Cowles Commons


Come see for yourself why Cowles Commons is the talk of the town! This completely renovated space is lushly landscaped with over 12,000 perienials and 40 trees, includes a kid-friendly zero-depth fountain and the beloved Crusoe Umbrella remains a focal point of the space.


Policies and Rules


For rental inquiries, please contact Miranda Lee.


  Cowles Commons

  Daily: 6:00 AM to Midnight


  Lauridsen Fountain Seasonal Hours
  Sunday-Friday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  Saturday: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM


  Hours subject to change for events


  • The Gardner and Florence Call Cowles Foundation
  • The Principal Financial Group
  • Lauridsen Family Endowment
  • Kruidenier Charitable Foundation
  • Vision Iowa
  • The City of Des Moines
  • Prairie Meadows
  • Wells Fargo
  • Polk County Board of Supervisors
  • William and Susan Knapp


Cowles Commons Events
7/26/2017 Metro Arts Jazz in July 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
7/28/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring The Punching Pandas 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
8/4/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring The Brazilian 2Wins 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
8/25/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring The Tony Valdez Large Band 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
9/8/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring Bob Dorr & The Blue Band 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
9/9/2017 Touchdown Tailgate 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

The 2017 Touchdown Tailgate Party will be held at Cowles Commons on September 9th. The event will feature a 40 foot TV Jumbotron for viewing the Iowa vs. ISU football game at 11 a.m., the Nebraska Cornhuskers game at 3:30 p.m., the UNI Panthers at 4 p.m., and the Ohio State game at 6:30 p.m. It will also have a bags tournament starting at 2:30 p.m. with prize money. FREE ADMISSION. All ages welcome. Food and beverages from Iowa Craft Beer Tent will be available for purchase.

9/22/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring Final Mix Band 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
10/13/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Boogie Wonderland 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Des Moines Performing Arts
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    Arts Partnerships:
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit corporation presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states. It is the presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is the performing home of many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. Events, dates, times, performers and prices subject to change without notice.
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