November Events Guide

With it being the start of November, the cold air might make you want to stay at home, cuddle up in a blanket, and relax by the fireplace. Don’t do it! This year make the best out of  your November. There are a variety of events to attend here at Grand View and also around the Des Moines area. Are you stuck on where to start? No need to fear; the “November Events Guide” will help you! 

Grand View University Events 

GV Men’s Basketball vs. Midland November 1st 

  • 7-9pm
  • Location: Johnson Wellness Center 

1500 Morton Ave 

Des Moines, IA 50316 

GV Womens Basketball vs. Drake University November 1st 

  • 7-9pm 
  • Location: Knapp Center
2601 Forest Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311


STEM Action Day- November 3rd 

  • 1-4pm 
  • Location: Grandview’s Student Center 

2811 E 14th St.  

Des Moines, IA 50316 

Solve a crime by using math, computer science, biochemistry, and biology skills with a group of peers. 

Free Bowling Night- November 9th

  • 9-11pm
  • Location: Plaza Lanes

2701 Douglas Ave

Des Moines, IA 50310

Come join other Grand View students in a couple games of bowling. Best part about it? It’s completely free.

Des Moines Events 

Holiday Boutique- November 3rd-5th 

  • November 3 & 4th: 10am-9pm 
  • November 5th:        10am-5pm 
  • Adults: $12 at Door/ $10 Online 
  • Children 12 and Under: Free 
  • Location: Iowa Events Center

730 3rd Street 

Des Moines, IA 50309  

Holiday Boutique happens to be one of the largest holiday shows in Des Moines with a variety of different products to choose from. 

Iowas Premier Beer, Wine and Food Festival- November 10th & 11th 

  • November 10th: 4pm-9pm
  • November 11th: 1pm-8pm 

    Courtesy of Iowa’s Premier Beer, Food and Wine Expo

  • Tickets Range: $35-$70 
  • Location: Iowa Events Center 

730 3rd Street 

Des Moines, IA 50309 

Looking for a place to try some of the Midwest’s best restaurants, wineries and breweries? Get unlimited samples here. There are over 100 different vendors to choose from.         

Callahan Promotions Arts and Crafts Show- November 17th-19th 

  • November 17th: 5pm-9pm 
  • November 18th: 9am-5pm 
  • November 19th: 10am-4pm 
  • Adults: $6 
  • Children Under 10: Free 
  • Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds 

Varied Industries Building 

3000 E Grand Avenue 

Des Moines, IA 50317  

This is Iowa’s largest arts and craft show with over 300 different show casers selling different handmade products. 

Courtesy of Des Moines Turkey Trot, Converging Photography

Turkey Trot November 23rd 

  • Registration Ends: November 12th 
  • Race Starts November 23rd: 9am 
  • Adults: $30 
  • Children 6 and under: $8 
  • Starting line location: Des Moines Courthouse 

County Court 

500 Mulberry Street 

Des Moines’ LARGEST Thanksgiving tradition! Run a 5k or a 5 mile race around the city so you don’t have to worry about calories the next day at Thanksgiving dinner! 

Jolly Holiday Lights- November 24th-December 30th 

  • November 24th: Opens 5pm 
  • $20 per car 
  • $40 per limo 
  • 70$ per chartered bus 
  • Location: Adventureland 

3300 Adventureland Drive 

Altoona, IA 50009 

Set up by Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jolly Holiday Lights is a 2.5 mile drive around Adventureland, to admire the beautiful light displays! 




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