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About the Festival

World Food & Music Festival is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The event offers international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, wine and craft beers and much more. With the help of its generous sponsors, The Festival is now entering its 16th year in 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, alternative programming has been created to celebrate food, music, heritage and culture. A traditional Festival format will return Sept. 17-19, 2021.


The World Food & Music Festival began in October 2004 in the Historic East Village in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). It featured approximately two dozen vendors and welcomed thousands of guests eager to explore the diverse cuisine. The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines was there from the beginning to support The Festival and provide a solid base from which to grow.

Over the years, The Festival expanded its vendors, programming and entertainment and continued to see more guests enjoying the activities each year. To accommodate the growth, The Festival moved onto the Downtown DSM bridges for several years and in 2017 expanded into its current home in Western Gateway Park. Today, more than 90,000 guests visit The Festival each year to taste, see, hear and experience the many wonders of the World Food & Music Festival. 

Get Involved

Interested in participating? Sign up to volunteer, be a vendor or apply to be a part of the music & entertainment lineup! Visit the Get Involved page for more information.


The World Food & Music Festival's success is due in part to the generosity of its sponsors. For more information, visit the Sponsor page or contact Colleen Murphy, Downtown Events Director.