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Out to Lunch

  • For Downtown DSM Employees Looking for a Relaxing Lunch Break
  • Various Locations Around Downtown DSM
  • Admission: Free (Food Truck purchases encouraged) and Open to the Public
  • Collaborators: MidAmerican Energy Company, Mercy College, Wells Fargo & Co, EMC Insurance Companies, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa 
people lining up in front of a food truck

During the summer months, Downtown Des Moines (DSM) workers can meet up for weekly Out to Lunch experiences where they can listen to live music, socialize with coworkers and grab lunch from one of six to eight local food vendors — Karam’s Grill, Roadside Tacos and Chamo, to name a few! — within a walkable distance of their offices.

Bringing together an estimated 80,000 Downtown employees, entertainment and good food not only gets people back together in Downtown DSM to enjoy the summer weather, but allows them to support nearby businesses, too. Past locations have included Cowles Commons, People’s Plaza at the Iowa State Capitol Complex and more. In 2021, Out to Lunch acts included Royce Johns, Ryne Doughty, Sara Routh, Bruce Day and Chris Falcon. This free event welcomed popular acts again in 2022 and continued to be a highlight of the workweek each Wednesday throughout the summer.

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