The Agenda: New Year's Eve Edition


2015 is coming to an end, and it's time to wrap up this great year while welcoming a fresh new one. So this week we're bringing you some of the most promising Des Moines events to help you ring in 2016. Luckily, there's no shortage of great spots to be on the 31st. Good luck choosing just one! (Ps. If you're looking for something special to do before going out, check out this post for some ideas!)

  • Dinner at Proof
    For a classy start to your New Year's Eve, visit Proof and enjoy a special prix-fixe menu featuring unique items you can only find in Chef Sean Wilson's kitchen. With courses including Blue Point oysters, ricotta dumplings, and a sorbet trio (just to name a few), it's sure to be a memorable night.

    PROOF NYE DINNER   |   1301 LOCUST ST   |   $75 + 

  • Total Request New Year's Eve Party @ Up-Down
    Up-Down's TRL party is returning this year, allowing you to enjoy arcade games, drinks and 80's/90's hits with no cover all night. Guests will receive half-price tokens and $1 off all taps until 9pm, along with free party favors and a toast at midnight. Plus, they'll be playing requests, so if you haven't heard Ginuwine's Pony since 1996, now's your chance.

    TRL NYE   |   500 E LOCUST ST   |   5 PM  

  • The Bash...goes POP!
    If you have eclectic tastes and can't decide on just one event to ring in the new year, your best bet is the Des Moines Social Club's bash. From live performances, art installations and DJ sets to comedy, dancing, giveaways and drink specials, there really will be something for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to visit the photo booth set up by the Des Moines Girl Gang, and don't miss the human ball drop at midnight for a unique way to countdown to 2016.

    THE BASH...GOES POP!   |   DES MOINES SOCIAL CLUB   |   8 PM   |   $30


  • NYE @ The Mews
    Check out the Mews for a New Year's evening of live bands and DJs. On the lineup: Poison Control Center, Quick PissKaren Meat, DJ Poodle, and DJ Hogstyle. Doors open at 8!

    NYE @ VAUDEVILLE MEWS   |   212 4TH ST   |   8 PM   |   $10

  • PIANOPALOOZA New Year's Eve Bash @ Wooly's
    Enjoy a night in the East Village at Wooly's Pianopalooza New Year's party, featuring Tony Bohnenkamp and Jerry Lorenson. Doors open at 7 with the show starting at 9. 

    PIANOPALOOZA @ WOOLY'S   |   504 E LOCUST ST   |   9 PM

  • Born Wild New Year's Eve
    Head to the Gaslamp on Thursday for a wild night of music and photos. Allow DJ 810 & Richie Daggers to make your mixtape for the evening, then let Des Moines photographer Michael Watson take your photo in everyone's favorite free photo booth. This time around, he's offering instant photos for $3 each (2/$5) so you can even take home a special souvenir.

    BORN WILD NEW YEARS EVE   |   GAS LAMP   |   9:30 PM   |   $15


What are your plans for New Year's? Hope you all have a wonderful time ringing in 2016!



Brianna Dawson is a graphic designer from Des Moines who loves babies, cotton candy, time with friends and family, throwing parties, and anything sweet.