Nitefall on the River Rocks Des Moines with Dynamic Views and Sweet Beats

Nitefall on the RiverSince 1996, Nitefall on the River has been rocking the river with well-crafted beats, dynamic views of the city and ice-cold beverages.

Nitefall is a summertime tradition for my husband, friends and I. We’ve been to a dozen or more Nitefall shows, and here’s some inside information that I’ve found helpful over the years.


I highly recommend grabbing your tickets at Wooly’s (504 E. Locust St.) to avoid service fees! Wooly’s sells the Nitefall tickets Monday – Friday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Cash only, so stop by the ATM first!) If you can’t make it to Wooly’s, you can always purchase your tickets online at

Food and Drink:

You can’t bring outside food or beverages into the concert, but I recommend trying out one of the local restaurants in the East Village before the show. A couple of my favorites include: The Continental, Lucca, New World Cafe, Alba, Zombie Burger and Olympic Flame.

If you don’t have the time to eat before the show – no worries! Food and beverages are available for purchase – alcoholic drinks are $6 (Fat Tire, Somersault, Ranger IPA, Shift, Coors Light, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay), pop and water are $2, and the food options vary between $3-$8. (Make sure you bring cash for food.)

Bike to the Show…FREE Beer:

There is free, monitored bicycle parking at Nitefall. Plus, if you bike to the event and park inside you get a free can of Fat Tire for participating. Get your free beer by asking about it at the front gate upon arrival.

2014 Nitefall on the River – Concert Lineup (Remaining dates!):

Each time I’ve attend a Nitefall concert, I sit along the river bank starring at the Des Moines skyline, tapping my toes to the music and I can’t help but think to myself, “Wow, this is really the epitome of a perfect summer evening in Des Moines.”

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