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Each year, Destination Des Moines is dedicated to strengthening our community through engaging events that bring people together. These gatherings not only bring unity among residents but also draw visitors to our city, boosting local businesses and making Des Moines a must-visit destination.

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Smoke on the Water Community BBQ

JULY 17th, 2024

Destination Des Moines is excited to invite you to our next big event, the Smoke on the Water Community BBQ! Wednesday July 17th from 4:30-7:00 PM. Enjoy a delicious meal from L & S Soul food, have a drink in the beer garden, and stay for the Concert in the Park! 

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Waterland Parade

JULY 20th, 2024

Join us for the annual Waterland Parade, a vibrant celebration of our community's spirit and culture! Whether you're a local business, community group, or an enthusiastic individual, we invite you to be a part of this exciting event. March, dance, or ride through the streets as we come together to create unforgettable memories.

Junior Parade

JULY 20th, 2024

Have you ever wanted to be in a parade? Here’s your chance! Come celebrate in the Waterland Parade just for kids on July 20th at 5:45 PM. Kids of all ages, their parents, and pets are invited to dress up in their best festive costumes and decorate strollers, scooters, and bikes with streamers, ribbons, balloons, and any other decorations that inspire your creativity. Participation is free! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.

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