11 Des Moines Date Night Ideas

February: the shortest month of the year, and yet it always seems like the longest! Here are 11 Des Moines date night ideas that will keep you going throughout the month:

25th Winter Blues Fest
Fall in love all over again with beautifully arranged blues music at the 25th Winter Blues Fest, presented by the Central Iowa Blues Society. Listen in on smooth music over the course of two nights. Lend an ear to 15+ acts all under one roof away from the cold! Tickets start at $20 and the event runs Feb. 1-2.

Brenton Skating Plaza  
Looking for a date with a view? Take that special loved one to Brenton Skating Plaza! This outdoor ice-skating rink is located along the Des Moines River, providing skyline views and easy access to downtown restaurants and activities. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, Brenton is the perfect place to enjoy a few laps around the ice.

Greater Des Moines Dining
Whether you're looking for fine dining or a casual bite to eat with your loved one, Greater Des Moines offers it all. If a fine dining experience is what you're looking for check out Proof, offering Mediterranean and Northern African cuisine. Harbinger, with their plant-based twist on South East Asian dishes, and Bubba, serving up some of your favorite Southern comforts. Causal dining is also an option in Greater Des Moines with Lola’s Fine Kitchen in Ankeny, Truman’s KC Pizza Tavern right outside of Downtown Des Moines and Mi Patria in West Des Moines!


"Dear Evan Hansen"
There’s no better way to spend the month of love than watching one of the most loved musicals on Broadway! “Dear Evan Hansen” takes the Des Moines Civic Center Stage Feb. 5-10. The winner of six Tony awards and Grammy for best musical theatre album tells the deeply personal story about life and the way we live it. Tickets start at $40.

Jazz on The House at Noce
Indulge as local jazz artists perform at Jazz on The House at Noce. Join Noce every Thursday night for an all-night happy hour and live jazz. Doors open at 4 p.m. with no cover all night, specials on house wine and well drinks, specialty cocktails, gourmet popcorn and live music; you and your date won’t want to miss out!


Drake Men's Basketballs vs. Northern Iowa
Do you and your date prefer sports action more than stage light? Join Brew Moines-ians as Drake Men's Basketball takes on the Northern Iowa Panthers on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. Each ticket purchased through the link receives a chairback mid-court seat and one 16 ounce beer voucher. Grab your ticket and use promo code BrewMoines HERE, and if you're still thirsty check out the University Library Café after!

Demetri Martin
Grab that special someone and enjoy some laughs with Demetri Martin at Hoyt Sherman Place. Standup comedian, artist, writer and director Demetri Martin comes to Des Moines for a one-night engagement on Feb. 10. Tickets starts at $39.50.

Young the Giant
Los Angeles quintet Young the Giant comes to Hoyt Sherman Place Feb. 16. They will be performing their recent album, Mirror Master, featuring singles “Simplify” and “Superposition.” Get tickets to this one night concert on Feb. 16 starting at $35.

Des Moines Symphony 
Bring a date and indulge in the captivating sounds of the Des Moines Symphony with guest conductor John Nelson. Watch as Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich makes his Des Moines Symphony debut under celebrated conductor John Nelson Feb. 16-17. Tickets start $15.

Thirsty Thursday!
Grab a friend, a glass of wine and a paintbrush! Join the BYOB studio as you party and paint a masterpiece at Bottle & Bottega Des Moines for Thirsty Thursday. No experience necessary, their talented B&B artists will walk you through step-by-step. The $35 fee includes use of all necessary paint supplies and aprons, instruction and a 16x20 take-home canvas!


Iowa Wild vs San Jose Barracuda
Watch as the Iowa Wild take the ice against the San Jose Barracuda at the Iowa Events Center. Join the Wild on Feb. 22 and receive a bobble head, postgame skate, drink specials and a post-game concert with Dropkick Murphy’s – perfect for a high-energy date night. Tickets to the game start at just $11.