Welcome to the Des Moines
Downtown Neighborhood Association
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We exist to involve neighbors in a collective effort to enhance and celebrate the quality of residential life in downtown Des Moines.

Why should you join the DNA?

  • Enjoy exclusive member benefits, such as 50% off food up to $10 at High Life Lounge, El Bait Shop, Hessen Haus, Royal Mile, Buzzard Billy’s and Fong’s Pizza — now through September, 2024!
  • Be part of a community that’s trying to make downtown Des Moines a great place to live, work and play.
  • Stay informed about issues that affect local residents.
  • Get your voice heard in order to make a real difference.
  • Socialize and network during events at your favorite downtown hotspots, while also supporting those businesses and organizations.

Join Us for These Upcoming Events:

Saturday, June 29
DNA at the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market

  • 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Downtown Des Moines, Court Ave., Des Moines
  • Learn More

Stop by our booth and learn more about how to engage in the community and what we’re doing to improve the quality of life in downtown Des Moines.

Friday, July 26
DNA Traveling Coffee Hour

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Ritual Cafe
  • 13th St. between Grand & Locust
    1301 Locust St STE. D, Des Moines, IA 50309

Join the Downtown Neighborhood Association for coffee on the fourth Friday of the month. Our July location is Ritual Cafe. No agenda, just come and socialize with the neighbors while enjoying great coffee in downtown Des Moines. Mark your calendar and we’ll see you there!

Wednesday, July 31
DNA Board Meeting

  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Des Moines Public Library – Central Library – Meeting Room 1
  • 1000 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Our regularly scheduled meeting, open for all to attend. Members will receive the agenda by email in advance of the meeting. It will also be posted on our Facebook page. (Please note: July 31 will serve as our meeting date for August, since our regular meeting date in August will be busy with the State Fair Parade.)

Tuesday, August 6
National Night Out

  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • EMC Pocket Park
  • 7th and Walnut, Des Moines

National Night Out is an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. We hope you’ll come and celebrate with us this year at the EMC Pocket Park. We’ll have live music by The Sheet, food, beverages, and family activities. Fun for all!

Wednesday, August 7
Iowa State Fair Parade

  • 6:15 pm
  • West on Grand Ave. from the Iowa State Capitol to 15th St.

Watch for more details coming soon about lineup time and location! Join us as we show our Des Moines pride by carrying our DNA banner in the Iowa State Fair parade.

Want to get involved in the downtown Des Moines community?