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Greater Des Moines Partnership Announces The Return Of Out To Lunch Series

April 26, 2023

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (April 26, 2023) – Starting Wednesday, May 17, visitors, residents and employees alike will have another chance to step out of the office and into the streets of Downtown Des Moines (DSM) for the Out to Lunch series. Attendees can soak up some sun and enjoy lunch from local food trucks and music by local artists.  

Out to Lunch is a series of mid-day summer events that pop up in various Downtown DSM locations. The series was designed to create a unique and fun opportunity for Downtown DSM employees and residents to socialize with others in vibrant, outdoor Downtown DSM settings with food and live music. Out to Lunch is scheduled for seven Wednesdays from mid-May – late June.  

“Our Downtown business community has responded with an eagerness to once again host Out to Lunch this year,” said Molly Atkins, Events Specialist The Partnership. “The Partnership is thrilled to create more opportunities for visitors, residents and employees to connect while enjoying live music and lunch from local food trucks throughout the summer.” 

The event series will kick off at the Principal Financial Group® campus on High Street from Seventh to Ninth Street and will feature multiple local food vendors along with live music from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. All Out to Lunch events are free to attend and open to the public. 

The 2023 Out to Lunch location schedule is as follows: 

  • May 17: Principal, High Street from Seventh – Ninth 
  • May 24: City of Des Moines, 401 Robert D. Ray Road 
  • May 31: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 12th Street from Grand to Locust 
  • June 7: Federal Home Loan Bank, FHLB parking lot – 909 Locust Street
  • June 14: Tippie College of Business | University of Iowa 12th Street from Grand to Locust 
  • June 21: Knapp Properties & The Weitz Company parking lot – off Fourth Street between Park Street and Watson Powell Jr. Way 
  • June 28: Nationwide, 12th Street from Grand to Locust 

“We are excited to be a sponsor for the Out to Lunch season and to welcome people to our campus in Downtown DSM for the first event on May 17,” said Jo Christine Miles, Director, Principal Foundation and Community Relations. “We encourage folks in Downtown DSM to attend the entire Out to Lunch season to support Downtown DSM, enjoy local food trucks and live music.” 

“Out to Lunch is a great opportunity to connect with coworkers, support local and attract mid-day visitors and others to Downtown Des Moines,” said Kathryn Kunert, Vice President, Economic Connections and Integration, at MidAmerican Energy Company. “We look forward to seeing this series add a vibrant experience to Downtown each week.” 

For more information on food vendors and entertainers, visit downtownDSMUSA.com/outtolunch

Out to Lunch is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and sponsored by: series sponsors MidAmerican Energy Company, Principal, Bravo and DART and host site sponsors City of Des Moines, Wellmark, Federal Home Loan Bank, Tippie College of Business | University of Iowa, The Weitz Company, Knapp Properties and Nationwide. 

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 400 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

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.