Find a show or venue


Order by phone

(800) 430-8903

Your independent guide to the best shows in Des Moines

Des Moines Performing Arts, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Venue exterior


Des Moines Civic Center is part of the Des Moines Performing Arts complex.

Des Moines Performing Arts, 221 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Upcoming Highlights

  • Dirty Dancing

    Opens Sep 15

  • The Bridges of Madison County

    Opens Nov 28

  • The Wizard Of Oz

    Opens Dec 15

  • Newsies

    Opens Jan 12, 2016

  • The Book of Mormon

    Opens May 03, 2016

Dirty Dancing

star 1star 2star 3star 4

September 15-20, 2015

Dirty Dancing treats you to an unprecedented live experience, exploding with achingly cool music, romance, and above all, sensational dancing. This touring production hews closely to the movie, packing in all its anthemic songs and cheesy one-liners with aplomb. It delivers everything the audiences can hope for - lots of sexy dancing and plenty of rock 'n' roll!

The Bridges of Madison County

November 28-December 5, 2015

Duty and desire collide in this unashamedly romantic musical, based on the treasured novel by Robert James Waller. The story follows the romance between Francesca, an Italian-American housewife unsure of herself, stuck on a remote farm in Iowa, and photographer Robert, who becomes lost whilst shooting the county's bridges and stumbles into her home. And so begins a tantalizing tale of love, loss and acceptance that will melt your heart.

The Wizard Of Oz

star 1star 2star 3star 4

December 15-20, 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber's lauded production of The Wizard Of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the perennial MGM movie classic starring Judy Garland, totally re-imagined for the stage. Following highly successful productions in London and Toronto, the show has embarked on the ever-winding Yellow Brick Road that is North America. Join Dorothy and Toto as they meet a motley crew of lost characters, all with one thing in mind; to gain their hearts' desire from the great Oz.


star 1star 2star 3star 4

January 12-17, 2016

The record-breaking, Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon that tells the story of an unlikely band of underdogs who take on the biggest names in publishing in an "inspirational" (The Hollywood Reporter) fight for justice, is touring the country!

The Book of Mormon

star 1star 2star 3star 4star 5

May 3-8, 2016

With NINE Tony Awards - including Best Musical - a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and top New York critic Ben Brantley himself calling it the "best new musical of the century", this is one show you won't want to miss when it comes to a stage near you. Yes, that's right - you no longer have to fly to Broadway to catch this worldwide phenomenon, the boys are bringing it to you!

September '15
October '15
November '15
December '15
January '16

Jan 12-17, 2016

February '16
March '16

Mar 1-6, 2016

Mar 18-20, 2016

April '16

Apr 15-17, 2016

May '16

Please note: The term Des Moines Civic Center as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other tradermarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Des Moines Civic Center and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Des Moines Civic Center and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.

What's on When

Keep up to date