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Surprise! 5 Unexpected Events Coming to Downtown Des Moines This Week

Five Things to Do

Surprise! Don’t let these five unexpected events taking place this week in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) catch you off guard. You won’t want to miss the party that’s about to ensue at these fun events happening this week only in Downtown DSM.

Ken’s — a not so TIKI speakeasy

Now – Thursday, August 31 | Ken’s Speakeasy inside the Iowa Taproom
This super-secret speakeasy bar in Downtown Des Moines is getting a summer makeover for a short time with its tiki pop-up menu. Hop on over and grab a tiki cocktail, like the Hurri-Ken, Sailors Ambrosia or Cruel Summer drink!

Tiki Drinks

Comedy Kickback

Saturday, July 29 | TeeHee’s Comedy Club
Lookin’ for something chill? This comedy show is lowkey, but don’t underestimate the level of laughs you’re about to receive. Kickback for a comedic hangout featuring Black Iowa Streams, highlighting some of the funniest black comedians from around the state of Iowa.

Smoke Out Hunger

Sunday, July 30 | Cowles Commons
With proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Iowa, enjoy unlimited BBQ expertly prepared by Central Iowa chefs, along with ice cold craft beer, tasty dessert, fun games and live music. Snag your tickets today!

Keb’ Mo’

Sunday, July 30 | Hoyt Sherman Place
He’s performed all over, from Carnegie Hall to the White House, and has collaborated with greats like Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett. Born and raised in Compton, CA, the five-time GRAMMY-award winning Keb’ Mo’ will bring his genre-bending sound mixing country, soul and blues to the stage in Downtown Des Moines.

Photo Credit: Animal Rescue League

Dog Days of Summer

Tuesday, Aug. 1 | Principal Park
Bring your doggo and get ready to have a ball! The Animal Rescue League and the Iowa Cubs are collaborating to host you and your pooch at Principal Park while the home team takes on the Toledo Mud Hens. Each pup will receive a bandana, the chance to participate in the dog parade on the field and can also visit ARL’s table to get your dog’s very own Frosty Paws!

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.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

DSM USA is the regional identifier for Greater Des Moines (DSM). DSM USA is a bold statement to the world: This is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. This regional identifier is the result of significant quantitative and qualitative research. The Partnership will champion the DSM USA message, and encourages its Investors, its more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and DSM USA Ambassadors to help share the region's story with One Voice.