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Downtown DSM is Bursting with Things to Do! Here’s 5 Things Happening This Week

Five Things to Do

This week is bursting with fun things to do in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Big-name concerts, live jazz music, a dance company with a deep message, local art — even arcade games! Make your plans today. Here’s a look at five can’t-miss things happening this week only:

First Friday: Made at Mainframe

Friday, Nov. 3 | Mainframe Studios
Come in and celebrate creativity, community and craftsmanship! You’ll find art exhibitions, pieces by local artists (hello, holiday gifts!) and workshops where you can learn new skills and unleash your own creativity. Admission is free.

First Fridays at Mainframe

Shania Twain: Queen of Me Tour

Friday, Nov. 3 | Wells Fargo Arena
Let’s go, girls! Grab your besties and get ready for an amazing night at the Well in Downtown DSM! Be sure to snag your tickets ASAP so you don’t miss your chance to sing, dance and see Shania perform live in-person.

Family Hours at Up-Down

Sunday, Nov. 5 | Up-Down
Do your kiddos love arcade games? Do your kiddos love pizza? This Sunday, Up-Down is opening its doors for all ages between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pizza will be available for purchase by-the-slice, and kid-friendly drinks, too! Games are just 25 cents (or one token) to play. Friendly reminder: All minors must be accompanied by an adult, age 21 or older.

Up-Down Arcade Games 


Wednesday, Nov. 8 | Des Moines Performing Arts
This LA-based activist dance theater brings together art and social change, combining dance influences including Salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop and contemporary dance to create a compelling and dynamic multi-modal experience. The company is unique in that it “intentionally engages diverse audiences, cultivates dancer leaders and centers stories not traditionally heard on the concert stage.” The company’s make-up ranges from dancers and artists to immigrants, educators, activists and other varied backgrounds.

Jazz on the House: NOLA Jazz Combo

Thursday, Nov. 9 | Noce
Each Thursday night, you can take advantage of Noce’s all-night happy hour! Doors open at 6 p.m. and music kicks off at 7 and continues until 10 p.m. The best part? There is no cover! This week’s musical performance includes the NOLA Jazz Combo — bringing its New Orleans jazz and blues sound to the stage all night long.

NOLA Jazz Band 

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

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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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.