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Music & Entertainment

Local Entertainment 

In Downtown Des Moines (DSM), you can dance to the beat of your own drums. With a vibrant live music scene supported by a passionate community, you can find everything from underground hip-hop to classical performances of opera legacy. Local artists, regional stars and music legends grace the stages of Downtown DSM to make it one of the most exciting places for music in Greater Des Moines (DSM).

Interested to hear some favorites from local artists? Listen to the #DSMUSA Music Mix Volume IV playlist!

Music festival in Downtown DSM USA

Music Festivals

80/35 Music Festival

80/35 Music Festival is an annual two-day progressive indie and jam music festival. It is the largest Des Moines Music Coalition event, hosting as many as 50 national, regional and local bands.

Little Big Fest

Little Big Fest has utilized several local venues in recent years, with the most recent event held at the Des Moines Social Club. This inclusive event aims to grow the number of women and non-binary artists playing music in Iowa.

Gross Domestic Product

Gross Domestic Product takes place at Vaudeville Mews & 4th Street Theatre in Downtown DSM, with pop-up shows in the Historic East Village. This music festival is an opportunity to see influential Iowa acts each spring.

515 Alive

515 Alive brings thousands of EDM and hip-hop fans to Downtown DSM where they put their hands in the air for some of the biggest acts in the business. 

For more information about other festivals in Downtown DSM that also feature musical artists, visit the Festivals & Markets page.

Concerts & Shows

While festivals such as 80/35 offer music-goers a weekend of back-to-back concerts, there are plenty of other shows around town that keep the music alive year-round. From an outdoor amphitheater with Nitefall on the River to intimate settings at The Basement or a 76-foot-wide proscenium stage with Des Moines Performing Arts, Downtown DSM offers a variety of venues that bring together both national and local speakers, artists and musical acts to one stage.