefs), and wraps up June 9 with The Grand Tasting.
More new stuff this year: A lawn party at Jasper Winery (Sunday), wine tastings at Dahl’s locations (Monday) wine-pairing classes (Tuesday) and a pairing dinner (Wednesday). The Prima Dinners (Thursday) and Sips and the City (Friday) will round out the long list of events. Go to winefestdesmoines.com for a complete schedule and tickets.
First Friday Street Party in the East Village
Friday: Kick off your weekend at the First Friday event on East Fifth Street in the East Village. Neighborhood bars, including The Underground, Lime Lounge, The Blazing Saddle, Quinton’s, Locust Tap and Buddy’s Corral, have joined forces to host a once-a-month party (which they plan to throw on the first Friday of each month, depending on other event commitments) with beer, food and music. This weekend will feature live music from Dred I Dread, a reggae band from Minneapolis, Rumble Seat Riot, a rockabilly band from Des Moines, and a couple other groups to be announced. Cans of beer will be two for $5, or one for $3. Food will be for sale from Quinton’s. Free admission. 5-11 p.m. East Fifth Street, East Village.
Saturday: Dress your ’80s best during the 14th annual Team Haze Bar Blaze, a party ride that beckons crazy costumed bikers and a fun attitude through Des Moines. The ride starts at the Waveland Tap, 4704 University Ave., at 1 p.m., with stops at Capital Pub & Hot Dog (400 S.E. Sixth St.) and Mullets (1300 S.E. First St.) before ending at Orlondo’s (4337 Park Ave.). Be sure to wear a helmet and bring lights. Go to bikeiowa.com.
Saturday and Sunday: The annual Greek Food Fair is a great way to put a little “opa!” in your weekend. The event features all sorts of Greek food, prepared by area restaurants and volunteers at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, to taste, sample and devour. Purchase items a la carte, or as a complete dinner. Tours of the church also will be offered, and there will be Greek dancing. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Go to stgeorge.ia.goarch.org.