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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 7:00 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.

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Join our experts from Blank Children’s Hospital will be on-hand with fun activities for families to learn about eating healthy, back to school safety and staying active. In addition we’ll have hands-on activities for the kids and fun giveaways!

Entertainers

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

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

Iowa Playboys

The Iowa Playboys was created by a group of talented musicians with 140+ years of experience. They entertain audiences by playing traditional country and Western swing music.
Dates: Aug. 17, Oct. 5

Jeffrey Scott Band

The Jeffrey Scott Band likes to play pop, blues and jazz music.
Dates: June 8, July 13, Aug. 17

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, Sept. 14, Oct. 19

Larry Berenguel

Larry Berenguel, Jr. was born in Manila, Philippines, and immigrated with his family to DSM at age 14. Berenguel has studied and performed folk guitar and has performed with several different bands. His music can be described as folk, rock, pop, reggae and jazz with acoustic guitar, synth guitar and occasional rhythm tracks.
Dates: June 15, Aug. 17, Sept. 7

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!
Dates: May 4th, Aug. 17

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:

Ingersoll Live!

Ingersoll Live! is the major event of the Ingersoll-Grand SSMID, celebrating the neighborhood and promoting businesses in the area. This event is free, with tons of fun activities for all ages!

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

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."

Polk County Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer service training program whereby adults are given advanced training in horticulture in exchange for volunteer service to the community. They will be promoting upcoming events and distributing seasonal educational information.

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