Check out this message from our good friends at Jasper Winery, and be sure to check out their summer concert series!


The grapevines are now in bud break and made it through the cool temps we’ve had over the last week. We’re adding three new picnic tables to our yard this weekend to add more seating and give you extra picnic space. Speaking of picnics, you’re always welcome to bring your own, enjoy a cheese plate from us or choose your lunch from a selection of local restaurants.

It probably goes without saying, but we’re so excited to enjoy another great Des Moines summer with you! Our Summer Concert Series begins this Thursday at 6pm with Boomerang. Parking is available in our main lot, on the roads around the winery (on the side where there isn’t a “no parking” sign), at WaterWorks and we now have overflow parking south of the winery on the grass (weather permitting). Bring your lawn chairs and friends and we’ll see you Thursday!


Jean, Paul, Mason, Katie and the rest of the Jasper Winery crew


Summer Concert Series 2013
Held every Thursday from 6-9pm, enjoy free live music on the lawn. We’ll be serving wine, sangria and Madhouse beer by the glass ($5-6) as well as grilling up burgers and brats ($6). We’ll have regular appearances by the Chocolaterie Stam gelato cart – yes, you can even have a wine or beer gelato float – as well as the Gusto Pizza truck. We have some chairs and tables but it’s not a bad idea to bring some chairs or blankets as well. As a reminder, all ages are welcome but please leave the pets at home. And since it’s a free event, please celebrate the evenings enjoying our wine and beer (other alcoholic beverages will need to stay at home). Yay for summer!

May 16- Boomerang

May 23- Euforquestra

May 30- Decoy

June 6- Pianopalooza Band

June 13- Flipside

June 20- Nadas

June 27- The Workshy

July 4th– Brian Congdon and Brad Seidenfeld

July 11- Mr. Babers Neighbors

July 18- Final Mix

July 25- Brother Trucker

August 1- Dazy Head Mazy


unWINEd 2013

Held every other Friday evening from 5:30-8:30pm on Gray’s Lake’s south terrace, we’ll have wine, sangria and Madhouse Beer by the glass and bottle. The City of Des Moines will be cooking up food for purchase as well!

June 14- The Other Side

June 28- Soul Searchers

July 12- Retro Rockets feat. Tony Valdez

July 26- El Dorados

August 9- Freestyle

August 23- Brother Trucker

September 6- Brian Holtz Band

September 20- Sonny Humbucker Band


Other Events Coming Soon:

Friday, May 17 – Handlebar Happy Hour, Gray’s lake, 4:30-7 pm

Join us on the Overlook Terrace (southwest corner of park; near boat docks) to celebrate the conclusion of Bike to Work Week. Valet bike service, of course. Live music: Brian Congdon, a popular singer and guitarist. Food and drinks available for purchase. Presented by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective; sponsored by Des Moines Park and Recreation and Jasper Winery. Door-prize drawings for registered riders.


Now through October 26 – Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers Market, every Saturday, 7am-noon 

Pick up wine while you’re picking up all the fresh ingredients for dinner!


May 28-June 2 – Principal Charity Classic, Wakonda Club


June 1 – Swine Festival, Ankeny DMACC

Where cork meets pork!


June 2 & June 7 – Winefest Des Moines’ Iowa Lawn Party & Sips in the City

We’ll be at two of the events – but we highly recommend checking them all out!


June 15 – All Iowa Wine Festival, Adel

July 5&6 – 80/35 Music Festival



Cheers and enjoy our “Feisty Good Wine!”