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Waterfront Festivals and Events

The city of Des Moines offers beautiful locations that host some of the region's most outstanding events each year. From our locally famous Farmers Market and Summer Concerts in the Park to Car and Boat show to our Independence Day celebration there is always something going on. Come explore and enjoy the adventures we have to offer!

Des Moines Full Event Calendar PDF

Earth Day Clean-Up

Earth Day Clean-Up - April 21st 2018

Des Moines Parks assists with coordinated clean-up activities, in parks and on the beach from 9am to 12pm - come join us. Volunteers contact jbest@desmoineswa.gov.



South Sound Opening Day

South Sound Opening Day - May 12th, 2018

Enjoy an array of activities on the Des Moines waterfront at the Des Moines Yacht Club for the South Sound's Opening Day.
Visit Des Moines Yacht Club Website to learn more.



Best Friends Fest & Dog Show

Best Friends Fest & Dog Show - May 12th, 2018

Join us at the Des Moines Activity Center - Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Events run every 20 minutes until 2 p.m. Admission price of $15 supports FTFA and includes entry to all dog events, Event t-shirt and hot dog lunch. Kids under 5 free. There will be a dog parade, prizes awarded for best costume, smile, tail wag etc. Prizes for best aerial Frisbee catch, best time on obstacle course and more! This is a family, dog friendly event. All leashed dogs are welcome to participate. For tickets please visit our website below or call the office at 206-870-4266.
Visit Friend to Friend America Website to learn more.



Waterland Wine & Art Walk

Waterland Wine & Art Walk – Saturday, May 12th

Destination Des Moines brings local artists and wineries together for a fun afternoon hosted by local businesses on Marine View Drive. The Waterland Wine & Art Walk is acollaboration with the Des Moines Arts Commission and the South Sound Spring Opener of boating season. The Art and Wine walk features local artists in Des Moines businesses. Participants enjoy wine tasting at most locations while viewing art.
Visit Destination Des Moines Website to learn more.



Farmers Market

Waterfront Farmers Market - June-September 2018
Saturdays 10am-2pm

The Des Moines Farmers Market and Food Truck Saturdays runs June through September. 2 hours parking validated! The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market was formed in 2006 as a non-profit entity, unique among the local farmers markets by requiring all of its farmers to meet a basic set of environmental stewardship principles that ensure their farming practices protect the environment while sustaining the long term viability of farmland. These practices include protecting water quality, using natural methods of pest control, preventing soil loss, conserving energy, using water conservation measures, protecting fish and wildlife habitat and enhancing genetic diversity.
Visit Des Moines Farmers Market Website to learn more.



Weekly Parkrun

Weekly Parkrun - Every Saturday June 9th - 30th 2018

Come join us every Saturday morning 9am to 10:30am beginning June 9th enjoy a 5k run or walk on Des Moines Creek Trail. This will run 4 Saturdays in June starting June 9th - including this year June 16th 23rd and 30th.
Visit Parkrun USA Website to learn more.



Fireworks Over Des Moines

Fireworks Over Des Moines – July 4th 2018

Fireworks over Des Moines Independence Day Celebration! A tradition within our community for many years! Come celebrate the 4th of July on the waters edge with us!
Visit Fireworks Over Des Moines Website to learn more.



Smoke on the Water Community BBQ

Smoke on the Water Community BBQ - July 11th 2018

Community BBQ, Beer and Wine Garden, Rootbeer Floats and Music at the Beach Park 5pm-7pm. Tickets required.
Destination Des Moines Website to learn more.



Legacy Foundation's Bids for Kids Auction - July 11th 2018

Auction at the Beach Park, supports activities and after school programs for low income youth 5pm-8pm. No tickets required.
Visit Des Moines Legacy Website to learn more.



Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts - July 11th - August 15th 2018

The Summer Concerts are Wednesdays in the months of July 11th - August 15th 5pm-8pm. The Des Moines Arts Commission sponsors FREE community concerts each summer at Des Moines Beach Park Event Center. These concerts take place outside on the shores of Puget Sound. For the full line up for this summer visit the Des Moines Arts Commission on the link provided. Great entertainment on the Waterfront. Beer and wine garden. Donations encouraged
Visit Des Moines Arts Commission Website to learn more.



Washington's Strongest Apple

Washington's Strongest Apple - July 14th 2018

In the month of July this fun and unique contest starts at 10 o'clock at the City of Des Moines Marina in Washington. Weight-lifters from across the State compete at the Marina.
Visit Strong Man Corp Website to learn more.



Waterland Festival

Waterland Festival – July 20st to 22nd 2018

Destination Des Moines invites you to explore the full schedule of events for the Waterland Weekend at the link provided. There Family events, a parade and car, motorcycle, wooden boat show in the Marina District.
Visit Destination Des Moines Website to learn more.



Beach Park Movie Night

Beach Park Movie Night – Fridays in August 2018

Des Moines Parks, Recreation and Senior Services hosts outdoor movie night in parks around the City every Friday in August. For additional information about the movies being offered this summer, please visit the Parks and Recreation website or follow Parks and Recreation on Facebook for updates! Visit Des Moines City Website to learn more.


Poverty Bay Brews and Blues

Poverty Bay Brews and Blues – August 25th 2018

The Des Moines Rotary Club unites you to attend the annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest 12pm-8pm. This event is the prime fundraiser for our Music4Life program, expanding music to youth in our local schools. Enjoy a day filled with local blues and a variety of fine brews from local breweries. To complement your blues and brews, there will be barbecued bratwursts and B&E Market's famous tri tip for your dining enjoyment. The festival will be located on the shores of Puget Sound at the Des Moines Beach Park. This is an outdoor event and will be held rain or shine. You must be 21 or older to attend and no pets will be allowed inside the event.
Visit The Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Website to learn more.



Poverty Bay Arts Gala

Poverty Bay Arts Gala – September 21st 2018

Come enjoy art at the local level during September! This Gala will raise fund for the Des Moines Arts Commission's annual events such as Shakespeare in the Park, The Beach Concert Series, Squid-A –Rama and the Poverty Bay Sculpture Project. Arts auction to benefit Des Moines Arts Commissions annual events at the Beach Park. Tickets required.
Visit Des Moines Legacy Website to learn more.



BBQ Night to Support Our Senior Center

BBQ Night to Support Our Senior Center – October 5th 2018

Come join us for a yummy BBQ Night at the Des Moines Activity Center. Call 206-878-1642 for reservations and help support our senior center!



Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony – October 18th 2018

Join us at the Beach Park Event Center Auditorium to enjoy the Seattle Symphony with a 7PM start time. Enjoy a live performance by the Seattle Symphony. Free to all to attend. Bring the entire family. Activities for the kids and great music to entertain everyone.



Waterland Wine & Art Walk

Waterland Wine & Art Walk – Thursday October 18th

Destination Des Moines brings local artists and wineries together for a fun afternoon hosted by local businesses on Marine View Drive. The Waterland Wine & Art Walk is acollaboration with the Des Moines Arts Commission. The Art and Wine walk features local artists in Des Moines businesses. Participants enjoy wine tasting at most locations while viewing art.
Visit Destination Des Moines Website to learn more.



Des Moines Halloween Carnival

Trick or Treat Path & Carnival – October 31st 2018

This event is 5-8pm at the Des Moines Field House 1000 S. 220th Street. Frights and games for children 12 and under. Children under the age of 5 must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per child. Non-perishable food donations accepted for Des Moines Food bank during the event. Call 206-870-6527 for more information.
Visit Destination Des Moines Website to learn more.



Bayside Brunch

Bayside Brunch - November 4th 2018

Join the Des Moines Legacy Foundation's for their annual Bayside Brunch was a rockin' good time on Sunday, November 4th at Anthony's Homeport in Des Moines. Revenue from tickets, raffles, auctions and buttons raised $1,000's for Des Moines and Normandy Park senior programs and services and for recreation scholarships for low income youth.
Visit Des Moines Legacy Website to learn more.



Squid-A-Rama

Squid-A-Rama - November 10th 2018

In partnership with the MaST Center at Redondo; The Des Moines arts commission hosts a free community event each year during the month of November called Squid-A-Rama! This is a fun, education event for everyone.
Visit Des Moines Arts Commission Website to learn more.



Des Moines Tree Lighting

Des Moines Tree Lighting – December 7th 2018

The first Friday of December marks the date for the annual Holiday Tree lighting event in the Des Moines Marina district. Destination Des Moines brings in sponsors to host this free Community event with cookies, hot cocoa, caroling and photos with Santa at Big Catch Plaza.
Visit Destination Des Moines Website to learn more.



Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa – December 8th 2018

Come enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Des Moines Activity center located at 2045 S. 216th Street. There are 2 seating's on December 8th; one at 9:15am and the other at 10:45am. Call 206-870-6527 to make your reservations today!



Argosy Christmas Ships

Argosy Christmas Ships and Bon Fires on the Beach - December TBD

Holiday traditions in the Northwest start on the water with Argosy Cruises. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship
Visit Argosy Cruises Website to learn more.


Waterland Wine & Art Walk

Waterland Wine & Art Walk – Wednesday February 21st

Destination Des Moines brings local artists and wineries together for a fun afternoon hosted by local businesses on Marine View Drive. The Waterland Wine & Art Walk is a collaboration with the Des Moines Arts Commission and the South Sound Spring Opener of boating season. The Art and Wine walk features local artists in Des Moines businesses. Participants enjoy wine tasting at most locations while viewing art.
Visit Destination Des Moines Website to learn more.



Poverty Bay Wine Festival

Poverty Bay Wine Festival – March 2nd and 3rd 2018

The Des Moines Rotary Club invites you to the annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival. This is your chance to get up close and personal with renowned local winemakers from over twenty of Washington State's finest wineries. The wine tastings will be flowing and bottles of your favorites will be available at special Poverty Bay Wine Festival prices. A great lively atmosphere with entertainers, strolling musicians and education from some of the best winemakers around.
Visit Poverty Bay Wine Festival Website to learn more.



Not Your Grandma's Bingo

Not Your Grandma's Bingo - March 23rd 2018

Join us at the Des Moines Activity Center for a night of food, fun, booze and prizes! A Des Moines Legacy Foundation community event with proceeds to support senior programs and a percentage to the DMLF Playground Challenge
Visit Des Moines Legacy Foundation Website to learn more.



Eggstravaganza – Easter Weekend

Eggstravaganza – Easter Weekend March 31st 2018

Des Moines Parks and Recreation hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt the Saturday before Easter each year. Leisurely EGG HUNT, crafts, prizes and Easter Bunny photos at Des Moines Beach Park. $5 per child.
Visit Des Moines City Website to learn more.




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