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These 5 Upcoming Events in Downtown Des Moines Are Fun-Fun-Fun

Five Things to Do

September 1, 2023

Labor Day weekend is nearly upon us, but there’s no need to feel the summertime blues. These Downtown Des Moines (DSM) events and things to do over the next week will give you ample opportunities to have more summertime fun-fun-fun. Take a look:

Patio Fest

Friday, Sept. 1 – Monday, Sept. 4 | Confluence Brewing Co.
Get into the four-day-weekend-spirit! Tons of musicians will perform with a massive beer garden on-hand to keep your thirst quenched throughout the day and food trucks, too! Did we mention there’s no need for tickets and no cover charge? What are you waiting for!


Des Moines Symphony

Saturday, Sept. 2 – Sunday, Sept. 3 | Water Works Park
You’ll have the time of your life on Saturday as the Symphony — along with a full rock band — performs ABBA’s best hits like “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia!,” “S.O.S.” and “Take a Chance on Me.” Then come back Sunday for a new lineup themed around Heroes and Legends. The Symphony will take you to the faraway magical worlds of “Zelda,” “Spiderman,” “Indiana Jones, “James Bond” and more as they perform beloved movie tunes from the silver screen.

What Color Do You Bleed?

Tuesday, Sept. 5 | NEW! Downtown Donor Center: 580 SW 9th St., Ste. 112, Des Moines
Join LifeServe Blood Center and KXNO for a special event taking place in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Don your Iowa college pride team gear and sign up to have save local lives! All registered blood donors will receive a tabletop bag toss game and will be entered to win a full-sized bags’ set. You can sign up for a donation timeslot here.

Blood Drive

Caliente! Free Dance Lessons

Thursday, Sept. 7 | Nightingale Cocktail
Learn salsa, bachata and reggaeton with free lessons provided by Des Moines Ballroom instructors! Bring a partner with you or spice up your Thursday night by hitting the dance floor solo to find a matchup. Basic lessons begin at 8 p.m.

Taj Mahal & Los Lobos

Thursday, Sept. 7 | Hoyt Sherman Place
Legendary blues musician, Taj Mahal — nicknamed “The Maestro,” will curb your summertime blues with his unique sound, incorporating a fuse of blues, rock, R&B, pop and jazz. Additionally, Los Lobos brings together a cultural melting pot of sounds and styles like son jarocho, norteño, Tejano, folk, country and several other genres. North Mississippi Allstars will round out the night as special guests, leaving you feeling the vibe all night long.

Taj Mahal Poster

Looking for even more Downtown events and happenings? Here’s a look at 5 free things to do in Downtown Des Moines during September!

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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