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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Court District

Event Information


UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

It’s like Christmas in August! Join Blank Children’s Hospital and the UnityPoint Health Foundation volunteers and staff as they showcase details about this year’s Festival of Trees and Lights. Learn how money raised benefits our fabulous Child Life program. They’ll have fun activities for kids and cool giveaways for the adults.


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

Equal Parts

Equal Parts is an alternative rock/indie rock group from Iowa. Consisting of two main performers, Equal Parts utilizes guitar, bass, violin, drums and more.
Dates: June 22, Aug. 24, Sept. 28

Jonathan May - Mr. Magic Productions

Family and corporate magician, Jonathan May, specializes in making fun and fast balloon animals for the children of the Downtown Farmers' Market. He is known for his minimum wait time and maximum entertainment value!
Dates: May 11, June 15, Aug. 17, Aug. 24, Sept. 14, Oct. 19

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.
Dates: May 25, July 6, July 20, Aug. 24

Ortonville Circus

The Ortonville Circus is a four-piece band influenced by folk, blues and alternative country acts. Their repertoire includes songs written and performed from the 1920s into this century. Some original tunes written by band members are mixed throughout the set lists.
Dates: May 4, Aug. 24, Oct. 26

Party of Four

This local group of four musicians has been entertaining at The Market for several years. They sing a capella in styles including jazz, folk and contemporary.
Dates: May 11, Aug. 24, Sept. 14, Oct. 5

Piano Man Richard Spierenburg

Starting piano at a young age of six, Richard Spierenburg is a professional piano bar musician. He has 150 songs memorized, and for the requests that he doesn't know, as long as he's heard the song, he can look up the chords and play it. He sings as well as plays the piano, so have your requests ready!
Dates: June 1, Aug. 24, Sept. 28

The One-Woman Symphony

Merging technology with a classical violin, Genevieve's setup includes her acoustically-amplified violin and prerecorded backing tracks, giving her the name The One-Woman Symphony, as she performs music from a wide variety of genres.
Dates: May 18, June 1, June 15, Aug. 24

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!
Dates: May 4, Aug. 17, Aug. 24, Oct. 12

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:

Des Moines Kennel Club and Obedience Training Club

The Des Moines Kennel Club is an All Breed club dedicated to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs. Come and learn more about the dog shows in September, responsible dog ownership and training opportunities from a diverse group of dog lovers. They will also be giving away dog coloring books with crayons.

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 Cubs

Iowa Wild

MidAmerican Energy