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Coming to Downtown DSM Sept. 16-22: Five Epic Events

Epic Events

September 15, 2022

Don’t miss out on these once-a-year events coming to Downtown Des Moines (DSM) this week, including a cultural food and music festival, women’s half marathon, streetstyle skating and more! Come experience these events before they’re gone. It’s gonna be epic!

  1. World Food & Music Festival
    Friday, Sept. 16 – Sunday, Sept. 18 | Western Gateway Park
    This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, explore the World Food & Music Festival in Downtown Des Moines! Enjoy dozens of food vendors representing 27 countries, plus $1 samples, live music, cultural entertainment, cooking demonstrations, beer, wine, craft cocktails and more! Admission is free. It’s three days of delicious eats, incredible tunes and global sights.
  2. John Denver Tribute Concert Starring Jim Curry
    Friday, Sept. 16 | Des Moines Heritage Center
    The country’s top performer of John Denver music will grace DSM with his presence for one night only. You’ll hear favorite songs such as “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders” and more. Tickets will benefit the Des Moines Heritage Trust’s mission to promote historic preservation in DSM.
  3. Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza
    Saturday, Sept. 17 | Des Moines Civic Center
    Cue the excitement from DSM kiddos! Come see Disney Junior favorite characters including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins, Alice, Puppy Dog Pals and Spidey, too! Costumes are encouraged for all.
  4. Greater Des Moines Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
    Sunday, Sept. 18 | 4th & Court Avenue
    Make it an ultimate girls’ weekend and cheer on your favorite runner at this event as part of the Hy-Vee Women’s Running Series. Female runners and walkers will take on either a half marathon or 5k, and the Hy-Vee KidsFit One Mile Fun Run is open to children ages five to 15. The energy will be contagious as you root for the athletes with Downtown DSM as a beautiful backdrop.
  5. Des Moines Streetstyle Open
    Thursday, Sept. 22 – Saturday, Sept. 24 | Lauridsen Skatepark & Other Locations
    Watch the action as skaters from around the world take on this streetstyle competition in Downtown DSM. Food trucks and beverages will be available on-site, plus after parties are planned each night of the Open. You won’t want to miss this fun event!

For even more upcoming Downtown Des Moines (DSM) 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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DSM USA is the regional identifier for Greater Des Moines (DSM). DSM USA is a bold statement to the world: This is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. This regional identifier is the result of significant quantitative and qualitative research. The Partnership will champion the DSM USA message, and encourages its Investors, its more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and DSM USA Ambassadors to help share the region's story with One Voice.