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Des Moines Destinations

The "S" in Des Moines may be silent, but our city's local events have lots to say for themselves. As one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the Midwest, Des Moines draws in people from near and far to experience its slew of special events. No matter how long you've lived here, or how new you are to the area, there are endless Des Moines destinations just waiting to be discovered. 

Keep scrolling to dive into Des Moines' event calendar, and in the meantime, you can check out some of the area's most sought-after neighborhoods

Upcoming Events

Downtown Farmers Market Weekly, Until Oct. 29, 2022

The Downtown Farmers Market is the perfect place to stock up on local veggies, eggs, hand-crafted goods, meat, and more! There’s live entertainment and food, too—a great way to begin your Saturdays.

Downtown Des Moines’ (DSM's) Historic Court District

Des Moines BiergartenEvery Thursday - Sunday in September and October

Flavor steins of beer from Munich at this one-of-a-kind popup German-themed beer garden and eatery. Enjoy local and German brews, German-inspired eats like hotdogs and pretzels, live music and yard games. Fun for all-ages!

Des Moines Water Works Park, 2201 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines

Water Lantern FestivalSeptember 3, 2022

Voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA Water Lantern Festival TODAY two years in a row! Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. You must see it to believe it: It's an unforgettable night of peace and unity.

Water Works Park, 2201 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines

The Renaissance Faire at Sleepy HollowVarious dates from September 3 - 18, 2022

Stroll through a picturesque English village filled with quaint buildings, charming landscape features, and more - including 2 castles, 30 merchant shops, 8 stages of entertainment, a joust arena, blacksmith’s forge and pirates’ cove!

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, Inc., 4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines

The World Food & Music FestivalSeptember 16 - 18, 2022

Travel the world in three days with a lineup of nearly 50 food vendors representing 27 countries, and explore cultural foods with demonstrations and taste samples.

Western Gateway Park, 1205 Locust St, Des Moines

Des Moines' 18th Annual OktoberfestSeptember 23 - 24, 2022

Celebrate the season with a huge selection of German and craft beers, delicious German food, live music, bier maiden and stein holding competitions, a Silent Disco, and much more.

Downtown Des Moines, 4th Street, South of Court Ave.

Our Favorite Year-Round Events

Science Center of Iowa/Blank IMAX Dome Theater Year-round

Open all year, the Science Center of Iowa (SCI) allows you to learn about science in an engaging and entertaining way. Catch the interactive exhibits and live science demonstrations while you learn all about scientific phenomena, from astronomy to dry ice.

401 W Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway | Des Moines, IA 50309

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, Inc Year-round

Enjoy fun every season at Sleepy Hollow! With events like the Renaissance Faire and Haunted Scream, Sleepy Hollow has put Iowa on the map for theme parks. In winter, watch it turn from a Halloween Haunted House to a snowy hill ready to sled down! Or, if you aren't a fan of snow, just wait until spring, when you can participate in the only permanent Renaissance Village in Iowa.

4051 Dean Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50317

Des Moines Civic Center Year-round

Spend a night with your loved ones at the theatre! Watch local and touring crews perform a hit musical, or buy a ticket to a stand-up comedian's show when you need a laugh. Des Moines Civic Center is there for you with masterpieces of art, whatever you need, whenever you need them.

221 Walnut Street | Des Moines, IA 50309

Wells Fargo Arena at Iowa Events Center Year-round

If you're tired of watching a game from your couch, head down to the Wells Fargo Arena to catch it live! Whether you're more interested in watching the local high school's wrestling championships or the collegiate basketball team's home competitions, you'll find it at the Arena. Unobstructed sights, no commercials, and seating that might replace your chair as your favorite furniture are only some of the benefits of attending.

730 3rd Street | Des Moines, IA 50309

Tours at Hoyt Sherman Place Year-round

Built in 1923, this theater is part of the Des Moines historic district. Boasting elegant banquet, meeting, and theater areas, Hoyt Sherman Place offers tours, is open for special events, and allows bookings for corporate meeting rooms. Book a day now and experience history in the 21st century.

Historic Sherman Hill, 1501 Woodland Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50309

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Year-round

Feast your eyes on seven acres of vibrant blooming buds, all from 10 distinct gardens. Enjoy an afternoon in the rose garden, or explore the iconic conservatory, home to tropical and desert plants! Stop by the Trellis Café for brunch and then visit the Gardeners Show House to get inspiration for growing your own plants!

909 Robert D. Ray Drive | Des Moines, IA 50309

Some Highlights of Des Moines

Art Appreciation

When you spend the day in Des Moines, make sure to set your sights on some of the city's artistic attractions. Dripping with diversity, the Des Moines arts scene features everything from performing arts stages to sprawling art routes. 


There's no better way to celebrate a city's culture than with a fun-filled festival. Think of Des Moines festivals as networking events—ones where you get to know your neighbors in the midst of good food, music, and most importantly, company! 

Outdoor Adventures

When the weather forecast calls for sunshine in Des Moines, there's no doubt you'll find our residents out and about. With more than 150 miles of water passages, there's always a lake or river to be explored in the area. And if you prefer dry land adventures, there are tons of trails to embark on, too!  

Shopping & Dining

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Or maybe more of a shopaholic? Either way, you'll fit right in throughout Des Moines' shopping and dining districts. Des Moines has enough dining options to devote an entire day to eating (hey, we won't judge you). But if you want to break up your meals, there's a lengthy shopping list of must-visit stores in Des Moines.  

Find Your Fun in Des Moines

Ready to Dive into Des Moines?

If you're thinking of buying a home in or relocating to the Des Moines area, then it's time to contact VIA Group Realtors! We want to help you explore the area, discover its fun and unique communities, and find the perfect home for your personalized needs!