I love live music, LOVE sittin’ outside in the summer time but don’t like spending a lot of money. When you combine all those elements, you get the following lineup of FREE outdoor music events this summer in Des Moines & surrounding areas:
On Thursdays through the end of July, you can catch Music in the Junction, starting at 6 p.m. during the Valley Junction Farmers’ Market. Or, on Tuesdays, through mid-August, enjoy music at 7 p.m. in Colby Park in Windsor Heights (this one includes free drinks, popcorn & snow cones!).
Indianola is a rockin’ town – They have free Bluegrass Tuesdays to catch music at 6:30 p.m. on the square. Or Bike Down to I-Town, the third Friday of the month all summer, you’ll see lots of motorcycles file into town for music, vendors and fun! Also, Sumerset Winery in Indianola has free tunes 3-6 on Sundays AND a Wine & Songfest on June 15, 6:30-10 p.m. All free.
The first Friday of the summer months, be at the State Historical Building for Blues Before Sunset, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (bring a lawn chair). Jazz in July kicks off July 1 with concerts all over town, nearly every day! Music under the Stars runs through August, 6:30 p.m. on the west Capitol steps. Fridays through July 3, catch music free at Rendezvous on the River (6th & Euclid in Des Moines).
If daytime outdoor music is what you’re looking for, visit Nollen Plaza, 12:15-1, on Fridays to hear a free classical string quartet performance.