Des Moines Live Performances

Enjoy a live show at the Des Moines Civic Center 

If you enjoy attending live performances showcasing the performing arts, you can find a variety of concerts and theatrical presentations in and around Des Moines, Iowa. Read on to find out about some of the venues and organizations that bring the arts to life in the DSM.

The Temple For Performing Arts

Formerly a Masonic Temple, the Temple For Performing Arts is located at 1011 Locust Street. Built in 1913 and added to the National Historic Register in 1997, the structure boasts a thorough restoration conducted in 2001. Performances and special events take place in the Temple's opulent Performance Hall and Grand Hall. The Temple is the home of the Iowa Youth Chorus, featuring over 350 singers between the ages of 6 and 18 years old, as well as the home of the Des Moines Symphony Academy, which offers engaging and interactive music education for students, teachers and anyone who enjoys music.

The Civic Center

The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, situated at 221 Walnut Street, attracts an audience of a quarter of a million annually for its array of live theater performances. Every year, the Willis Broadway Series brings the touring companies representing popular Broadway musicals and other shows to Des Moines for limited engagements. The Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Family Series features several nationally-touring productions designed for children. The Des Moines Symphony performs at the Civic Center's Main Stage frequently. The Civic Center also hosts performances of seasonal theater, touring musicians and performers.

Hoyt Sherman

Place Hoyt Sherman Place, located at 1501 Woodland Avenue, is a historical landmark with an acoustically flawless 1400-seat theater. It hosts concerts, ballets, art exhibits and a variety of other special events inside the opulent space constructed at the beginning of the 20th century.

Nitefall on the River

If you enjoy experiencing the performing arts in the great outdoors, look for concerts by many of today's most popular contemporary performers at the Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater, situated right in front of the Embassy Suites Des Moines at 101 East Locust Street. Concerts in the "Nitefall on the River" series are held from May to July, starting at about seven in the evening. These are just a few of the performing arts venues located throughout the city of Des Moines. Whether you want to see an edgy new band, a symphony concert, a dance performance or live theater, you are sure to find the entertainment you seek in Des Moines.