Outdoor Live Music in the Des Moines Area 2021

Outdoor Live Music in the Des Moines Area 2021

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

Wednesday’s 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Located at Blank Park Zoo! Every Wednesday in June, July, and August from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Free for zoo members. 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. Check out our fun experience at the Zoo Brew.

Wine Down Wednesday at Carper Vineyard & Winery

Wednesday’s 5 to 8 p.m.

Live Music concert series running Wednesday evening June through October. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating and enjoy the FREE show.


Music in the Garden at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Thursday’s beginning June 17 6 to 9 p.m.

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is excited to welcome guests back to the outdoor gardens for the LIVE and in-person Music in the Garden Summer Concert Series presented by EMC Insurance Companies. Guests are invited to join the fun on the Celebration Lawn of the Koehn Garden as a new musical act is welcomed every week including Jason Walsmith of The Nadas, Kevin Burt, Parranderos Latin Combo, and many more!

This series will have a music festival feel and concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to comfortably enjoy the show. Trellis Café will provide a special menu in their restaurant and offer grilled grab-and-go items near the Celebration Lawn. Special family fun activities will also be planned for each event.

Tickets for the Thursday night 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. events will be sold at the door only and not in advance. The 16-week series begins on June 17 and attendance is included with regular Garden admission!

Music in the Junction in Valley Junction

Thursday’s beginning on June 3rd.

Enjoy live music in the junction during the weekly Valley Junction Farmers Market. Details will be released soon. Follow their Facebook page for updates.

Summer Concert Series at Jasper Winery

Thursday’s 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Summer Sound Concerts at Wagner Park in Ankeny, Iowa

Thursday’s 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Summer Sounds Concerts return to the Bandshell at Wagner Park on Thursday nights in June & July. Concerts will begin at 5:30 pm. The City of Ankeny appreciates the public’s understanding of this rapidly changing environment. Visit here for additional information regarding changes to City business during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Food Truck Friday at Campbell Recreation Park in Clive, Iowa

Friday’s 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Back for 2021! 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 14 through June 18. 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. This cute developing farm is located in Cumming, Iowa. It offers beautiful views, plenty of room to run and play. Join them every Friday until October 8th 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Every other Friday beginning May 28 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 7 to 10 p.m. $5 cover charge. Food will be available at each event. Every other Friday beginning May 28 through September 18. Take a look at the details and a list of performers.    

Smash Park Des Moines; West Des Moines

Friday’s 6 to 9 p.m.

Crack a cold one and enjoy the tunes every Friday from 6 – 9 PM for Friday Night LIVE. This free acoustic series will be moved inside in the case of bad weather. Take a look at the full lineup of artists here.

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

Friday’s 5 to 8 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 8 pm. Walk the prairie path and enjoy the outdoor art along the way. Sides, desserts, beer, wine, and soft drinks available. Seating is limited, so bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Reservations required.


Winterset Cidery

Most Saturday’s at 7 p.m.

Enjoy live music, outdoors with a beautiful Iowa backdrop. Winterset Cidery offers live music most Saturday evenings. Bring lawn chairs, enjoy cider, and more. Take a look at the lineup here.

Ted Lare Design + Build

First Saturday of the Month through September 4.

Join Ted Lare Design + Build the first Saturday of June, July, August, and September from 11-1 for live music, food, drinks and flowers! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.


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 6 through July 25. Take a look at this summer’s lineup here.

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. 

Cover Charge: $5 per person. Pay via cash at entrance, or buy tickets ahead of time. Kids get in FREE!

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