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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Sep. 14, 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

Step on up to the UnityPoint Health tent to learn more about our annual Hops for Hospice event and how it benefits our hospice programs and facilities. We’ll also have hospice care experts on hand from UnityPoint at Home and Taylor House to help break down the misconceptions and myths surrounding hospice and what care might be right for you and your loved ones. 

Entertainers

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

Andrew Hoyt Music

Andrew Hoyt is a solo musician who enjoys playing jazz, modern and pop music with his ukulele and voice.
Dates: June 1, Sept. 14

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

Grandpa Soulman

Grandpa Soulman is a one man band playing rock & roll, blues and motown music.
Dates: May 11, Sept. 14

Jolie Seitz

Jolie Seitz is a local singer-songwriter and musician who has been a part of the live music scene in DSM since she was 12 years old. She is a DSM native and junior at Roosevelt High School working towards a career in music production and as a professional musician. Seitz performs both covers and original compositions.
Dates: May 11, June 22, Sept. 14

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

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

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

Tribal Muse and Mirage Middle Easter Dance Company

This group of women of various ages, shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds have at least one thing in common: they love to dance. With the belief that dance is the language of the soul, they perform many tribal belly dances which combine American Tribal Style Belly Dance, Flamenco, varying styles of Middle Eastern dance and other folkloric and modern dance.
Dates: June 1, Sept. 14

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:

Agape Pregnancy Center

The Agape Pregnancy Center demonstrates the truth and unconditional love of Jesus Christ to girls, women and their families experiencing unexpected pregnancy or the effects of sexual relationships in a safe and confidential environment. Educational information explaining free services provided by the Agape Pregnancy Center will be available.

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:

Cedar Ridge Distillery

Des Moines Register

Iowa Wild