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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 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.

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

The Food and Nutrition team will be on-site to help celebrate the final Market of the season!  They’ll be giving away some fun prizes to the little trick-or-treaters, so be sure to wear your costume and stop by and say “boo!”  They’ll also provide education on proper nutrition, portion control and healthy substitutions. Tasty samples will also be available.



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

B. John Burns, Songwriter

B. John Burns is a Greater Des Moines (DSM) songwriter who celebrated his 40th year on stage in 2016. He performs his songs on piano and guitar and covers a wide spectrum of musical styles, including folk, pop, blues, rock and country.
Dates: June 1, Aug. 3, Oct. 26

David Watson

David Watson is a solo acoustic performer covering bands from Johnny Cash to Journey.
Dates: July 13, Oct. 26

Don Brown / Brownian Motion

Don C. Brown of DSM is a flutist and saxophonist who gained his initial musical experience from his parents who were both saxophonists. Brown plays several genres of music including jazz, Latin jazz, American popular standards, rhythm and blues, blues and gospel.
Dates: July 13, Sept. 14, Oct. 26

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

Maninoa Courtright

An Iowa transplant, Maninoa Le'au Courtright was born in Las Vegas where she began singing and performing at a young age. Courtright plays piano, guitar and ukelele covers of popular tunes from a wide variety of genres.
Dates: June 22, Oct. 26

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

Sydney Storm

Creating magic since the age of six, Sydney Storm has been performing professionally since high school. He enjoys twisting balloons at The Market for all the children that stop by!
Dates: May 18, July 13, July 27, Sept. 21, Oct. 26

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.

Fighting For Veterans

Fighting For Veterans is a nonprofit organization that works to create a network in the community to provide resources and support to veterans in need. Come by and grab a piece of candy at their booth and hear all about the programs and resources they provide.

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.