Warm nights, lawn chairs, snacks, and refreshments, all make for a perfect outdoor concert experience. From nights at a local winery or the big names of the fair grandstand, enjoy the sweet sounds of summer concerts!
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Des Moines Summer Concert Guide
When: Every Friday in June and July, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Prairie Meadows Riviera Stage at Riverview Park, Des Moines
Rendezvous on Riverview is back after a successful first year! This event is free and open to the public, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. As well, concessions and food trucks will be available to purchase food and beverages. This year’s lineup includes:
June 3: Faculty Lounge Funkband
June 10: Fahrenheit
June 17: Brother Trucker
June 24: Avey Grouws Band
July 1: Standing Hampton
July 6: The Son of Gladys Kravitz + Fireworks
July 15: Final Mix
July 22: Malcolm Wells & The Two Times w/ Blues Society
July 29: Flying Silos w/ Brian Congdon
When: Thursdays, May 12 to August 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines
This summer concert series kicked off May 12! In addition to live music, you can enjoy Jasper Winery wines-by-the-glass, sangria, and beer, plus soda and water. These lawn concerts are family-friendly, with plenty of room for kiddos to run, dance, and play while you all enjoy the music. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and pack a picnic dinner, or purchase burgers or brats from the grill. Food trucks will be onsite as well! This year’s lineup:
May 12– Brian Herrin Band
May 19– Brother Trucker
May 26– Birdchild
June 2– Decoy
June 9- Pianopalooza Band
June 16– The Maytags
June 23– Damon Dotson Band
June 30– The Nadas
July 7– Dueling Guitars feat. Brian and Brad
July 14– Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
July 21– Brazilian 2wins
July 28– Dazy Head Mazy
Aug. 4– Final Mix
When: August 11-21
Where: Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines
At the Iowa State Fair (Aug. 11-21), you’ll not only find almost any food you can imagine on a stick but also live outdoor music around almost every corner. From the Grandstand to the free stages, you’re sure to find a genre to fit your tastes or mood. Here are a few of the highlights from this year’s Grandstand lineup:
Aug. 12– Brooks & Dunn
Aug. 13 – Nelly
Aug. 14 – Demi Lovato
Aug. 15 – Alanis Morissette
Aug. 18 – Kane Brown
Aug. 20 – Keith Urban
Aug. 21 – Carrie Underwood
Be sure to check the Fair’s website for info on the free entertainment. From rock legends to country up-and-comers, all free with gate admission.
When: Fridays, June 4 – August 20, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The District’s Town Square Park, Ankeny
Sips & Songs is a free weekly summer music series. It features performances by bands of various genres — country, classic rock, top 40, dance hits, and party music. Come enjoy these family-friendly Friday night kick-offs to the weekend. Headliners include:
June 10: BS & the Liars
June 17: Cody Hicks
June 24: The Punching Pandas
July 1: Oreo Meatwagon
July 15: Some Friends
July 22: Dueling Pianos
July 29: Nice Bangs
August 5: Randy Burk & The Prisoners
August 12: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
August 19: Standing Hampton
Where: Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
The free concert series highlighting local and regional talent is scheduled for three July dates on the lawn of historic Hoyt Sherman Place. The lineup includes:
July 12 – Yaala Ballin Trio
July 19 – Gabriel Espinosa Band with Alyssa Allgood and Misha Tsiganov
July 26 – Marilyn Maye
When: Sundays, May – October, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 15101 Fairfax St., Indianola
The concerts are outdoors unless the weather is bad, then they move inside to the banquet hall. Admission is $5 per person, and $15 per carload or bicycle gang (up to 5 bikes). Highlights include:
May 15: Unfortunate Sons
May 22: Malcolm Wells + the Two Timers
May 29: Sons of Gladys Kravitz
June 5: Rhythmatics
June 12: Brutal Republic
June 19: Jake Schrodt and the Goats
June 26: Ducharme Jones
July 3: TBD
July 10: Soul Searchers
July 17: Dick Danger Band
July 24: Cover That
July 31: Nice Bangs
August 7: Suede
August 14: Fahrenheit
August 21: Opus Taylor
August 28: Punching Pandas
September 4: Sons of Gladys Kravitz
September 11: Fat Tuesday
September 18: Snacks
September 25: Jack Schrodt and the Goats
October 2: Opus Taylor
When: Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Where: Pool complex, Camp Dodge, Johnston
Concerts are free and concessions are available. Lawn chairs, coolers, and picnic baskets are welcome.
June 2: Standing Hampton
June 9: B2Wins
June 23: The 34th Army Band
June 30: Dick Danger Band
When: Tuesdays, June & July, 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Where: Colby Park, 6850 School St., Windsor Heights
Grab some friends or neighbors (don’t forget the lawn chairs) and head to Colby Park on Tuesdays for an enjoyable evening of live music at Nights in the Heights. Grab dinner from one of the food trucks and let your kids explore the nearby playground. This year’s lineup includes:
June 28: The Muddy Walter Band
July 12: The Flying Silos
July 19: Burnin Sensations
July 26: Sons of Gladys Kravitz
August 2: Dick Danger Band
When: Sundays, June 12 to July 10, 7 p.m.
Where: The West Terrace of the State Capitol
Don’t miss this diverse selection of concert band and jazz band performances performed by professional Iowa musicians. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy ice cream from The Outside Scoop.
When: Fridays 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Middlebrook Farm – Cumming Avenue/Highway G14, Cumming, Iowa
Live music, food truck, farmers market vendors, wine/beer wagon, fresh organic produce, and more!
May 20: Joshua Sinclair
May 27: Robert Deitch
June 3: David Watson
June 10: Nicholas Sinclair
June 17: Ducharme-Jones
June 24: Jeffrey Messerole
July 1: Joshua Sinclair
July 8: Robert Deitch
July 15: Bruce Day
July 22: Ryne Doughty
July 29: Brian Herrin
August 5: Bruce Day
August 12: David Watson
August 19: Ducharme-Jones
August 26: Elliott & Fox
September 2: Robert Deitch
September 9: Sinners & Kings
September 16: Ducharme-Jones
September 23: Bruce Day
September 30: Ryne Doughty
Summer Music Festivals
July 8-9 |Western Gateway Park, Des Moines
Aug. 4-7 | St. Charles, Iowa, with headliners, Billy Strings, Glass Animals, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Phoebe Bridgers
Aug. 27 | Exile Brewing Company, 1514 Walnut St., Des Moines
Sept. 4 | Prairie Meadows Riviera Stage at Riverview Park, Des Moines
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