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July 7, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

First Fridays in Historic East Village Des Moines
5 to 8 PM on APRIL 7 – MAY 5 – JUNE 2 – JULY 7 – AUGUST 4

July 7 First Friday will feature family-fun programming!The Rook Room at East Village First Friday

Join the shops, businesses, restaurants, and bars that call the East Village home in our 2023 First Fridays. Each week will showcase an array of events sprinkled throughout the East Village.  As each week draws near, please see our official website for more detailed event information.

Guess what… parking is FREE from 5 pm-8 pm in designated retail areas! East 2nd to East 6th on Locust and Grand and side streets. We also encourage you to use the state parking garage across from the Historical Building at the corner of 7th & Grand.

July Events & Special Offers

FREE Family Fun Event

Bring the family down to a First Friday MAGICAL Family night in the East Village this Friday from 5-7pm in the Lifeserve parking lot.

Due to rain and chill, we WILL be moving all family night festivities to Gravitate’s atrium (at 505 East Grand #200 next to Cinnaholic ). 

The East Village is delighted to host a MAGIC SHOW by local top-performing magician Mikayla Oz preceded by balloon animals, crafts and story time – THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

  • 5pm  | Professor Von Air balloon animals | kid-friendly crafting with Ephemera
  • 6pm | Storyhouse Bookpub Storytime
  • 6:20pm | Mikayla Oz Magic Show

Local Balloon Artist Extraordinaire, Professor Von Air Oscar Rosales will be on site crafting balloon art to take home while the whimsical women of Ephemera host kid-friendly crafts. Storyhouse Bookpub will open for Mikayla, leading storytime with a magical parachute. Then meet magician, Mikayla Oz, for a  highly interactive program. Mikayla helps kids make the magic happen with a ton of family friendly comedy and magic with audience favorite, Bubbles the Bird! Storyhouse & Ephemera will have mini pop-up shops on site for your perusal + Karen’s famous popcorn machine!

Professor Von Air Professor Von Air Balloon Animals
Mikayla Oz Magic Show Mikayla-Oz-Magician
The Rook Room

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Daisy Chain Coffee

The Rook Room will be holding open board game play (free!) in Daisy Chain. So grab your gaming pals and swing by. Tony and Annelise will be there to teach and set up any teams. A relaxing way to enjoy the Village

HoQ Restaurant $6 Shareable Naanza Appetizer (50% off)

Summer Garden Cocktails for $10 each / Family-friendly mocktail versions for $5

Tomato-Basil Martini | Cucumber Margarita | Strawberry-Thyme Whiskey Smash | Summer Fruit Sangria

Indie House Local photographer Megan Stowers of Passionate Wild and Free will be in for a photography showcase!
Kitchen Collage We will have an ice cream cart handing out FREE ice cream treats! (while supplies last)
Owen Jewelry Design Join us from 5-8 pm for a wine reception. Enter our raffle to win a $500 Owen Jewelry Design gift card! Drawing to be held after August 4 First Friday event.
Peace Tree Brewing Co. 4-7pm: Fundraiser Friday with Trees Forever — $1 from every item purchased will be donated back to this great local organization!

Family Night Floats! Choose from our non-alcoholic Root Beer Float or Walla Walla Ting Tang Float (21+), made with our orange hard seltzer.

4pm: Domestic Bones & Pie Bird Pie popups — preorder your pies at www.domesticbones.com or www.hotplate.com/piebirdpies

Petals & Moss Cactus and Candles First Fridays: Choose an eligible cactus or succulent for free with each in-store candle purchase.
Porch Light Posters BOGO 1/2 off
10% off purchase of $50 or more
Paella Nights @ Purveyor ready by 5:30pm and available until we run out!
RAYGUN Kyle Thye, the artist behind the EV City Sounds piano will be showcasing his collection of work on our upper mezzanine gallery space.
Stoked 20% off entire store between 5-8pm
Catch Storyhouse at the East Village family fun night in the Lifeserve parking lot for 6 pm storytime.

Swing by our shop to grab a bouquet put together by local micro-flower farmer, Lady Anne Flaurs, and enjoy a very summery book browse in our twinkly expanded space.

ZHOOSH Starting on First Friday in July and running through the entire month, enjoy special discounts on vintage, all furniture, and select brands for our first-ever Zhoosh Yard Sale!


July 7, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Historic East Village
East Village
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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