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St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness® & More in Downtown Des Moines This Week

Five Things to Do

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is the place to be this week for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, bracket-busting basketball action and so much more. You won’t want to miss these five epic events coming to Downtown DSM this week only:

Hoops & Hops

Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18 | Cowles Commons
Come one, come all to Downtown DSM to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities and take in the action of bracket-busting basketball. This free event will continue, rain or shine, including big screen TVs to watch basketball matchups inside a heated tent, local food trucks, courts for pickup basketball, music from local musicians and drinks onsite from the Iowa Craft Beer Tent and the Iowa Spirits Bar.

NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball – 1st and 2nd Rounds

Thursday, March 16 & Saturday, March 18 | Wells Fargo Arena
All roads lead to Downtown Des Moines, and that includes the road to the Final Four® this March! Drake University hosts the first and second rounds of the NCAA® March Madness® tournament. Although general public access is sold out, tickets can still be purchased through NCAA’s Ticket Exchange®. Check in for more information about Open Practice Day, the Fan Fest, watch locations around DSM and more coming soon!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Friday, March 17 | Western Gateway
The beloved celebration of St. Patty’s Day in Downtown DSM is back! Starting at Noon, this free parade will wind its way around Downtown DSM, including 15th Street heading north, then Grand Avenue going east from 15th to 8th Street including nearby the Sculpture Park and Central Library. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on — and wear your best green getup!

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

Sunday, March 19 | Hoyt Sherman Place
Experience the music of Pink Floyd like you’ve never experienced it before! Paramount’s Laser Spectacular combines a multimedia laser and light show with the original recordings of Pink Floyd for a dynamic, exciting and mind-expanding journey you just have to see for yourself. All ages are welcome.

Harlem Globetrotters

Tuesday, March 21 | Wells Fargo Arena
The Globetrotters will take on the Washington Generals, showing off their basketball talents and incredible athleticism at this fun-for-the-whole-family event in Downtown DSM this week. Get ready to ooh, aah and laugh out loud!

Get your green on! Check out these additional things to do surrounding St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown DSM.

And don’t miss these ideas for Spring Break in Downtown DSM, as well.

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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