Directions & Parking

The Wonder of Words Festival will take place in the Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, Downtown Des Moines.

Directions to the Wonder of Words Festival:

Coming from the West:

Take I-235 East
Take Exit 7A- MLK JR Parkway and turn right
Continue on MLK JR Parkway, turn left on Ingersoll Avenue
Continue east and turn right on 12th Street
The Festival is located in the Central Library

Coming from the East:

Take I-235 West
Take exit 8A- keep right follow signs to merge onto 3rd Street
Turn right on Grand Avenue
Continue west and turn left on 12th Street
The Festival is located in the Central Library

Coming from the South:

Take SW 9th Street
Turn keep right, continue onto SW 8th Street
Turn left on Grand Avenue
Continue west to 12th Street
The Festival is located in the Central Library

Parking

Parking at the Festival is easy with these options:

  • Parking Ramps located at 9th and Locust, 10th and Mulberry, and 11th and Mulberry. (Please note, hourly parking rates may apply.)
  • Parking is free at all city meters all day on Saturdays.
  • Limited parking is available in the parking ramp below the Central Library. The ramp can be accessed between 10th and 12th Streets on Grand Avenue.