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Festivals, Markets & Events

Downtown DSM Events 

Awarded “outstanding event” by Travel Iowa and the Travel Federation of Iowa, the World Food & Music Festival brings international flavor to the Downtown Des Moines (DSM) atmosphere every summer. With authentic cuisine and electric performance art, the event is a must-stop for all visitors and residents.   

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 & Winter 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 Farmers' Market website to learn more about the Winter Farmers' Market, held annually over one Friday and one Saturday each November and December! 

Chriskindlmarket Des Moines

Chriskindlmarket is a Christmas market that brings a bit of a 700-year-old European holiday tradition to Downtown DSM.

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