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Val Air Ballroom

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Not Great Accoustics but Good Entertainment

I'm seen some really good bands here and prices are fairly reasonable. Place isn't the best looking... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2016
Glenn P
Classic 50's ballroom

This classic 50's ballroom is a great venue for musicians we have seen such as Lindsay Buckingham... read more

Reviewed June 2, 2015
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6 days ago
Feb 26, 2017
“This is a historic concert/dancing venue with a long tradition of great events.”
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301 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-3785
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Reviewed 6 days ago

last one we saw there was striper and they are still very good to watch and the place was perfect for the show

Thank gordon c
Reviewed February 26, 2017

I have been to the Val Air Ballroom for many concerts and dances and meetings. It is just North of the old Valley Junction Shopping District on 5th Street in West Des Moines. I have worked with other volunteers to put sand bags along the...More

Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed August 25, 2016

I went there for a concert. But I would not go there again. The acoustics were terrible. Missing the concert would have been a better use of my time and money.

Thank Sophie452
Reviewed July 11, 2016

I'm seen some really good bands here and prices are fairly reasonable. Place isn't the best looking inside and the acoustics are bad, but Val Air breaks in entertainment that probably wouldn't show up in the area otherwise (before 7 Flags and Woolys anyway) I...More

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed June 9, 2016

The wedding reception was beautiful. Lots of family and friends! Very big place for a small reception. Food was good, it should be it was made by my sister! The atmosphere was very nostalgic but there were a ton of STAIRS everywhere!!!! Not good for...More

Thank patbI772TK
Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Smells of damp carpet, spilled beer and the smell of tobacco ground into the very soul of the place. Reminds me of a 1950s rock and roll music hall...wow !

Thank Paul G
Reviewed September 1, 2015

I've been to a few music venues, if popular it's packed, but a great place for bands. Always fun, drinks food. Wedding receptions a great place to hold a party. Don't drink and drive though, west Des Moines police are watchful as they should be.

Thank Ezfill
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.

Thank nlskinner
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...More

Thank Gary T
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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Denman J
November 4, 2015|
Response from nlskinner | Reviewed this property |
Yes, available for private parties. Must call it for pricing.