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These 5 Upcoming Events in Downtown Des Moines Will Leave You Jammin’

Five Things to Do

You’ll be jammin’ this next week in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)! Find global flavors of food, live music and cultural dance and lots more! Take a look at these five can’t-miss events coming soon to Downtown DSM:

Des Moines Young Artists’ Theater Presents: Shrek the Musical

Now – Sunday, Aug. 27 | Stoner Theater
You know the tale of the big green ogre, Shrek — but have you seen it live on the stage, with music, too? Led by a cast of students as part of the Des Moines Young Artists Theatre, you’ll be wowed by the talents these young artists bring to the stage as they bring Shrek, Donkey and Fiona’s story to life!

Shrek the Musical

World Food & Music Festival

Friday, Aug. 25 – Sunday, Aug. 27 | Western Gateway
Pop on down to Downtown Des Moines and “season your eardrums” with a culinary and cultural trip around the world! This free festival will include 55 food vendors representing 26 different countries or culinary regions. A full Main Stage lineup of ethnic music and dance will keep you jammin’ for three days straight! Don’t miss Friday’s performance by Flor de Toloache and Saturday’s headliner, Chicago Afrobeat Project.

World Food & Music Festival Crowd

Go Beyond with SCI – Let’s Get Moving!

Friday, Aug. 25 | Science Center of Iowa
The Science Center of Iowa’s annual gala is here! This top-notch event is a great opportunity to explore the hands-on exhibits and see live demonstrations while enjoying adults-only access including beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Additionally, a silent auction will provide further support for SCI’s mission.

Science Center of Iowa Gala

Des Moines Wedding Show

Sunday, Aug. 27 | Scottish Rite Consistory
Looking for all things wedding? Look no further! You’ll find 80+ vendors scattered throughout three floors, including wedding attire, cake and dessert bakers, catering vendors, DJs and live music options, video and photography experts and lots more! You’ll also have the chance to win fun prizes all day long. Don’t miss this!

Wedding Show

Ice Cream Social

Sunday, Aug. 27 | Des Moines Heritage Center
Come and enjoy yummy ice cream sundaes and reminisce about the beloved Des Moines favorite, Reed’s Ice Cream! Pints by Beth will supply the treats for $5 each, with proceeds benefiting the Des Moines Heritage Trust. All sundaes will include the famed Nutty Fudge Sauce recipe longtime locals remember from Reed’s.

Pints by Beth

Looking for even more Downtown events and happenings? Here’s a look at 5 free things to do in Downtown Des Moines during the month of August.

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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