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Downtown Farmers' Market

Things to Do in Downtown Des Moines

Date: Saturday, May. 18, 2019 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Historic Court District

Event Information


UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Stop by our tent and learn about our child life specialists and what they do during a child’s stay at Blank Children’s Hospital.  We will have fun activities for kids big and small as well as some cool giveaways.


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


BYOBrass is a high-energy brass band consisting of a motley crew of dudes from the University of Northern Iowa. Playing music in styles ranging from funk, pop, R&B, Americana, jazz and techno, the band brings sassy and brassy fun to the stage. Established in 2017.
Dates: May 18, July 6, Aug. 3

Fresh Squeezed Tunes

Abe Goldstein is a solo accordion player specializing in standards, ethnic music and kids' tunes.
Dates: May 18, July 27, Sept. 21

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

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

The One-Woman Symphony

Merging technology with a classical violin, Genevieve's setup includes her acoustically-amplified violin and prerecorded backing tracks, giving her the name The One-Woman Symphony, as she performs music from a wide variety of genres.
Dates: May 18, June 1, June 15, Aug. 24

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 Y Camp

The YMCA's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Y Camp seeks to give kids a strong sense of independence, new friendships, new skills, character development and a fun summer experience. Their brochures will advertise the summer camp program, day camp program, family camp program and retreat and conferences opportunities.

Grace Church

Grace Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ across the street and around the world. Within this mission is a love for our city. We are here to love, serve and enjoy the city of Des Moines.

Iowa Asian Alliance / CelebrAsian Festival

The mission of IAA is to unite Iowa's diverse Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities for the purpose of fostering economic growth and community development within the state of Iowa. IAA's vision is to create an Iowa in which these groups are an integral part of a vibrant and prosperous community. Learn about CelebrAsian, Des Moines' Asian Heritage Festival.

Iowa Games

The Iowa Sports Foundation (ISF) mission is to provide sports, recreation, health and wellness opportunities for Iowans of all abilities.

Polk County Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener program is a volunteer service training program whereby adults are given advanced training in horticulture in exchange for volunteer service to the community. They will be promoting upcoming events and distributing seasonal educational information.

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

Iowa Cubs

LeafFilter Gutter Protection

MidAmerican Energy