7 sure signs of spring in Des Moines


This long, cold winter is almost over (we hope). Here are some surefire signs that it’s nearly spring in the great city of Des Moines.

Snookies 2014 opening day is April 5. Neighborhood kids traditionally camp outside the ice cream shop the night before opening day.

The Iowa Cubs open their 2014 season April 3. The Cubs take on Memphis at 6:35 p.m. at Principal Park in Des Moines.

The Des Moines Downtown Farmers Market opens May 3. The summer farmers market in the Court Avenue district downtown runs 7 am to noon on Saturdays.

Waveland Golf Course opens March 28. Some Des Moines golf courses are already open, but the oldest municipal golf course west of the Mississippi opens for the season at the end of this month.

The Drake Relays start April 23. This year you can take part in the Relays and run on the blue oval – running the Grand Blue Mile, the 5K, the 10K or the half marathon.

Spring football is in full swing. The Iowa Hawkeyes will practice at Valley Stadium in Des Moines on April 12 at 1 p.m. The Iowa State Cyclones play their spring game that same day in Ames.

Your furnace is off. Well, hopefully soon. Now is the perfect time to schedule your air conditioning tune-up (or to sign up for our maintenance plan) to make sure everything is working great when that first shot of hot summer weather arrives.