Art & Entertainment in Council Bluffs

From our award-winning cultural center, impressive public art collection, live performances, and unique nightlife opportunities, there is so much art and entertainment to uncover in Council Bluffs!

Get Inspired at the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center!

Gallery Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, 12:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays
Cost: Free to visit the gallery
Tickets/Admission: Reserve your gallery tickets, Chanticleer Community Theatre tickets, and art classes admission online.

The Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center is a hub for all things creative in Council Bluffs! Visitors can visit the Anne & John P. Nelson Gallery on the fourth floor to see exciting exhibits that change throughout the year. The gallery is also the permanent home of the Corn Room Murals created by the world-renowned artist Grant Wood. Admission is free, and you can register online to visit.

In addition to the gallery, the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center also hosts live performances by the Chanticleer Community Theatre, open studio hours on Friday evenings where you can meet the talented resident artists, art classes, and so much more! Visit PACE's website for more information.

Explore the Iowa West Public Art Collection 

Hours: Open 24 hours 
Cost: Free
Tickets/Admission: Free/ Self-Guided 

In 2004, the Iowa West Foundation, a foundation that works to improve the lives and strengthen the Council Bluffs community,  funded a community-wide public art master planning process that resulted in the Iowa West Public Art initiative. Because of this unique initiative, Council Bluffs is now home to an impressive collection of 12 pieces of public art created by artists known worldwide.

Take a self-guided tour of the collection using the Otocast Public Art app! This interactive app serves as your tour guide by giving you directions to each piece and allows you to hear directly from the artists as they speak about their work. This fun and engaging app can be downloaded on both Android and iOS. To learn more, click here!

UNleash the Beat! Stir Concert Cove Concert Series

Hours: See specific concert details for the concert times
Cost: See specific concert details for the ticket prices
Tickets/Admission: Tickets may be purchased online

With summer brings the promise of rockin' concerts at Stir Concert Cove! Concerts take place primarily over the summer months, starting as soon as May and concluding by early October. The outdoor venue has hosted top-notch performers like Eric Church, The Avett Brothers, ZZ Top, Diana Ross, Train, Kesha, and more. Anticipation has built up, waiting for announcements of who will be rocking Council Bluffs this summer. 

The live music doesn't stop there! Local establishments like McCoy's at ThunderbowlWhiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino, and Full Fledged Brewing Company host reoccurring local live music performances. Check out any upcoming live music events on our calendar!

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Instagram Worthy Murals in Council Bluffs

Hours: Open 24 hours
Cost: Free
Tickets/Admission: Free/Self-Guided

As mentioned earlier, Council Bluffs is home to an extensive collection of impressive art. In the last year alone, three new murals have popped up in the city! This innovative form of public art brings a new life to the buildings they are painted on and brings vibrancy to the community. Take a self-guided tour of our murals! You'll learn about our local history, be able to take the best Instagram shots, and see the unique styles of each artist along the way.

Drag Yourself to Brunch!

Hours: Third Saturday of each month
Cost: No cover charge
Tickets/Admission: Call (712) 256-0070 to make a reservation

A weekend isn't complete without a delicious brunch, right? Well, Caddy's Kitchen and Cocktails, located on the Historic 100 Block, hosts a reoccurring Drag Yourself to Brunch event on the third Saturday of each month. Their cast of drag performers entertain you with song and dance while you enjoy creative cocktails and delicious brunch items during the event. These events are highly entertaining and very popular! Be sure to call and reserve a table.

This Summer in Council Bluffs: Beyond Van Gogh

This summer, the stunning Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is coming to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa! The exhibit will allow visitors to experience Van Gogh's vast body of work with all of their senses. 

When: June 23, 2022 - August 14, 2022

Learn More

Art in the Omaha Metro

Did you know that Council Bluffs is only minutes away from downtown Omaha? Our convenient location allows for quick trips to experience the great art and entertainment options in the entire metro. 

Find something UNexpected in South Omaha!

South Omaha is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood that includes cultures from around the world! Experience Polish, Czech, German, and Mexican history, flavors, and art as you walk South 24th Street. With the historic buildings, beautiful public art, festivals, and live music, this area of Omaha is worth a visit.

Check out this blog from our friends at Visit Omaha for places to eat and visit in South Omaha.

Shopping and Gallery Hopping in the Old Market!

The Old Market in Omaha is a lively historic district located just minutes away from Council Bluffs. Street musicians will greet you as you wander through the different boutiques and art galleries. The Old Market is also home to several local restaurants, pubs, cafes, and clubs. The cobblestone streets and beautiful brick buildings make this district a must-see for all visitors!

Check out the blog from our friends at Visit Omaha for things to do in the Old Market!

The Fun Doesn't Stop There!

Hidden gems and long-standing favorites abound in Council Bluffs, whether you want to unplug or amp up. Of if you're looking to unveil the nightlife or create your own still life. Discover the fantastic food scene, or take in the unbelievable scenery. You don't have to search far for your new favorite place in Council Bluffs! Check out our recent blogs to get the insider's scoop on all things CB.

For a complete list of attractions, click here!

For a complete list of places to eat, click here!

This post was originally published on December 7, 2021 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.