River Bend Neighborhood Association

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Join us on July 13th for the next Heart of DSM Farmers Market in River Bend!

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River Bend Neighborhood Home Tours


The River Bend Neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Des Moines, Iowa. Within this area, you’ll find a diverse mix of families living in some of the oldest homes in the city. Many of the houses in River Bend date back to the 1870’s. Each year, the Neighborhood Association sponsors a tour of homes in the district. 



About Us and Membership

The River Bend Neighborhood Association was formed in 1986 when a group of neighbors met to discuss how to better meet the needs of the area’s residents and how to preserve the historic nature of neighborhood.

River Bend FAQ

Everything you wanted to know about the River Bend Neighborhood Association, including how to report problems, renovation ideas, contractor recommendations and more, in an easy to read Question and Answer format.

Heart of Des Moines Farmers Market 

Inspired by Sweet Tooth Farm, an urban farm located right in River Bend, the River Bend Neighborhood Association hosts a monthly farmers market. This market brings nutrient dense foods to neighbors; provides opportunities for local, small, BIPOC and women-owned businesses; brings neighbors together for fun and community; and shines a positive light in the neighborhood. The Heart of Des Moines Farmers Market is hosted on the corner of 6th & Washington in the revitalized 6th Ave. Corridor from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month from June through October.

VENDORS and ENTERTAINERS: You can join the market any time. Email us for information about how.