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Five Things Not to Miss This Week in Downtown DSM: July 29 - Aug. 4

Can't Miss Things to Do in Downtown DSM

It’s time for one epic summer in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)! Here’s your go-to list of five can’t-miss things to experience from Friday, July 29 through Thursday, Aug. 4 in Downtown DSM. Find more Downtown Guides with ideas for exploring more, experiencing more and enjoying more in the city.

1. Dew Tour

Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 | Lauridsen Skatepark
This big action event brings together the world’s best skateboarders, brands and fans for the second time in Downtown DSM! General admission is free, and you won’t want to miss the first-class competition and excitement!

2. Smoke Out Hunger

Sunday, July 31 | Cowles Commons
Benefiting the Food Bank of Iowa, this annual Downtown DSM family-friendly food event features all-you-can-eat BBQ from some of DSM’s best chefs. Food vendors include Uncle Wendell’s BBQ, Rolling Smoke, Jethro’s, Gateway Market, Warehouse BBQ, Casey’s and more!

3. Iowa Cubs vs. Toledo

Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 7 | Principal Park
Take me out to the ballgame! This week, DSM’s home team is taking on the Toledo Mud Hens. And why not snag a photo with Cubbie Bear with the Downtown DSM skyline as a backdrop while you’re at the ballpark?

4. My Fair Lady

Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 7 | Des Moines Civic Center
From Lincoln Center Theater, My Fair Lady is part of the Des Moines Civic Center’s Willis Broadway Series and features classics, “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and several other favorite tunes.

5. Ballet Des Moines Gravity on Tour Finale

Wednesday, Aug. 3 | Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park
Come experience Ballet Des Moines dancers in the unique outdoor space at Water Works Park, with hands-on STEM activities provided by several partners and free seating on the lawn for the performance.

For even more upcoming Downtown DSM events, visit the Downtown Des Moines events calendar and follow @downtownDSMUSA on Instagram for more epic, things-you-just-can’t-miss happening this summer.

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