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Des Moines East Village Activities to Experience This Fall

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Des Moines East Village Activities to Experience This Fall

Kelsey Batschelet

Kelsey Batschelet
Sep 16, 2020

Iowa Capital Building

It’s There’s Still a Pandemic Fall™. Which means the classic fall activities we all hoped to enjoy this season will have to wait until next year. But don’t fret, you can still get that pumpkin-spice feeling in Des Moines’ East Village.

Read on for our favorite ways to enjoy the season in our neighborhood.

At-Home Oktoberfest

There’s nothing better than a full-bodied lager on a cool fall evening. Wait, there is! Host your own Oktoberfest by picking up a seasonal brew from Peace Tree Brewing’s Des Moines branch, and a bite to eat from one of the many nearby restaurants. We suggest Iowa Taproom or Blu Thai. Take it all home to enjoy, or set up on one of the many benches or green spaces around the East Village.

Capitol Foliage

Downtown Des Moines Skyline

Des Moines’ downtown skyline plus fall foliage is all you need for a perfect evening. Grab a picnic blanket or a pair of lawn chairs, pack a few drinks and snacks and head to the Iowa State Capitol. The leaves turning on the trees will perfectly frame sweeping views of downtown as you take in a sunset and enjoy the crisp air.

Get Seasonal at Scenic Route Bakery

Pumpkin spice is everything nice about fall. Skip the Starbucks version and stop in (with a mask) to pick up a seasonal fall latte from Scenic Route Bakery. If pumpkin spice isn’t your jam, any of the other coffee drinks or teas are guaranteed to warm you up on a cool evening. Head out to the patio to enjoy your drink and watch the leaves fall.

Small Business Saturday

Many of our favorite East Village shops are still open — with safety precautions in place, of course. Support our local community by donning a mask and shopping local. Make a point to hit the stores on Small Business Saturday, the last Saturday in November. Most stores are operating at 50% capacity, so please be respectful of how many customers are in the store at any given time to help us all enjoy this favorite fall activity safely.

If you’ve developed a cooking habit during the pandemic, here’s a chance to step up your game and hone additional skills. Cooking with Alessandra, the best cooking classes in the East Village, have gone virtual. With several options to choose from, including “to-go” cooking kits with accompanying instructional videos, and private and public Zoom classes, you’ll be whipping up something new in no time.

Does the East Village sound like a place you’d like to spend time or work? Learn more about our current career opportunities.


Kelsey Batschelet
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Writing every type of content under the sun, developing content strategy plans, and pitching the media are Strategic Communications Supervisor Kelsey’s bread and butter. Reach out to Kelsey between her daily run and her next trip out of town to talk all things PR.