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International Women’s Day & More: 5 Can’t Miss Things in Downtown DSM This Week

Five Things to Do

Honor women makers and bakers from around Greater Des Moines (DSM) as part of International Women’s Day, sip and savor local beer and unique food selections, experience Indo-European music and more! You won’t want to miss these five events taking place this week in Downtown Des Moines (DSM).

International Women’s Day Market

Friday, March 8 | Big Grove Brewery
Join in this unique celebration of International Women’s Day at Big Grove, where over 14 women-owned businesses will showcase their talents including DSM Craftsmaker Collaborative, Imperfect Inspiration and Creme Bakery, to namedrop just a few. Plus, learn about opportunities to support organizations like Girls On the Run and Barley’s Angels, who will be on-site to share their missions.

International Women's Day Market

Wine, Food & Beer Showcase

Friday, March 8 | Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Get ready to savor the night at the Wine, Food & Beer Showcase, an iconic event since 1985 and a beloved tradition for foodies, wine and beer lovers. With 36 top-notch establishments, it's Des Moines' premier culinary and beverage experience, serving as a signature fundraiser for Des Moines Metro Opera's acclaimed education and community engagement initiatives.

Wine Food Beer Showcase

Spring Break Party

Saturday, March 9 | Peace Tree – Des Moines Branch
No need to travel to the beach! Just head to the Historic East Village in Downtown DSM for spring break. Wear your fave beach attire and enjoy canned beer, tropical cocktails, food trucks, games, a selfie station, spring break dance party playlist and door prizes, too!

 Spring Break at Peace Tree

Des Moines Symphony: Discover Gershwin

Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 10 | Des Moines Civic Center
Experience Michelle Cann's Des Moines debut as she performs George Gershwin's timeless Rhapsody in Blue, marking its centennial in 2024. Grammy-nominated composer Carlos Simon's Amen! sets the stage, while César Franck's Symphony in D Minor provides a stirring finale with its captivating lyricism and profound intensity.

 Pianist Michelle Cann

The High Kings & Gaelic Storm

Thursday, March 14 | Hoyt Sherman Place
After 20 years and more than 2,000 shows, Gaelic Storm continues to draw adoring fans with their unique combination of country, bluegrass, Celtic and rock music. Additionally, The High Kings are among the most distinctive sounds in Irish folk music across the world, captivating with both unique harmonies and melodies. This dual headlining show is sure to fuel your Irish spirit, just a few days prior to St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Folk Show

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

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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