The second annual festival celebrating the anniversary of the world’s first encounter with the iconic Men in Black will feature a full weekend of events in Des Moines this year, starting Thursday, June 22, 2023. The party celebrates the true birthplace of the Men in Black mythology and the launch of the 1947 Summer of the Saucers. On June 22, 1947, the day after Harold Dahl saw six flying discs of Maury Island, Washington, he encountered history’s first “men in black.” On the 75th Anniversary of the first “men in black” warning, 6/22 celebrates the event in “black-and-white” on the shores of Puget Sound, in the sunset shadow of Maury Island. Here are the other events happening that weekend. MIBB Summer Saucer Search on 6/14 - 6/18 - Five days and ten clues, scattered throughout our Seattle Southside cities. Make a team and be the first to find the hidden object inspired by our history’s first encounter with the “Men in Black” presented by Seattle Southside. On Friday, 6/23, the MIBBB Film Festival will be held at Harper Studios in Des Moines at 7:00 PM. The “Ol’ Blue Eyes Bayside Ball” features an evening of Frank Sinatra-style swing by Joey Jewell and the Swingin’ Sixties Orchestra at the Des Moines Yacht Club on Saturday, 6/24. The show is presented by the Des Moines Legacy Foundation, and proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s youth and community programs.