A roadside attraction worth stopping for! Discover mind-bending music. Engage with eye-popping art. Devour delicious fest foods. Savor sweet brews. Shop local faves. Learn about community non-profits. Hula-hoop to your heart’s content. (And that’s just the start.)

Eat & Drink

Enjoy a variety of foods and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on the festival grounds.

2023 food vendors will be announced spring of 2023

Activities

Watch breathtaking performances, pick up unique pieces from local artisans, and learn about local organizations making a difference in Des Moines.

Emerging Artists at 80/35

Check out up and coming bands under the age of 21 as part of our Emerging Artists Series

Iowa Public Radio Stage

Stop by the free IPR stage for exclusive performances and interviews with bands from the festival and across the state.

Official 80/35 Merch Tent

Official 80/35 merchandise (t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, water bottles and koozies) and band merch will be available for purchase at the Merch Tent.

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company Community Village

A hub for showcasing all things Des Moines with activities provided by local organizations and nonprofits.

Kids Zone

Featuring free activities for children of all ages from 4 pm – 7 pm Friday and 1 pm – 7 pm Saturday. The zone includes crafts, face-painting, hula hooping, and more.

DMMC info booth

Stop by to learn about the work of the Des Moines Music Coalition, the nonprofit organization behind 80/35.

History

What began as a little music festival in a forgotten downtown has helped revitalize a city and inspire the next generation of performers.

80/35: Now Meets Then

80/35 began as a two-day festival in downtown Des Moines in 2008, featuring headliners The Flaming Lips and The Roots. Its goal? To encourage music discovery and bring new sounds to Des Moines. And so it did. Since then, 80/35 has always encouraged listeners to celebrate and support music in our great city.

As a nonprofit festival, 80/35 has always tied the experience of the music festival back to its mission to strengthen and diversify the local music ecosystem in Des Moines. This is done through year-round education programs, professional development opportunities, and mentorship within the local music community.