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Dance The Night Away In Western Gateway Park During The Downtown DSM Silent Disco

October 3, 2022

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Sept. 30, 2022) – Grab your friends, family and coworkers and head down to the streets of Western Gateway Park for the Downtown DSM Silent Disco on Friday, Oct. 14 from 7 – 11 p.m. The lawn  of Western Gateway Park will transform for one night of dancing and fun disco lighting under the glow of the Downtown Des Moines (DSM) city skyline. 

“We hope that Silent Disco attendees have a great time dancing the night away in Downtown DSM,” said Jerrica Marshall, Downtown Placemaking Manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “This fun pop-up event activation is a perfect way for residents and visitors of all ages to make memories that will last a lifetime. We also hope it gives them a chance to explore Downtown by grabbing dinner from one of our local restaurants before they join in on the fun.”   

The Silent Disco is an all-ages dance party that allows attendees to listen and dance to live music on their own terms. Instead of playing music through a traditional speaker system, several live songs will be played through the participants’ headphones. Each set of headphones is equipped with a dial that allows them to swipe through a set of three music stations. Each station is connected to one of the three live DJs' turntables. Participants can move seamlessly through the stations throughout the night, creating their own unique playlist of songs. The Silent Disco is also a great option for those with sensory and hearing sensitivities, as each participant also has another dial that allows them to control their own volume as they dance. 

Attendees can rent Silent Disco headphones throughout the duration of the event, free of charge, by exchanging a photo ID. Families can exchange one form of ID for multiple headphones. All programming activities and participation at the event are free thanks to the event sponsors MidAmerican Energy Company and Prairie Meadows. 

“We are excited to help bring the Downtown DSM Silent Disco back this year,” said Kathryn Kunert, Vice President, Economic Connections and Integration at MidAmerican Energy Company. “Downtown events like this are a perfect way to continue to bring a surprise-and-delight element to our community and give residents and guests another chance to enjoy our city and also support local businesses and restaurants.” 

“Prairie Meadows has made it a priority to support local arts and culture events that help enhance the vibrancy of core portions of our region, including Downtown DSM,” said Julie Stewart, Vice President of Community Relations at Prairie Meadows. “The Downtown DSM Silent Disco event is a perfect opportunity to bring our community together and help cultivate activity Downtown as it transforms into a colorful event backdrop, while also highlighting the many amenities that are already present.” 

Learn more about Downtown DSM Silent Disco event by visiting The Partnership’s website.  

About Downtown, DSM, Inc. 

Downtown DSM, Inc. is part of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is dedicated to ensuring the continued growth of Downtown Des Moines (DSM). A strong region needs a strong Downtown. Downtown DSM, Inc. leads efforts to drive development, placemaking and events in Downtown DSM. It promotes a strong Downtown through integration of retail, restaurants, businesses, housing, events and placemaking.  

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 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 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.