There is always stuff happening in Des Moines, but this weekend is exceptionally busy! With summer winding down and fall taking its place, it is a great time to get some new vintage, antique or even handcrafted items for the home as well as enjoying some of the last few farmers markets of the season. We wanted to make a list of things you can catch us at even though we wish we could go to everything!


Des Moines Farmers Market

Starting a weekend by going to the Des Moines’ Farmer’s Market is a no-brainer, and this week they have some awesome events lined up. The market has everything from eggs, baked goods, Iowa-raised meats to flowers, wines and even several different assortments of goat cheese. A good place to start, and open from 7 am – 12pm. Free and a good way to support local Iowa farmers!


Fire House Flea

Only a few blocks from the Des Moines Farmer’s Market is the first ever DMSC Flea Market. We’re opening at 10am so everyone can get their farmers market shopping in. We will feature several Iowa vendors selling everything from furniture and vintage clothing to arts and crafts. Held in the courtyard of the firehouse, there will be several different food and drink vendors as well as live music throughout the day. For a list of vendors images of their goods check out the Viaduct Gallery on Facebook or Instagram.


Iowa State Fairgrounds

After you’ve explored downtown escape for a bit (until you come back for Des Moines’ Annual Oktoberfest) if you choose to go East or West, great things await! The Iowa State Fairgrounds will be hosting the largest arts and craft show in the state. With over 300 talented vendors, you will find thousands of handmade products that are guaranteed to be one of a kind. It will be a weekend full of great shopping, and good news, it’s only a $6 admission fee for adults and children ages 11 and over. It will be held in the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Vintage & Made Fair

The Vintage & Made Fair is an outdoor market that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 at Vintage Jordan Camp in West Des Moines. It will be a great place to spend the day browsing through some fantastic antique and vintage items such as home décor, jewelry, hand crafted goods, outdoor accents and seasonal flora. The Vintage & Made Fair was created to bring all things antique and vintage to your life and you won’t be let down! There will also be plenty of food choices for an afternoon snack or lunch with friends as you sit under Camp Jordan’s beautiful oak trees. Admission to the market will be $6 per day. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the admission gate when you arrive.


Des Moines’ Annual Oktoberfest is coming up fast! Held in the heart of the downtown Court District, you can come enjoy all things German. With tented beer gardens, Polka music, a craft beer village, several contests and all the German food you can handle this is an event that you will not want to miss! If a weekend full of German heritage is what you need, then Oktoberfest is the place for you. Grab your tickets online via the Oktoberfest website ( or purchase them at any Des Moines area Hy-Vee and venture downtown on Sept. 23-24. You can also purchase general admission tickets for $10 at the gate.

There are actually like a million things happening in Des Moines this weekend, and listing them all would take forever. We didn’t even mention RTI’s first performance, the Food Truck 5k,or Applefest.


Hope to see you out there!


Written by: Alicia Wagner