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Food Truck Throwdown

May 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Brazilian 2wins perform at 5pm!

FOODIES UNITE! Join us at the Des Moines Social Club’s third annual Food Truck Throw Down for a kick-off to summer and celebration of local food and music fanfare. $5 admission gives attendees access to 15+ food trucks, live music, Iowa Beverage beer tents, art competitions, food eating contests, and more. In its third year, the Food Truck Throw Down has become a staple Des Moines festival and is expected to draw 5,000 people from downtown and beyond. It’s a bustling day in the heart of downtown Des Moines; attendees can start their day at the opening of the Downtown Farmers’ Market in the morning and continue their fun downtown in the evening.

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 12-8 PM (good news — we’ve got your lunch AND dinner covered!)
WHERE: 7th-9th streets on Cherry Street + the Des Moines Social Club Courtyard
TICKETS: $5 admission at event entrance (ages 10 and under free)


PARKING, etc: Free ramp parking is available east of the firehouse in the ramp between 8th & 9th St. and Mulberry & Cherry St. Enter the ramp via Mulberry St. only. DO NOT park in the West End Architectural Salvage lot. Free street parking is also available. View a map of additional downtown parking options here.

Biking, walking, carpooling, and DARTing are all encouraged forms of transportation to and from the event! If you plan to drink, please don’t plan to drive. Bike parking is available near the 8th St. entrance. DMSC and Iowa Beverage are not liable for any lost or stolen property.

ENTER FROM THE NORTH. All entrances to the Throw Down are on Mulberry Street, at the DMSC alley, 9th Street, and 8th Street. There will be NO event access outside of the marked entrances on the map below. We’ll have maps available for you at the entrances.

ADMISSION: Admission is $5. Kids 10 and under are free. Cash and cards will be accepted. If you would like to purchase beer, you will be ID’d and given a wristband at the entrance. PLEASE have your ID and form of payment ready.

DRINK TICKETS: Drink tickets must be purchased to redeem at the bars. All beverages cost one drink ticket and each drink ticket costs $5. BARS WILL NOT ACCEPT CASH. There are three locations to purchase drink tickets: under the 9th Street bridge, under the 8th Street bridge, and in the DMSC Courtyard. (See map.)

DRINKS: There are three bar locations (as seen on the map). All drinks cost one drink ticket (see above). Guests who bring in alcoholic beverages from outside the event may be asked to leave. Pop and water are available to purchase, 1 ticket for two non-alcoholic drinks. As always–we encourage you to safely enjoy any alcoholic beverages. If you plan to drink, please don’t plan to drive.

MUSIC: There will be great music all day on the DMSC stage in the Courtyard! Be sure to check it out from the Rooftop Patio, or take a load off at one of the picnic tables in the Courtyard area.

PLEASE help us keep our city clean! There will be plenty of places to dispose of trash and recyclables, we ask that you make the effort to locate those places.
PLEASE respect our neighbors! Our neighborhood is full of awesome restaurants, businesses, and residences. Please keep these guys in mind as you enjoy your time at the Throw Down. Don’t ask to use their bathrooms, don’t park in their parking spots, and please make sure all trash is disposed of properly.

SEATING: There will be picnic tables available for seating throughout the event area. Camp chairs or picnic blankets are permitted, though there may be limited space for them. Please consider others when choosing a place to take a load off. DMSC and Iowa Beverage are not liable for any lost or stolen property.

Cash or cards for admission, drink tickets, and merch!
ID if you want to drink beer
Rain jacket or umbrella (though we hope you won’t need it!)
Pets on leashes
Kids on leashes (or strollers, whatever…)
Bikes (we’ll have bike parking on 8th street)
Elastic-waist pants

Pets not on leashes


May 6, 2017
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Des Moines Social Club
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Des Moines Social Club
900 Mulberry St
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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