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Elevating Life      
    Through Art

If your passion lies in creating art, Pella offers a canvas for your expression. Explore abundant opportunities to transform your passion into artistic endeavors. If you’re an arts enthusiast seeking entertainment, indulge in an abundance of concerts, plays, and diverse entertainment options to satiate your artistic cravings.

Chalk Art at Thursdays in Pella


The iconic Pella Opera House is a beacon of culture and community nestled in the heart of downtown Pella. It is a go-to destination for an array of experiences. From captivating performances and dazzling concerts to the enchanting Festivals of Trees, it sets the stage for unforgettable moments.

The historic four-story venue isn’t just about entertainment; it’s a canvas for creativity and celebration. Discover a world of possibilities with threater workshops, weddings, and versatile spaces for meetings or private gatherings. Throughout the year, they curate a tapestry of unique events, offering a vibrant fusion of arts, entertainment, and social engagements. The Pella Opera House is a premiere performing art facility that showcases acclaimed acts, local talents, a historic theater, tours, cultural experiences, drama workshops, events, and more.


Calling all art enthusiasts! If you’re into painting, crafting, or creating, we’ve got the perfect activities for you! The Pella Community Center and various local businesses offer workshops and classes tailored for both adults and children. Engaging after-school art programs are a hit, carefully crafted to ignite inspiration and foster a love for learning and creativity. To explore the creative endeavors of others, visit Pella’s art galleries, the Joan Kuyper Farver Art Gallery and Central College’s Mills Gallery. These spaces showcase local talents and students alongside artists from around the globe.

Art sculptures


Feel the rhythm! Music resonates deeply in Pella! Throughout the year, you’ll find live music echoing through various venues, restaurants, and pubs, offering a diverse range of artists catering to all tastes. Central College hosts year-round concerts spanning from jazz to steel drums. Whether your heart beats for folk, rock and roll, or classical tunes, Pella’s music scene has something special for you. As a bonus, Pella proudly boasts its own City Band, composed of local residents. This community band performs every Thursday night in June and July, creating delightful
summer vibes.


Pella offers excellent theatre choices. If you’re passionate about drama, auditioning for a play by Union Street Players, our esteemed local theater group, could be a perfect fit. Pella also has numerous opportunities for children’s theater programming. Keep an eye out for captivating student productions from Pella Community Schools, Pella Christian Schools, and Central College. Additionally, the nearby Des Moines Civic Center presents fantastic Broadway touring productions and other major shows.

Theater Play in Pella


Pella houses an awesome library that promises a haven for book lovers. Whether you’re in the market for children’s stories or adult book clubs, this library offers a perfect avenue to connect with fellow literary enthusiasts. The Pella Public Library hosts a calendar brimming with diverse events, including book readings, author visits, and activities for all ages ensuring an exciting array of programming. Don’t forget to explore our charming bookstore, The Curiosity Shop, located in downtown Pella where enchanting discoveries await you and curiosities are around every corner!

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