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This weekend in Des Moines, see singer Lauren Daigle or visit a farmers market in Ankeny



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Let the pumpkin picking begin this weekend. Friday night, catch Christian artist Lauren Daigle at Wells Fargo Arena or country artist Paul Cauthen at Water Works Park. On Saturday, take the little ones and family to Middlebrook Farm for pumpkin picking and other activities as part of the farm’s fall fest. Or, stop by Ankeny for the final farmers market of the season. Finish your weekend fun on Sunday by cheering on your community or taking part in a special superhero-themed 5K and hear jam band moe. perform at Wooly’s in the evening.

Watch the Chicago Cubs and have a happy hour drink

Thursday afternoon: Centerfield Sports Bar, 6555 University Ave. in Windsor Heights, brings Wrigley Field to Des Moines. The bar offers a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with $2.50 domestic bottles, and $3 Busch Light tall boys, well drinks, and Fireball shots. Stick around from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. for party hours with $3 Captain Morgan or Bacardi, $5 bombs and $4 call drinks and Fireball shots. The Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves at 6:20 p.m.

More: 12 great happy hours to try at bars and restaurants in the Des Moines area

Cheer on hundreds of athletes with Special Olympics Iowa

Friday morning: Special Olympics Iowa’s two-day Fall Classic begins at the MidAmerican Energy Co. RecPlex, 6500 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines. The event brings out hundreds of athletes to compete in volleyball, flag football, golf and more. The competition begins at 9 a.m. and is free to attend.

Catch a performer all about faith and hope at Wells Fargo Arena

Friday night: Lauren Daigle, the Christian pop singer of “You Say” fame, is performing at the Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St. in Des Moines. Daigle comes to Des Moines on “The Kaleidoscope Tour” off her self-titled album, which was released in its entirety earlier in September. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

Get your country on at Water Works Park

Friday night: Country singer Paul Cauthen, known for “Cocaine Country Dancing” and “Holy Ghost Fire,” is coming to the Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park, 2201 George Flagg Pkwy. The Texas musician is formerly of the Sons of Fathers act. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

Go pumpkin picking with your family

Saturday morning: Celebrate the fall season with fall fest at Middlebrook Farm, 4300 Cumming Ave. in Cumming. Visitors can go pumpkin picking, shop at their farmers market, grab a bite to eat and enjoy live music from country singer-songwriter Joshua Sinclair. Fall Fest at Middlebrook Farm is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to attend.

More: Here are 9 pumpkin patches to visit around central Iowa this fall

Wear your favorite flannel for a festival

Saturday morning: The first Flannel Fest is kicking off this weekend, centered on all things autumn and buying local. Held at Dogpatch Urban Gardens, 5085 Meredith Drive in Des Moines, Flannel Fest will have dozens of vendors from retail to food inside their greenhouses. Dogpatch Urban Gardens’ FarmStand will also have pumpkins, mums and other produce available for purchase. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend.

Visit the last farmers market of the season in Ankeny

Saturday morning: Ankeny Uptown Farmers Market finishes its season on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Ankeny Market & Pavilion Park, 715 W. First St. in Ankeny. Purchase produce, homemade goods and more at the farmers market.

Check out comic Anthony Jeselnik at Hoyt Sherman Place

Saturday night: Comedian Anthony Jeselnik brings his Bones and All tour to Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. in Des Moines. Jeselnik has appeared on multiple Comedy Central roasts, performed in 2019’s “Fire in the Maternity Ward” comedy special on Netflix and is the co-host of “The Jeselnik & Rosenthal Vanity Project” podcast. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $45.

Tackle a 5K in costume

Sunday morning: The DC Wonder Woman Run 5K, 10K and 10-Mile is coming to Des Moines and starting at Water Works Park, 2251 George Flagg Pkwy. Dress as the iconic superhero to participate in the costume contest, and enjoy a post-race party with refreshments and games after. All three races begin at 9 a.m. Registration starts at $69.

Eat brunch in Valley Junction

Sunday morning: Stop by Bix & Co. in Valley Junction on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the new brunch menu. Try morning nachos scrambled eggs and sausage, a breakfast pizza, and breakfast burritos stuffed with options such as bacon, sausage, Graziano’s sausage, Canadian bacon and more. Find it at 111 Fifth St., West Des Moines.

More: 21 great brunches to try in the Des Moines area right now, including Early Bird, Eatery A

Head to Wooly’s for a jam band

Sunday night: Jam band moe. is bringing more than 30 years of music to Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. in Des Moines. Hailing from New York, moe. is a five-piece band behind 1990s albums “Tin Cans & Car Tires” and “Fatboy.” The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40.  

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Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and arts at the Des Moines Register. Reach her at or follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.

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