Ticket Office Policies


How to Purchase Tickets

  1. Visit www.DesMoinesPerformingArts.org or the Civic Center Ticket Office. The Civic Center Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and two hours before performances. For general questions, call the Civic Center Ticket Office at 515-246-2300. Ordering tickets from the Civic Center Ticket Office over the phone is a benefit available only to Des Moines Performing Arts Donors.  Ask the customer service representative about becoming a Donor. 

Des Moines Performing Arts, its Ticket Offices (Civic Center and Temple Theater) and website are the only authorized distributors of tickets for Des Moines Performing Arts performances. While tickets purchased through secondary marketplaces and ticket resellers are generally valid tickets, Des Moines Performing Arts cannot guarantee their authenticity or admission. Please use discretion if you decide to purchase tickets through a ticket reseller. 

Ticket Sales Policies

  1.  All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds. 
  2. There is no compensation if you miss a performance or cannot attend a future performance.
  3. Prices, dates, times, performers, and performances are subject to change at any time.  Such changes do not dictate a refund or exchange unless authorized by the producer, promoter, or Des Moines Performing Arts.
  4. All ticket sales are final. Special promotions and ticket offers are valid on new ticket purchases only. They are not valid on previously purchased tickets and there are no price adjustments after a sale.
  5. Inclement weather happens and the safety of our guests is our top priority. However, performances are rarely cancelled due to weather. If you are concerned about attending a performance due to inclement weather, please call the Civic Center Ticket Office at 515-246-2300. 

Ticket Exchanges

  1. Des Moines Performing Arts Donors and Season Ticket Holders are able to exchange their tickets to another performance of the same title up to 24 hours in advance of the original tickets. If the new ticket is more expensive than the original, the guest is responsible for the difference. There is no refund if the Donor or Season Ticket Holder exchanges into a less expensive ticket. 
  2. There are no exchanges allowed on tickets purchased through the corporate online group / e-tickets program, regardless of donation or subscriber status.
  3. There are no exchanges allowed on complimentary tickets.
  4. If you are not a Des Moines Performing Arts Donor or Season Ticket Holder, all ticket sales are final with no refunds or exchanges. Call the Civic Center Ticket Office with questions on becoming a Donor and the other benefits that come with supporting Des Moines Performing Arts.


  1. Children age five and above are welcome to attend performances at Des Moines Performing Arts’ venues. Des Moines Performing Arts does not censor performances nor make any guarantees of show content. We encourage parents to use their discretion when deciding if a show is appropriate for their child. Regardless of age, all children require a ticket.
  2. Children under the age of five are welcome to attend the Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Family Series performances and some special presentations. Regardless of age, all children and infants require a ticket. Please call the Civic Center Ticket Office to ask if children under the age of five will be admitted into the theater before purchasing tickets to a performance. You can also visit www.DesMoinesPerformingArts.org for information, including age recommendations, about the event.

Lost/Forgotten Tickets

  1. If you have lost or have forgotten your tickets, a seating pass can be issued and made available for you to pick up on the day of the performance. Please call or visit the Civic Center Ticket Office if you have lost your ticket(s). 

Ticket Fees

  1. All tickets, regardless of purchase location, include a restoration fee retained by Des Moines Performing Arts for general maintenance and upkeep of its venues.
  2. Tickets purchased online, over the phone, and at outlet/retail locations are subject to per ticket convenience fees. Fees vary by performance and ticket price. Tickets purchased at the Civic Center and Temple Ticket Offices are not subject to per ticket convenience fees.
  3. Season Ticket Packages are subject to per package handling fees, regardless of purchase location. Handling fees vary by series subscription.  

Rush Tickets

  1. Student rush tickets are available on the day of the show for select performances.  Tickets, prices, and performances are subject to availability and may change at any time. Ticket limits may apply. Student rush tickets, when available, can be purchased at the Civic Center Ticket Office only and require a student ID.

Gift Certificates

  1. Des Moines Performing Arts gift certificates are available for purchase at the Civic Center Ticket Office or over the phone at 515-246-2300. Gift certificates purchased over the phone are subject to a $5.00 convenience fee.
  2. Gift certificates can be used to purchase any tickets or season ticket packages to events at any Des Moines Performing Arts venue; they may also be redeemed as donations to Des Moines Performing Arts. Gift certificates are not valid at concessions or merchandise booths.
  3. Des Moines Performing Arts gift certificates do not expire.
  4. Ticketmaster gift certificates are valid only at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster phones (800-745-3000), and Ticketmaster outlets. They cannot be redeemed at any Des Moines Performing Arts Ticket Office.


  1. Des Moines Performing Arts strives to make every accommodation possible available to guests needing accessible seating. Seating is limited and we encourage guests to make arrangements in advance. For a full list of accessibility accommodations, please click here.

Des Moines Performing Arts
aspires to be a national leader in presenting the performing arts by engaging the Midwest in world-class entertainment, education, and cultural activities.
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    Arts Partnerships:
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit corporation presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states. It is the presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is the performing home of many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. Events, dates, times, performers and prices subject to change without notice.
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