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Address: 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA
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Wed 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Classic 50's ballroom

This classic 50's ballroom is a great venue for musicians we have seen such as Lindsay Buckingham, Little River Band, Tower of Power, Lucinda Williams. A Des Moines tradition.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This classic 50's ballroom is a great venue for musicians we have seen such as Lindsay Buckingham, Little River Band, Tower of Power, Lucinda Williams. A Des Moines tradition.

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Monument, Colorado
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Val Air Ballroom dates back to 1939. It has (thankfully) been updated multiple times over the years. Electrical and plumbing all work. Seating and visibility for the shows is appropriate. Staff know their jobs, but nothing stellar in their performance. The entertainment that has been provided there over the years satisfy the interests of many (not all). Parking is satisfactory.... More 

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Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I did not like that it was a huge ballroom. It felt very much like a scene from a high school dance in an eighty's movie. The sound was a little goofy and the place looked empty in spite of probably 500 attendees.

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Algona, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Good venue for concert. Beverages were expensive! Parking seemed limited, but more parking across the street.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The Val Air Ballroom has been around for years and years. An old structure thats withheld the hands of time still holds concerts and various musicians have entertained within these walls. Not a huge hall and the ventilation system needs to be revamped for large crowds. A fun atmosphere and the locals who organize the shows do a really good... More 

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Mason City, Iowa, United States
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I don't get why people have put 5 stars.....have they actually been to this place? This place is absolutely disgusting. The place was really outdated I have never been to a place in such disrepair. The bathrooms were the worst part....they were absolutely disgusting. I think out of four sinks only one was working properly and all of the hand... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Once again great show. I love taking my kids to shows here. We will ne back for the lamb of god show. I enjoy the shows it would be great if half way thru the show you turn the air on. It does it awful hot in the crowd. Also wish you would let us keep the lids for our... More 

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Perry, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My job hosted an employee holiday party there a couple of years ago. The place is small and a little outdated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I have gone to the Val Air Ballroom for many years. There is always space on the huge dance floor to dance expressively. There are plenty of tables to sit at if you come a little early. Call ahead to see what their schedule is. Tickets for a concert or special event can be expensive, but if you inquire ahead... More 

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Centerville, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

I have been to several concerts at the Val Air Ballroom and it's a great place! The sound is always great, the drinks are always cold, and the crowd is always fun!!

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