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Canopy Rental & Weddings

We are unable to take reservations for The Canopy at this time. Please check back in 2021.

During May through mid-October, The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza provides a wonderful venue for outdoor event rental, including reunions, business events, concerts and weddings, with a beautiful view of Downtown Des Moines (DSM). The Canopy is 160 feet tall and provides protection from the weather. The space is handicap accessible, has fully operational restrooms and WiFi available.

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The Canopy Highlights

  • An open-air facility approximately 120 feet by 60 feet, with adjacent restroom facilities.
  • One-of-a-kind canopy allows for rain and sun protection while enjoying panoramic views of Downtown DSM.
  • Ideal for music and dancing on a unique floor.
  • Fully operational men's and women’s restrooms.
  • A number of nearby parking options are available.
  • Capacity: 1,880 standing and 430 seated.


The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza is located at 520 Robert D. Ray Drive in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa, along the Principal Riverwalk. The Canopy is easily accessible along the waterfront and is just blocks away from the city’s other downtown attractions, including the Science Center of Iowa, Principal Park, the Historic East Village, the State Capitol, and Court Avenue District. Learn about our parking options and transportation information

Canopy Season Rental Rates

Our rates include tables and chairs for up to 250 guests. Additional tables and chairs are available for rent. The Canopy is available for rental all day and for four-hour blocks:

  • Monday – Thursday  |  $1,400/day
  • Friday or Sunday  |  $3,600/day
  • Saturday  |  $3,900/day

Nonprofit organizations receive a 15% rental fee discount (must provide proof of 501(c)3 or 501(c)6).


The Canopy is closed until further notice.

Catering and Preferred Vendors

The Brenton Skating Plaza works with the following DSM vendors:

Catering DSM

400 Locust St. #193
Des Moines, IA
ajimenez@cateringdsm.com  |  sburt@cateringdsm.com
(515) 508-0829

Christiani's Catering

1150 E. Diehl Ave
Des Moines, IA
(515) 287-3169

The Tangerine Food Company

1960 Grand Ave, Suite 21
West Des Moines, IA
(515) 720-7510

Cyd's Catering

5405 NW 78th Court
Johnston, IA
(515) 208-2091

Taste! To go Catering & Events

4700 University Ave
Des Moines, IA
(515) 277-8646

Classic Events & Parties

2250 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA
(515) 266-3223


Christiani’s Catering and SA Presents hold the exclusive liquor license at The Canopy at Brenton Plaza. Absolutely no alcohol can be brought onsite except through Christiani’s or SA Presents. Additional fencing and security is required when alcohol is served.


Any physical damage that occurs during a rental period will be charged to the renter. A deposit may be required depending on the event.


The renter is responsible for all cleanup of Brenton Skating Plaza and the surrounding area. Additional costs will be incurred if the site is not returned to “as-found” condition. These costs will be charged to the credit card on file. If a damage deposit was required, additional charges may still apply in the event the deposit does not cover the cost to return the facility to “as-found” condition. Trash must be removed and taken to the provided dumpster. A dumpster may need to be rented from a waste removal company if multiple dates are booked or a large amount of trash is expected.

Electrical Needs

Outlets are available for normal use. These provide enough power to handle a small public address system. An enhanced electrical service can be provided to handle heavier electrical needs by supplementing the existing circuitry for a fee of $150. However, it is the sole responsibility of the user to inform and communicate the electrical needs of the event to the Brenton Skating Plaza manager at least two weeks prior to the event.


Brenton is available for rent subject to weather and other scheduled events. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any group or organization that establishes an annual public activity on a specific date will have 14 days after the event to reserve the same date for the next year. After this deadline, the date will become open and available for anyone to reserve. To make a reservation, complete the rental application in the Brenton Skating Plaza brochure.


Refunds will only be made on cancellations if notice is given to the Brenton Skating Plaza Manager at least 60 business days prior to the date of the reservation (minus a $50 administrative fee). Rentals can be rescheduled if done 60 business days or more in advance. Refunds will not be provided because of inclement weather on the day of the scheduled event.


To secure your rental date, The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza must receive half the rental fee by check or credit card via phone with completed application. The remainder must be paid in full at least 30 days prior to your reserved date.