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Apr 25 2014 Hats & Horseshoes

2014 Hats & Horseshoes

For four decades, Luther Park has proudly met the physical, spiritual and psychological needs of mature Iowans in our beautifully manicured rose garden-filled campus on Hull Avenue in Des Moines.

Apr 25-26 Hy-Vee Road Races

Hy-Vee Road Races

Show case vendors for Hy-Vee Road Races and packet pickup.

Apr 26 Professional Bull Riders

Built Ford Tough Series

Professional Bull Riders

All Top 35 bull riders will get on one bull each in Rounds 1 and 2 on Saturday and Sunday.  After Round 2 on Sunday afternoon, the riders’ individual two-round scores will be totaled and the top 15 riders on two bulls will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

Apr 27 Professional Bull Riders

Built Ford Tough Series

Professional Bull Riders

The nationally-televised BFTS features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the rankest bucking bulls in the country. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous 150-pound cowboys face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.

May 1 Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference

Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference

The 29th annual Iowa SMART Conference is Iowa's premiere economic development conference. The conference is aimed toward economic development professionals, business leaders, chamber of commerce executives, community leaders, elected officials and other board members who influence economic development within their communities.

May 2-4 Just For Her Expo

Just For Her Expo

The Just For Her Event is returning to Des Moines May 2-4, 2014! Thanks you to all the vendors and shoppers for your support year one. We are thrilled to bring you a bigger, better event in 2014!

May 2-4 Sesame Street Live!

Can't Stop Singing

Sesame Street Live!

May 2-4, 2014

Friday, May 2 at 6:30pm
Saturday, May 3 at 10:30am
Saturday, May 3 at 2pm
Sunday, May 4 at 1pm
Sunday, May 4 at 4:30pm

Discounts for groups of 10+ are available!

May 3 An Evening Honoring Senator Tom Harkin

An Evening Honoring Senator Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin will be inducted into the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Labor Hall of Fame. This event marks the first time in the history of the Labor Hall of Fame than any individual from outside of a labor organization has ever been selected to receive this prestigious award.  

May 10 Iowa Barnstormers vs. Jacksonville Sharks

Iowa Barnstormers vs. Jacksonville Sharks

Season tickets for the 2014 Iowa Barnstormers season remain on sale now for as little as $110.00 per seat. Don’t miss a minute of the action this season!

May 14 University of Iowa School of Social Work Commencement Ceremony

University of Iowa School of Social Work Commencement Ceremony

May 14, 2014

7pm-8pm Ceremony

Reception to Follow

May 15-17 Homeschool Iowa Conference

Homeschool Iowa Conference

The Homeschool Iowa Conference is the event of the year for anyone interested in home education in our state. The conference features great line up of speakers (Reb Bradley, Randy & Lisa Wilson, Joyce Herzog, Nancy Kelly, Renee Miller, & more) and an expansive curriculum hall with nearly 100 exhibitors. Activities for students are offered, including an on-site children's program and exciting teen track classes. Bargain hunters will enjoy the Thursday afternoon used curriculum sale. New this year, is the Friday Night Comedy Event with comedian Brad Stine, which open to the general public. Easy on-line registration is available until one week before the event, and efficient walk-in registration is also offered. 

May 15 Inaugural ME-Series featuring Mariel Hemingway

Presented by Broadlawns Foundation and Advocate Circle

Inaugural ME-Series featuring Mariel Hemingway

“On May 15, we will bring individuals and business from our community together to start conversations about mental health issues and access in Iowa,” said Johnny Danos, Co-Chair of the Broadlawns Foundation Advocate Circle. “We want to make everyone more comfortable talking about mental health issues through open conversation to reduce the current stigma associated with the disease.”

Granddaughter of the Nobel Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway, Mariel has become a national spokesperson on mental health awareness, most recently by promoting “Running From Crazy,” a documentary written from Mariel’s perspective, about her family’s struggles with suicide, depression, alcoholism and more. Her goal is to fuel a broader, freer cultural dialogue about mental illness, to bring the topic out of the shadows and into every day conversations.

May 16 An Evening with Brad Stine

presented by the Home School Iowa Conference

An Evening with Brad Stine

We're excited to offer this family event featuring Brad Stine,
referred to by New Yorker Magazine as "God's comic"!

Brad has been featured on Fox & Friends, NBC Nightly News, HBO, Showtime, CNN, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Colmes, ABC Nightline, and Comedy Central.

May 17 Iowa Barnstormers vs. Cleveland Gladiators

Iowa Barnstormers vs. Cleveland Gladiators

Season tickets for the 2014 Iowa Barnstormers season remain on sale now for as little as $110.00 per seat. Don’t miss a minute of the action this season!

May 24 Des Moines University's 114th Commencement

Des Moines University's 114th Commencement

Des Moines University 114th Commencement Ceremony
10am-12pm

May 26 Memorial Day Program

Memorial Day Program

Global Spectrum will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Program at the Iowa Events Center on Monday, May 26 at 11 a.m. inside room 312-314 of Veterans Memorial at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.

May 31 Iowa Barnstormers vs. Orlando Predators

Iowa Barnstormers vs. Orlando Predators

Season tickets for the 2014 Iowa Barnstormers season remain on sale now for as little as $110.00 per seat. Don’t miss a minute of the action this season!

Jun 9 Cher "Dressed to Kill" Tour

with special guest Cyndi Lauper

Cher "Dressed to Kill" Tour

Cher’s previous tour “The Farewell Tour” later dubbed “The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour” was one of the most successful tours ever by a solo artist and played for a record-breaking 325 dates and seen by over 5.5 million people.

Jun 14 Iowa Barnstormers vs. Tampa Bay Storm

Iowa Barnstormers vs. Tampa Bay Storm

Season tickets for the 2014 Iowa Barnstormers season remain on sale now for as little as $110.00 per seat. Don’t miss a minute of the action this season!

Jun 16-19 2014 ISBA Annual Meeting and Tech Show

2014 ISBA Annual Meeting and Tech Show

June 16 (12:30pm-4:50pm)June 17 (8:00am- 5:10pm)
June 18 (8:00am- 5:10pm)
June 19 (8:00am- 3:00pm)
June 19- Tech Show (8:00am-4:50pm)

Jun 19 House of Mercy Game Show Gala

House of Mercy Game Show Gala

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
Thursday, June 19 at 6:30pm-9pm

Jun 28 Iowa Barnstormers vs. Philadelphia Soul

Iowa Barnstormers vs. Philadelphia Soul

Saturday, June 28 at 7:05 pm

Jul 11 Motley Crue

"All Bad Things Must Come to an End" The Final Tour

Motley Crue

After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced The Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles on January 28, 2014.

Jul 11 Motley Crue Tailgate Party

Motley Crue Tailgate Party

Join us for a Tailgate Party in the Iowa Events Center Parking Lot from 3:00 - 7:00 PM Friday, July 11 in advance of the Motley Crue / Alice Cooper concert. Live Music, giveaways, drink specials and more. Tickets cost $5 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local charity. The tailgate party is presented by Community Choice Credit Union.

Jul 17-19 M.A. Dance Commuter Camp

M.A. Dance Commuter Camp

July 17-19, 2014

Jul 18 Joel and Victoria Osteen

"A Night Of Hope"

Joel and Victoria Osteen

Joel Osteen reaches one of the largest audiences in the U.S. and across the globe.  Millions of people worldwide are inspired through his weekly television broadcasts, New York Times bestselling books, worship events, and popular weekly pod-cast.  Joel and Victoria are the pastors of America’s largest church and one of the most diverse - the 52,000 strong Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.  Joel has been listed as one of the most influential people on Twitter in the New York Times.

Jul 19 Iowa Barnstormers vs. Pittsburgh Power

Iowa Barnstormers vs. Pittsburgh Power

Saturday, July 19 at 7:05pm

Jul 26 Iowa Barnstormers vs. San Jose Saber Cats

Iowa Barnstormers vs. San Jose Saber Cats

Saturday, July 26 at 7:05pm

Aug 20 KISS / Def Leppard

KISS / Def Leppard

This summer two of the world's greatest rock bands, KISS and
DEF LEPPARD, are set to deliver a massive tour dedicated to fans who wanna rock and roll all night! These two legendary rock bands spanning two continents announced today that they will launch the tour as KISS celebrates their 40th year in music. The summer's biggest hit-fueled rock tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will storm through 40-plus cities throughout North America including a stop at Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday, August 20.

Aug 24 Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines 100th Anniversary Gala

Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines 100th Anniversary Gala

100th anniversary gala that will honor the Federation and its partners throughout its history.

Aug 29-30 Hy-Vee Triathlon

Hy-Vee Triathlon

This event is offered to all registered athletes to receive important information about the race, pick up packets and visit vendors

Sep 2 Psychic Medium & Author John Edward

Psychic Medium & Author John Edward

John Edward will begin the evening with an interactive question and answer session. He will then connect with the other side and give messages to the audience from friends and family who have crossed over.

Sep 5-7 The MAT Games

Hosted by CrossFit 8035

The MAT Games

The annual MAT Games, hosted by CrossFit 8035, brings together all athletic abilities for an exciting weekend of camaraderie and competition.

Sep 6 The Eagles

History of The Eagles: Live in Concert

The Eagles

The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earning five #1 U.S. singles and six GRAMMY® Awards.Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units. The band’s Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits Volume 2 have sold more than 16 and 11 million albums respectively. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Sep 17 Eric Church "The Outsiders World Tour"

with special guests Dwight Yoakam and Brothers Osborne

Eric Church "The Outsiders World Tour"

Although Church has already built a reputation as a restless creative force while blazing an unconventional path to country superstardom, The Outsidersrepresents an audacious quantum leap. The aggressive set, which consists almost entirely of Church compositions or co-compositions, finds the iconoclastic singer-songwriter-guitarist covering a dizzying amount of musical and lyrical ground, taking advantage of a wide range of sonic options to construct an adventurous, consistently thrilling ride. The result is Church's most revealing, personally-charged statement yet—and one that challenges many of the accepted rules of contemporary country music.

Sep 20-21 Christ Our Life Regional Conference

Christ Our Life Regional Conference

A biennial regional Catholic conference featuring world-class speakers, Mass, inspirational music, Adoration and Reconciliation.

Sep 27 Des Moines Women's Expo

Des Moines Women's Expo

Iowa's Largest Women's Expo!

220 Vendors, Fashion, Beauty, Health and Wellness

Tickets: $12 (Adult), Kids under 12 FREE

September 27, 2014 9a-6p

Sep 28 Golden Circle College Fair

Golden Circle College Fair

The Golden Circle College Fair is the largest college fair in Iowa attracting 150 colleges, universities and career access exhibitors.

Oct 5-8 2014 LCMC Annual Gathering

2014 LCMC Annual Gathering

LCMC Annual Gathering and Busniess Meeting.

Oct 10-12 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

Presents Super Circus Heroes

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

What if superheroes were REAL? What if mortal men and women could rise above their fears and limitations and achieve extraordinary feats? In Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes, performers conquer the limitations of normal individuals and display seemingly impossible power, speed and precision.

Oct 25 Comic Book I-Con

Presented by the Iowa Comic Book Club

Comic Book I-Con

Family fun for all. Thousands of comic books and related merchandise from vendors. Sketches and prints from creators of comic books. Fans in costume and characters for photos.

Oct 25-26 IBCA Fall Clinic

IBCA Fall Clinic

Annual Fall Basketball Clinic

October 25 9am-9pm

October 26 9am-2pm

Oct 26-27 Iowa Association of Student Councils Leadership Conference

Iowa Association of Student Councils Leadership Conference

Student leaders and their advisors and chaperones network and learn leadership skills at this two-day conference. Judson Larpply, the Evolution of Dance, is this year's Key Note Speaker.

Dec 2-3 2014 Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting

For Iowa Farm Bureau Members Only

2014 Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting

Annual Conference for Iowa Farm Bureau Members

Jan 3-4 Monster Jam 2015

Monster Jam 2015

Monster Jam is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment on the planet.  The stars of the show are the biggest performers on four wheels: the Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through.

Mar 31 Iowa Jazz Championships

Iowa Jazz Championships

The Iowa Jazz Championships showcases 60 of the state's finest high school jazz ensembles.  It is held in Des Moines every April and and features 15 groups from each of the four Iowa high school classifications.  All ensembles perform in the daytime competition, and the top two bands from each classification perform in the evening finals competition.  The event was founded by Iowa jazz educators over thirty years ago and continues to be an important event on the Iowa high school music landscape each spring.

May 23 Des Moines University's 115th Commencement

Des Moines University's 115th Commencement

115th Commencement Ceremony
10:00am-12:00pm