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Create Lasting Memories at Des Moines Concours d’Elegance: A Celebration of Automotive Artistry and Philanthropy

Concours d'Elegance in Des Moines, Iowa

August 24, 2023

Images provided by ©Brent Isenberger Photography.

The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance event will transform the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Downtown Des Moines on Sunday, Sept. 10 when it showcases vintage and classic motor vehicles. More than an exhibition, this immersive experience highlights automotive history and design with a meticulously curated collection of 12 classes of vehicles. From Antiques to Rivieras, Corvettes to Nash Metropolitans, the event celebrates craftsmanship and ingenuity with events for all ages.

Des Moines Concours d’Elegance in 2023

This year, the Des Moines Concours promises a captivating photo booth featuring a Model T, a thrilling radio-controlled car racetrack and a selection of exciting activities for the entire family. This one-of-a-kind celebration brings classic car enthusiasts together, including Heather Lee, LAZER 103.3 On Air Talent and a respected Guest Judge at the 2022 Des Moines Concours d'Elegance, who will be in attendance this year.

At Concours d'Elegance

Des Moines Concours d’Elegance proceeds will benefit the Children’s Cancer Connection (CCC) this year as well, supporting Iowa families impacted by childhood cancer. Thanks to the generous fundraising and donor efforts, CCC provides educational resources, support outings, camp programs, events and other outreach to more than 760 Iowa families at no cost to them. When you attend Des Moines Concours d’Elegance, you're contributing to a cause that truly matters.

Motorcycles at Concours d'Elegance

A weekend-long event, Des Moines Concours d’Elegance celebrates automotive culture and community. Mark your calendars for September 8 – 10, and get ready for a series of captivating events:

  • Friday, Sept. 8: Kick off the festivities with the 2nd Annual Des Moines Concours Charity Gala at the elegant Stine Barn in West Des Moines. The evening promises quality entertainment from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., offering a fantastic way to start the weekend.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9: Take a nostalgic trip through Iowa’s highways and towns during the 17th Annual Heartland Driving Tour at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Sponsor & Exhibitor Cars & Cocktails Reception with fellow enthusiasts.
  • Sunday, Sept. 10: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the grand finale arrives with the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance at the Pappjohn Sculpture Park. See more than 150 meticulously restored cars, explore a lively midway and take part in activities like the radio-controlled car race track and photo booth.

With the Classic Cars

The 2023 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance offers free admission, but you have the opportunity to make a difference with your donations. For more information, schedule details, and to stay updated with the latest news, visit the official website at desmoinesconcours.com. You can also follow the event's journey on Facebook at facebook.com/desmoinesconcours. Your attendance at the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance isn't just an event — it's an experience that celebrates art, innovation and community while making a meaningful impact on the lives of children and families through the Children's Cancer Connection.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Daryl Metzger

Daryl Metzger serves on the Board of Trustees for the Iowa Automotive Heritage Foundation. Born and raised in the Des Moines area, Daryl attended Urbandale Schools (K-12) and holds a degree in Architecture from Iowa State University.