A road 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. Stay tuned for the full list of food and beverage vendors coming in May.


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

Emerging Artists Stage

Check out our free Emerging Artists Stage for a showcase of up and coming acts under the age of 21 from across Iowa.

Iowa Public Radio Stage

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

Performing Arts Showcase

The free Performing Arts Showcase is an opportunity for local entertainment groups to show off their talent.

Community Village

A hub for showcasing all things Des Moines with activities provided by local organizations and nonprofits. View details on having a booth in the community village.

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.

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.


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.