Each year Grinnell College hosts several major performances of significant cultural import. The Committee for Public Events, a body composed of both faculty and students, selects between four and six noted performers to visit Grinnell.

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Recent performers include:

  • ELEW
  • Simon Estes
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  • Bread and Puppet Theatre
  • Esperanza Spalding

Ticket Distribution Policy

Performances are free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the public beginning three to four business days prior to the performance (look at specific event to determine date) and are distributed until no tickets remain. Tickets are distributed from the box office in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts at the corner of 6th and Park in Grinnell. Tickets are free to those present at the box office during open hours between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone reservations are not accepted, though you may call the box office at 641-269-4444 during open hours to determine if tickets are still available. A limited number of tickets are also available beginning at noon on the first distribution date from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell.

Grinnell Symphony Orchestra with Schützenkapelle Holzheim: September 27, 2014, 2p.m. Sebring Lewis Hall. No tickets necessary.

Fred Hersch Jazz Trio: October 2, 7:30 p.m. Herrick Chapel. Tickets available Sept. 29th.

Ghoultide Scarols Halloween Concert: October 31, 2014, 9pm . Herrick Chapel. No tickets necessary.

Sybarite5: November 10, 2014,  7:30 p.m.  Herrick Chapel. Tickets available Nov. 5th.

Joe Goode Performance Group: February 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Roberts Theatre. Tickets available Feb 6th.

All Recipes are Home – Working Group Theatre.  April 13, 2015, 6p.m.. Commencement Stage. Tickets available April 8th.


2014-15 Contacts for Public Events Committee

  • Celeste Miller, Chair. Faculty, staff and student suggestions should be directed to the chair.
  • Rachel Bly ’93, Director of Conference Operation and Events.  All agents should contact Rachel for information.