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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Jul. 20, 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

Our staff from John Stoddard Cancer Center will be on-hand to discuss the latest in cancer prevention and treatments. Spin our Wheel of Knowledge and you can walk away with some fun prizes and giveaways!

Entertainers

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

Ace Jones

Ace Jones is a singer-songwriter from Marion. He plays acoustic, folk, rock, pop and easy listening music. He sings a variety of original songs and covers, self-accompanied by his guitar.
Dates: May 18, July 20, Sept. 7

Bryce Kai

Bryce Kai is a singer-songwriter who likes to play folk, pop and alternative music.
Dates: May 18, June 22, July 20, Aug. 10

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

Morgan Wolfe

Morgan Wolfe is a 16-year-old singer from Johnston, Iowa. She plays piano, guitar and flute, and her performances range from pop to R&B to jazz as she expresses herself through her love for music.
Dates: May 25, July 6, July 20, Aug. 24

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

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

Tropical Steel

With over 14 years of performance experience at The Market, this local group boasts of a Caribbean-steel style. Their tropical program, involving crowd participation, hula hoops and small instruments, is enjoyable for all ages!
Dates: May 11, June 8, July 20, Aug. 10, Sept. 21

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:

Alzheimer's Association

Our Goal: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Buena Vista University

Buena Vista University prepares students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional and co-curricular programs.

Des Moines Public Library

The Des Moines Public Library serves six community locations to be a bridge to a world of information and ideas for personal enjoyment and community growth.

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."

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:

Des Moines Register

Iowa Wild

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