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


  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

  The fountain will be turned on by               Memorial Day. 


  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
6/2/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring Abby Normal 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
6/11/2017 Tony Awards Watch Party At Cowles Commons 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join us for our annual Tony Awards Watch Party Sunday, June 11 at Cowles Commons. The public is invited to this free event where food truck fare, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. Vendors will begin selling food and beverages at 5 p.m. and the Tony Awards telecast will begin at 7p.m.  Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

6/23/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring The Flying Marsupials 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
7/7/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring Randy Burk and the Prisoners 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
7/21/2017 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
9/22/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Featuring Final Mix Band 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
10/13/2017 Commons Off The Clock - Band TBD 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Des Moines Performing Arts
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  • Des Moines Performing
    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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