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Attend The DSM Book Festival

Experience the 2020 DSM Book Festival in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)! Meet nationally-acclaimed authors, engage in exciting discussions, discover new flavors and activities, hear local singers/songwriters and celebrate your favorite stories in a vibrant community celebration.

Festival admission is FREE thanks to the 2020 DSM Book Festival sponsors. Fees apply for select premium workshops and VIP experiences. Additional enhanced workshops with limited seating, as well as admission to the Des Moines Storytellers Project, are also available for purchase with a VIP pass.

Event Details

Date & Time

Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Capital Square, Downtown Des Moines (DSM)


View the full schedule for The Festival.

Festival Giveaway

Book Clubs rejoice! We want to make your DSM Book Festival an exciting experience.

Stay tuned for more information.

Little Library Raffle

Enter for a chance to win a Little Library painted by a local artist! Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at The Festival Information Booth. Proceeds will support the DSM Book Festival.

Festival Merchandise

Looking for a souvenir? Festival merchandise will be available for purchase at The Festival.


A selection of nonprofit organizations will be at the DSM Book Festival to share information on how they support literacy and reading. Be sure to stop by their booths!


The Festival will also feature great vendors with products inspired by books, such as book jewelry, keychains, ornaments, recycled book journals, bags, pillows, cards, prints and more! A complete list of vendors is coming soon.