Wrap Up Summer With These 3 Events

Exile Music Fest is back this year with local musicians and entertainers slated to perform all day starting at 11 a.m. Photo: Exile Brewing Co.

Yes, the kids are back in school, but that doesn’t mean your summer is over. Here are a few events this weekend to close out August—just be sure to stay cool in the hot temperatures.  

Dam to DSM (7 a.m. Saturday): This 20-kilometer running race starts near the Saylorville Dam and ends in downtown Des Moines. There are plenty of spectator spots around the course, so feel free to cheer on the participants. Or you can sign up to run yourself—registration is $75 and closes at midnight Friday.

Johnston Town Center Grand Opening (3 p.m. Saturday): There will be food trucks, concession stands, entertainment and games at the Johnston Town Center grand opening at Northwest 62nd Avenue and Merle Hay Road. The city will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for “Ripples,” a 4,000-pound fish sculpture designed by Ames artist Reinaldo Correa, at 4 p.m.

Exile Music Fest (11 a.m. Saturday): Enjoy live music, food and brews at the Exile Music Fest at Exile Brewing Co. downtown. Aaron KammCourtney Krause and the Isiserettes are some of the scheduled performers, while Exile, Top Bun and Gusto Pizza Co. will provide the eats. Tickets are $25.

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