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Downtown Farmers' Market: Oct. 13

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Court District

Event Information

Featuring nearly 300 vendors from 50 Iowa counties, the Downtown Farmers’ Market in Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) offers scores of tasty treats each summer on Saturdays. Visitors can enjoy locally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, baked goods and Iowa-raised meat, including beef, pork, chicken, goat, rabbit, lamb and tilapia! The adventure doesn’t stop there either. Guests can enjoy local artists, live music and entertainment, ready-to-eat foods, special programming and learning opportunities all in the course of a Saturday morning. Whether it’s seasonal flowers, locally produced wine or a new culinary adventure, there’s always something to experience at the Downtown Farmers’ Market.

This event is free and open to the public.

UnityPoint Health – DSM Programming

Our staff from John Stoddard Cancer Center will be on-hand to discuss the latest in cancer prevention and treatments. Spin our Wheel of Knowledge and you can walk away with some fun prizes and giveaways!


Search for your favorite Market vendors and discover new ones in the complete vendor list


Enjoy live music from local performers while you shop. This week, hear these performers:

  • Dan Trilk: Dan Trilk began his career at the age of 9 and is now known as a solo musician and private music instructor in DSM. Trilk performs his own original songs as well as unique covers that are a mix of folk, blues and country.
  • Morgan Wolfe: Morgan Wolfe is a 16-year-old singer from Johnston, Iowa. She plays piano, guitar and flute, and her performances range from pop to R&B to jazz as she expresses herself through her love for music.
  • Ronny Johnson:  This nineteen year veteran Market entertainer will captivate and inspire you to add a twist to your day and bring a smile to your face. 
  • The Sheet: The Sheet, an acoustic duo band, plays familiar cover songs from all genres with their own unique style and summer sound. When thinking of style and sound, think Bob Marley/Eric Clapton meets Sublime/Jimi Hendrix. The Sheet is a feel-good party band that will keep you entertained!
  • The Six Man Big Band: Based out of DSM, Ben Sanders and his band are an experimental jazz/funk group. Consisting of only high schoolers, this high energy band has a passion for music that is reflected through their playing!
  • The Wish Machine (Randy Kong): The Wish Machine (Randy Kong) is a one-man band playing acoustic guitar and singing pop, rock and country songs.
  • Winspiration Studio: Will Samorey is a professional violionist from DSM. After earning his undergraduate degree in music, Samorey began his career by performing in chamber ensembles, pit orchestras, community and symphony orchestras. He continued on by developing the Metro Chamber Ensemble and is now its Owner and Program Director. All of Samorey's performances can include solo violin work with recorded piano accompaniments as well as violin covers of popular songs.

Community Corner

Stop by the Community Corner on Third Street, south of Court Avenue, to find out what is happening in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Local charitable organizations — welcomed as Saturday Salutes at The Market — promote learning opportunities, Downtown events and community resources each Saturday. This week, check out the Saturday Salutes:

  • American Lung Association in Iowa: The American Lung Association strives to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Stop by their booth to play plinko, spin the wheel and learn more about preventing lung disease and the Fight For Air Climb event!
  • Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge − People for Pollinators: Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge − People for Pollinators partners with schools and businesses around our community to help pollinators survive. They provide educational materials, site planning assistance, vegetative maintenance expertise and seeds or plants to get the garden up and running. Stop by the booth to receive a take-home "pollinator package" and learn how you can help and why pollinators are important.
  • Des Moines University: Des Moines University wants to encourage people of all ages to think about what they are eating. At The Market, there will be medical students and licensed physicians sharing information about ways to eat healthy using ingredients they can buy right at The Market.

Market Extras and Special Programming

Enjoy unique programming from Market sponsors during your visit. Learn more about all the Market programming, including special Market deals happening every week. This week, check out this special programming:

  • Iowa Wild