Saturday, August 19, 2023


11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Details

When the Des Moines Art Center opened its doors in 1948, one of the first celebratory events was a joyful gathering on the museum lawn. Acclaimed architect Eliel Saarinen joined the fĂȘte and is pictured in his suit carrying a slice of cake. Our community came together, galvanized by a curiosity to experience the modern spaces and treasures of the new museum. 75 years later, the awe and inspiration of the Art Center endures.

We invite you to a free community event as we remember the past with a touch of nostalgia and embrace the future with an eye toward innovation. Join us for a day of old-fashioned games, music spanning the eras, food trucks, and, of course, celebratory cake! Featured food truck vendors include: Hey Schweetie, Lacheles Fine Foods, Outside Scoop, and The Traveling Bean.

This event is free, and no registration is required. Scheduled to take place rain or shine.


Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312 United States