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Sips & Songs 2020

  • Overview

    Sips & Songs is a FREE weekly summer community celebration of music. It features performances by bands of varying genres in the Town Square park in The District at 1500 SW Main Street, in Ankeny! 
    Grab a chair or blanket & come enjoy these family friendly Friday night kick-offs to the weekend alongside your friends & neighbors. 

    NOTE: There will be music & drinks, but no food vendors this year. Please visit one of our 8 restaurants in The District for takeout & enjoy it in the park!

    The 2020 Season: Friday evenings, July 24 to September 25 -- 6 - 10pm. Music begins at 6pm

    July 24 features Tony Bohnenkamp! The release of Side 2 exposes a different view of Des Moines musician Tony Bohnenkamp. For nearly 20 years Tony has been active in the music industry, but Side 2 marks the life-long musician’s debut solo album. Tony has played just about every role — owner of a successful recording studio, well-known dueling pianist, drummer for The Nadas, singer for Lunchbox, not to mention producer/songwriter/composer — but now it’s time for Tony to showcase his own material. Side 2 features a collection of 10 original pop-rock tracks written, produced/recorded by Tony. Listeners will be quickly enticed as Tony weaves hook-laden melodies with commanding vocals that seep in and out of rocking arrangements. Listen at

    Social Distancing:  We’re excited to bring this outdoor event back for 2020 with these special social distancing measures in place.
    • The park will be marked with 7’ x 7’ areas to fit a family of 4-6 with 6’ in between each space.
    • The Town Square park can accommodate up to 1,300 people.
    • We will be monitoring/responding to the development of COVID-19, so watch our website and social media for updated information.
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    *no outside food or beverage. Wristbands will be provided at the gate for everyone 21 and over.

    *Be sure to check out Summer Music in The District live on Thursday Nights too!. With 8 patios in The District, summer is the place to enjoy outside dining. This year, we will be adding live acoustical music on Thursday evenings starting July 23 through mid-October.
    Choose a patio and enjoy the musicians stationed nearby. We’ll have 2-3 musicians spread throughout The District every Thursday evening from 5:30 – 8:30pm