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The River Center Eventorium is full of Des Moines history. The building was originally constructed in 1915 as the third expansion of the Des Moines Brewing Company complex, which served as a warehouse facility. The Des Moines Brewery opened for business in 1908, and closed with the implementation of Prohibition laws in the 1920s.  

After the Brewery closed, the facility transitioned into The Green Foundry and Furnace Company. The furnace company closed in the 1980s, and the building became a door manufacturing facility. Throughout the 1990s, the space was utilized by the Iowa Supply Company. In recent years, multiple remodels were attempted to convert the space into a restaurant area.

In 2017, the space transformed into the River Center. The River Center venue was designed to honor the history of the building, featuring high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and reclaimed wood.  The River Center offers guests a large main floor, sizeable mezzanine which overlooks the main floor, a private suite, and covered outdoor patio. Antique light fixtures illuminate the entire facility for any event, from weddings and banquets to trade shows and conventions. Throughout the venue, industrial influences blend seamlessly with the historic charm, creating a rustic elegance unlike any other!

Call 515-330-1517 or send us a message below for more info.

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We’re Open!

The River Center Eventorium is full of Des Moines history. The building was originally constructed in 1915 as the third expansion of the Des Moines Brewing Company complex, which served as a warehouse facility. The Des Moines Brewery opened for business in 1908, and closed with the implementation of Prohibition laws in the 1920s.  

After the Brewery closed, the facility transitioned into The Green Foundry and Furnace Company. The furnace company closed in the 1980s, and the building became a door manufacturing facility. Throughout the 1990s, the space was utilized by the Iowa Supply Company. In recent years, multiple remodels were attempted to convert the space into a restaurant area.

In 2017, the space transformed into the River Center. The River Center venue was designed to honor the history of the building, featuring high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and reclaimed wood.  The River Center offers guests a large main floor, sizeable mezzanine which overlooks the main floor, a private suite, and covered outdoor patio. Antique light fixtures illuminate the entire facility for any event, from weddings and banquets to trade shows and conventions. Throughout the venue, industrial influences blend seamlessly with the historic charm, creating a rustic elegance unlike any other!

Call 515-330-1517 or send us a message below for more info.

Contact River Center

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Packages

This historic building oozes charm with exposed brick walls and re-claimed wood throughout the space.

Multi-use mezzanine level which can be used for a beautiful ceremony, or host a sophisticated cocktail hour.

Luxurious Bridal Suite overlooking main hall with private bathroom and secured access.

Our outdoor covered patio area welcomes guests with a spectacular view of the State Capitol Building, Principal Park, and the Des Moines Court Avenue District.

Our on-site catering facilities allow us to prepare your customized menu within feet of the dining room.

Spectacular views of the fireworks display following I-Cubs Home Games.

One of a few downtown locations with access to ample parking.

Convenient Access to the Des Moines International Airport and all that Downtown Des Moines has to offer!

WEDDING PACKAGES

Brook

Venue:

Friday & Off Season | $3,000

Saturday | $4,500

10 Hour Rental (1pm-11pm)

Creek

Venue:

Friday & Off Season | $3,350

Saturday | $4,750

12 Hour Rental (11am-11pm)

Stream

Venue:

Friday & Off Season | $3,750

Saturday | $5,000

15 Hour Rental (8am-11pm)

CORPORATE PACKAGES

Business Day

Venue:

Mon. – Thurs. | $750

Fri. & Sat| Quoted Per Request

9 Hour Rental (7am-4pm)

Business All Day

Venue:

Mon. – Thurs. | $900

Fri. & Sat. | Quoted Per Request

Day & Evening (7am-9pm)

Evening/Partial Day

Venue:

Mon. – Thurs. | $500

Fri. & Sat. | Quoted Per Request

Evening (4pm – 9pm)

HOLIDAY/SPECIAL EVENT PACKAGES

Holiday/Cocktail Party

Venue:

Mon. – Thurs. | $350

Fri. & Sat| $750

3 Hour Rental (4pm-7pm)

Holiday Dinner Party

Venue:

Mon. – Thurs. | $500

Fri. & Sat. | $1,000

6 Hour Rental (4pm – 10pm)

SOCIAL/NON-PROFIT PACKAGES:

4 – 12 Hour Rental | Quoted Upon Request

 

FAQ

What is included in the venue rental?

All rentals include the use of the entire venue space, mezzanine level, private suite, and outdoor covered patio. We also include an initial room set-up and tear-down, in-house: tables, chairs, in-house linens, china, flatware, and glassware.  Each client has full access to our in-house sound system, projectors and projection screens, house standard microphones, and Wi-Fi. We also provide an on-site staff coordinator during your reservation to make each event stress-free!

Where are you located?

We are located just south of the intersection of SW 3rd Street and West MLK Jr. Parkway.  Our main entry is on SW 3rd, facing Principal Park.  The address of 340 SW 3rd Street in Des Moines puts you at our front door! Our covered patio faces Principal Park, and offers sweeping views of the State Capitol Building as well as the Des Moines skyline. We are just steps away from the Court Avenue District!

Is there parking available?

The River Center offers 200 designated valet parking stalls behind the building.  In addition, there is ample public parking across the street, accessible for you and your guests when the I-Cubs are not playing at home. Please contact us for quoting valet service at your next event.

Can I bring in my own catering?

One of the biggest perks to hosting your event at the River Center is our in-house kitchen and full staff.  Chef Diego can customize any menu or create something special just for you!  We do allow clients to bring in specialty desserts, such as wedding cakes.  We also offer a full bar, and enjoy creating custom cocktails and signature drinks for our clients. We provide full-service events for you and your guests!

Additional Info:

At the River Center, we take the stress out of planning your special event.  We provide the venue, the menu, and the bar service.  We are truly the one-stop shop for hosting special events your guests will never forget!