Moonlight Classic

Join us on July 10, 2021 when Orchard Place will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Moonlight Classic.

This signature fundraiser for Orchard Place features a night-time bike ride that takes participants by spectacular downtown Des Moines landmarks such as the Iowa Capitol, the East Village, Mary & John Pappajohn Sculpture Park, and Gray's Lake. Cruise the streets and nearby trails with family and friends while raising much-needed funds for programs at Orchard Place.

Register now for the 2021 Moonlight Classic presented by Sammons Financial Group. This is the 10th anniversary for this fabulous night-time bike ride and our goal is to raise $125,000 for Orchard Place.

We've adapted this year's ride and festivities to comply with the City's health precautions. When you register yourself or your group, you'll get to choose from three different locations and experiences (you'll start and finish at the same place).

The Iowa Taproom: Who has the Best Bike Lights, Best Helmet Lights, and Best Costume? This is where the judging will take place. Plus, the team with the most registered riders will get awarded the coveted Moonlight Cup traveling trophy and other prizes. There are several different food and drink options at this location. Note: In keeping with Iowa law, you do have to be 21 to be in a bar after 9 p.m.

Iowa State Capitol: This location starts with a fabulous view of downtown Des Moines so have your camera ready. You will start off the ride in style by heading downhill on Grand Avenue This is a family-friendly starting/ending location with no alcohol served.

Rita's Cantina & Truman KC Pizza Tavern: This location offers event-goers two fantastic options for food and drinks. Note: In keeping with Iowa law, you do have to be 21 to be in a bar after 9 p.m.

Rider Packet Pick-up options:

Wednesday, July 7th from 3pm-6pm at Bike World, 5003 EP True Pkwy in West Des Moines

Thursday, July 8th from 4pm-7pm at the Iowa Taproom 215 E 3rd St. in Des Moines

Pre-registration is highly encouraged, however, online registration will remain open until the ride officially begins at 9:30 pm. on Saturday, July 10th. If you register the day of the event, be prepared to show your confirmation email to pick up swag bags (while supplies last). For more information, visit

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