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In Iowa, college football and basketball help most of us get through the fall and winter months.

Now, both seasons are over.

“There's a void that you feel knowing that college sports won't be here for a while,” said Jonathon Schroeder, an Iowa State fan.

Fortunately for Jonathan, there are plenty of things to do to make these next five months fly by.

"Right here in Des Moines there are tons of volunteer opportunities,” said Shirley Burgess, Volunteer Engagement Officer for the United Way of Central Iowa.

The United Way encourages you to volunteer.

They will show you how to get involved with organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, or whatever you're interested in.

Music and the arts can’t be forgotten this summer.

The Des Moines Arts Festival begins June 28th and the 80/35 Music Festival is the following weekend in Gateway Park.

80/35 announces its line-up next week and there will be some new things at the Des Moines Arts Festival too.

"100 of the artists you'll see are brand new to Des Moines. You'll see some great new art work here," said Stephen King, Executive Director of the Des Moines Arts Festival.

Of course, you'll need to eat.

On May 4th, the Des Moines Farmers Market returns to Court Avenue.

Organizers say they have 36 new vendors ready to feed any appetite.

Finally, you'll need a workout.

Ruth Comer says training for the Hy-Vee Triathlon which takes place on September 1st is the perfect way to stay in shape whether you're a toned athlete or beginner.

"There are a lot of people who can show you the ropes and get you going,” said Comer.

The off-season void begins today, but filling that void should be easy, considering all the city has to offer.