Des Moines Outdoor Summer Concert Guide 2024

This guide is sponsored by City of Johnston

johnston iowa summer concertsSummer nights are ideal for outdoor concerts. Consider packing snacks, drinks, and blankets, or simply come enjoy the sounds. Whether it’s at a local winery or major fair grandstand events, there’s music to enjoy all summer.

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Des Moines Summer Concert Guide

The Yard Summer Concert Series, presented by The Cork 50131

Where: The Yard 6245 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
Admission is free; no tickets are required.

Don’t miss a summer of music at the Yard Summer Concert Series! Sounds of the Summer will be on select Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Yard. Tunes at Twilight will be held on select Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Yard. 

Sounds of the Summer

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

June 8: The Trip
June 29: Back in Black
Aug. 24: Mixtape
Sept. 28: The Pork Tornadoes

Tunes at Twilight

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

July 18: Snacks
Aug. 8: June Bugs
Sept. 12: The Sons of Gladys Kravitz

Rendezvous on Riverview

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

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 7: Faculty Lounge
June 14: B2wins
June 21: Punching Pandas
June 28: Stark Raving Madge
July 5: The Pork Tornadoes, Fireworks Extravaganza
July 12: Son of Gladys Kravitz
July 19: Mike Moody & The Outlaws
July 26: Flying Silos

Jasper Winery Summer Concert Series

When: Thursdays, May 9 to August 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Where: 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines

This summer concert series kicked off May 9! 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 9- Brother Trucker
May 16- Brian Herrin Band
May 23- Dueling Guitars
May 30- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
June 6- Pianopalooza Band
June 13- Decoy
June 20- The Nadas
June 27- Damon Dotson Band
July 11- Funk Trek & Mind@Large
July 18- Rhino
July 25- Dazy Head Mazy
Aug 1- Not Quite Brothers

Iowa State Fair Concerts

When: August 8-18

Where: Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines

At the Iowa State Fair (Aug. 8-18), 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. 8: Lauren Daigle
Aug. 9: Foreigner with Melissa Etheridge
Aug. 10: Jelly Roll
Aug. 11: Greta Van Fleet with The Beaches
Aug. 12: Brett Young with Needtobreathe
Aug. 13: Thomas Rhett
Aug. 14: Motley Crue
Aug. 15: Gabriel Iglesias
Friday, Aug. 16: Avett Brothers with G. Love & Special Sauce
Saturday, Aug. 17: Ne-Yo
Sunday, Aug. 18: Kidz Bop

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.

Beats & Eats

When: Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: 715 W. First Street, Ankeny

Join in at the Ankeny Market and Pavilion (AMP) Thursday nights this summer for food trucks, live music and entertainment, family activities, games, beer truck, and more

June 6: Major Blues and the Mug Shots
June 13: The SNACKS
June 20: Jordan Beem
June 27: Chad Lee
July 11: Dustin West Band
July 18: Jones & Owen
July 25: Blacktop Rock Band

Sips & Songs in The District

When: Fridays, 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 7: Gimikk with special guests Bradford Johnson Music, then Silent Disco DSM in the square
June 14: Casey Muessigmann with special guest Joshua Sinclair
June 21: Avey Grouws Band with special guests Levi Smith Unplugged, then Silent Disco DSM in the square

June 28: Oreo Meatwagon with special guests Dan Medeiros

July 5: Standing Hampton with special guests Corbett Reeves Music followed by fireworks and Silent Disco DSM
July 19: The Schmidt Brothers with special guest Day’s Live Music
July 26: The Pork Tornadoes

Plus a special four-part summer Thursday concert series
Nash Nights

June 13: Phil Vassar with guest Flatland Ridge
July 18: Chayce Beckham with guest Garret Speer
Aug. 29: Shane Profitt with guest Elizabeth Mary
Sept. 12: Jerrod Niemann with guest Blake Jack & South 35

Jazz in July

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 9: Valley Jazz Combo, Big Fun, Max Wellman w/ The Nate Sparks Big Band
July 16: Roosevelt High School Jazz Combo,The Wayne Page Quintet, Connie Evingson
July 23: CJC Youth Combo, Des Moines SAXSTRAVAGANZA, Blake Shaw BIG(ish) Band
July 30: The Andrew Wittmer Quintet, Brazilian Jazz Project, Parranderos + Jazz

Summerset Winery Sunday Tunes

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 26: Recoil
June 2: Opus Taylor
June 9: Jason Kincel Band
June 16: Jesse and the Medicine Men
June 23: Sons of Gladys Kravits
June 30: The Remedy
July 7: The A Sisters 
July 14: The Unfortunate Sons
July 21: Dick Danger Band
July 28: Cover That
Aug. 4: Matt Woods Band
Aug. 11: Opus Taylor
Aug. 18: The Sinclairs
Aug 25: Lucas Bebe
Sept 1: Matt Woods Band 

Camp Dodge Summer Concert Series

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. Bands TBD

Nights in the Heights

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 25: Drive Thirty5
July 4: FL Funk
July 9: Cover That band
July 16: Jana West & RetroSpect
July 23: Funkytown Inc. i
July 30: The Sons of Gladys Kravitz
Aug. 6: Burnin’ Sensations

Belin Quartet Summer Concert Series

When: May 14 – July 13
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Salisbury House and Gardens

Enjoy free music from the Belin Quartet. Chairs and bottled water are provided or you can bring your own lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks.

Music Under the Stars

When: Sundays, June 2 to July 7, 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.

Fridays at the Farm

When: Fridays 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Middlebrook Farm – Cumming Avenue/Highway G14, Cumming, Iowa

Live music, food trucks, farmers market vendors, wine/beer wagon, fresh organic produce, and more!

May 24: Joshua Sinclair
May 31: Robert Deitch
June 7: Royce Johns
June 14: Blaine Garrett
June 21: Luke Fox
June 28: David G. Smith
July 5: Joshua Sinclair
July 12: Adam Bruce
July 19: Ducharme-Jones
July 26: Weary Ramblers
August 2: Royce Jones
August 9: David Watson
August 16: Brian Herrin
August 23: Robert Deitch
September 6: Joshua Sinclair
September 13: Ducharme-Jones
September 20: Weary Ramblers
September 27: Brian Herrin

Festival of Decades at Adventureland

When: Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Adventureland

Each week, they’ll shine a spotlight on the last five decades that have shaped the park’s legacy. Enjoy specials and giveaways, along with musical acts highlighting a different decade every Saturday night followed by an all-new light show and fireworks.

July 6: Direct from Sweden, The Music of Abba
July 13: Broadway’s Rock of Ages
July 20: The Garth Guy Featuring Shades of Shania
July 27: Fresh Kids of Bel-Air
Aug. 3: The Lady Gaga Tribute & Carrie’d Away

Music in the Garden

When: Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Where: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Enjoy live music from local performers, the gorgeous outdoor gardens in the evening, and food and drinks from Trellis Café. Bring your own folding chair, outdoor seating, or picnic blankets.

June 6: June Bugs DSM
June 13: The Sheet
June 20: NOLA Jazz Band
June 27: Gina Gedler
July 11: Surf Zombies
July 18: Son Peruchos
July 25: Bruce Day – Family Night
Aug. 1: Adé & The Soul Brothers
Aug. 8: The Feel Right
August 15: Randy Burke & the Prisoners
August 22: Brad & Kate
August 29: Damon Dotson

Prairie Stomp Summer Music Series

Where: Jester Park Nature Center, 12130 NW 128th St, Granger, IA 

Bring food, blankets, camp chairs, and enjoy a summer evening at Jester Park. Free and open to the public!

When: Music begins at 6 p.m.
June 20 | Brian Herrin Duo
July 18 | Flying Silos
August 8 | Jake Schrodt

Summer Music Festivals

Greenbelt Music Festival

May 17-18 | 2100 NW 100th St, Clive


July 12-13 |Western Gateway Park, Des Moines


Aug. 2-4 | St. Charles, Iowa

Send us an email if we missed anything, and we’ll add your concert to the list.

We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.

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  1. There is some horrendously noisy loud music played outdoors South of University Avenue in Clive tonight (9-17-19). The featured singer is horribly out of tune and yelling every word of every song. Backed by low-quality accompanists of guitar(s?) and drums the only value is that I think it will end…sometime soon…I hope before dusk.


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