Court Avenue District

Nestled in the heart of downtown Des Moines, the Court Avenue District is the entertainment destination of Iowa’s capital city with an adventure to offer everyone. Dating back to 1846, the Court Avenue District is one of Des Moines’ oldest downtown neighborhoods and the site of many Des Moines firsts.

Our Location Downtown

Anchored at the west end by the stalwart Polk County Court House, the Court Avenue District extends east to the river bridge. Period street lamps, planters and park benches dot the sidewalks, making it an attractive and pedestrian-friendly setting. The sounds of Jazz, Hip-hop and Indie rock music spill onto the streets, as do tantalizing scents from the diverse selection of restaurants throughout the District. An assortment of residential lofts and apartments perched above and throughout the Court Avenue District encompass the live, work and play feel of the thriving Des Moines downtown scene.


From baseball to Broadway, the Court District is also the heart of Des Moines’ downtown activity base. The Court Avenue District proudly hosts the Downtown Farmers' Market, one of the country's largest outdoor markets enticing throngs of weekend shoppers, street entertainers and musicians every weekend from May through October. The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines serves as an outstanding performing arts center that entertains and enlightens. Principal Park, one of the nation’s most breathtaking minor league ballparks and home to the Iowa Cubs (AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) offers major league fun, and the new $62 million Science Center of Iowa and Blank IMAX Dome Theater engages and inspires visitors of all ages.

Celebrating the best of the community’s past and present; the Court Avenue District is setting the standard for the future of Des Moines.

Come see for yourself!