Upcoming Cultural Events Go Virtual

In normal times, the Iowa Pork Lawn Party brings people together for a large picnic with food, wine and fun. This year, because of COVID-19, the event is both virtual and socially distant (depending on your preference). Photo: Iowa Pork Producer’s Association. 

Greater Des Moines arts, culture and charitable organizations are changing some signature events due to COVID-19. Here are some of the recently announced changes: 

Iowa Pork Lawn Party: Winefest Des Moines’ annual Iowa Pork Lawn Party will be a hybrid this year. Participants can either take the meal and wine home or head to the Salisbury House lawn for a socially distanced picnic. 

Each Winefest pack will include one can of Jasper Winery white, red and sangria wines, two cans of Exile Brewing Co’s Ruthie beer, and some favorite Iowa State Fair foods (two pork chops on a stick, two bacon balls, two salads on a stick and one cup of cookies). Tickets are $75 for two, $150 for four and $225 for six. Pickup is 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30. 

Jazz, Jewels and Jeans: Oakridge Neighborhood is partnering with Noce on its virtual event, Jazz, Jewels and Jeans, An Evening at Noce. Featuring the Max Wellman Quartet, the show will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook on 
Friday, Sept. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Big Blast Gala: The Science Center of Iowa is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its virtual Big Blast Gala, 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. The live event will feature entertainment, speakers and activities throughout the evening, including a virtual silent auction. Tickets are $50. 

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