615 3rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50309


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Event Accommodations/Room

Wedding receptions. Class reunions. Corporate conferences. Events like these shape our lives. Forté specializes in hosting distinguished events that your guests will remember for years to come. With an ambience of unique sophistication, Forté is the place for making any occasion a smashing success.

For business or pure pleasure, Forté is the perfect setting for an unforgettable event.

  • Menu sampling
  • Buffet or sit-down service
  • Customized menus
  • Multiple reception package
  • Full beverage service
  • Accommodates groups of 20-450
  • Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines, close to major hotels
  • Adjacent parking/Valet service available

At Forté, you'll find out what it is like to be pampered with personal attention. Our experienced, professional Event Coordinators will guide you through the planning of your event down to the very last detail. Also sure to impress is our fine quality of food, surpassed in presentation only by actual taste.

Meeting Facilities

6 meeting room totaling 10,545 square feet of function space. 6,207 sq ft Grand Ballroom, divisible into two sections, accommodates 450 guests for receptions and banquets. Additional meeting rooms available for smaller events. Professional event management staff to handle details. In-house audiovisual technology. Creative catering and theme party rooms. Customized menus. Full beverage service.

Grand Ballroom

This contemporary style ballroom is capable of hosting larger galas, wedding receptions, meetings and other events. The Grand Ballroom has seating space for as little as five guests and as many as 500 guests or for a cocktail reception for up to 750 guests.

Junior Ballrooms

The Grand Ballroom can be transformed into two suites for groups of up to 225 and is perfect for smaller wedding receptions and business conferences.

Conference Room

Our Conference Room is ideal for smaller meetings and presentations with audio visual/ wireless internet need & can accommodate 40 people.

Pre-Function Area

Entertain your guests before the event in our spacious Pre-Function Area. It is a perfect transition area, from our main entrance to the Grand Ballroom and Conference Room for greeting, mingling, signing guest books, and taking pictures with cocktail space for over 100. The Pre-Function Area is free of charge with the rental of the Grand Ballroom.

Master Party Room

This dynamic room is enclosed in glass, overlooking the city. This room has available seating for groups of up to 70 people.

Social Events

Entertain on a higher level. For wedding receptions, proms and private parties, Forté will provide a beautiful backdrop against which your event can unfold.

  • Large dance floor
  • Elegant table and room decorations
  • Picturesque settings for indoor and outdoor photo opportunities

End your event with AllPlay! Forté offers your guests the opportunity to enjoy other exciting venues. The AllPlay experience is truly unique ... nowhere else will you find this many event options under one roof.

AllPlay, the ultimate entertainment complex, offers a fun, high-energy atmosphere. With the latest virtual reality games, classic games, rock climbing wall, Fanatics Bar and Grill and more, AllPlay is a great place to unwind after a day of business meetings, for social occasions and a great place to bring the entire family. You can even provide your guests with discounts on gamecards.


Full service bar featuring 16 different tap beers, 30 bottled beers, and HD televisions viewable from every chair, plus and eight foot projection screen television.

Recreation and Leisure

AllPlay Ultimate Entertainment Complex, "Where Downtown Kicks Off." 35 Foot Rock Climbing Wall. Over 100 other virtual reality, arcade, shooting, racing, sports, and competitive games.