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Out To Lunch 

Out to Lunch is a free event that is open to the public, designed with the goal of creating a unique and fun opportunity for Downtown Des Moines (DSM) employees, residents and visitors to socialize with others in a vibrant, outdoor Downtown DSM setting with local food trucks and live music on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. throughout the summer.

The 2023 Out to Lunch location schedule is as follows:

  •  May 17: Principal – High Street from Seventh – Ninth
    • Band: Sharane Calister
    • Food Vendors: Karam’s Grill LLC, Top Bun, Ninas Tacos, Bearded Jackal Street Food, Fruits N’ Such, What the Fries DSM, The Big Red Food Truck, Caribbean Kitchen, Jambo African Cuisine, Donut NV 
  • May 24: City of Des Moines – 401 Robert D. Ray Road
    • Band: Royce Johns
    • Food Vendors: Donut NV Central Iowa, The Big Red Food Truck, Sabores de Mexico, Caribbean Kitchen, Street Eats DSM Food Truck, Karam's Grill
  • May 31: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield – 12th Street from Grand to Locust
    • Band: Lani
    • Food Vendors: Street Sweets, Two ‘Ol Chefs, Street Eats DSM Food Truck, The Big Red Food Truck, Top Bun, Comfort Concessions, Hot Off The Presses
  • June 7: Federal Home Loan Bank, FHLB parking lot – 909 Locust Street
    • Band: Patricia Holly
    • Food Vendors: Whip Delight, Comfort Concessions, Ninas Tacos, The Big Red Food Truck, Pie Mates Australian Bakehouse 
  • June 14:  Tippie College of Business | University of Iowa – 12th Street from Grand to Locust
    • Band: Bruce Day
    • Food Vendors: The Outside Scoop, Pie Mates Australian Bakehouse, NesEmil LLC, Hot Off The Presses, Iowa’s Classic Concessions, Caribbean Kitchen, Karam's Grill, LLC.
  • June 21: Knapp Properties & The Weitz Company, Parking Lot – off Fourth Street between Park Street and Watson Powell Jr. Way
    • Band: Patricia Holly
    • Food Vendors: Bs Dough Co., Turkey Time Concessions, Hungry  Bearded Jackal Street Food, Kaaswagen, Nina's Tacos
  • June 28: Nationwide – 12th Street from Grand to Locust 
    • Band: Ace Jones
    • Food Vendors: Street Sweets, Roadside Tacos, Kaaswagen, Jambo African Cuisine, NesEmil LLC, What The Fries DSM, The Big Red Food Truck

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Site Sponsors 


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Out to Lunch is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

Contact Information 

General Event/Volunteers/Vendor Inquiries

Jerrica Marshall  |  Downtown Placemaking Manager
Greater Des Moines Partnership
(515) 286-4911

Entertainment Inquiries

Amelia Klatt  |  Special Events and Project Manager
Greater Des Moines Partnership
(515) 286-4917

Media Inquiries

Kyle Oppenhuizen  |  Vice President of Communications
Greater Des Moines Partnership
(515) 286-4972