FAQ: 2017 Big Hair Ball: Alchemy

Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Big Hair Ball 2017

Heading to the Des Moines Art Center's 2017 Big Hair Ball: Alchemy on Saturday, May 13? Heard about the party and not sure what to expect? We've got you covered.

Q: What is Big Hair Ball?
A: The Des Moines Art Center Big Hair Ball, which began in 2004 and biennially, is one of the most highly anticipated events in the Des Moines area and statewide. Known for its modeled hairstyles, live music, and special performances, which celebrate hair as a form of artistic self-expression, the Big Hair Ball has been profiled extensively in local, state, and national media. The highlight of the evening is an hour-long choreographed runway program, produced entirely by local salons and a volunteer committee. Local boutiques also participate in the event by offering hair, nail, and make-up artistry to event attendees.

Q: How much do tickets costs and what do they include?
A: There are three levels of tickets for the 2017 Big Hair Ball. All tickets provide access to the party on the main level and in the courtyard with complimentary boutique experiences for your glamorous finishing touches. Light passed appetizers and a late night snack included. One complimentary signature drink and a full cash bar.

VIP Runway Access ($125) – Extremely limited quantities
Special access to VIP level with seating directly around the runway, VIP swag bag, access to VIP bar, and 1 VIP drink ticket

Buy VIP Runway Access

VIP Access ($100) – Limited quantities 
Access to VIP level with off-runway seating, VIP swag bag, access to VIP bar, and 1 VIP drink ticket

Buy VIP Access

Advanced General Admission ($85 / $65 members) 
Day-of General Admission ($100)

This is where we party. Cocktail-style, standing-room-only general admission on the main level above the runway. The view from the general admission level includes an abbreviated catwalk experience and live projection of the runway.

Buy Advanced General Admission

Q: Who can buy tickets and when?
A: Attendees of this event must be at least 21 years of age. Advance tickets are available online until midnight on Friday, May 12.

Q: What time do doors open?
A: Doors open at 7:30 pm for everyone. All attendees must check in upon entry.

Q: What time does the runway show begin?
A: The Big Hair Ball runway show begins promptly at 8:30 pm.

Q: Where can I park?
A: Parking is limited in the Art Center lot; however, additional parking can be found north of the Art Center along Polk Boulevard or southeast of the Art Center along 45th Street. We will also be offering a free shuttle from Bergman Academy north on 45th Street to drop off at the Art Center from 7:30 – 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm – 12:30 am.

Or, consider taking a taxi, Uber, or Lyft for a worry-free trip to and from the event.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Attendees who purchased advance tickets will check in via a will call list at the door.

Tickets will be available for purchase via cash or credit card at the door. A cash bar will also be available. Please note: There is not an ATM on-site.

Don’t forget your ID—we will be checking!

Q: What shouldn't I bring?
A: This is a costume party; however, no electronic cigarettes or vaporizers, outside alcohol, live animals, fake squirting blood, roller skates, skateboards, or real or fake weapons will be allowed inside the Art Center.

Q: What should I wear?
A: You can follow Art Noir’s Pinterest board for costume ideas leading up to the event.

Q: How do I tell my friends what a great time I'm having?
A: Get social with us by using the hashtag #BHB17 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Be sure to check out our custom Snapchat geofilter as well to make all of your snaps have an extra glimmer of gold

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