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One Epic Summer


Summer is here and you won’t want to miss what’s happening in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Get out there and explore more, experience more and enjoy more, and make it one epic summer.

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Epic Guides for an Epic Summer

From fun ways to beat the heat to a download on where to catch the best views or find public art, we’ve got you covered. Hungry or thirsty? Check out prime patio spots, unique speakeasies and the best places to get cool treats.

Plan your epic summer with our Downtown Guides.

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Nearly every summer weekend (and on many of the weekdays in between), you can find something extra exciting to do in Downtown DSM. Summer highlights include CelebrAsian, Capital City Pride, Des Moines Arts Festival, Yankee Doodle Pops, the Dew Tour and of course, the weekly Downtown Farmers’ Market.

Check out upcoming events on the Downtown DSM USA calendar.

Summertime is Outside Time

Downtown DSM is connected to the 800 miles of biking, walking and running trails that wind through the Greater Des Moines (DSM) region. Gray’s Lake and Water Works Park offer plenty of water recreation options. Plus, with plenty of parks to explore, adventure always abounds in Downtown DSM.

Plan your epic outdoor adventure.

One Epic Place to Work, Too

Downtown is the place for exploring and fun experiences and it’s also an epic place to work. From major regional employers to locally-owned small businesses, the working scene in Downtown DSM isn’t to be missed. Working Downtown in the summer means fun weekday events like Out to Lunch, great places to have meetings that aren’t the office and unique ways to squeeze in “recess.”

The One Epic Summer is a campaign produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership in partnership with the City of Des Moines that encourages residents, Downtown workers and visitors to explore more, experience more and enjoy more in Downtown Des Moines.

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