Hoops and Hops at Cowles Commons - March 16-17

Come and watch the NCAA First and Second Rounds at the Hoops & Hops Party Headquarters on Cowles Commons, and of course St. Patrick's Day celebrations on Saturday. The Iowa Craft Beer Tent, 7 Des Moines Food Trucks, 2 basketball courts, and more will be on Cowles Commons March 16 (11am-10pm) and 17th (9am-11pm). Free admission!


Special guest Jon Mero from season 13 of the voice will be performing Friday (7-9) & Saturday (5-7)! Raised in Des Moines Iowa, Jon Mero started his musical journey at the very young age of 4 years old and has continued to give his life to the art ever since. Jon's mother saw the music in him early on, by the age of 12, Jon was already considered a child prodigy at the piano and trumpet. From there, Jon's love for music continued to grow. During his life as a teenager and a young adult, Jon was no stranger to the stage, and entertaining. In fact he had won several local competitions including the Prairie Meadows Casino "Big Kahuna" contest as well as the "Iowa Idol" contest in 2007. Knowing without a doubt what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, Jon took a leap of faith in June of 2011, and moved from Des Moines, IA to Atlanta, GA. He then immediately began to get to work. In November of 2012 Jon joined the Celebrity Allstar Band (CAB), an Atlanta-based corporate band owned by Richard Smith. As the present lead male vocalist, Jon has continued to hone his craft as an entertainer and stage performer. Jon has also had opportunities with CAB to play with Mickey Thomas from Starship, as well as sing background for CeeLo Green in July 2016. Jon made it to the Top 12 on Season 13 of the NBC hit TV Show "The Voice" in 2017. Jon is a fearless entertainer. The stage is where he feels comfortable most. The sky is the limit for this multi-talented, phenomenal young man.

FRIDAY 11am-10pm
Iowa Craft Beer Tent - All Day
Basketball Courts and Bags - All Day
Food Trucks - All Day
All Basketball games on TV - All Day
Jon Mero - 7-9pm

SATURDAY 9am-11pm
Iowa Craft Beer Tent - All Day
Basketball Courts and Bags - All Day
Food Trucks - All Day
All Basketball games on TV - All Day
Jon Mero meet and greet - After parade (estimate 1pm)
Iowa Scottish Pipes and Drums - 4:30
Jon Mero - 5-7pm

Volunteer spots are now open: - CLICK HERE

Receive an event shirt, along with two drink tickets for volunteering All tips will be going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Iowa Chapter

Facebook event page: - CLICK HERE





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