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The Des Moines Jazz Festival is September 3, 2016 from 12pm until 10pm in the Des Moines Social Club Courtyard, located at 900 Mulberry Street (Click here for directions). Doors open at 11am.

The pre-parties on September 2 include the monthly First Friday New Orleans Jazz Party with the NOLA Jazz Band from 5:30 – 7:00 and a late night set from The Lacona Trio. Saturday also includes a late night jam session. The NOLA Jazz Band event costs $5 and is not included with festival admission. Both late night events are free of charge.

Friday, September 2

The Basement

5:30 – 7:00 First Friday New Orleans Jazz Party with the Nola Jazz Band

9:00 – 12:00 Late Night with The Lacona Trio

Saturday, September 3 – Doors open at 11am

The Courtyard at Des Moines Social Club

12:30 – 2:00 The Synergy Nonet

2:30 – 4:00 Christopher’s Very Happy Band

4:30 – 6:00 Ritmocano

6:30 – 8:00 The Dick Oatts Quintet

8:30 – 10:00 Peter Bernstein, Larrry Goldings and Bill Stewart

Kum & Go Theater

2:00 – 2:30 Valley High School Jazz Combo

4:00 – 4:30 Valley High School Jazz Combo

6:00 – 6:30 Waukee High School Jazz Combo

8:00 – 8:30 Waukee High School Jazz Combo

The Basement

10:00 Late Night jam session

FREE PARKING is available in the Wells Fargo parking lot directly EAST of the Des Moines Social Club, accessible via Mulberry Street between 8th and 9th Streets. Please do not park in the West End Salvage parking lot!

General Admission tickets are $10. VIP tickets are $50 and include access to the Rooftop at Des Moines Social Club (seating included), entry to Saturday morning’s Jazz Brunch in the DMSC Culinary Loft, and 2 drink tickets per person. VIP tickets are NOT available for purchase at the event – they must be purchased ahead of time. Children 10 and under are free to the festival. If you purchase a ticket in advance, PLEASE PRINT and bring with you to the event. Please note there are NO REFUNDS to this event. Entry to Friday’s NOLA Jazz band event is not part of the Festival ticket price. Both late-night events are free and all ages.

Tickets Available HERE!


Saturday’s late-night jam session is open to everyone. Performers include many faces from the

You may exit and re-enter the festival grounds; however, you must keep your wristband on to re-enter, and bags may be subject to search each time you enter the festival grounds.

Please note, there are NO chairs in the General Admission area. You may bring collapsible camping chairs and blankets; you may NOT bring folding chairs.

YES! Volunteer perks include: free admission to the Festival, cool volunteer lanyards, and karma points to be used at a later date. Click HERE for available opportunities.

Food is available from the following vendors:


Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available in the Theater and Basement. All food and beverage options are available to purchase with either cash or credit. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the festival grounds, with the exception of water bottles (empty or factory sealed) and food from Malo.

•Knives or weapons of any kind
•Pets (service animals are welcome)
•Outside food or beverage (except water bottles)
•Audio / video recording equipment
•Cigarettes / vape pens.

•Point and click film and digital cameras (No detachable lenses, please)
•Camelpacks (empty)
•Water bottles (empty or factory sealed)
•Sun block
•Blankets or stadium chairs – NO folding chairs

We will make every attempt to keep this festival outdoors. In the case of severe weather, the main stage will move to the Kum & Go Theater and the side stage will move to The Basement. Space will be extremely limited in this scenario. We will make the call on Saturday, September 3 by 10:00 a.m. and notify all ticket-holders.

Yes. ADA accessible restrooms are available in the lobby of the Kum & Go Theater and The Basement. There are no stairs required to access the Courtyard or Kum & Go Theater, and there is an elevator to The Basement and to the Rooftop VIP area. The Des Moines Social Club is committed to providing a welcoming space to all people; please contact us at with further questions or concerns.

We hope you don't lose anything at this year's Festival, but if you do, stop by the admissions table for the lost and found. After the festival, you may contact us at with further questions.

First aid kits are available at the admissions table. There will be security and volunteers working the grounds – please locate one of them with any immediate needs.

Audio or video recording of the event is strictly prohibited. Photos are okay with point and click film and digital cameras. Interested in a media pass? Email us at

Email us at with any further questions.