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Things To Do in Downtown Des Moines

The Heart of Des Moines is Downtown

Looking for fun, one-of-a-kind adventures and experiences? You’ve come to the right place. Things to do in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) are plentiful! Whether you’re looking for memorable food experiences, activities and events of all kinds, sporting events, a night out or an outdoor adventure, you can find it in Downtown DSM. 

From the Historic East Village to Western Gateway, fun can be found in every Downtown DSM neighborhood and the calendar is always full of options! ! Visit the Downtown DSM calendar of events to find out what's coming up and happening in the heart of the city. 

Downtown Des Moines Activities

Whether you're living in Des Moines, working here or visiting, there's fun for everyone in Downtown DSM! From festivals and attractions, to restaurants, arts, music and outdoor recreation, to sports, shopping and more, there is a diverse array of activities for all in Downtown DSM!

Attractions in Downtown Des Moines

Downtown Des Moines is a hub for attractions and entertainment in DSM. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Downtown Des Moines, consider stops at mainstays like: 

And this is just the beginning – dive into all the attractions Downtown DSM has to offer.

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 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 Des Moines Shopping

Shop local in Downtown DSM and support small businesses! Find local gifts, gorgeous home decor, one-of-a-kind clothing, antique and vintage treasures and so much more. Check out a few highlights below and browse this complete Downtown DSM shopping guide

  • Browse screen-printed shirts at RAYGUN
  • Buy cute and quirky gifts from Domestica
  • Shop for antiques and vintage finds at Reclaimed
  • Bring the sunshine inside with plants from Art Terrarium
  • Treat yourself with some self-care beauty products from Eden

Downtown Des Moines Sports

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

Downtown Des Moines Festivals & Markets

A recipient of an international award for festivals and events, DSM is home to exciting arts, culture, food and music. Festivals and markets are continuing to pivot and offer safe, socially distanced programming and virtual opportunities. 

Downtown Des Moines Restaurants & Nightlife

Downtown Des Moines offers some of the best restaurants, bars and breweries in the area. Now, find carryout options, curbside pickup, delivery and more so you can enjoy your favorite menu items safely.