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Enjoy live music, local food vendors and fun activities in the central gathering place of the DSM Book Festival! You can also visit with nonprofits who support literacy and reading in the community, meet vendors from around Iowa or purchase a souvenir at the Official Festival Bookstore and Merchandise booth. It’s also the best place to snap a selfie at one of our award-winning, book-themed displays!

Main Stage

Check out the schedule of musicians and entertainment during the 2023 DSM Book Festival.


Stop by the nonprofit organizations that will be at The Festival to see how their mission supports literacy and learning.

  • AViD 
  • CultureALL  
  • Des Moines Public Library  
  • Everybody Wins! Iowa  
  • Iowa Jewish Historical Society  
  • Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled  
  • Poetry &  
  • Raising Readers in the Heartland  
  • Sisters in Crime - Iowa 
  • Word Weavers Des Moines 


Stop by these vendors and merchants while attending the 2023 DSM Book Festival.

  • A Novel Type  
  • Erika Baty  
  • Glo Rose Books  
  • Ladie Lex Scented Candles  
  • McCabe Artistry  
  • Paper Pie 
  • Papercake Creations  
  • Shay Design Studio 

Souvenirs and DSM Book Festival merchandise will be available for purchase at the event. The following merchandise will be sold onsite: t-shirts, tote bags, book lights, bookmarks, stickers, buttons and more!  

Food Vendors

Local food vendors will be present throughout the day at the DSM Book Festival.

  • Cajun Belle  
  • Fredrich’s Coffee (available in the morning)  
  • Iowa Cookie Co. 
  • Jessen Concessions  


Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale onsite. The full list of beverages will be shared closer to The Festival.