Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome your questions!  Here are a few that we’ve heard a time or two.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for please Contact Us!

Ready to Serve!

We’d love to show you our space so that you can imagine your event there. To schedule a time, please email us at or call us at 515-277-8646.

Grand Opening Event

Curate, in Downtown Des Moines’ exciting East Village, boasts over 6,000 of square feet of event space. Curate’s clean “art gallery” look allows for ultimate decorating flexibility. Included is a private 550 square foot mezzanine, looking down to the event floor. A beautifully landscaped patio for enjoying conversation and cocktails is also included.

Rental includes

  • Twelve Cocktail Tables with Linens
  • Artistic Pedestals for Decorating, Food Service and Cocktail Tables
  • 60″ Round Tables & Chairs Rental Upgrades Available for more elaborate chairs, staging, and others

The beautiful new space also includes an Onsite Event Manager plus:

  • All Setup & Tear Down
  • Brand New Restrooms
  • Access to a Robust WiFi Network
  • Beautiful Custom Lighting
  • Projectors for event use
  • Built-in Audio System with wireless Mics and iPod connection

Catering and event planning is provided by Taste! To Go, the Des Moines Metro’s award winning caterer.

Curate was designed to be a clean, artistic canvas for your event.  Crisp white walls, polished concrete floors, beautiful arched ceilings and modern amenities make Curate the best venue for you to express yourself!  Curate can assist you, with our rental partners, in projecting custom images onto our walls. There are multiple power outlet locations for custom up-lighting and other decorations.

Our mezzanine, located above the event space is a semi-private area that can be made totally private with drapery for your needs.  The Mezzanine can be used for a preparation area or for a more intimate meeting space overlooking the main event space and the East Village to the north!

There are several convenient options for parking in the East Village.

Parking Lot

Curate has a parking lot for use by Curate clients.  Additionally, the parking lot directly to the north of Curate is available to our clients after 5PM on weekdays and all hours on weekends.

Nearby Ramps

  • The NEW City of Des Moines parking garage located at 402 E. 2nd Street is now open!
    East 2nd Street Garage
    East 2nd Street Garage

    This ramp is a short 5 minute walk (0.3 miles) from Curate! Charges Monday through Saturday $1 per hour.

  • Ramp parking is also available at 312 E. 6th Street.  This ramp is only a 3-4 minute walk (0.25 miles) to Curate.
  • Free parking is available at the State of Iowa Parking Ramp at 637 Des Moines St.

Street Parking

  • Over 1000 on-street parking spots are available in the East Village.
    • Until this spring, meters are not enforced after 6pm on weekdays and not at all on weekends.
      • The City of Des Moines has not yet finalized plans for the change to charging later and on Saturdays in the East Village.
    • Once meters are enforced after hours, more spots will be available to visitors.
    • Silver-topped meters can be paid for with a credit card.
    • Thousands of downtown meters accept the the SmartCard. The SmartCard is a pre-paid parking card. You can set amount of value to the card and then can pay with it at the meter. Learn More Here
  • Free on-street parking is available both north and south from the main commercial areas.

Additional Options

  • Curate partners with several downtown hotels that offer free shuttle service, both to and from the hotel, to Curate and other downtown destinations!
  • Curate has a relationship with Keck Parking to provide Valet Parking services.
    • Curate manages the event, makes sure the parking meters in front of Curate are blocked and we’ll manage the valet staff. Let us know if you’d like a quote, pricing varies by the number of attendees you expect for your event.
  • The D-Line Shuttle operates from the State Capitol to the Sculpture Park.
    • Hop on at any D-Line stop located along the shuttle route and ride to Curate. Rides are available every 10 minutes on Weekdays 6:30 AM to 6 PM, Saturdays from 7 AM to 5 PM!
D-Line Route – Stops Every 10 Minutes


Curate and Taste! To Go provide a full bar service.

  • Taste! To Go is very experienced providing both hosted and cash bars.
  • Curate has a number of popular cocktail, wine and beer choices to choose from.
  • Curate has its own liquor license so you won’t need to worry about a thing.
  • Bringing alcohol into Curate is not permitted.

Taste! To Go has been catering in the Des Moines area for nearly 15 years.  Our professional and courteous staff has experience providing the perfect custom menu for your event.  Our approach is to get to know you and discuss  your needs, then provide a custom menu based on what we learn.

Visit our website at You can contact us at or 515-277-8646.

Please contact us at or by calling us at 515-277-8646. We’ll get in touch with you to discuss your needs. A 50% deposit is required to hold your date.

The cancellation policy is outlined in our Rental Agreement

Payment will be made via check or credit card.  The deposit is due at the time of booking, the remainder of the event space rental will be due 60 days before the event. Curate will also collect a refundable damage deposit at this time.