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Gather ‘Round Downtown For These 5 Can’t-Miss Events

Five Things to Do

Gather ‘round Downtown Des Moines (DSM) and check out these five can’t-miss events and happenings coming up over the next week. You won’t want to miss this!

Impulse Interactive Seesaw Exhibit

Now through Sunday, May 19 | Cowles Commons
There are only a few days left to enjoy this limited time pop up in Downtown Des Moines! If you haven’t heard, this free and super cool installation draws both kids and grownups to play and enjoy the 15 varied seesaws, making for an interactive experience of both lights and sounds.

Impusle Activation

The Peking Acrobats

Saturday, May 18 | Des Moines Civic Center
Prepare to be awed by these highly impressive Chinese acrobats! Their technical skills in arts like trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics leaves audiences fully amazed. Defying gravity with their amazing skillsets, the Peking Acrobats are often accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments.

The Peking Acrobats 

SingleSpeed Brewing Beer Mile

Saturday, May 18 | SingleSpeed – Des Moines Taproom
The inaugural SingleSpeed Brewing Beer Mile is coming to Downtown Des Moines! Dubbed as “a test of fortitude,” the race includes four 12-oz beers, each followed by a 400-meter dash. Costumes are highly encouraged, with prizes awarded to the best of the best!

SingleSpeed Brewing Beer Mile

Summer Music Series at Gray’s Station

Wednesday, May 22 | Gray’s Station
Get in on the very first Gray’s Station free concert of the summer season! Groove to live music from the Avery Grouws Band and enjoy hot and yummy eats from Lachele’s Find Foods food truck, plus browse a number of local vendors on-hand for the event as well. Pro Tip: Be sure to BYO lawn chair or blanket to sit on!

 Summer Music Series

Hey! We think you might also be interested in the Jasper Winery Summer Concert Series taking place every Thursday, now through Aug. 1, just outside of Downtown Des Moines.

Discover Diverse Des Moines: Festival of Festivals

Thursday, May 23 | Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
dsm Magazine’s newest event brings together a fun sampling of DSM festivals! You’re invited to taste new flavors, mingle, dance and even learn a few words in a new language. Live music and interactive stations with cultural activities will keep you engaged and entertained! Several Downtown Des Moines festivals are included, such as PrideFest, Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival, 80/35 Music Festival, Christkindlmarket and many more.

Festival dsm Magazine

Also, here’s a list of five totally free things to do in Downtown Des Moines during May if you’re looking for even more to explore.

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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