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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Court District

Event Information

The Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is held every Saturday, May through October, in the Historic Court District of Downtown Des Moines (DSM) and is truly the meating spot!

Shop diverse products including locally grown produce, seasonal flowers, farm fresh eggs and cheese, locally produced wine and fresh baked goods. The Market offers Iowa-raised meat including beef, pork, bison, chicken, turkey, goat, rabbit and lamb. The Market brings urban and rural communities together, supporting more than 300 entrepreneurial vendors from across the state.

Spanning nine city blocks, we’ve got the beet! The Market experience also includes local artists, live music and entertainment, ready-to-eat foods, special programming and learning opportunities.


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

Anthony Koester

Anthony Koester offers an acoustic performance sometimes solo and sometimes with band members. Playing his own original music along with the popular country songs of today and yesterday as well as some good time rock 'n roll in the mix.
Dates: Sept. 7, Oct. 19

Eddie Arndorfer

Eddie Arndorfer plays acoustic guitar and piano covers of a wide variety of music, ranging from Frank Sinatra to Jack Johnson. Arndorfer also plays ukelele and the harmonica, with a repertoire consisting on country, acoustic, pop, jazz and classic rock.
Dates: May 25, Aug. 17, Sept. 7, Oct. 19

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

Raine Stern

Raine Stern plays the guitar and her performances consist of R&B, blues and jazz.
Dates: Oct. 19


Shamalan is made up of a drummer with two guitarists/bassists. They like to jam without having anyone sing.
Dates: May 25, Aug. 3, Oct. 19

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.
Dates: July 20, Oct. 19

The Zachary Freedom Duo

No matter the age, audience or gender, Zach always finds a way to leave people wanting more. Having moved nine times in four years, Zach tells his story through his music. Filled with hope, sadness, joy, frustration and life, you won't want to miss out. He's shared the stage with rap artists, metal bands, poets and others beyond his classified genre.
Dates: June 22, July 27, Oct. 19

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.
Dates: May 4, June 29, July 27, August 10, Oct. 19

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:

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