Iowa is so much more than cornfields and the Iowa State Fair. Here in Des Moines we have plenty of great things to lure us off the couch and away from our Springs Apartment home. Here are some unique ones that are coming up in the next month.
If you are a devotee of Downward Dog, then this weekend is for you. Or, if you are just curious about those who find their center on the mat, be sure to check out this gathering. The weekend includes workshops, merchant bazaars and a food drive to help the Food Bank of Iowa. On Friday, during the events opening ceremonies, there will be a chance to be a part of Iowa's Largest Yoga Class. So, take a deep breath, center yourself and get your Zen on at the Iowa Yoga Festival.
If you would like to get in the mood for this event, you can join the free yoga class offered every Sunday at 9 a.m. through August 30 on the North Lawn of the West Des Moines City Hall.
Go back to the Middle Ages during the Renaissance Faire at Sleep Hollow Sports Park on Dean Avenue. The Faire runs every weekend in September. Go spend the day with jugglers, jousters and joyful artists dressed in Renaissance clothing. Watch gallant knights vie for the fair maiden's hand, then dine on faire food like Scotch eggs, funnel cakes and giant turkey legs. You can also visit the various artists and merchants and take a little bit of the Middle Ages home with you. If you are really brave you could go to the event dressed as one who lives among kings, knights and blushing princesses.
Mark your calendar now for this fantastic weekend of tunes and treats. From Celtic melodies to Reggae beats to the Britches and Hose Ukulele Club, a whole range of sounds will fill downtown. Add in fantastic food in the flavors of Greece, Italy, Ethiopia and of course America, and this becomes the weekend you don't want to leave town.
Check out cooking demonstrations from local chefs or learn about world stories at the Cultural Discovery Pavilion. The festival is free to attend, but you will have to pay to eat.
Get out, enjoy our great city and find out why Des Moines is a great place to live. And be sure to share your favorite events in the comments below.