One of the oldest community theaters in the city, Des Moines Community Playhouse has been known to dish out some of the most iconic shows and performances. Staging an impressive amount of shows, plays and musicals throughout the year, this has always been the city's go to spot for a bit of entertainment. Featuring a healthy mix of classic reproductions and contemporary shows; there's always something for everyone at this venue. While the theater might be old, it has been well-modernized to provide its audience with an intimate, interactive and emotional experience.
A prime entertainment and performing arts center in the city, Des Moines Civic Center is known to dish out a plethora of impeccable shows throughout the year. Featuring a busy lineup of a variety of, plays, musicals, concerts, dances and other stage performances, there's no lack of quality in the shows at this venue. Playing host to numerous travelling theater groups, musicians and dance troupes, as well as talented local performers, this theater never fails to inspire and its audience. With a capacity to seat 2,744 people, it is also one of the biggest theaters in the city, and is also known to have some of the best acoustics.
One of the city's prime concert venues, Lefty's Live Music features some of the best band and solo artists from the city and beyond. While it might not be the biggest, this venue keeps the crowd coming in with its fabulous lineup of bands from across genres. Its low stage and cozy seating spaces creates a rather intimate atmosphere, and enables the audience to interact with the performers on stage. If you're in the mood to shake a leg, no problem, the chairs and tables can be moved, and the floor transformed into one large dance-floor. The site also features a bar that serves a variety of spirits, beers and cocktails throughout the concert.
Principal Park is a baseball stadium located in Des Moines. Inaugurated in 1992, the stadium serves as the home ground for Iowa Club and has a total capacity of 11,500.
Iowa Event Center is a huge multipurpose complex used for events, conventions, conferences and sports. The complex comprises of the Wells Fargo Arena, a massive 170,000 capacity space, where concerts and sporting events are held; Hy-Vee Hall with 100,000 square feet (9290 square meters) of exhibition space; Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center is great for business meetings, conferences and hosts the Veterans Memorial center, paying homage to Iowa's veterans. To find out what's on at the center, visit their website.