Arts & Culture for Families in Des Moines: Top LOCAL Entertainment Streaming Online

Arts & Culture for Families in Des Moines: Top LOCAL Entertainment Streaming Online

The show must go on, and a global pandemic certainly hasn’t slowed our entertainment options, it’s just repackaged them for online, at-home consumption. The Des Moines arts community is churning out some great performances, and now’s the time to nab some VIP seating and catch a front-row view of what’s streaming online right now (please don’t forget to tip, if you can). Now, don your fanciest yoga pants, prop your feet up, and enjoy a night out … in.

Here’s where you can find top Des Moines entertainment streaming online:

Des Moines Metro Opera

Unfortunately, the Opera decided to cancel their 2020 Summer Festival Season. In lieu of an in-person festival, Des Moines Metro Opera teamed up with Iowa PBS to share online and televised presentations of their recent productions. These online performances will also be supplemented by artist recitals, cast reunions, interviews, prelude talks, and digital versions of annual DMMO events.

Des Moines Performing Arts

Through their #PROJECTJOY, Des Moines Performing Arts is sharing a number of activities that families can do to bring performing arts into their home. Each week, they add new activities for young learners, inviting you to explore featured artists that have performed on DMPA stages.

Des Moines Playhouse

The Playhouse recently announced that they will be releasing a Friday FunDay video series starting on Friday, May 15th.  Friday FunDay is fun interactive theatre for kids.  The Playhouse gang dramatizes a favorite story using their imaginations and the costume pieces and props they find in their Magic Trunk. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for additional details.

Des Moines Symphony

The Symphony has been hosting #DMSOatHome, a project aimed at connecting with the community online through videos, livestreamed concerts, and more. Watch for all-new content on their social media channels and on their website.

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DSMTV LIVE provides live web-based video broadcasts of musicians and artists in the greater Des Moines area. They are hosting events, connecting fans to artists, and providing instant digital access to live performances.  Visit their Facebook Events Page to see what’s coming up next.

Iowa Live Music

Iowa Live Music typically covers the live music scene in Iowa. Currently they’re supporting local artists by promoting on-line concerts and other events.  Visit their website Calendar of Events to find a list of concerts then head over to their Facebook page to watch Live. 

Iowa Public Radio

In an effort to amplify local musicians and keep the music community engaged during this unprecedented time, Iowa Public Radio is hosting IPR Tunesday – a weekly live-stream concert series. You can join them every Tuesday on their website to enjoy a concert from a local band or musician from the comfort of your home.

Iowa Events Center

The Iowa Events Center is hosting Local Music Mondays. Each Monday, one local artist is featured live on the Wells Fargo Arena Facebook page at 7:00 pm. Visit their website for the list of artists that will be performing.  


Des Moines’ local jazz cabaret, Noce has been live streaming concerts live from their stage. Hear the music play at a safe distance over on their Facebook page.  They post the link there as soon as they are live.



What did we miss?  We’d love to hear about the local talent you’ve been following while we’re social distancing in Des Moines!

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