The city of Des Moines gives you a wide range of reasons to visit. The town has restaurants and various festivals that you will love. If you haven't been to Des Moines, Iowa and don't have an idea what to expect from the city, let us highlight some of the town's most popular destinations and activities that will keep you coming back for more.
If you look around the city, you will notice amazing murals painted by local artists in town. Your photos would look good with the paintings as your background, and you would also promote the raw talent of artists that are slowly making their legacy on the city. When you walk around the city, you will see green dots along the sidewalk, and if you follow these dots, they will lead your public art.
80/30 Music Festival
Every year, almost 30,000 residents and tourists gather in Western Gateway Park to watch bands perform live. You need to buy a ticket to catch the performance on the main event, but you can also view other artists for free in different Western Gateway Park stages.
Locally brewed beer is gaining popularity in the town nowadays. Restaurants start to offer beer in their menus, and more breweries are putting up shops. In 2017, Peace Tree Brewing Company opened its second location in the East Village. Originally, Peace Tree Brews is in Knoxville, but they tried to come up with a different vibe while maintaining their great-tasting brews.
Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market
The Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market is recognized yearly for being one of the country's best farmers' market. Not only have the residents of Des Moines wanted to experience shopping in the market, but also guests from other states and countries. It is considered one of the things people want to explore in Des Moines. The best time to go there is on a Saturday in May to October because there are over 300 local vendors you can choose to buy from. There are local produce and homemade products that you can buy directly from the vendors. You will never get tired of going back to this place because it always offers something new for you.
Outlets of Des Moines
In October 2017, Outlets of Des Moines opened its doors to the public. It is the first outlet mall in the area of Des Moines, and it has over 75 stores in it. The mall offers visitors shopping options from different retail brands. You can find the mall near essential destinations such as the Racetrack Casino and Hotel and Prairie Meadows.
If you are a certified foodie, Des Moines will be a haven to you. Food festivals are being held yearly, so you can try new dishes that are all mouth-watering. You shouldn't miss the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival that features everything bacon. You can also check out the World Food and Music Festival being held in September. Enrich your taste with the different food choices that are from all around the world while being entertained by live music.
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