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Top 5 Things Not to Miss in Downtown DSM This Week (March 1 Edition)

Five Things to Do

Feel the vibe in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) this week — from live electronic dance music to a showtune sing-along and sound healing meditation, there’s a lot experience in Downtown Des Moines! Here are five can’t-miss things coming up during March 1-7:


Friday, March 1 | Platform
Downtown DSM’s house music venue is bringing “European dance music royalty” to its stage this Friday. Darude is the DJ behind the hit dance-electronic platinum single, “Sandstorm,” released in 1999 and continuing in EDM popularity today.

Iowa Deer Classic

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3 | Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center
The Iowa Deer Classic brings together hunting enthusiasts from around the state and Midwest for three days each year. Shop the latest gear, bring your bow for tournament shoot opportunities, attend informational seminars, find activities for kids and youth, and consider entering one of several contests like the antler shed contest, big buck contest and more. Even non-hunters will find the vast display of big bucks a sight to see!

 Iowa Deer Classic

Seed & Source: Your Year of Local Food

Saturday, March 2 | Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
At this free event, you’ll have a chance to connect with local producers, learn where to source local goods, find tips to help you map out your home garden and plan ahead for a year of local eating. Bonus: You’ll also get to sample local foods, as well! This event is provided by Cultivate: Local Food Connections, the Wallace Centers of Iowa, Iowa Food Cooperative and several other partners.

Seed & Source

Hey! We think you might be interested in another local food event happening just outside of Downtown DSM. The Friends of the Forest Avenue Library’s annual Soul Food Festival is taking place on Saturday, March 2 as well. Learn more.

Showtune Sundays with the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus

Sunday, March 3 | Blazing Saddle
The first Sunday of each month, join the fun at the Blazing Saddle as the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus brings your Showtune Sundays! Proceeds benefit DMGMC and support their mission to sing music that matters.

 Showtune Sundays

Sound Healing + Restorative Meditation

Wednesday, March 6 | Des Moines Ballroom Dance Studio
This free, open-to-all, 45-minute class by Above + Beyond Cancer provides therapeutic application of sound frequencies using crystal bowls and other sound-healing instruments. The goal is to facilitate harmony and health through the balance of mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. Attendees can bring a blanket for their own comfort; yoga mats will be provided.

Above + Beyond Cancer Class

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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