Outside the music, there is going to be a ton of stuff to check out during 80/35.
The Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC) will host meet & greets with 80/35 performing artists, as well as give out a free local music compilation featuring the Iowa bands of 80/35, free 80/35 buttons and more! The DMMC will also provide information regarding the festival and its other programs. Guests will be able to have their photo taken with the 80/35 Party Robot, which stands 12 feet tall! Located on 12th St.
As part of 80/35, the DMMC presents Music University: On the Road with the Bands of 80/35, a free panel for those interested in the world of touring as a performing artist on Friday, July 5 at 4:30pm at Ritual Cafe. Marc Hogan (music writer for Spin, Pitchfork, Paste) will moderate a discussion with Tom Carlson (tour manager for David Byrne & St. Vincent), members of Roster McCabe, and Patrick Tape Fleming (Poison Control Center, Gloom Balloon).
Meredith Kids Zone
This area will feature free activities for children of all ages from 5pm-7pm on Friday and 12pm-7pm on Saturday. Located at 13th and Grand, the zone will feature large inflatables, face-painting, hula hooping, arts and crafts, as well as water rocket experiments with the Science Center of Iowa. Des Moines Onstage will perform musical numbers at 6:15pm both nights.
U.S. Cellular Loyalty Lounge
Current customers can receive loyalty points and non-customers will have the opportunity to check out all that U.S. Cellular has to offer by browsing phones and learning about loyalty rewards. In addition, festival fans will have the chance to charge their cell phones, play games for rewards, pose for photos and enter into special giveaways for U.S. Cellular merchandise. Located on Locust St., west of 10th.
YPC Do More Village
A hub for showcasing all things Des Moines featuring interactive exhibits and unique demonstrations, all provided by local organizations and non-profits on Locust St.
Nuclear Energy Lounge
Need a place to relax and re-energize between rocking out to the beats of your favorite bands in the hot summer sun? Stop by the Nuclear Energy Lounge next to the Kum & Go stage where you can sit back and continue to enjoy the must. Spin the wheel in the Kum & Go tent for your chance at prizes including an ice cold Nuclear Energy Drink, a Nuclear Sports Quencher, Kum & Go sunglasses and more!
Interactive Art & Photos
Photographers INEZ Inc. bring a new experience to the festival in 2013. #thisis8035 is a photographic compilation of the thousands of individuals in attendance at the 80/35 music festival. The project aims to capture the authenticity and individuality found in the masses of a two-day gathering in the heart of Iowa. Additionally, the Des Moines Art Center’s Art Noir is presenting 80/35: Confessions, a public art project that invites people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of the people around them during 80/35. Visit the Inez’s Inc. and Art Noir booths to learn more about these projects.
Drake University Start-Up Central
An interactive networking hub organized by Drake and the University’s Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurial Outreach, will be located on Locust St. between 10th and 12th. Startup Central will focus on idea generation, networking opportunities, entrepreneurial mini-workshops, and other interactive activities.
Aerial Dance Performances
The Goddesses and the Flying Eagles Acrobalance Troupe will provide aerial dance entertainment on the Kum & Go Stage throughout the festival.
Live Art Installation
Local artists will live paint art installations featuring 80/35 acts on Locust St. between 10th and 12th.
Body by Svec
A long standing tradition at 80/35, local artist, Emily Svec, will again turn the human form into a body of art.
A water-misting tent (on Locust, west of 13th St.) will cool down festival-goers all weekend.
Dart’s D-Line: Free shuttle service will be provided during 80/35 from Dart’s D-Line. The route will run from 10th & Locust to the Capital with stops along the way on Friday, July 6 all day until midnight and Saturday, July 7 from 11am to midnight.
Bike Parking: Festival-goers are encouraged to ride their bike to 80/35. A free secured bike parking lot will be located on Locust, west of 13th.
Official 80/35 merchandise (t-shirts, posters, buttons) and band merch will be available for purchase at the Merch Tent on 12th St.
Go shopping for cool items at 80/35! Vendors include: Where It’s At (clothing, bags, jewelry), Iowahenna Iowaglitter (temp tattoos, artwork), Krochet Kids (handcrafted items), Sunshine Daydream (purses, clothing), Synergy Organic Clothing (clothing), Small Room Collective (clothing, art supplies, music), Isms (jewelry, leather, fur), Amano (clothing, handbags, jewelry), To Write Love On Her Arms (clothing, accessories), Nicole & Dime Designs (jewelry), Legalize Iowa (shirts, stickers, lanyards), Fester’s Bazaar (clothing, jewelry, art, houseware items), Groovy Planet (handmade fair trade craft items), and Band of Gypsies Handmade Collective (jewelry, leather goods, printmaking).
Food and Drink
A wide variety of food and drink options will be at 80/35, including Rocky Mountain Kettle Corn (popcorn), Thelma’s (desserts), Tropical Sno (Hawaiian shaved ice), Campbell’s Family Concessions (frozen non-alcoholic drinks), Mediterranean Grill (steak, chicken, lamb, vegetarian), Island Noodles (stir-fried hawaiian noodle, veggies, chicken), Mao Homemade Egg Roll (chinese, pad thai), Pizza on Wheels (pizza, veggie pizza, lemonade), Hawaiian Grill (hawaiian cuisine), Hardenbrook Concessions (corndogs, grinders, veggie grinders), Gusto Pizza Co. (italian), Asase Yaa Food (vegetarian and vegan options), Starkys BBQ (BBQ, brisket), Taco Loco (Mexican food, tacos, quesadillas, flour tacos, burritos and mexican sandwiches) and Los Primos Grill (mexican). Food prices will vary.
Beer and Wine
Can beer includes Coors Light, Coors, PBR, New Belgium Fat Tire, New Belgium Ranger IPA, New Belgium Shift, Redd’s Apple Ale, and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Draft beer includes Blue Moon, Peace Tree Blonde Fatale, Peace Tree Red Rambler, and Peace Tree Kolsch. Jasper Winery will have Iowa wines available including La Crescent (dry white), Norton (dry red), Lucy Lane (sweet red), Sparking Edelweiss (bubbly white) and Jasper Sangria. Beer and wine will sell for 4 for $20 or $6 each.
Pepsi soda products will be available for $3, bottled water for $3, and Red Bull for $3. Free water filling stations will also be located on the festival grounds. Some of the food vendors will also be selling nonalcoholic beverages.
Before/After the Festival
The festival may end at midnight, but there is still plenty to do in Des Moines. Whether you are interested in listening to some more live music, grabbing a beer or a bite to eat, or looking for something fun to do, check out our list of some of the hottest places to see and hang when the stages are cleared.