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Food Festivals and Farmers' Markets in Downtown Des Moines

DSM Food Festivals

Sip, sample and savor your way through this list of remaining summertime farmers’ markets and foodie festivals. You don’t want to miss these food-centric events coming up in Downtown Des Moines! The countdown is on — here’s your chance to take a bite of these remaining events taking place this summer.

End-of-Summer Events

  1. Smoke Out Hunger
    Sunday, July 31 | Cowles Commons
    This BBQ event features nine food vendors representing among the best-of-the-best barbeque joints around Greater Des Moines, with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Iowa.
  2. Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market
    Saturdays, May – Oct. | Historic Court District
    Every Saturday morning, May through October, the Historic Court District bustles with nearly 300 entrepreneurs selling farm fresh meat, cheese and eggs, local produce, flowers and plants, baked goods, handcrafted art and much more. This staple Des Moines weekly event centered around Iowa food and farmers is a must-do!
  3. Out to Lunch
    Wednesdays through Aug. 3 | Friday, Aug. 5 | Various Locations
    Out to Lunch is a free event that is open to the public, designed with the goal of creating a unique and fun opportunity for Downtown Des Moines (DSM) employees, residents and visitors to socialize with others in a vibrant, outdoor Downtown DSM setting with local food trucks and live music.
  4. Vegan Summer Market
    Sunday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Sept. 18 | Cowles Commons
    VegLife Des Moines hosts this pop-up market in Downtown Des Moines, showcasing local farmers, growers and businesses. Take advantage of this once-a-month market to enjoy delicious vegan food in the heart of Downtown.
  5. Des Moines Restaurant Week
    Aug. 19-28 | Various Locations
    Score yourself limited-time dishes and unmatched deals, with lunches ranging $15-$25 and dinners ranging $40-$80 at some of DSM’s hottest eateries. A robust list of Downtown Des Moines restaurants are participating this year, including Alba, Mash + Marrow, Clyde’s Fine Diner, HoQ, Django and more.
  6. World Food & Music Festival
    Sept. 16-18 | Western Gateway
    You won’t want to miss this beloved food festival in Downtown Des Moines! With vendors representing food flavors from across the globe and taste items priced at just $1, this is a fan favorite food event in Downtown DSM.
  7. Oktoberfest
    Sept. 23-24 | Historic Court District
    Put on your Lederhosen or Dirndl and join the fun at this German-themed food and drink event! At Oktoberfest, you’ll find a bier garden, German foods, live music, silent disco, themed competitions and beer (of course!).
  8. Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival
    Sept. 24-25 | Western Gateway
    Enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds of Latin America! Celebrate culture and heritage, dance and music, food and drink and so much more at this annual Downtown DSM festival.

Explore even more Downtown Des Moines festivals and events and plan your next visit Downtown with these parking and navigation resources.

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