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By Chris Sampson

Des Moines Festival Roundup

80/35 

When: July 8th and 9th

Where: Western Gateway Park - 13th and Locust

Camping:  No

Price: 2 day pass - $80, Single day pass - $45, many stages can be seen without a ticket

Headliners: Nas, The Decemberists, Lotus, Wolf Parade, Black Lips

Website: http://2016.80-35.com/

About: In its 9th year 80/35 has always thrown a great festival. For those that don't want to pay the ticket price, there are a number of smaller stages that can be seen for free (only the main stage requires tickets). The smaller stages still have a wonderful combination of national touring acts and local bands. 

 

515 Alive

When: July 22nd and 23rd

Where: Western Gateway Park - 13th and Locust

Camping:  No

Price: 2 day pass - $59, VIP $89.50

Headliners: Zeds Dead, Machine Gun Kelly, ASAP Ferg, DESTRUCTO

Website: http://www.515alive.com/

About: In its 14th year 515 Alive is still bringing DJ's, live bands, and hip hop acts to over 10,000 people.

 

Hinterland

When: August 5th and 6th

Where: Avenue of the Saints Ampitheater, St. Charles Iowa

Camping:  Yes - $25

Price: 2 day pass - $95, Friday Only - $49, Saturday Only - $59

Headliners: Willie Nelson, Ray LaMontagne, Grace Potter, 

Website: http://hinterlandiowa.com/

About: In its 2nd year, Hinterland is the new kid on the block of local festivals. Concentrating more on the folk/country side of music they bring some very big names. Plus they have the advantage of camping available on site, so you can spend the whole weekend.

 

Kosmos

When: August 26th and 27th

Where: Avenue of the Saints Ampitheater, St. Charles Iowa

Camping:  Yes

Price: 2 day pass - $49.50, 2 day VIP - $79.50

Headliners: Papadosio, Future Rock, Bleep Blop

Website: http://www.kosmosfestival.com/

About: Kosmos features some great electronic music in a beautiful outdoor setting with camping. Come for the music and dancing, stay for the art, fire spinners, flow artists, yoga and more.