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Things To Do in Downtown DSM

Fun for Everyone in Des Moines

Whether you're living in Des Moines, working here or just visiting, there's fun for everyone in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)! Rock out at a music festival or take a jog on the city streets. Savor an award-winning dinner or immerse yourself in an artistic experience. Explore everything Downtown Des Moines has to offer!

Attractions in Downtown DSM

Downtown Des Moines is a hub for attractions and entertainment in DSM. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Des Moines, start your search Downtown:

Music & Entertainment: Festivals and Concerts in Downtown Des Moines

Discover the vibrant live music scene in Downtown DSM! Enjoy both local acts and chart-topping artists at a variety of venues, or attend a music festival Downtown. Enjoy all types of concerts in Downtown Des Moines:

Downtown Des Moines Bike Trails & Outdoor Recreation

Despite being an urban hub, Downtown Des Moines is full of parks, trails and various outdoor recreation opportunities. Many Des Moines bike trails and walking paths are connected to the Downtown area. Find something to enjoy outside:

Downtown Shopping

Shopping in Downtown Des Moines is unlike shopping anywhere else in town. You’ll find locally-owned clothing boutiques, gift shops, furniture stores and more. Shop Downtown and support local business owners:

  • Browse screen-printed shirts at RAYGUN
  • Buy cute and quirky gifts from Domestica
  • Shop for antiques and vintage finds at Reclaimed


In Downtown Des Moines, you can support local Des Moines sports teams, enjoy state-wide high school competitions and attend national NCAA events:

Downtown Festivals & Markets

Greater Des Moines (DSM) is the recipient of an international award for festivals and events, so it’s no surprise that you can find exciting arts, culture, food and music festivals and events to attend year-round in Downtown Des Moines:

Downtown Des Moines Restaurants & Nightlife

Downtown Des Moines has some of the best restaurants, bars and breweries in the area. No matter what you like to eat and drink, you’ll find it Downtown:

The Heart of Des Moines is Downtown

With all the attractions and activities in Downtown DSM, it's no surprise this city gets ranked as one of the best places to live and work. It has earned the titles of World Festival and Events City by the International Festivals and Events Association, the #1 Minor League Sports Market by the Sports Business Journal and #4 Best Place to Live in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. For more titles earned by DSM USA, visit The Partnership's rankings page.

From the Historic East Village to Western Gateway, finding fun in Downtown DSM is easy! Visit the Downtown DSM calendar of events for more ideas of things to do here in the heart of the city.