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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Court District

Event Information


UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Do you ever wonder who keeps our hospitals looking so beautiful and clean? Come meet the Environmental Services team at the Market this weekend and learn more about their important role in providing amazing care and comfort to our patients and families.


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

Eli Alger Music

Eli is a performer out of the Iowa City/Des Moines area that plays mostly country (old and new). He plays the acuoustic guitar and has his own original songs.
Dates: May 4, July 20, Aug. 31, Oct. 26

Mr. A Cappella - The Singing Jukebox

Mr. A Capella will take singing requests a cappella in a jukebox format by taking requests from the audience from over 100 different songs. He can sing a variety of pop, rock and country from the 1950s to current.
Dates: July 27, Aug. 31

Professor Von Air, Balloon Artist Extraordinaire

Professor Von Air has been performing since 1996 at events all over Iowa, the Midwest and overseas. In addition, he has taught balloon art and clowning. He specializes in balloon art, silly magic and games.
Dates: May 4, May 25, June 8, July 6, July 20, Aug. 31, Oct. 12

Royce Johns

Royce Johns has been playing music his whole life, from piano at age eight and guitar at 14. He was raised on a variety of music including from country, classic rock, alternative and blues. At age 19, Johns was featured in the Des Moines Register's Iowa Life front page alongside his band mates in Lincoln Rockhouse. Still playing with Lincoln Rockhouse weekly, as an active performer he has started to branch out with more solo work as a full-time musician.
Dates: May 11, Aug. 31, Sept. 14

Taylor King

Taylor King is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who plays music in the genres of rock, country, blues and indie.
Dates: June 1, Aug. 31

Urbandale Community Adult Swing Band

This swing band plays a variety of swing and jazz music. Under the direction of Janna Rutledge, this group of 15 members represents a range of age groups, talents and communities from around DSM.
Dates: Aug. 31, Oct. 5

Vanilla Midnight

Vanilla Midnight is a band consisting of several state-wide recognized jazz musicians. With music ranging from slow, classic Jazz all the way to high-energy modern funk, this group can provide entertainment for any setting.
Dates: May 25, July 20, Aug. 31

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 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.

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers is a community of nonreligious people carrying out social, charitable, educational and civic activities. Stop by the booth to see a demonstration of the solar system and learn more about the science behind this community.

Save the Children Action Network

Save the Children Action Network mobilizes Americans to support investments in early childhood. They will provide information to educate the public about the need for early childhood education growth in Iowa and share ways that anyone and everyone can take action and support children.

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