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Things To Do

From entertainment and attractions to nightlife, sports and shopping, Downtown Des Moines (DSM) offers a plethora of opportunities to seize. 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. From boutique shopping in the Historic East Village to the electric nightlife in the Historic Court Avenue District, finding something to do in Downtown DSM is easy. Many locals enjoy spending long summer days playing in the waters of Gray's Lake, nestled near Gray's Landing. Others take advantage of the winter chill to strap on their ice skates for a turn at Downtown DSM’s riverfront ice rink, Brenton Skating Plaza.

Thanks to its many attractions and activities, Downtown Des Moines has received a variety of exciting awards. For example, DSM was recently named the #1 Minor League Sports Market in the country by the Sports Business Journal. The city also earned the title of World Festival and Events City by the International Festivals and Events Association.

Whether you’re with children, friends or family, Downtown DSM has something for everyone. Open your eyes to a city full of opportunity and go find the adventure that’s waiting for you!

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