Getting Here

Performances of Porgy and Bess, A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Thousand Acres take place in the Pote Theatre at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola (516 North D St, Indianola, IA 50125).

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By Car

The Summer Festival mainstage performances take place at the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola, Iowa, which is located ten miles south of Des Moines, just off of US Highway 65 / 69.

The theater's address is 516 North D Street, Indianola, IA, 50125.

WESTBOUND FROM INTERSTATE 80

  1. Take Hwy 65 SE Bypass around the southeast side of Des Moines
  2. Take the US Highway 65/69 exit to Indianola and travel south for 10 miles
  3. At the 5th stoplight in Indianola, turn right onto Iowa Avenue
  4. Turn left onto North D Street.
  5. Blank Performing Arts Center is three blocks south on the right.

EASTBOUND FROM INTERSTATE 80

  1. Take Interstate 35 South around the southwest side of Des Moines
  2. Take Highway 5 exit south toward Norwalk, travel east for eight miles
  3. Take the US Highway 65/69 exit to Indianola and travel south for 10 miles
  4. At the 5th stoplight in Indianola, turn right onto Iowa Avenue
  5. Turn left onto North D Street.
  6. Blank Performing Arts Center is three blocks south on the right.

FROM INTERSTATE 35 (NORTH OR SOUTHBOUND)

  1. Take Highway 5 exit toward Norwalk, travel east for eight miles
  2. Take the US Highway 65/69 exit to Indianola and travel south for 10 miles
  3. At the 5th stoplight in Indianola, turn right onto Iowa Avenue
  4. Turn left onto North D Street.
  5. Blank Performing Arts Center is three blocks south on the right.

 

PARKING

Des Moines Metro Opera’s parking lots are available on North D Street and North E Street, both south and north of the Blank Performing Arts Center, as well as on Detroit Street on the south side of the building. All lots are free and open three hours prior to the performance. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes prior to the performance to avoid traffic congestion.

 


BY SHUTTLE

Book a comfortable round-trip shuttle from Des Moines for just $15 (opera tickets not included). The opera shuttle picks up guests from the Des Moines Art Center at 4700 Grand Avenue in Des Moines and arrives in Indianola in time for the free opera preview 45 minutes before each performance. This service is available for the following performances:

  • CARMEN: June 30 (evening) Shuttle departs at 6:30pm
  • BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE: July 1 (evening) Shuttle departs at 6:30pm
  • THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES: July 8 (evening) Shuttle departs at 6:30pm

Ames Shuttle

We're pleased to offer round-trip shuttle service from Ames, Iowa, which will transport guests to the front door of the Blank Performing Arts Center in Indianola, Iowa, right in time for the pre-performance opera preview. This special shuttle costs $15/person. The Ames Shuttle will pick up guests from the North Grand Mall (2801 Grand Ave, Ames) in the NE corner of the parking lot. Please carefully check departure times below. 

  • CARMEN: July 2 (matinee) Shuttle departs at 11:45am 
  • BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE: July 9 (matinee) Shuttle departs at 11:45am
  • THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES: July 16 (matinee) Shuttle departs at 11:45am

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BY AIR

The Des Moines International Airport is the nearest airport, located only 10 miles north of Indianola, and serves the Midwest with many direct flights to and from destinations across the United States. Once in Des Moines, getting to and from the Des Moines Metro Opera performance site is easiest by car.

Limited cab service to and from Indianola is available. Guests are strongly encouraged to reserve cabs in advance, especially for the return to Des Moines following a performance.