2021 New Year's Eve events, parties and dinners at Des Moines Metro

2021-12-06 19:43:20 By : Ms. Helen Chen

Food and exquisite entertainment are part of the perfect secret to ring in any New Year. Not only does Des Moines have a wealth of both, but in many cases, food and entertainment can be enjoyed in one event.

Whether you are looking for a combination of food and fun this New Year's Eve, the Des Moines Register has compiled a list of some of the best places in town for vacations.

Instead of a complete dinner menu, Clyde has sounded the alarm in the new year with a high-end cocktail party. The package includes beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and most importantly, a midnight champagne toast.

Time: Customers can choose from two available ticketing times at 5 pm or 8 pm, but everyone is invited to stay for a midnight toast. 

Location: 111 E. Grand Ave., Suite 111, Des Moines

Tickets: Tickets for $75 can be purchased on Tock.

Party all night at Cornbred Grill in Ames. Diners can indulge in appetizers, barbecues and plenty of desserts in this lively party. Each ticket comes with four drinks and the rest is paid by the cash bar. While listening to live music performances, choose from many games, such as the giant Jenga, cornhole or Mario Kart. A photo wall will be provided to capture the night, and prizes are available throughout the event. At midnight, toast to the New Year with champagne and falling balls.

Time: 7pm on Friday to 12:30am on Saturday

Tickets: A single ticket is US$75, but if you buy a two-ticket package, the ticket price is US$120. Buy them on Eventbrite.

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End the year with a prix fixe meal with friends through TrailSide Tap’s New Year’s Eve menu. The celebration includes appetizers such as char-grilled sardines coated with butter, lemon, parmesan cheese and herbs, and a shared local meat and cheese deli plate. The staple food feast includes lobster pie wrapped in shortcrust pastry, tandoori game hen with curried lentils or cream beet risotto and goat cheese mousse. 

Time: start at 5 pm

Location: 710 SW Third St., Ankeny

Reservation: Call (515) 964-5259 to reserve a seat.

For adventure meals, please book a seat at Proof. Chef Diego Rodriguez-Negrete has prepared a decadent 12-course blind tasting menu, including rare delicacies. An optional wine pairing menu is provided so that you will not forget this dinner soon.

Time: There are two booking times at 5 pm or 8 pm

Location: 1301 Locust St., Suite C, Des Moines

Reservation: A 12-course dinner is 165 USD per person, and a wine pairing is 80 USD. Book online or call (515) 244-0655.

Smash Park’s New Year’s Eve party is perfect for last-minute planners and no reservation is required. From 9pm onwards, join all regular games with family and friends and enjoy a drink package with live music performances by The Sheet and Orphan Annie, creating an unforgettable evening with extra seating and a private bar. The kitchen is open until 11pm, and the $1 Champagne Jell-O Cocktail will be played on a loop throughout the night.

Time: Friday at 7pm to Saturday at 2am

Location: 6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines

Tickets: Admission is free, but a $49 beverage package can be purchased online.

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To welcome the new year, customers of Des Moines Jazz Club Noce can celebrate 2022 with the "Gatsby Black Tie Party", just like returning to the noisy 1920s.

Noce celebrated its seventh anniversary on New Year’s Eve, with a cocktail hour, live music by co-owner Max Wellman and others, and a three-course dinner by chef Jerry Talerico.

Time: Friday at 8 pm to Saturday at 1 am

Location: 1326 Walnut St., Des Moines

Tickets: $125 will reserve one night's seat, including dinner, live performances and midnight champagne toast. Book online.

Participate in the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s annual New Year’s Eve pop concert to celebrate the arrival of the new year. This year’s theme is British rock star Elton John.

Michael Cavano is famous for his participation in Billy Joel's Broadway musical "Movin' Out". He joined the orchestra this year and guided it to play Elton John's hit songs such as "Little Dancer" and "Rocket Man" And other classic works.

Time: The 8pm performance will last 2 hours and 10 minutes, with an intermission of 20 minutes.

Location: Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines

Tickets: Tickets range from US$60 to US$95 and can be purchased online.

The ivory tickling duo known as Pianopalooza will ensure that Wooly's customers will have music accompaniment towards the end of 2021. In the evening, Des Moines’ music performance pays tribute to the rock music of the 1950s and 1960s.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a rock band that usually plays 1950s and 1960s works by artists such as Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash, joining piano duets.

Time: The 9pm show opens at 7pm. 

Location: 504 E. Locust St., Des Moines

Tickets: The general ticket is $25. The table reservation fee is 75 USD and the booth reservation fee is 150 USD. Book on Tixr.

Not a night owl? Start the party early in the hockey game. Cheer for the Iowa Wilds when they played against the Colorado Eagles at the Wells Fargo Arena. This is a $2 beer night launched by 100.3 The Bus, so buy some discounted foam throughout the first period. Stay during the whole event to enjoy the fireworks after the game.

Location: Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Centre St., Des Moines

Tickets: Buy tickets online, with prices ranging from US$15 to US$55. 

Some people enter the new year with a wish list, while others make it up by themselves. No matter which way you like the passage of time, with the Des Moines improvisation troupe returning to the Stoner Theater, audiences can get laughs from Comedy Xperiment's impromptu performance so that audiences can have the last laugh in 2021.

Time: The performance starts at 10 o'clock in the evening and lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes, with a 10-minute intermission.

Location: Stoner Theater, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines

Tickets: Tickets for $25 can be purchased online.

Elle Wignall is responsible for providing catering services to registrars. Contact her at ewignall@registermedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @ElleWignallDMR.

Isaac Hamlet reports on art, entertainment and culture in the Des Moines Register. Contact him at ihamlet@gannett.com or (319) 600-2124 and follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.