Live Music All Summer Long

—Olson-Larsen Galleries presents dsmArts—

Above: Local musicians liven up summer nights in the “Social Irrigation” series at the Botanical Garden. Photo: Ivory House Photography.

By Michael Morain

If the spirit of Maria von Trapp ever tires of cavorting through the Alps, she should come to Des Moines. This time of year, the city is alive with the sound of music.

In fact, if you play your cards right—and toss a lawn chair in the trunk—you could catch an outdoor concert almost every day of the week from now through September. The list below comprises 160 concerts in 11 series, ranging from elegant “Social Irrigation” events at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden to come-as-you-are picnics at Summerset Winery. Most are free, but a few require a small cover charge.

Beaverdale Farmers Market
Beaver and Urbandale avenues
4-7:30 p.m.
June 5-Sept. 11

Jasper Winery
Just south of Water Works Park
6-9 p.m.
This week (Ade and the Soul Brothers) through Aug. 2

Music in the Junction
At the Valley Junction Farmers Market in West Des Moines
5:30-8:30 p.m.
This week (Brian Holtz Band) through Sept. 27

Social Irrigation
Trellis Cafe at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
6-8:30 p.m.
June 14-Sept. 27

Camp Dodge Summer Concert Series
7 p.m. at the camp’s pool complex
May 24-July 19

The Belin Quartet
Various downtown venues
12:15-1 p.m.
May 25-July 27

Snus Hill Winery
Between Madrid and Slater
6:30-9:30 p.m.
This week (Hot Tamale and the Red Hots) through Sept. 21

Tunes on the Terrace
Cafe Baratta’s at the State Historical Building of Iowa
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
This week (Austin Ellis) through July 27

Covered Bridges Winery
7-10 p.m.
May 19; June 2, 9, 30; July 14, 28; Aug. 11, 25; Sept. 22; Oct. 20; Nov. 10

Snus Hill Winery
Between Madrid and Slater
2-5 p.m.
This week (Bill Martin Group) through Oct. 14

Summerset Winery
2-5 p.m.
This week (Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets) through June 24

Music Under the Stars
On the west terrace of the state Capitol
7-9 p.m.
June 10-July 15

In addition to the weekly concerts listed, remember Nightfall on the River,,
and Windsor Heights’ casual Music in the Park series is being planned again. Watch for details to be announced here:

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