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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 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

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:

Cucho Madero

Born in the coastal city of Paramonga, Peru, Cucho formed a band and toured Peru before emigrating to the U.S. in 1990. He performs Latin and international music on the Romanian-style pan flute.
Dates: May 25, August 10, Sept. 21, Oct. 12

Dan Trilk

Dan Trilk began his career at the age of nine and is now known as a solo musician and private music instructor in DSM. Trilk performs his own original songs as well as unique covers that are a mix of folk, blues and country.
Dates: June 15, Sept. 28, Oct. 12

Grapevine Tunes Music Series sponsored by the Fourth + Court Hy-Vee

The Grapevine Tunes Music Series sponsored by the Fourth + Court Hy-Vee is a unique program that encourages young musicians and artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to continue to develop their talents while emphasizing local arts and culture in DSM. This music series offers talented young musicians an opportunity to perform in a unique outdoor street-concert style setting, in front of thousands of Market visitors, during three days this season: June 8, Aug. 10 and Oct. 12.

Nancita Wernett

Nancita Wernett is a singer-songwriter who comes performing a solo act full of original songs. She comes with a mix of folk blues, guitar, flutes and percussion.
Dates: May 18, Oct. 12

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

Sweet Tater

Sweet Tater presents dusty Iowa back road country blues, folk and originals on guitar and harmonica, while sitting on a bucket, stomping on a tambourine.
Dates: May 25, Sept. 7, Oct. 12

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:

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.

Drake Athletics

The mission of the Drake Athletics Department is to provide a positive athletic experience to all individuals. Stop by to spin the prize wheel and learn more about their upcoming fall sports and their Kids' Club!

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:

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