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FESTIVAL LOCATION

The Festival is located in Western Gateway; on Grand Ave. and Locust St. between 10th St. to the East and 16th St. to the West in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. For a Google Maps location, plug in 1407 Locust St.

HOW TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL

So many options. You can ride your bike, walk, take DART, fly in your airpac, or drive.

BIKE
Bypass the traffic and ride your bike. We have a complimentary Bike Valet thanks to our friends at Friends of Central Iowa Trails. The Bike Valet is located between 15th & 16th street on Locust. The Bike Valet closes 30 minutes after the Festival closes.

RIDE THE BUS
Ride the bus! There are plenty of routes leading you into and out of downtown including Routes 11, 60, 98, and 99. Use the MyDART Trip Planner to plan out your route to the Festival: https://www.ridedart.com/mydart/trip-planner


The free D-Line Shuttle runs in a loop every 10 minutes from the Iowa State Capitol to Western Gateway Park. The Shuttle operates 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Running through the heart of downtown and the East Village, the D-Line provides access to restaurants, shopping, and attractions, including Court Avenue and the Iowa Events Center. For more information about the D-Line click here.

CARPOOL

If you must drive, we highly recommend approaching the Festival site from the North (MLK, Jr. Parkway)
It is also important to remember to plan for extra time when you’re traveling to and from the festival due to street closures and heavier visitor traffic downtown.

From the West

Take I235 E to the MLK Blvd. exit. Turn right, continue on MLK over Locust St. and under Grand Ave. bridge. Left on MLK Blvd. To park in the Nationwide Garage, turn left onto SW 11th St, continue to Walnut St. Turn right on Walnut St. The entrance is on the corner of Walnut St. and 12th St.

From the East

Take I235 E to the MLK Blvd. exit. Turn left, continue on MLK over Locust St. and under Grand Ave. bridge. Left on MLK Blvd. To park in the Nationwide Garage, turn left onto SW 11th St, continue to Walnut St. Turn right on Walnut St. The entrance is on the corner of Walnut St. and 12th St.

From the North


Take I-235 W to the MLK Jr. Pkwy. exit. Turn left, continue South on MLK Jr. Pkwy and follow the roadway east, by taking a left, along the south side of Downtown Des Moines. To park in the Nationwide Garage, turn left on 12th St. then turn right on Mulberry St. followed by a quick left into the parking ramp.

From the South

Take I-235 to the MLK Jr. Pkwy. exit. Turn right, and continue South on MLK Jr. Pkwy and follow the roadway east, by taking a left, along the south side of Downtown Des Moines. To park in the Nationwide Garage, turn left on 12th St. then turn right on Mulberry St. followed by a quick left into the parking ramp.

PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY

Nationwide Insurance provides FREE parking in their ramp at 1100 Walnut Street (between 10th and 12th St) after 11:00 a.m. on Friday through the weekend. Enter at the South entrance off Mulberry St.

HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY
Designated handicap parking is located on Walnut St., south of the Festival grounds, outside the 12th and Walnut entrance. Parking is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Wheelchairs are also available for checkout at the Volunteer Headquarters located on Walnut St. (between 12th and 13th St.) on a first-come, first-served basis.


VIP PARKING
The VIP Parking Lot is located at 212 Walnut Street, which is approximately at the intersection of 12th St. and Walnut St.

festival site

Locust St. between 17th - 10th St will close on Wednesday, June 24 at 9 a.m. through Monday, June 29 at 6 a.m. Heaviest traffic on Locust will be at rush hour.

Grand Ave. between 16th and 10th St. will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 through Monday, June 29 at 6 a.m. Access to the Downtown Library parking garage will be maintained.

Cross streets (12th, 13th, 15th) will be closed at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

All streets will reopen on Monday, June 29 at 6 a.m.

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