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Getting Here

The East Village is located between the Iowa State Capitol and the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines, the East Village is highly-accessible by car, bike, bus, or foot!

By Car
From Interstate 235, take Exit 8B – East 6th St. Go south on East 6th into East Village. From Downtown, take Grand, Locust, Walnut, or Court Avenue east across the Des Moines River.

Tip: Need an address for your GPS? The epicenter of the East Village is 500 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309.

By Bike
East Village is connected to the extensive Central Iowa trail system via the Principal Riverwalk, Walnut Street bike lanes and local streets. Visit for links to Central Iowa trail maps.

Bike sharing is easy is easy with B-Cycle! Pick up a bike at a B-Cycle station and return near your destination. With three stations in the East Village and others scattered on the west side of downtown, it’s quick and affordable to get around for errands, lunch or leisure. More information at B-Cycle!

By D-Line Downtown Shuttle
The free downtown shuttle connects several downtown neighborhoods, hotels and attractions, including the central business district, Gateway West, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, East Village and State Capitol. Many attractions, including Court Avenue and Iowa Events Center, are a short walk from D-Line stops. Service runs Monday–Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DART routes 1 and 4 provide service to the East Village. For more information, including route maps and timetables, visit DART.

TIP: No need to wait at the bus stop for the D-Line Shuttle or DART Bus! Download the RideTime App for real-time transit information on your mobile device here:

By Foot
The East Village is an easy stroll to most downtown attractions. It’s approximately a 15 minute walk from the core of downtown at 6th and Locust to the heart of the East Village at East 5th and Locust.


There are many short and long term meters available in the East Village. Convenient parking is available in the ramp at East Second Street and East Grand Avenue; and East 4th and Des Moines Street.

There is also a free ramp at East Grand Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. Parking on the bridges is free.

For more information about parking in the East Village and Downtown Des Moines, visit here: