Celebrate New Year’s Eve with music, comedy

Michael Cavanaugh (right) was last in Des Moines in 2015; he’ll perform hits from Elton John with the Des Moines Symphony on New Year’s Eve. Photo courtesy of the Des Moines Symphony 

Many New Year’s Eve events around town have already filled up, but there are still options if you’ve yet to make plans.

Des Moines Symphony New Year’s Eve Pops: Grammy- and Tony-nominated Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh will perform energetic renditions of Elton John’s greatest hits, accompanied by the Des Moines Symphony. The show at the Des Moines Civic Center begins at 8 p.m. Find tickets online.

Clyde’s Fine Diner’s New Year’s Eve Bash: This East Village restaurant is hosting a cocktail party with beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. You can choose between two time slots, at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online.

Comedy XPeriment: Ring in the new year laughing with this Des Moines-based improv troupe at Stoner Theater in the Des Moines Civic Center. The group relies on the audience to determine what they perform, from individual scenes to a short one-act play. Comedy XPeriment’s show is suitable for people age 10 or older. Find tickets to the 10 p.m. performance online.

Note: For the New Year’s Eve Pops concert and Comedy XPeriment performance, Des Moines Performing Arts will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test. Masks are also required while guests are not eating or drinking. Find more information on DMPA’s health policies online

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