Facility Rental & Weddings
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.
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.
- Free parking for your guests evenings and weekends.
- Capacity: 1,880 standing and 430 seated.
Check the calendar to see if your selected date is available.
Looking for a unique venue at which to host your wedding? The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza is the ideal location as seen on theknot.com! The Canopy is located in the heart of Downtown Des Moines (DSM) and is available for wedding rental from May to October.
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 and Sunday | $3,400/day
- Saturday | $3,700/day
Nonprofit organizations receive a 15 percent rental fee discount (must provide proof of 501(c)3 or 501(c)6).
- Sunday – Thursday | 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Friday & Saturday | 9 a.m. – Midnight
*Subject to weather and other scheduled events
Catering and Preferred Vendors
The Brenton Skating Plaza works with six DSM vendors:
Christiani’s Catering & Events
Contact Peter Worsham at (515) 287-3169.
Classic Events & Parties
Contact (515) 266-3223.
Hy-Vee Catering (East Euclid location)
Download the catering menu or call Dee Campbell at (515) 262-0640.
Taste to Go
Contact Emily Gross at (515) 277-8646.
The Tangerine Food Company
Contact Cherry Madole at (515) 720-7510.
Vintage Love Rentals
Contact Cynthia Betts at (515) 201-8070.
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.
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.