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5 Big Things Coming to Downtown DSM This Week

Five Things to Do

Are you ready for another big week of big things happening in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)? Here’s five things coming up over the next week that you just can’t miss:


Friday, May 26 – Saturday, May 27 | Western Gateway Park
Downtown DSM’s Western Gateway Park will be transformed into a vibrant celebration of Asian culture and heritage this weekend. Browse the full festival line-up and a map of all the festivities taking place on-site to plan your visit. You’ll want to explore the various Asian villages, authentic food, cultural exhibits, history, performance arts, sports, martial arts, family-friendly activities and lots (lots! lots!) more. This free festival in Downtown DSM is sure to delight all five of your senses and is one festival you won’t want to pass up!

Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market

Saturday, May 27 | Historic Court District
The highly-anticipated and highly-lauded Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines is back for the seasonevery Saturday morning May through October. Shop all the freshest things from local farmers and producers, plus handcrafted and unique items by artists, makers and other vendors all scattered throughout the Historic Court District in Downtown DSM. The live music and unique entertainment combine to create an unforgettable atmosphere. Fill your tote bag full of fresh produce, meat, cheese, eggs, yummy treats, fresh plants and bouquets of flowers, jewelry, art, décor and tons more! Each week is unique, with surprises in-store on each block.

Baseball with the Iowa Cubs

Tuesday, May 30 – Sunday, June 4 | Principal Park
Get ready for a six-day stretch of root-root-rooting for the home team! The Iowa Cubs will matchup against the Columbus Clippers in Downtown DSM. Each game means special promotions and activities: Friday has been dubbed Pride Night, Saturday will bring Iowa Hawkeye basketball star Catlin Clark to the park for a meet-and-greet and Sunday’s theme is all about the Iowa Caucuses.

Handlebar Happy Hour

Wednesday, May 31 | AJ’s on East Court
As May comes to an end, celebrate Bike Month one more time with a happy hour hosted by BikeIowa. Ride over to the venue with old friends or meet up with some new ones! Bike racks will be on-site, and you’ll find happy hour specials and swag giveaways, too!

Ballet Des Moines’ Summer Tour Kickoff Celebration

Thursday, June 1 | Water Works Park
This year’s summer tour will celebrate women leaders in STEM and across the arts. The celebration will feature iconic classical works as well as powerful contemporary movement paired with inspirational speakers. VIP tickets are available with added perks in partnership with WineFest DSM and the Tangerine Food Company.

P.S. — Find a list of free things to do, events and happenings taking place around Downtown DSM throughout the month of May and during June, too!

For these upcoming events and more, find tips on Downtown Des Moines (DSM) parking and navigation. For additional upcoming events, visit the Downtown DSM events calendar. Plus, follow @downtownDSMUSA on Instagram for more epic, things-you-just-can’t-miss happening around Downtown.

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