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Festivals & Markets

Downtown DSM Events

Favorite Festivals

As a recipient of the World Festival and Events City Award by the International Festivals and Events Association, there is a lot to celebrate in Downtown DSM. You can join 20,000 of your closest friends at one of the top farmers' markets in the U.S. or share the Des Moines Arts Festival® with over 200,000 attendees from around the world.

Whether it's to celebrate arts, culture, food or music, you can find events of all kinds throughout the calendar year: 

Local Markets

Des Moines' Downtown Farmers' Market

Every Saturday from May through October, the Downtown Farmers' Market hosts hundreds of vendors from around Iowa to sell their fresh produce, handmade goods, Iowa-raised meat and more! As one of the top farmers' markets in the U.S., you're sure to find what you need. If you aren't around during the summer, no problem. Visit the Downtown Winter Farmers' Market instead!

Market Day

Market Day is a pop-up market in Downtown DSM that showcases original, handmade work from artists around the country. It's a market where makers can meet other makers and build a community. It takes place every year on Black Friday in Capital Square.

Chriskindlmarket Des Moines

Chriskindlmarket is an outdoor Christmas market in Cowles Commons that brings a bit of a 700-year-old European holiday tradition to Downtown DSM. Come enjoy old-world, handcrafted goods and authentic German food!

For more information about music and entertainment or other attractions, visit Things to Do in Downtown DSM or visit the events calendar.