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World Food & Music Festival

September 17 - September 19

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One event on October 18, 2021 at 12:00 am

The World Food & Music Festival will return to its location in Downtown Des Moines (DSM)’s Western Gateway Park for its 17th year on Sept. 17 – 19, 2021.

World Food & Music Festival is produced by the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The event offers international cuisine, live music and performing arts, cooking demonstrations, interactive programs, wine and craft beers and much more.

Friday, Sept. 17 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 18 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 19 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The World Food & Music Festival began in October 2005 in the Historic East Village in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). It featured approximately two dozen vendors and welcomed thousands of guests eager to explore the diverse cuisine. The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines was there from the beginning to support The Festival and provide a solid base from which to grow.

Over the years, The Festival expanded its vendors, programming and entertainment and continued to see more guests enjoying the activities each year. To accommodate the growth, The Festival moved onto the Downtown DSM bridges for several years and in 2017 expanded into its current home in Western Gateway Park. Today, more than 90,000 guests visit The Festival each year to taste, see, hear and experience the many wonders of the World Food & Music Festival.


September 17
September 19
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Greater Des Moines Partnership
(515) 286-4950
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Western Gateway Park
1205 Locust St
Des Moines, IA 50309
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