Make Your Des Moines Summer Great

With all the excitement leading up to summer, sometimes we forget to actually make summer plans. Don’t let your summer creep by without adding something adventurous into the mix. Take part in an interesting event or visit a cool festival. Thankfully, Des Moines is a happening city with a lot to offer.

Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday in Summer


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Spend a Saturday morning shopping at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market to add some local flavor to your dishes. The market opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 12 p.m., and you’ll want to get there early so you can visit all nine city blocks in the historic court district that showcase the goods from almost 300 vendors. Colorful produce, Iowa-raised meats, and locally produced wine, as well as ready-to-eat options are just a few of the tasty offerings. Live music and entertainment are different each week, so check the website and get excited for your weekly market experience.

Moonlight Classic Night Bike Ride: July 15


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Looking for something a little different but a lot of fun? Join Des Moines for the Moonlight Classic Night Bike Ride and cruise the downtown streets on your illuminated ride. Creative cycle decorations, costumes, helmet decor, and team getup all win prizes. The event supports Orchard Place, a Iowan nonprofit that provides mental health services to children in need. Children are always a worthy cause, so strap some glow sticks to your bicycle and enjoy some fresh air with life music and refreshments to cap off this feel-good event.

Beaverdale Bluegrass Festival: July 22

Mix up your musical entertainment with a night of bluegrass at Tower Park. Starting at 5 p.m., this concert is free of charge and keeps the music going until 10 p.m. The talented musicians will surely wow you, and the high-energy music might even get you to join in on the dancing. Taking advantage of the park setting, there is no seating provided, so bring your own blankets or chairs to mark your comfy spot on the beautiful green grass. No need to pack a picnic though; there will be several local food trucks servicing the event.

Ingersoll LIVE 2017: Aug. 26

With the theme of “Get Your Glow On,” the celebration in the Ingersoll and Grand district will be a bigger party than ever before. The family friendly street festival features newly added races in the morning and other events from 4 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. Kids will especially love the inflatables, rides, and activities setup for their enjoyment. It’s quite a thrill to get an outdoor festival experience on some of the busiest streets in Des Moines. Come downtown with the whole family, and stroll between the street performers, craft tables, and food vendors to get a taste of the best Des Moines has to offer. Okay Iowans, the summer is here and there are plenty of events in Des Moines to make sure your season is truly fun-filled. Grab a friend, hop in the car, and get ready to make some midwestern summer memories.