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Over 1 Million People Attend Events in Downtown DSM USA in 2017

Over 1 Million People Attend Events in Downtown DSM USA in 2017

January 17, 2018

DOWNTOWN DES MOINES, IA (Jan. 17, 2018) – A record-breaking 1 million people attended events in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) affiliated with the Greater Des Moines Partnership in 2017.

Downtown DSM is home to internationally award-winning events including the Des Moines Arts Festival® and Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. The Downtown Farmers’ Market saw 650,000 patrons descend on the Historic Court District over 26 Saturdays between May and October to support the nearly 300 family farmers, bakers, artists and crafters from around Iowa.

In total, 1,053,100 people experienced Downtown DSM’s world class amenities firsthand through events organized in partnership with or produced by The Partnership. Over 1,450 volunteers helped bring those events to life.

“The number of people attending events in Downtown DSM underscores the momentum of the entire region,” said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “The vibrancy of Downtown DSM has led to more people living, working and visiting and has been a major contributing factor in our region’s status as the fastest-growing metro in the Midwest according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers.”

According to police estimates, event attendance from Jan 1. to Dec. 31, 2017 breaks down as follows: 

650,000 — Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

235,000 — Des Moines Arts Festival®

90,000 — World Food & Music Festival

33,300 — Brenton Skating Plaza

20,000 — Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

14,000 — Events Under The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza

5,300 — Out to Lunch

5,000 — GuideOne ImaginEve!

500 — Wonder of Words Festival

The 2017 Downtown attendance number is 15,000 more than 2016. To view events lined up for 2018, click here.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 330 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.