Outdoor Live Music in the Des Moines Area 2022

Outdoor Live Music in the Des Moines, Iowa Area

Listening to music outdoors is one of our family’s favorite things to do. It is a great time for the entire family (except for Zoo Brew). Listen to music, play games, meet friends, and have fun. Many of these locations offer plenty of space to practice social distancing as well. There are a ton of options to listen to outdoor live music in Des Moines. Take a look at the list below.


Zoo Brew at the Blank Park Zoo

Guests can look forward to outstanding local bands, samples (while supplies last,) brews, and a stroller-free environment to enjoy the Zoo (animals head inside for the night 30 minutes before sunset.) The event runs from 5:30-9:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays in June, July, and August. Admission is $16 for non-members and FREE for members, with a valid ID necessary for entry to this 21+ event. In the event of severe weather, our rain dates are June 30, July 21, and August 24. Purchase tickets: https://www.blankparkzoo.com/events/zoo-brew

June 8 | Standing Hampton

June 29 | Final Mix Show Band

July 6 | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

July 27 | Tyler Richton and the High Bank Boys

August 3 | Suede

August 17 | Dick Danger Band


Music in the Garden at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Thursday’s beginning June 16 – September 29

6 to 9 p.m.

All concerts will be held live and in-person in the outdoor Koehn Garden. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music begins at 6:30 p.m. Music in the Garden attendees are encouraged to bring their own folding, outdoor seating, or picnic blankets. Trellis Café will be serving grilled items in the Koehn Garden area for guests to purchase. Tickets are sold at the door and are first-come, first-served.

Music in the Junction in Valley Junction

Thursday’s beginning in May to September

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Music in the Junction is the place to be in central Iowa on Thursday nights from May through September. Railroad Park and the beverage garden open at 5:30 pm with live music from 6:00-8:30 pm. Join us for a great season in Historic Valley Junction! View the 2022 Music in the Junction Schedule.

Prairie Stomp Summer Music Series at Jester Park Nature Center

Thursday’s 6 to 8 p.m.

Join Polk County Conservation on the back patio of the Jester Park Nature Center for their 2022 Prairie Stomp Summer Music Series beginning on June 23! Each month, through August, a local, Iowa band will kick off the evening with live music. The Creamery will also be selling ice cream on site. The music begins at 6 p.m.

– June 23 | Major Blues & the Mugshots
– July 14 | The Rusted Steel String Band
– August 4 | Joshua SinclairBring your own food and drinks, blankets, camp chairs, your friends and family, and enjoy a summer evening at Jester Park. Free & open to the public!

The event will be held rain or shine with a backup location at the Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center, adjacent to the nature center.

Summer Concert Series at Jasper Winery

Thursday’s 6 to 9 p.m.

Please join Jasper Winery on Thursday nights for their annual Summer Concert Series. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for outside seating. Burgers and brats will be available from the grill. Take a look at all the family fun we have had.

Summer Concert Series with Iowa National Guard

Thursday’s 7 to 9 p.m.

The events are free and open to the public. Food trucks at 6 p.m.

June 2 – Standing Hampton

June 9 – B2wins

June 23 – 34th Army Band

June 30 – Dick Danger Band


Food Truck Friday at Campbell Recreation Park in Clive, Iowa

May 13 through June 10

Friday’s 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Clive Parks & Recreation on Fridays for Food Truck Friday. Bring the family to Campbell Park in Clive for food, fun, and live music. Friday’s beginning May 13 through June 10. Follow the Clive Parks & Recreation Facebook page for details.

Middlebrook Farm: Friday’s on the Farm; 4300 Cumming Avenue, Cumming

Friday’s 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more on Iowa’s first agri-hood at Middlebrook Farm. This cute developing farm is located in Cumming, Iowa. It offers beautiful views, and plenty of room to run and play. Join them every Friday until September 9 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Penoach Wineyard & Winery; 26759 N Ave Adel, IA 50003

Every other Friday beginning June 17 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Wine and beer sales are what make it possible to have concerts at the winery. Outside purchased alcoholic beverages are not permitted. All concerts are from 7 to 10 p.m. $5 cover charge. Food will be available at each event. Every other Friday beginning June 17 through August 12. Take a look at the details and a list of performers.    

Rendezvous Riverview at Riverview Park

5:30 to 9 p.m.

Every Friday in June and July, we’ll be bringing live music back to Riverview Park where we will showcase a variety of bands!

The Wallace Centers of Iowa: Pizza on the Prairie; 2773 290th Street, Orient

Friday’s 5 to 9 p.m.

Come to the prairie on Friday nights for handmade-from-scratch brick oven pizza packed with straight-from-the-farm veggies & local meats! Live music from 5 to 9 p.m. Walk the prairie path and enjoy the outdoor art along the way. Sides, desserts, beer, wine, and soft drinks are available. Seating is limited, so bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Reservations required.


Winterset Cidery

Details not released.


Summer Sundaze at Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines, Iowa

Sunday’s 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Summer Sundaze is a relaxing concert series featuring local bands. Food can be purchased from food trucks, and lawn games will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Starts June 5 through August 14.

Summerset Winery: Sunday Tunes; 15101 Fairfax Street, Indianola

Sunday’s 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday Tunes Concerts take place every Sunday May-October, and once a month November-April. Bands play from 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm and weather permitting the bands will perform outside. In winter months or on rainy days we bring the music inside to perform in our banquet hall. The cover charge is $5 per person. Pay via cash at the entrance, or buy tickets ahead of time. Kids get in FREE!

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Erin Huiatt

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