FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The River Center team is here to help. If you have questions that are not answered here, please call any time at 515-330-1517 or email eventsales@rivercenterdsm.com. And be sure to check out our list of Nearby Hotels!

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 Manager on Duty 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 a designated gated parking lot for guests to use, less than half a block away! We offer self-parking options, and are happy to quote valet parking as well. We can also provide up to two hours free parking at the adjacent gated lots with ticket validation! Please contact us for additional parking information.

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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!

Can I bring in my own decorations?

Yes, of course! You are welcome work with decor companies as well! We recommend Boesen the Florist and White Willow Events to help bring your event vision to life!

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!

Nearby Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites *CHECK OUT EXCLUSIVE RIVER CENTER RATES

120 SW Water St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-1650

*River Center Clients and Guests get 20% off the Best Available Rate. Call to inquire.

Residence Inn by Marriot *CHECK OUT EXCLUSIVE RIVER CENTER RATES

100 SW Water St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 288-4500

*River Center Clients and Guests get 20% off the Best Available Rate. Call to inquire.

AC Hotel by Marriot

401 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 518-6060

Des Lux

800 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 288-5800

Des Moines Marriot Downtown

700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 245-5500

Embassy Suites

101 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-1700

Holiday Inn & Suites

333 SW 11th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 657-8181

Hyatt Place

418 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 282-5555

Staybridge Suites

201 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 280-3828