festival info
Friday, July 7
DOORS: 4 pm
MUSIC: 5 - 11 pm
Saturday, July 8
DOORS: 11 am
MUSIC: NOON - 11 pm
12th and Locust, Des Moines, Iowa
When will the rest of the lineup and schedule be released?
Coming in mid-May. Stay tuned!
Where do I buy tickets?
Two-Day, Friday Only and Saturday Only tickets are on sale now at midwestix.com. Tickets can also be purchased with no service fees at Zzz Records, 2200 Ingersoll Ave.
How much do tickets cost?
Get all the details you need on ticketing prices at midwestix.com.
What about kids?
Kids under 11 get in free to the paid area when accompanied by a parent or guardian with a ticket. Children 11 and older will be charged regular admission price. The Kids Zone at 13th and Grand has a bunch of all free activities including inflatables, arts & crafts, hula-hoops and more.
What can I see for free?
As part of the Des Moines Music Coalition’s mission to grow the music scene, 80/35 works to expose more people to live music by making sure the festival is accessible to everyone. The free area includes multiple free stages (Kum & Go Stage, Nationwide Stage, Gen Z Showcase, IPR Live Sessions), plus a Kids Zone, arts & crafts, food & drink vendors and more. The Hy-Vee Main Stage requires a ticket.
Can I get a press or photo pass?
All working members of the media are invited to cover 80/35. Passes are limited. To be considered, please fill out the press pass application.
Getting Here
How do I get to the festival?
The hub of the festival is at 12th and Locust St. in downtown Des Moines. Get directions here. The festival grounds encompass Locust St. from 13th to 15th St. and surrounding areas. The ticketing tent to exchange your ticket for a wristband or to buy tickets is on 12th St., just south of Locust St. A grounds map will be released closer to the festival.
What about parking?
There are numerous free parking ramps and plenty of street parking surrounding the festival grounds.
Can I ride my bicycle?
Yes, and we encourage it! There will be free, secured bike parking.
Can I take public transportation?
Yes, and we hope you do! Leave your car at home and take advantage of late-night bus service to 80/35. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) is providing extended, late-night service on its Route 60 to take people to and from the festival. Route 60 runs between downtown Des Moines and 42nd Street using University and Ingersoll Avenues. The route will run every 20 minutes until midnight on Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8. Go here for bus schedules and times.
Rules and Day of Details
What can I bring?
CAN BRING: chairs (only in designated areas), blankets, small non-frame backpacks, one empty water bottle per person, one factory-sealed water bottle, small snack, empty camelbacks, personal pocket sized point and shoot only cameras.
What should I leave at home?
DON’T BRING: illegal drugs, weapons, fireworks, pets, coolers, outside beverages (except water), large frame backpacks, audio recording devices, professional photography equipment, including cameras with interchangeable lenses and SLRs.
What other rules should I know about?
- No unauthorized vending.
- Underage drinking is prohibited.
- Keep the festival grounds clean. Use the marked trash and recycling stations.
- Smoking is not permitted in the paid, gated area. Smoking is allowed in the free area.
- No audio or video taping.
What if it rains?
The festival is rain or shine.
Is the festival accessible?
Yes, there are accessible pathways for wheelchairs throughout the festival. Each stage will feature a designated wheelchair user area in front of the sound boards. Additionally, accessible portable toilets are located throughout the grounds.
What types of food and drink are available?
We feature an assortment of options for everyone. Stay tuned for a full list.
Is the festival accessible?
Yes, there are accessible pathways for wheelchairs throughout the festival. Each stage will feature a designated wheelchair user area in front of the sound boards. Additionally, accessible portable toilets are located throughout the grounds.
Vistors to Des Moines
Where can I stay?
Hyatt Place Downtown Des Moines
418 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
.4 miles. 5 minute walk from festival grounds.
King Room + Sofa Sleeper - $149
Double Queen Room plus Sofa Sleeper - $159
Comp Shuttle, Comp wifi, Comp breakfast, Comp fitness, Indoor Pool
Call for 80/35 rate: (515) 282-5555

Holiday Inn Express - Downtown
333 SW 11th Street, Des Moines, Iowa
.5 miles. 10 minute walk from festival grounds.
Double Queen/Single King - $129
Get deal online here or call (515) 657-8181 and provide the code: FST.

Holiday Inn - Mercy
1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
1.1 miles. 21 minute walk from festival grounds.
Free shuttle service
Double - $109
King - $109
Get deal online here or call 515-283-0151 and reference the 80/35 attendee block.

Candlewood Suites
7625 Office Plaza Drive, West Des Moines, Iowa
9.8 miles. 16 minute drive from festival grounds.
Studio Suite - $110
One Bedroom Suite - $125
Call 515-221-0001 and ask for the 80/35 attendee rate.
What can I do while I’m here?
So much! Visit the Catch Des Moines section on our website to get recommendations on what to see and do while you are here.
Iowa Public Radio Live Sessions
Iowa Public Radio Studio One will host exclusive live sessions and interviews with 80/35 acts. Follow @IPRStudioOne on Twitter for updates on participating bands, set times, and broadcast details.

Kids Zone
Featuring free activities for children of all ages from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Located at 13th and Grand, the zone will feature large inflatables, face-painting, hula hooping, arts and crafts, and much more.

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

Bike Valet
Festival-goers are encouraged to ride their bike to 80/35. A free, secure bike valet parking lot will be featured this year.

Every year 80/35 features unique art displays. Stay tuned for details. It will be cool.

Performing Arts Stage
Featuring artists from around the state, showcasing everything from aerial acrobatics, breakdancing, circus arts and more.

Mist Tent
A water-misting tent will cool down festival-goers all weekend.

Official 80/35 merchandise (t-shirts, posters, buttons, and a few surprises) and band merch will be available for purchase at the Merch Tent.

Numerous vendors will be selling various items throughout the entire festival including clothing, posters, hats, jewelry, purses and more.

Food & Drink

Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ Lounge
The exclusive Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ Lounge will be the only place at the festival to feature select Lagunitas beers, plus an assortment of mixed drinks and wine. The Lounge will be located in the northwest corner, inside the paid area. Upgrade your 80/35 experience, by purchasing a Lounge wristband for $15 (includes one free drink ticket) in advance or buy day of just outside the Lounge entrance. All DMMC Members and VIP pass holders get complimentary access to the Lounge. Don’t have an 80/35 ticket? Sorry, you can’t access the lounge without an 80/35 ticket and a Lounge wristband.

A wide variety of food and drink options will be available at 80/35. Food prices will vary. Stay tuned for our vendor list.

Beer & Wine
TBA, it will be wonderful.

Non-alcoholic Beverages
Non-alcoholic beverage tickets will be available for purchase. Free water filling stations will also be located on the festival grounds. Some of the food vendors will also be selling nonalcoholic beverages.

More information on activities coming soon!
get involved
80/35 would not be possible without the more than 550 volunteers that donate their time before, during and after the festival. This is truly a festival for the community by the community. We would love for you to get involved!
Day of Volunteering
This is our most popular option for getting involved. Volunteer shifts are available from Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9 and shifts typically last 4-5 hours. In exchange for your time, you are can get a free one or two-day ticket and 80/35 staff t-shirt. Apply to volunteer now.
Pre-Festival Planning
Our planning team volunteers work with project manager, Amedeo Rossi and/or Des Moines Music Coalition board members on things like vending, booking, activities, ticketings, marketing and more. If you are looking to invest more time and really make an impact on the festival, this is the area for you. Contact amedeo@desmoinesmc.com for details.
Become an Ambassador
New this year! We’re launching an ambassador program to help spread the word about 80/35 and you get perks for selling tickets to your friends. More details coming soon. In the meantime, email jill@on-pitch.com with your contact information to get notified when sign ups are available.
catch des moines

Come for 80/35. Stay for everything that makes Greater Des Moines awesome. We've partnered with the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide helpful resources for all the visitors joining us in Des Moines for 80/35 weekend.

Things to Do
Catch free festivals and more than 600 miles of trails. Sip on local beers, experience outdoor concerts and local eats. Des Moines is a city full of things to do. Find a new adventure. Create your perfect weekend. Catch it all in Des Moines.

Here's a snapshot of a few things we think you’d like to explore during 80/35 weekend. View more at catchdesmoines.com.

Music Venues
Wooly's; Vaudeville Mews; Gas Lamp; The Basement, Lefty's; Noce

515 Brewing Company; Confluence; Exile; Iowa Taproom; Peace Tree

El Bait Shop; Up-Down; Juniper Moon; Johnny's Hall of Fame; The Lift; Hessen Haus; Blazing Saddle; Royal Mile

Americana; Alba; Centro; Malo; Fongs Pizza; Guru BBQ, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

Coffee Shops
Ritual Cafe; Java Joes; Sidebar; Smokey Row; Mars Coffee Bar; Capes Kafe; Scenic Route

Downtown Farmers Market; John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park; Des Moines Social Club; Iowa Cubs

Raygun; Hill Vintage; Preservation; Atomic Garage; Eden; Plain Talk Books; Domestica

Gray's Lake; Water Works Park

Deals & Discounts
Get more bang for your buck in Greater Des Moines. Save at local restaurants, attractions and retailers with deals and discounts from Greater Des Moines and Visitors Bureau Partners. Do more but spend less. Catch deals and discounts at catchdesmoines.com/funpass.

Check out more amazing opportunities in Greater Des Moines by visiting catchdesmoines.com.

It’s because of our phenomenal sponsors that we’re able to keep ticket prices low and feature so many free activities for a weekend of music in downtown Des Moines. Support these business that help make 80/35 happen!