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5 Unique, Can’t-Miss Events Coming to Downtown Des Moines This Week

Five Things to Do

September 29, 2023

October is nearly here, and with it brings unique events and fall favorites like the best seasonal eats at the Downtown Farmers’ Market, live Broadway shows and newer-to-the-scene festivals. Take a look at these five can’t-miss events in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) taking place this week:

Lauren Daigle

Friday, Sept. 29 | Wells Fargo Arena
For one night only, Lauren Daigle and special guest Brandon Lake will take to the stage in Downtown Des Moines this week. Daigle has earned bragging rights as a two-time Grammy, seven-time Billboard Music Award, four-time American Music Award and 10-time GMA Dove Music Award winner. Be sure to stop into a Downtown DSM restaurant for a bite to eat before the show!

Movie Musicals Cabaret

Saturday, Sept. 30 | Pura Cocktail Bar & Lounge
Enjoy a tasty meal, along with drinks and dessert, as you listen to iconic songs from classic movie soundtracks. A dozen local vocalists will provide the entertainment, including a full “Greatest Showman” tribute. Grab your date or a group of friends and settle in for an unforgettable evening!


Tuesday, Oct. 3 – Sunday, Oct. 8 | Des Moines Civic Center
You’ve seen Tim Burton’s hilarious and well-loved film, and this Broadway show follows the tale. Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager, experiences a life-changing encounter when she meets a recently dead couple, as well as a demon with a thing for stripes. Variety calls this show, “screamingly good fun!

Des Comédie Festival

Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Saturday, Oct. 7 | TeeHee’s Comedy Club
One of the newest and coolest festivals is about to return to Downtown Des Moines, in celebration of all things stand-up comedy. With headliners including Kristen Toomey and Sam Tallent, plus comedy showcases each night throughout the festival and a few opportunities for free shows, the laughs will be flowing (and the tears, too!).

Des Comédie Festival

Photo Credit: Danny Carman (Danny Does Pix)


New Hours at the Downtown Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, Oct. 7 – 28 | Historic Court District
The start of October means a new starting time for the beloved Downtown Farmers’ Market! This month, the opening bell at The Market will ring at 8 a.m. with all the things you love continuing each Saturday morning until Noon. Shop farm fresh produce, meat, cheese, eggs, ready-to-eat breakfast and lunch, clothing, jewelry, art and lots more! Be sure to plan your visit in advance by browsing the vendors on-deck for the week. And fall food and décor will be on full display, so don’t miss out!


Downtown Farmers' Market

Looking for even more Downtown events and happenings? Here’s a look at 5 free things to do in Downtown Des Moines during October!

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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