Des Moines Performing Arts Civic Center

221 Walnut St (at 2nd Ave), Des Moines, IA 50309
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  • Mon–Fri
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines servse as an outstanding community performing arts center, accessible to all, where people may be educated, entertained and enlightened.


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  • "If you're going to see Wicked come 2 1/2 hours early and try your luck at..." (2 tips)
  • "Mr. Valli was AMAZING & AWESOME! A GREAT entertainer!..." (2 tips)
  • "The StageWest season ticket is a great value. They do..." (2 tips)
  • John P.

    I am often here for work and never have a bad experience. Enjoy their staff, the performances, and connecting with other people in the arts here.

    John P. · October 24, 2010
  • Dale S.

    Pre-order your drinks for intermission. Ask your bartender!

    Dale S. · January 11, 2010
  • Kevin L.

    See wicked! was a great performance!

    Kevin L. · November 7, 2011
  • Kensie S.

    For many musicals the seating is better in the back for acoustics.

    Kensie S. · November 6, 2011
  • Paul S.

    The seating effing SUCKS here. Old man after old man climbs over you and trips on your feet. The seats are so effing narrow it's awkward as f@*k to try and stand up to let people pass.

    Paul S. · March 28, 2010
  • Heidi M.

    The StageWest season ticket is a great value. They do thought-provoking, fun performances at the Civic Center's Stoner Theater.

    Heidi M. · April 9, 2011
  • Billy W.

    I thought Wicked was a good show. I did not find myself humming any tunes as I left. This will most likely be the only time I see this production.

    Billy W. · November 13, 2011
  • Adam B.

    Get season tickets. Seriously. For a little more than you pay for one show, you can go to 5-7 shows at astonishingly affordable prices. Park at 5th and Walnut -- it's hardly used on show nights.

    Adam B. · April 1, 2013
  • Matt S.

    Book of Mormon, fantastic production!

    Matt S. · February 2, 2013
  • Kassie G.

    Bring It On! <3

    Kassie G. · February 29, 2012
  • Dana V.

    Go to court ave for drinks before... they are way cheaper! I suggest mickeys

    Dana V. · January 27, 2011
  • officialfye

    Are you a Rock of Ages fan? Now that you’ve checked into Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, be sure to stop by your local f.y.e and check-in to save $2 on the Rock of Ages soundtrack ($7.99 after dis Read more

    officialfye · January 19, 2011
  • Dennis S.

    Blue man group

    Dennis S. · February 19
  • Deb G.

    Smart Talk

    Deb G. · February 6
  • A. D.

    Try and get seats lower than doors E4&W4

    A. D. · January 25
  • Nick D.

    Wicked was fantastic

    Nick D. · November 10, 2013
  • Amy R.

    Mr. Valli was AMAZING & AWESOME! A GREAT entertainer! We had a terrific time!!

    Amy R. · October 5, 2013
  • frnlrwme

    Frankie Valli - his Four Seasons were cute.

    frnlrwme · October 5, 2013
  • David S.

    Not a bad seat in the house...except the one you didn't buy.

    David S. · March 17, 2013
  • Eric K.

    Symphony sounds just as good in a $15 seat.

    Eric K. · February 24, 2013
  • Tracy H.

    They sell Chocolate Storybook goodies at the concessions! Yum! Do it!

    Tracy H. · February 2, 2013
  • Aaron M.

    Always a good show here. Extreme sides of the aisles block most of the view of the stage. Event staff have been less than polite.

    Aaron M. · January 27, 2013
  • Teri H.

    Yo Gabba Gabba was fantastic

    Teri H. · January 16, 2013
  • KickTickets

    Comedy Xperiment at Monday, Dec 31, 2012 Read more

    KickTickets · October 27, 2012
  • Brady A.

    Fresh Beat Band going Bananas!

    Brady A. · October 24, 2012
  • Tricia F.

    Les Misérables is AMAZING!!!

    Tricia F. · October 3, 2012
  • Martin B.

    Great shows!!!

    Martin B. · October 3, 2012
  • Angie R.

    You better BRING IT!

    Angie R. · March 3, 2012
  • K B.

    If you're going to see Wicked come 2 1/2 hours early and try your luck at the lottery. We got a pair of orchestra seats for $25 each! Cash on hand a must.

    K B. · November 19, 2011
  • Amy

    Not a single bad seat here!

    Amy · October 17, 2010
  • T.J. V.

    Going to watch Colin Machrie and Brad Sherwood. Gonna be great! Read more

    T.J. V. · May 8, 2010

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