Directions / Parking

ATTENTION: Skywalk Closures around the Iowa Events Center

Due to the construction of a new, 330-room Convention Center Hotel south of the Iowa Events Center, a portion of the skywalk between Watson Powell Jr. Way and the Iowa Events Center is closed. This will redirect skywalk traffic down to street level in order to access the Iowa Events Center from the south. Signage is available to help direct traffic to the Iowa Events Center. Maps can be downloaded here or picked up at the Iowa Events Center.

You can also download the free Downtown Des Moines Skywalk Navigation App through iOS or Android. Search “SkyWalk DSM” to download.


Driving Directions

From Interstate 35 from the North:

Follow I-235 West into downtown Des Moines and take the 3rd Street exit to the Iowa Events Center. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.

From Interstate 35 from the South:

Merge onto the I-235 East exit and travel east towards downtown Des Moines. Take the downtown exit and proceed to the 3rd Street exit. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.

From Interstate 35 from the South:

Headed west on I-80, take the I-235 West exit and continue towards downtown Des Moines. Take the 3rd Street exit (Downtown Des Moines) and go south to the Iowa Events Center complex. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.

From Interstate 80 from the West:

Headed east on I-80, take the I-235 East exit and continue towards downtown Des Moines. Take the Iowa Events Center exit (3rd Street) and turn right. Parking is available on-site, with additional street and ramp parking within walking distance of our complex.

Iowa Events Center Parking Information

Parking at the Iowa Events Center:

  • Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center with entrances off of the following streets:
  • 3rd Street
  • 5th Avenue
  • Crocker Street
  • The Iowa Events Center surface parking lots offer the closest and most convenient access to the facility, and easy access to I-235 and other major routes after the event. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.
  • Cost: $8 for cars and $32 for RVs and Buses, per day.

Parking with Skywalk Access

Street Parking Downtown

  • Street parking is available throughout downtown with the convenience of parking meters. Pay attention to the location and rates as many meters have different time limits and parking restrictions during certain times. Street parking is free on nights after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends.
  • Typically, no parking between 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Parking Garages

  • City parking garages are located throughout downtown with convenient skywalk access to the Iowa Events Center. Payment for city garages is collected each time you enter the garage. The City of Des Moines recently completed a downtown parking signage system to give up to the minute details on where parking is available in the garages.
  • The cost varies depending on the garage.

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