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Outdoor Live Music in Des Moines

Des Moines, Iowa, Outdoor music, live music, summer, music

Outdoor Live Music in Des Moines 2019

Listening to music outdoors is one of 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.

Note: We will be updating this list as more are announced.

Des Moines, Iowa, Outdoor music, live music, summer, music

Music on the Plaza in Altoona

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.

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Ankeny Summer Sounds Concert Series

The Summer Sounds Concert Series is held on select Sunday evenings at the Band Shell in Wagner Park. Live music will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public; bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

June 23: Jake Gill

June 30: Gimikk

July 21: Ankeny Community Band and Chorus

July 28: Oreo Meatwagon

Food Truck Friday’s in Clive

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.

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May 31

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June 14

Music Under the Stars: Des Moines

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the West Capitol Mall. Free admission. Free parking is available in the adjacent state lots. Rain location is at the Drake Fine Arts Center. Concert dates, every Sunday, June 9 – July 14. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Jasper Winery Concert Series

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 9: Adé & The Soul Brothers

May 16: Brian Herrin Band

May 13: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

May 30: Decoy

June 6: Damon Dotston Band

June 13: The Maytags

June 20: The Nadas

June 27: Brazillian 2wins

July 11: Deuling Guitars feat. Brian and Brad

July 18: Pianopalooza Band

July 25: Dazy Head Mazy

August 1:  Final Mix

Nightfall on the River

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.

Zoo Brew

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 5: Cody Hicks Band

June 12: Exit 185

June 19: The Snacks

June 26: Abby Normal

July 3: Decoy

July 10: Savage Freds

July 17: The Sheet

July 24: Shock Collar

July 31: Final Mix Show Band

August 7: Pianopalooza

August 14: Suede

August 21: Balefire

August 28: Standing Hampton

Friday Night Live: Indianola

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 7: Red Dirt Renegade

June 28: Train Wreck

July 12: The Ripp Chords

Summerset Winery: Sunday Tunes

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. Every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. $5 per person or $15 per carload.

May 5: Patresa Hartman & Steph Graham

May 12: Tony Valdez & The Retro Rockets – Mom get in free!

May 19: Hot Tamale & the Red Hots

May 26: Sons of Gladys Kravitz – Veterans get in free!

June 2: Feel Right Band

June 9: Royce Johns Lincoln Rock House

June 16: Infuzion Band – Dad gets in free!

June 23: Abby Normal

June 30: Get Off My Lawn

July 7: The Sons of Gladys Kravitz

July 14: Freestyle

July 21: TBD

July 28: TBD

August 4: Heath Alan Band

August 11: Mill St. Band

August 18: Music Infuzion

August 25: Tony Valdez Large Band

Music in the Junction

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.

Night in the Heights

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 25: Elegant Gypsy

July 4: Abby Normal

July 9: Sons of Gladys

July 16: Burnin’ Sensations

July 23: Bob Pace Blues

July 30: Jana West & RetroSpect

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