Our Upper Midwest hosts want us to have a grand time in Des Moines. Look at some of the fun activities they have planned!
Yoga on the Riverfront
Get down(ward dog) with Des Moines’ Riverfront in this start of the day yoga session. Stretch your legs as you stroll along Downtown Des Moines’ beautiful riverfront to find a great place to stretch your body from all that convention hall sitting. Join a local yoga instructor as we begin the day with the sun rising above the city skyline. A yoga mat is suggested, but the grassy park would also make a towel sufficient.
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Come, meet new friends, enjoy fresh air, and pedal your way to paradise in Des Moines as we will ride in a group to Des Moines’ beautiful parks and greenbelts. You will be blessed by Des Moines’ beautiful scenery, wonderful brooks and creeks, beautiful parks and skyline, and splendid trails and vistas. These bike rides will be great breaks from the other good activities at General Assembly. You can ride at your own pace and with someone else. You can rent bicycles the day before through Ichi Bike at 311 E. Walnut or Rasmussen Bike Shop at 301 Grand Ave.
- Starting on trail at corner of Center and 2nd Ave
- Monday and Tuesday 6-7 am
Farmers Market Meet Up
Ranked #2 of the Best Farmers’ Markets in America by The Daily Meal and Shape Magazine, the Des Moines Farmers’ Market connects urban and rural communities while supporting nearly 300 local entrepreneurs, including farmers, producers, bakers and artists. Begun in 1976, with just 15 vendors, today the Farmers’ Market supports 300 vendors with an average of 25,000 visitors each Saturday.
- Meet at the SW corner of 3rd and Court Avenue at 8 am
- Free (unless you decide to purchase something yummy!)
East Village Scavenger Hunt
The Good Times Committee is hosting a GA2019 Scavenger Hunt in Des Moines’ East Village. It’s a great activity to do solo or with friends and family.
Located one mile from the convention center, the East Village is bounded by the scenic Des Moines River on the west and the Iowa State Capitol on the east. It is Des Moines’ most vibrant and diverse district, boasting a variety of the finest shopping, dining, nightlife and commerce in Iowa. By day, you can visit local attractions like the Des Moines Botanical Center, the State Capitol, the State Historical Building or the Genealogical Society, stopping along the way at unique specialty shops and boutiques, restaurants and pubs, the bicycle collective and RayGun. By night, the Village offers live music in venues ranging from nightclubs to lounges, rooftop to al fresco.
It’s the perfect location for exploring. Lose yourself as you find our clues to hidden treasurers!
- Self-guided event.
- Post your photos with #Abide2019 #CCDOC #CatchDM #GAHunt
It’s not an Upper Midwest State Fair without stopping by the Butter Cow and snapping a selfie. Both Minnesota and Iowa State Fairs feature Butter Cows! The Iowa Fair’s first butter cow premiered in 1911. In 2006, after 15 years of apprenticing, Sarah Pratt, a member of Norwalk Christian Church (DOC) in Norwalk, Iowa, became the Fair’s 5th sculptor.
In addition to her the Butter Cow, Pratt has also crafted a life size Superman, and John Deere Tractor. At General Assembly 2019, Sarah will be showing off her talents once again by sculpting the General Assembly’s very first Butter Chalice! You can have that Midwest experience by stopping by the Exhibit Hall and snapping a selfie with our very own Butter Chalice. Post your picture and share the fun!
- Every Day in the Exhibit Hall next to Mission Fest
Iowa is home to over 70 breweries! If you like to sample local beer, we invite you to join us for the 2019 General Assembly Brewery Tour. We’ll visit two local breweries and a taproom featuring beers from all over the state, with recommendations at each stop along the way. Please note that this is a walking tour and participants may walk up to 2 miles.
- Saturday at 9 pm (or following worship)
- Corner of 3rd St & Park St
- Free (except for… you know…)
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Tour
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in global agriculture, envisioned a prize that honors those who have made significant contributions to improving the world’s food supply. The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future.
- 100 Locust Street (10 blocks from Convention Center)
- Saturday: Free Self-Guided tours 9 am – 1 pm
- Tuesday: Free Guided tours 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm
- Please arrive 10-15 minutes early
Salisbury House Tour
Salisbury House is a historic house museum surrounded by nine acres of beautiful gardens and woodland. The estate was inspired by King’s House in Salisbury, England, and numerous architectural elements from 15th and 16th century Britain are incorporated into the building. The house was built in the 1920’s and furnished with arts, books, historic documents. Art by Sir Anthony van Dyck and Joseph Stella line the walls. Signed books and documents from Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, Queen Elizabeth I and many others bring history to life. On the National Register of Historic Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Salisbury House offers an enjoyable step-back in time.
- Coupons for Discounted Tickets are available at Information Services Desk.
Four outdoor walking Labyrinths for quiet meditation, resting, breathing and prayer.
- Covenant Christian Church, 2700 72nd Street, Urbandale, IA 50322
Discover the D-LINE
The D-Line is a free downtown shuttle that loops to the State Capitol on the East and Pappajohn Sculpture Park on the west. Stops every 10 minutes at designated locations. Learn more athttps://www.ridedart.com/routes/shuttles/42-d-line-downtown and explore!
Tour the Iowa State Capitol
Groups of 9 or fewer can tour the capitol which was built in the Renaissance Style with a commanding dome covered in pure 23-carat gold. Call 515.281.5591 Monday- Saturday to schedule your free tour. Video and Cell phone audio tour information can be found at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/resources/tourCapitol
Rent a Des Moines’ BCycle
It’s the new way to get around town. BCycle “members” can pick up a bike at any B-Station and return it to any B-station when they’re done. (It’s like Red Box for bikes.) You can purchase a “membership” good for 24 hours or any number of days you choose. Check outhttps://desmoines.bcycle.com/faqs to learn more about B-Cycle. And here is a map of the rental stations: https://desmoines.bcycle.com/ Or simply download the BCycle app. (The closest location to the Convention Center is at 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.)
Take an Art Stroll
Check out Art Route Des Moines! Art Route is a painted sidewalk path. Circles (colored dots), roughly 20 feet apart, and painted Chevrons point toward one of the 87 pieces of art on display. The closest path is just across the Pedestrian bridge east of Wells’ Fargo Arena