The 80/35 Music Festival is a Downtown Des Moines staple! Founded in 2004, this festival has far surpassed the goals initially set forth by its founders, Des Moines Music Coalition. It's located in the heart of Downtown, at Western Gateway Park (12th and Locust). The timing for it is perfect, and occurs near the 4th of July holiday. This year the event was on the 4th and 5th of July!
Travelers of all ages and types, trekking from near and far to this sought-after festival, come to enjoy not only the music, but the activities, booths, local eateries and shops, and meet and greet tents. It is they who understand the excitement and overall experience that this festival provides to its thousands of loyal and fun-seeking fans. This is much more than a music festival; it's about more than the music. It is a celebration of inspiration and creativity in our city. It celebrates the rejuvenation of life in and of Downtown Des Moines.