A Downtown Renaissance
Over the past 10 years, Des Moines has transformed into a vibrant, cultured city. Maxwell residents can walk across the street for an evening at the Des Moines Social Club, catch an Iowa Cubs game at Principal Park, watch a Broadway show at the Civic Center, attend a festival in Western Gateway Park, visit and visit the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market and much more.
Living Well Downtown
Downtown Des Moines is a flourishing rich community. Use these resources to access calendars, event details, restaurant information and more.
Des Moines Social Club
Located across the street from Maxwell, the Des Moines Social Club is an innovative arts and entertainment venue housed in Des Moines' historic art deco firehouse. Take a yoga class, test your knowledge at a trivia competition, support local artists or grab a coffee all under one roof.
Need tips on what to do in downtown? Follow our blog to discover what's happening, where to eat and what to do.
How America's Dullest City Got Cool
One meeting, a visionary planner and old-fashioned Iowan cooperation reinvented Des Moines
What is the water trails plan for Des Moines?
The new plan envisions the water trails and greenways of Greater Des Moines as a natural haven with a healthy ecosystem as well as an appealing recreational destination, economic driver, and community space. The committee's goal is to make the area safely available to people of all ages, abilities, interests, incomes, and cultures, enabling the entire community to interact more closely with our beautiful environment.
Reasons to Love Living in Downtown Des Moines
Downtown Des Moines has grown into a business and cultural center that consistently receives national attention. Des Moines is attracting a broad spectrum of people because the city holds something for just about everyone, which the city's many recent national media mentions illustrate.