Eat.Drink.Architecture. 2023

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Eat.Drink.Architecture. 2023

Iowa Architectural Foundation's progressive food, drink, and architecture tour of Downtown Des Moines

By Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF)

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, April 15 · 11am - 3:30pm CDT


Ken's, a speakeasy at the Iowa Taproom 215 East 3rd Street Lower Level Des Moines, IA 50309

Refund Policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.

About this event

  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Join us for Eat.Drink.Architecture 2023! This year's event will start and end at Ken’s Not-So-Secret Speakeasy in the lower level of the Iowa Tap Room. Fortified with food and drink, you will then set out on an architecture tour through the up-and-coming Market District. After a stop to refuel at Truman’s Pizza / Rita’s Cantina, the tour continues across the river into the Historic Court Avenue District with a stop to rest and eat again at The Red Monk/Royal Mile on historic 4th Street. After a taste of what they have to offer, the tour will head into the Civic Center Historic District along the Des Moines River and into the East Village. The tour will return to Ken’s for a final drink and dessert to end the day. Participants are welcome to purchase additional drinks at Ken's or put your name in for a table upstairs in the Iowa Taproom.

Participants will have 4 separate starting times, so there will be no delays. Departure times will be at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm or 12:30 pm. Please select your preferred tour time below when you register.  

Each stop will feature samples of food and adult beverages as well as conversation with the tour volunteers. Along the tour route, you’ll have fun socializing, while enjoying a guided walking tour of the architecture in downtown Des Moines. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance.  Purchase now as this event always sells out! 

Eat.Drink.Architecture is sponsored by the Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) and Full Court Press restaurants. Thanks to Jeff Bruning and FCP, 100% of the proceeds will help fund Iowa Architectural Foundation programming around the state, increasing the public's awareness of the value of architecture in building a better world. 


Event Details:

Saturday, April 15, 2023.

Rain or Shine. Event will last approximately 3 hours from your scheduled start time. 

Route begins at Ken's, downstairs at the Iowa Taproom, 215 East 3rd Street, Des Moines

Tickets are $40.00 each and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are limited, so order quickly.



Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The event is open to all ages, but you must be 21 or older to enjoy the adult beverage samples at each tour stop. 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Street parking is available in the blocks surrounding the Iowa Taproom in the East Village. You may need coins or the city parking card for some meters.

What can I bring into the event?

Bring good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Feel free to bring your own water bottle and a camera to take pictures if you'd like as well. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact the director of the Iowa Architectural Foundation, Laura Porter, with any questions:

Phone the day of: Tina Rhodes - 515-210-7751

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need to bring your printed ticket. We will have a list of all paid ticket holders at the door.

About the organizer

Founded in 1989, the Iowa Architectural Foundation (IAF) is a charitable organization in Iowa promoting the awareness and appreciation of architecture and design. IAF engages the public with architecture and design through youth and adult education, community design charrettes, and public awareness programs.