Outdoor Live Music in Des Moines 2018
Listening to music outdoors is one our family’s favorite thing to do. It is a great time for the entire family. Listen to music, play games, meet friends and have fun! There are a ton of options to listen to outdoor live music in Des Moines. Take a look at the list below.
Families are welcome to enjoy some free music in Altoona on Friday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. The concerts are at the Civic Plaza next to Hy-Vee. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Food and drink items are available for purchase from several local vendors.
Dates + bands to be announced.
The Summer Sounds Concert Series is held on Thursday nights at the Band Shell in Wagner Park. Live music will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public; bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
June 7: Standing Hampton
June 14: Richie Lee
June 21: Faculty Lounge
June 28: Pianopalozza featuring Tony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorensen
July 5: South 35
July 19: Ankeny Community Chorus & Ankeny Community Band
July 26: The Sheet
Enjoy the parks, live music and vendors at Campbell Recreational Area in Clive starting at 5:30 to 8 p.m. This is a great place for families to unwind after a long work week.
May 11: Brian Congdon
May 18: Damon Dotson
May 25: Josh Sinclair
June 1: Brad Seidenfeld
June 8: Dustin Baird
June 15: SUEDE
Wright Outdoor Solutions in West Des Moines.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and spend your afternoon on our gorgeous grounds. Make sure to stop through our Garden Center while you are here as well. Peruse our selection of plants and stop in to our refreshed retail space, visit the arrangement bar to plant up something special and shop our selection of great products. Our expert staff loves to talk all things gardening!
June 2, July 14, August 4, September 1 and October 6
3 to 6 p.m.
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the West Capitol Mall. Freeadmission.
Free parking is available in the adjacent state lots.
Rain location: Harmon Fine Arts Center, Drake University, 25th & Carpenter.
Concert dates, every Sunday starting June 10. Click link above for updated information.
Concerts begin at 7:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Bring a lawn chair, bring your friends, and we’ll see you at the park. Roosevelt Park is an alcohol- and tobacco-free park, in compliance with City of Ames ordinances.
Concerts have not been announced yet. Please click link above for updated information.
2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines. Just West of Gray’s Lake.
Every Thursday evening 6 to 9 p.m.
Admission is free.
All shows outside. Weather permitting. Otherwise in the outdoor party tent.
Bring blankets and lawn chairs for outside seating, Play lawn games including bags and ball. Burgers and brats will be available from the grill. Alcoholic drinks must be purchased on-site (Jasper Winery’s wine is AWESOME!). Sometimes Gusto makes an appearance and Chocolaterie Stam with delish gelato. Take a look at all the fun we had when we attended.
May 10: Adé & The Soul Brothers
May 17: Brother Trucker
May 24: Whitewater Ramble
May 31: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
June 7: Decoy
June 14: Brazilian Twins
June 21: The Nadas
June 28: Damon Dotson Band
July 5: Brian Congdon
July 12: Pianopalooza Band
July 19: The Maytags
July 26: Dazy Head Mazy
August 2: Final Mix
Located at Brenton Skating Plaza or Simon Estes Amphitheater. You may bring blankets & lawn chairs. Do not bring outside drinks or food. Tickets vary in price for each show. Their schedule is full of fun music. Click the link above for a full line-up and to purchase your tickets.
Located at Blank Park Zoo!
Every Wednesday in June, July & August from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Free for zoo member. Regular admission for non-members.
In the summer months, Blank Park Zoo welcomes guests (21+) to enjoy their Wednesday nights with music, food,brews, and of course, the exotic animals of the Zoo!
June 6: Standing Hampton; Tapped For Conservation
June 13: Winner of the Battle; Ales & Tails
June 20: Royce Johns; Kickin’ It Country
June 27: Faculty Lounge; Wild For Wine
July 6: Toaster; Red, White & Stripes
July 11: The Big Joe Kinser; Penguins & Pilsners
July 18: Aftershock; 80’s Nights
July 25: HWY 14 Blues; Jungle Bells
August 1: Dick Danger Band; Zoofari
August 8: The Sheet; Lions & Lagers
August 15: Sons of Gladys Kravitz; Wild Yard Games
August 22: 5 Below; Uncorked
August 29: Pianopalooza; ZoolapaloozA
Located at Memorial Park in Indianola, live music will happen three times this summer. Grab your lawn chairs and a blanket and prepare to enjoy a wonderful evening of live music and friends. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. Admission cost is $5. Children 10 and under are free. Music starts at 7 to 9:30 p.m.
June 1: Damon Dotson
June 22: Monday Mourners
July 13: Hi-Fi Hangover
15101 Fairfax Street, Indianola
Every Sunday 2 to 5 p.m.
$5 per person or $15 per car load.
Every Sunday, wine and music lovers can enjoy some of the best bands in the Midwest right here in their own backyard (but you’ll feel like you’re on vacation!). Rain or shine the music goes on. Weather permitting, the bands will perform outside but in the winter or on rainy days we bring the music inside. Prairie Massage will also be on hand to help you relax!
May 6: Planet Passengers
May 13: Mother’s Day: Tony Valdez & Retro Rockets
May 20: Heath Alan Band
May 27: The Sons of Gladys Kravitz
June 3: Tony Valdez & Retro Rockets
June 10: Scotty & The Wingtips -FREE ENTRANCE
June 17: Freestyle
June 24: Riddle Me This
Enjoy sounds of local musicians at the historic Camp Dodge Pool Complex Thursday evenings. Bring a lawn chair, picnic basket, sit back and enjoy! Concessions are also available. All concerts start at 7 p.m.
May 24: Brother Trucker
May 31: The Sons of Gladys Kravitz
June 7: Red Dirt Renegades
June 14: No concert!
June 21: Danika Portz
June 28: Sidewinders, IANG’s 34th Army Band
July 5: Richard Arndt & The Brew
July 12: Abby Normal
July 19: Tony Valdez
Music in the Junction is held every Thursday in Valley Junction. Enjoy the farmers’ market while listening to live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Farmers’ Market runs 4 to 8 p.m.
May 3: Bob Pace Dangerous Band
May 10: Brian Holtz Band
May 17: Bob Dorr & The Limestoners
May 24: The Cardinal Sounf
May 31: Blacktop
June 7: Brother Trucker
June 14: Gimikk
June 21: The Sons of Gladys Kravitz
June 28: Rocky Raccoon
July 5: Abby Normal
July 12: Fahrenheit
July 19: Randy Burk & The Prisoners
July 26: Dick Danger
August 2: Steve E George & The Groove
August 9: Tony Valdez Large Band
August 16: Decoy
August 23: Toaster
August 30: Jimmy the Weasel
September 6: Final Mix
September 13: James Biehn Band
September 20: Ducharme-Jones Band
September 27: After Shock Rock Tribute Band
Enjoy free live music at the Jordan Creek Town Center Amphitheater. A beer and wine garden will be available as well. Starts Sunday’s on July 1 through September 2, 5 to 8 p.m.
July 1: Decoy (Fireworks display at dusk)
July 8: Boomerang
July 15: Tony Valdez Large Band
July 22: Brother Trucker
July 29: Final Mix
August 5: (WRITE) BACK AT ‘CHA
August 12: Tony Valdez Retro Rockets
August 19: Mason’s Basement
August 26: Gimikk
September 2: (WRITE) BACK AT ‘CHA
Enjoy live music outdoors at Colby Park. There will be food trucks and local vendors. The concerts are free and the Windsor Heights Lions Club will serve free snow cones and the Windsor Heights Foundation will be popping fresh popcorn. Concerts start at 7 p.m.
June 26: Freestyle
July 3: Abby Normal 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. followed by City of Windsor Heights-sponsored Fireworks
July 10: Jason Walsmith
July 17: Tony Valdez
July 24: Randy Burk and the Prisoners
July 31: Brother Trucker