The Des Moines Civic Center opened its doors in June of 1979. Since then, the venue has built a reputation as one of the nation’s leading theaters to experience a touring Broadway performance, concert or other special presentation. The Civic Center is also the performance home of the Des Moines Symphony.

The Des Moines Civic Center features a 76-foot wide by 28-foot high proscenium stage, which is the focal point for a fan-shaped continental seating area that accommodates an audience of 2,744.

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Venue Information

Des Moines Civic Center
221 Walnut St.
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 246-2300
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Ticket Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Capacity:  2,744
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You Make the Difference

Each year, the Applause Series delivers 60 performances for students from preschool to high school.

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You Make The Difference

“The arts help us understand ourselves as human beings. If you look at how we’ve ever documented our existence, it’s all through an art form.”

-Eric Olmscheid, Director of Programming and Education

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Upcoming Events at the Des Moines Civic Center


December 10, 2017 Get Tickets

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 12, 2017 Get Tickets


December 16 - 17, 2017 Get Tickets

A Christmas Concert with Simon Estes & Friends

December 19, 2017 Get Tickets

DM Symphony - Pops: The Classic Hits of Motown

December 31, 2017 Get Tickets


January 13, 2018 Get Tickets
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