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The Seven Flags Event Center is a popular venue for many of the city's social events. Many concerts, gigs, art, dance and events in performing arts are held her. The venue attracts large crowds especially during music festivals and community events. Many exhibitions, consumer shows and recreational programs are also held here. The venue measures about 24,000 square feet and thus is suitable for major events. See website for more information.
If one has enjoyed the performances of famous comedians like Ralphie May, Jimmy Roulette, The Sandman and Doug Benson on television, then visit the Funny Bone comedy club in West Des Moines to watch them perform live. Part of a renowned chain of comedy clubs, this is a perfect spot in West Des Moines to relax with your group of friends, devour the appetizers like Fried Ravioli, Chicken Sliders and Three Cheese Quesadilla, and laugh till you drop. The shows are quite popular here, so make sure you book your seats in advance to avoid disappointment.
This famous venue at West Des Moines is a great place to catch a wrestling match or a concert. Going strong since 1939, this ballroom certainly has fond memories for many in the area. Apart from holding gigs, Val Air also hosts reunions, wedding receptions, dances, and corporate functions. Bands like Pink Floyd and Sugarland have performed here in the past. Check the website for updates.
One of the popular stadiums in the city of Des Moines, Drake Stadium is found on the campus of the Drake University. A part of the city's sports scene since 1925, the stadium is the home ground of the university's football team, the Drake Bulldogs. Besides football, the stadium also hosts prominent track and field events, like Drake Relays. See the website to know more.
Hoyt Sherman Place is a multipurpose venue that dates back to the late 19th Century. The lavish building retains its original parquet floors and marble fireplaces, which makes it a popular venue for corporate events and private parties. The building is also home to an art gallery and a beautiful theater that seats 1252 people. Visitors are welcome to tour the building.
Established in 2007, the Des Moines Social Club is non-profit cultural hub for the local community. Set in a restored former art deco fire station that spans two buildings with many performance areas, studios and classrooms, it offers a myriad of events ranging from circus to visual art, music to theater and films to readings. It also features in its premises its very own Viaduct Gallery, Malo Restaurant and Kum & Go Theater.
If it's a concert, a musical evening or a presidential campaign and if it's happening in Des Moines, chances are it's happening at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. This auditorium is an important landmark of the city. Don't be fooled by its simple facade, grand events have taken place here, including performances by Elvis and Ozzy Osbourne. Maybe even you could be a part of a historical event right here at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
The biggest names and the biggest stars still come here to perform and enthrall their fans. Wells Fargo Arena is one of the best locations for concerts and other gigs in Des Moines. Just in case you want to enjoy your evening in a more personalized manner, there are 37 boxes available as well. If you really want to be right there amidst the screaming fans, then this 17,000 seater arena is the place where your party begins. The American Idols and Paul McCartney have all performed here. So, get ready to rock, for the fun never stops here.
Named after the former inmates of its building (a Woolworth Store), Wooly's is a newly established music venue. Though the owners have developed a modern space, they have retained some parts of the old structure. It is a spacious concert venue and can accommodate almost 700 to 800 guests. Different genres of music are played here, however the focus is on indie rock; local and nationally recognized singers and songwriters entertain audiences with their enthralling performances. For gig guide and other details, call ahead.
Owned and managed by the state of Iowa, Capitol Complex is an entertainment venue housed inside a gorgeous building which evokes an old-world charm because of its aesthetic facade. The interiors are equally delightful and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities which go into making any event a success. A plush auditorium plays host to musicals and dramas while non-event days see this versatile space being rented out for business, social and private events.
Iowa State Fairgrounds was originally the Charles Thornton Farmstead and has been the home of the Iowa State Fair since 1886. Spread across 435 acres (176.03 hectares), these sprawling grounds also have historic buildings and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. These include structures like the primary house and barn, the 1902 Livestock Pavilion and the 1904 Agriculture Building. Nearly more than half of the open space is used for the annual fair and the remaining is a campground. The entire area is divided into departments. It also hosts concerts, flea markets, livestock exhibitions, antiques and, auto and trade shows.
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park is a 60-acre sports and family recreation complex. Some of the many activities offered at the park include bumper boats, go-karts, mini-golf, climbing wall, batting cages, and sand volleyball. In the winter they also have skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding. The complex is also available for group events such as birthday parties, corporate picnics, school field trips, and many others. Please check their website for hours and activity rates.