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Downtown DSM Blog

There’s always something new happening in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Read up on the latest vibrant city news and/or take a look at expert opinions on where Downtown DSM is going from here. From op-eds to advice and business articles, guest bloggers post their content below on the blog. For more regional info, check out additional content from the DSM USA blog.

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10 Best Places for Downtown Des Moines Views
8 Secret Speakeasies and Cool Bars in Downtown Des Moines
Best Downtown DSM Patios for Every Occasion
Here Are 5 Fun Ways to Beat the Heat in Downtown DSM
Meet Outside the Office at One of These Downtown DSM Locations
Top 10 Best Places for Office Treats in Downtown Des Moines
Top Places for Workday Play in Downtown Des Moines
Top Places to Get Work Done Outside the Office in Downtown Des Moines
Where to Find Free Public Art in Downtown DSM: Mural Edition
Where to Find Free Public Art in Downtown DSM: Sculpture Edition
Live Music This Week in DSM: June 28 - July 3, 2022
Why I'm Looking Forward to Performing in DSM for Jazz in July
Hidden Des Moines + the Art of Romanticizing a City
Live Music This Week in DSM: June 21 - 26, 2022
Why Out to Lunch is Where to Hear Live Music This Summer
The Des Moines Arts Festival - The Official Start to Summer
How to Watch the World's Best Skateboarders This Summer in Des Moines
Live Music This Week in DSM: June 14 - 19, 2022
Watch the IRONMAN in DSM This Weekend; Pre-Register for 2023
Ways to Celebrate Iowa Juneteenth in 2022
Busing: Easy, Inexpensive + Environmentally Friendly
Your Guide to Buying for Dad at The Market
Bringing World Batman Day to DSM
Pride Fest 2022 to Include Headlining Performances from Matt and Kim + Todrick Hall
Live Music This Week in DSM: June 7 - 12, 2022
Extend National Donut Day to the Downtown Farmers' Market
Kicking Off - or Teeing Off - Summer with the 2022 Principal Charity Classic
Live Music This Week in DSM: May 31 - June 5, 2022
How to Give Back at The Market
How to Navigate the Downtown Farmers' Market in 2022
Live Music This Week in DSM: May 24-29, 2022
14 Downtown Farmers' Market Booths to Visit During Food Allergy Awareness Month
Casey's: Here for Good - and for Red Bull - in Des Moines
Live Music This Week in DSM: May 17-22, 2022
New Nonprofit Booth at The Market: LadyLike
Stop in at These 10 New Restaurants in Downtown DSM
Live Music This Week in DSM: May 10-15, 2022
Celebrating Mother's Day and Mental Health This May
ParkDSM: New Parking System in Des Moines Iowa
How to Make Your Way to the 2022 Downtown Farmers' Market
Live Music This Week in DSM: May 3-8, 2022
Live Music This Week in DSM: April 26 - May 1, 2022
New Vendors at the Downtown Farmers' Market in 2022
Drake Relays: Back on Track in 2022
Live Music This Week in DSM: April 19-24, 2022
Operation Downtown's Dedication Leads to Recognition for Public Space Recycling Program
Why Visiting the LAPS Art Installation is Worth Your Time
Your Downtown DSM Bucket List for Spring 2022
Live Music This Week in DSM: April 13-17, 2022
Iowa Cubs Tickets on Sale Now; Fan Favorites Scheduled
ABC's of the Farmers' Market
Live Music This Week in DSM: April 5-10, 2022
Celebrating National Library Week: 7 Perks of Having a Library Card
Live Music This Week in DSM: March 30 - April 3, 2022
Flowering Crabapples Delight in DSM
Live Music This Week in DSM: March 22-27, 2022
How Can DSM Kids Try Skateboarding Without a Skateboard?
Love This, Read That: DSM Book Festival Edition
Live Music This Weekend in DSM: March 11-13, 2022
We Believe in the Future of Downtown DSM
Your 2022 DSM Book Festival TBR List
Des Moines: A Young, Aspiring City for Young, Aspiring Professionals
Making Magic in Des Moines
What It's Like to Work for Operation Downtown in DSM
ChildServe's 12th Annual Bubble Ball Event is Out of this World!
Celebrate Black History Month with Local DSM Events
Read Books, Win Prizes All Year Long with the DMPL Reading Challenge!
DSM: A Unique City
12 Drinks of Christmas to Try in the Historic East Village
A Piece of Bad Advice
Get to Know Local Vendors at the Winter Farmers' Market
What We Love About Performing in Downtown DSM
Seek Out Ornaments This Month in Downtown DSM
SnowGlobe DSM at Exile Brewery
What You Need to Know About the Winter Market
A Perfect Holiday Stroll Through the Historic East Village
Christkindlmarket Des Moines Returns to Principal Park
Utilize + Support Local Businesses to Keep Downtown DSM Thriving
Where to Buy Local in Downtown DSM
Affiliate Chamber Spotlight: 2021 Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Where to Buy Local in the Historic East Village in Downtown DSM
Terrace Hill Set to Delight Guests for the Holiday Season
Developing Downtown DSM Through Communication
It's Finally Happening - Let's CelebrAsian Together!
Walk More. Connect More. - Why Socially Connected Communities Matter
Top 10 Ways to Spend Fall in Downtown DSM in 2021
Wells Fargo Supports the World Food & Music Festival + Inclusivity in DSM
Here's What's Happening at the 2021 World Food & Music Festival
Introducing the Des Moines Streetstyle Open Presented by Jethro's BBQ
CABCo Turns 25
Follow Five Adventure Stories Through Downtown DSM Neighborhoods
Embrace Hispanic + Latino Iowans at the 2021 Latino Heritage Festival
Taste Hawaiian Grill's Spam Musubi at the 2021 World Food & Music Festival
Support Downtown DSM's Growth Through Events + Shopping Local
Spend Time Getting to Know + Love Downtown DSM
Creating a Rich Downtown DSM Hub by Supporting Our Local Businesses
New at the 2021 World Food & Music Festival: A Daily Dose of Sugar to Showcase 5 Cookie Flavors
Revisiting the Charm of Downtown DSM Post-Pandemic
3 Things You Must Do in Downtown DSM Before Summer Comes to an End
Partnering with Downtown DSM Organizations Leads to a Healthy Community
Nyemaster Goode Clerks Get to Know Downtown DSM
Restaurants + Events Add to Plethora of Things to Do in Downtown DSM
Downtown DSM Stands as a Great Entertainment Destination
Rising to the Challenges to Create Growth in Downtown DSM
Stretching the Love for the Arts
Historic Court District Adds 'Entertainment Zone' to Offer Enhanced Nightlife Experience
Finding PRIDE in Bubba - Southern Comforts in 2021
Jazz in July Returns to Hoyt Sherman Place
2021 30 Days of Pride in DSM
Outdoor Swimming + Splash Opportunities Around DSM
Creating + Growing the Skateboarding Community in DSM
5 Essential DSM Beers to Try This Summer
Waukee's School-to-Work Internship Offers Real-World Work Experience
Trailside Restaurants in Downtown DSM
Gray's Neighborhood Bursting with Living Opportunities
A Thriving Experience Returning to the Office in Downtown DSM
6 Reads to Match Any Summer Mood
New Downtown DSM Art, Attractions and Restaurants to Check Out in 2021
5 Books Keeping Iowans Close to Home This Summer
Join Us at the DSM Book Festival for the Iowa Author Panel on April 17
OneVoice DSM Podcast: The Dico Superfund Site
Local Authors Shine at the 2021 DSM Book Festival - Part 3
Local Authors Shine at the 2021 DSM Book Festival - Part 2
Local Authors Shine at the 2021 DSM Book Festival - Part 1
Take Me Back to the Ballgame
Find Black History Resources + Events in Iowa
Hot Air Balloons Become a Winter Spectacle in Downtown DSM
Partnership Announces 2021 Strategic Priorities at 202ONE Annual Kickoff
Why You Should Move to DSM
Mask Up or Go Virtual to Ring in 2021
Find Breathtaking Nature Views in Downtown DSM
Ingersoll Avenue: 20 #DSMlocal Shop + Dine Safely Ideas
The Famous Silver Skaters at Brenton Skating Plaza
From Art to Action: Dream Cube Calls on DSM to Create a Better Future
Route 515: Plan Your Pickup Progressive Dinner in Downtown DSM
Love Blooms Mural in Downtown DSM
Art is Solving Community Issues: New Light Installation Coming Soon
Some Traditions Can Still Happen in 2020
5 Downtown DSM Date Night Ideas: Social Distancing Style
#DSMlocal Buying Guide
Small Business Holiday One-Stop-Shop Extravaganza
What Vendors Are Saying About the Winter Market - Part Two
Why ISG Talent Chooses DSM as Top Pick
And to Think We Saw It on Mulberry Street
What Vendors Are Saying About the Winter Market
Local NonProfit Celebrates Holiday Tradition with #CDMCurbside
DSM Opportunities Fuel ISG Talent Growth
What to Expect at the 12 Days of Promenade
Greater Des Moines Cares: Stay Safe Pledge Launches with Shared Commitment to Safety and Supporting Local Businesses
How DSM Reigns as a Triple A City
Spotting Bald Eagles Along the Des Moines River
Conversation During Partnership's D.C. Trip Leads to Iowa's First All-Electric, Zero Emissions Bus
DSM Forward: Botanical Gardens
The Partnership's Essential Role in Bringing the World Food Prize to DSM
One More Month to Shop the 2020 Drive-Through Bite-Size Market
Find Peace in DSM: Botanical Garden's New Addition
3 Places to View Free Public Art in Downtown DSM
Acts of Resilience with Ballet Des Moines
DSM Forward: Building for the Future
Celebrate Latino Culture During Hispanic Heritage Month
Virtual, Socially Distanced Events to Highlight World Cultures at 2020 Celebration
Making a Difference Starts Right Here
Coffee Shop Girl Needs a Hat
UNI@DMACC: Preparing Iowa's Future
Chair's Column: Accept Reality, Focus on Creating a Better Normal
Frisian Farms Cheese House Feels "Gouda" About the Drive-Through Bite-Size Market
A Bite of Normalcy with the Downtown Farmers' Market
Spend Tax-Free Weekend at These Shopping Districts in DSM
Chair's Column: Now is the Time to Invest in the Des Moines International Airport
Take the 7-Day DSM Local Challenge
A New Downtown Farmers' Market Experience with Siberian Soap Co.
An Ode to the Des Moines Arts Festival®
Commercial Development Proposals, Planning Ongoing in DSM
Key to the Future Challenge to Reward Cities, Counties for 2020 Census Response Rate
Donate Blood Through LifeServe This Summer
Downtown Farmers' Market Virtual Market Meet-Up: Week 3 in Review
Continued Development Reveals Downtown DSM Isn't Slowing Down
5 Market Fresh Recipes from UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
The History of Redlining + Understanding Its Effect on Our Community
Downtown Farmers' Market Virtual Market Meet-Up: Week 2 in Review
Voice Your Opinion on the DMRA Project
Downtown Farmers' Market Virtual Market Meet-Up: Opening Weekend in Review
Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery Hand Sanitizer Distributed in Downtown DSM
Live Music Continues Through COVID-19 with Local Music Monday
DART Is #DSMstrong Thanks to Local Businesses
Oh, It's Ramadan Again!
How to Celebrate Mother's Day + Support Local Businesses
Celebrating the Real Cinco de Mayo
DSM Zoning Code with Eli Spevak
Experience DSM Arts + Culture in New Ways
Seeing the Importance of The Partnership Through New Eyes During COVID-19
#DSMlocalchallenge: 39 Ways to Support Local Businesses
The Multiplier Effect of DSM's Small Business Community
DSM Local Runs Marathon at Home to Raise Money for Des Moines Disaster Recovery Fund
Stronger Together: DSM Shows Its Heart to Support Essential Workers
Take a Self-Guided Architectural Tour of Downtown DSM
Iowa #9 for Women Owned Businesses
New Skywalk Mural Brings Artistry to Downtown DSM
A RAYGUN Enthusiast Returns to DSM USA
Gray's Station Advances Living, Community + Recreation in Downtown DSM
Free Skate to Those Who Give at Brenton Skating Plaza
Why Grade A Gardens Remains a Downtown Farmers' Market Vendor Through the Winter Market
What I Love About the Winter Farmers' Market in Downtown DSM
Give the Gift of Life This Holiday Season
Explore the 2019 Holiday Promenade
Retail as an Experience: Using Events & Collaborations to Grow Retail in Downtown DSM
10 New Greater Des Moines Restaurants & Breweries You Haven't Heard Of
2019 Downtown Farmers' Market Wraps Up This Saturday
Substrate Games Receives $1.49M Grant to Develop Next Generation of Science Education Tools
Downtown Farmers' Market Fall Fun this October
The 2019 Brides Under the Canopy Event Promises Wedding Fun for Future Brides
A Lesson in Mindfulness from 2019 DSM Book Festival Author Garth Stein
Fabulous Food Finds at the World Food & Music Festival
Ambassadors to Share Global Art & Customs at the 2019 World Food & Music Festival Cultural Discovery Experience
Downtown Farmers' Market: New Arts & Craft Vendors in 2019
Downtown Des Moines Itinerary: A Day on the D-Line
Downtown Farmers Market: Produce Vendors
Area515 Approaches 8 Years in DSM USA
Escape the Office and Unwind at Out to Lunch in DSM
Enjoy the Sunshine, Shop Local at the 2019 Downtown Farmers' Market
NYT Best Selling Authors at DSM Book Festival
DSM Book Festival for Book Clubs
How Well Do You Know Downtown DSM?
Three Fresh Restaurants to Experience in Downtown DSM
Enjoy the Beauty of Downtown DSM at Brenton Skating Plaza
A Valentine's Day Love Story in Des Moines
DSM Book Festival: For the Kids
On the Ice at Brenton Skating Plaza
The Fifth: Why We're Building Downtown DSM's Newest High-Rise
10 Reasons to Experience Downtown DSM This Winter
What's Better Than Wine at the Downtown Winter Farmers' Market?
This Must Try Cheese Has a 200 Year History and Can Be Found at the Winter Market
You Have to Check Out The Red Door Press at the Winter Farmers' Market
Des Moines Downtown Chamber Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
This Farmers' Market Super Food Will Keep You Warm This Fall
This Sweet and Savory Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich is Perfect for Fall
These are the Vendors Selling Fall Produce at the Downtown Farmers' Market
For More Than 30 Years, This Vendor has Been Bringing the Taste of Fall to The Farmers' Market
'Non-Recipe' Recipe: Apple Carrot Slaw
5 Ways to Experience Downtown DSM This Fall
How to Support the Effort to Build a World-Class Skatepark Right Here in Downtown DSM
The 2018 World Food & Music Festival Welcomes New Culture in a Truly Special Way
The Perfect Farmers' Market Caprese Salad Recipe
Iowa Latino Heritage Festival to Showcase High Demand Jobs
The Ultimate BLT Recipe Using Farmers' Market Ingredients
Science Center of Iowa Opening New Permanent Lego Exhibit in Downtown DSM
Harvest Barn Brings the Family Feel to the Downtown Farmers' Market
You've 'Goat' to Check Out Simple Life Farms at The Market
Here are the Free Ways to Visit Downtown DSM
I Love My Daily Commute and the Reason Why Will Probably Surprise You
It's a Sweet Time of Year to Visit the Downtown Farmers' Market
5 Ways to Make the Most of Summer in Downtown DSM
'Non-Recipe' Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Broiled Green Beans
Westrum Produce Marks 25 Years at the Downtown Farmers' Market
5 Must Try Restaurants in Downtown DSM USA
DSM USA Made Me Become a 'Boomeranger'
Where to Find Sweet Corn at The Downtown Farmers' Market
How Des Moines Downtown Chamber Became a 2018 Chamber of the Year Award Finalist
Follow These Clues to Discover Downtown DSM and Win Prizes
4 Things to Do this Fourth of July in Downtown DSM
'Non-Recipe' Recipe: Eggs with Pea Shoots
What Blue Gate Farm Offers at the Downtown Farmers' Market
Krause Gateway Center: Collisions, Community and Culture
How Coworking Space Collaborate DSM Found Its Niche
What Seasonal Produce to Buy at the Downtown Farmers' Market in June
Downtown Farmers' Market 'Huge' for the Wheatgrass Girl
DSM Companies Work Together to Build Vibrant Addition to Downtown
'Non-Recipe' Recipe: Spring Market Pasta
I Could Have Lived Anywhere but I Chose DSM USA
Make the Most of Bike Month in Greater Des Moines (DSM)
Panda Palooza Charity Event Will Make This Wedding One to Remember
5 Things You Should Do at 80/35
Going Gluten Free and Vegan at the Downtown Farmers' Market
The Countdown to Opening Day of the Farmers' Market Begins!
Kitchen Collage Owner Shares How She's Stayed in Business for 20 Years
How Peace Tree Brewing Company Added Flavor to DSM USA
7 Reasons Why DSM USA Beats New York City. Every Time.
The 5 Reasons I Can't Wait for My DSM USA Tour Stop
I Can't See Myself Living in Any Other City
I Moved from LA to DSM USA so I Can Live Life Without Compromise
Why I Moved Back to DSM From California
Find These Farmers' Market Favorites This Valentine's Day
Olympic Sized Project Making a Splash in DSM USA
You'll Find Me at the Winter Olympics Watch Party in Downtown DSM USA
Celebrate the Winter Olympics in Downtown DSM this Weekend
I Can't Wait for the Winter Games in Downtown DSM!
Six Things to Know About the Hilton Des Moines Downtown and Its Construction
I'm All for Parking Changes in Downtown DSM USA
DSM Is One of the Best Places for Cyclists
The Personality of the Winter Market - I Will Miss You!
A Few of My Favorite Things at the Winter Market
Here's How to Take Part in the 2018 Des Moines Corporate Games
One of the Most Endangered Historical Buildings in DSM USA Is Being Saved
DSM USA Is One of the Best Places to Be a Teacher in the Nation
Writing About DSM USA's Food Scene Is a 'Dream Come True'
Partnership Perk: Look Local First
Introducing Downtown DSM USA
TV Show Seeks Out Why DSM USA Has Some of the Best Entrepreneurs in the Country
Top Five Things to Do this Holiday Season in Downtown DSM
Downtown DSM Offers a Space Unlike Any Other Park in the Country
Why DSM USA Is the Best Market for Minor League Sports
How Hoyt Sherman Place Became a Landmark of Downtown DSM
I Used to Run 5 Cafés in NYC but Moved to DSM USA to Create Something Bigger and Better
We're on Course to Build the Nation's Largest Nonprofit Artist Studio Space in Downtown DSM
I Sold my House and Moved to the East Village, Here's Why
Making the Most of the Last Day of the Downtown Farmers' Market
This Downtown DSM Trail Connects Hidden Art Gems
Our New Holiday Tradition: Ice Skating in Downtown DSM USA
I Needed a Good Snack and Found it at The Market
Wind Your Way Through the Region on These Five Local Trails