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Explore More This Week: 5 Can’t Miss Things in Downtown DSM

Five Things to Do

Here’s your perfect chance to get out and explore more, with these five can’t-miss events taking place over the upcoming week in Downtown Des Moines (DSM):

Middle of the Map Tattoo Convention

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14 | Iowa Events Center
Live music, live painters, live tattooing and lots more! More than 200 top tattoo artists from around the U.S. will be on-site to show off their talents, plus competitions, vendors and family-friendly entertainment.


Tattoo Convention 

NesEmil Yum-Yum Food Truck

Saturday, April 13 | Peace Tree
Come on over and grab a bite to eat along with an ice-cold pint at Peace Tree! The multicultural gourmet food truck, NesEmil Yum-Yum, will be serving up their delicious Iowa Cheese Steak, tacos, kabobs and other global fare at the taproom in the Historic East Village of Downtown DSM.

NesEmil Yum-Yum

Hey! We think you might also be interested in the upcoming Des Moines Latino Film Festival at the Fleur Cinema & Cafe, taking place Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19 just outside of Downtown DSM.

Des Moines Symphony: Discover Symphonic Dance

Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14 | Des Moines Civic Center
An experience unlike anything else! The BRKFST Dance Company will join the Symphony to perform their original choreography to Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, combining breakdancing with contemporary dance. The Symphony, under Maestro Joseph Guinta, will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Ravel’s Mother Goose and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet.

Symphonic Dance

Eat, Drink, Architecture

Sunday, April 14 | Various Downtown DSM Venues
New this year, the Iowa Architectural Foundation event will feature a shotgun start: Attendees can choose between four starting locations including the Iowa Taproom, Royal Mile, Hessen Haus and El Bait Shop. Participants will enjoy a walking tour of several Downtown DSM neighborhoods, including architectural commentary from a docent, plus food and drink samples at several stops along the route.

Architectural Tour 

Live Music with MFKS Featuring Patricia Holly

Thursday, April 18 | In Confidence
Pop into Downtown DSM’s hidden speakeasy for live music by MFKS featuring Patricia Holly from 8 to 11 p.m. Come early for Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. And don’t miss the venue’s standing Thursday special: buy one cocktail, get the 2nd cocktail half off. Cheers!

In Confidence 

Looking for more to explore? Here’s a list of five totally free things to do in Downtown Des Moines during April.

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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