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Join The Celebration 

The World Food & Music Festival will return to its location in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)'s Western Gateway Park for its 17th year on Sept. 17 – 19, 2021.

Festival App  |  Programming  |  Schedule
Music & Entertainment  |  Food Vendors  |  Drinks

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Dates & Hours

The World Food & Music Festival is located in Western Gateway Park in Downtown DSM. The outdoor, open-air park offers spacious lawns to relax and enjoy the Festival. Guests are welcome to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs.

A variety of seating (tables with chairs and picnic tables) are available throughout the site thanks to the Polk County Board of Supervisors.

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Admission to the World Food & Music Festival is FREE, thanks to our sponsors!

  • Friday, Sept. 17  |  11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 18  |  11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 19  |  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Find directions and parking and learn more about the Festival's policies:

Festival Merchandise

Share the World Food & Music Festival spirit around town by wearing Festival gear! From T-shirts to bags and stickers, there's something for everyone on the Festival online merchandise shop.


People Choice Contest Presented by EZFM

Vote for your favorite food vendor in the World Food & Music Festival People's Choice Contest presented by EZ FM. The winner will be announced Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on the Festival Main Stage.


How to vote: Visit facebook.com/WorldFoodFestival to place your vote for your favorite vendor. After you vote, share the post and your favorite vendor will receive an extra vote! Voting opens on Friday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. and concludes Sunday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Past World Food & Music Festival Highlights


We have an app!

Download and discover vendor menus, stage schedules and more with the World Food & Music Festival Mobile app presented by ATC — American Technology Consulting.

Disclaimer: App only suitable for people who enjoy tasty food & rich cultural experiences in Downtown DSM.

Available in Apple or Google Play Stores.