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Nov 25-29 Festival of Tree and Lights 2015

Presented by Iowa Realty

Festival of Tree and Lights 2015

Festival of Trees & Lights is a five-day public event that is the main fundraiser for Blank Children's Hospital. The event features beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, children's activities, food, shopping and more!

Your attendance means you are supporting valuable programs at Blank Children's Hospital. Programs that would not be possible without the generous support of our community. 

Dec 5 UCA Hawkeye Championship

UCA Hawkeye Championship

This is a regional qualifying event! Teams who qualify will compete at the 2016 NHSCC.

Dec 12 All About Her Des Moines Holiday Expo

All About Her Des Moines Holiday Expo

All About HER Des Moines Holiday Expo is coming to the Iowa Events Center on December 12, 2015! Come spend the day with your family shopping hundreds of local Iowa exhibitors.

Dec 19 Big Four Classic Spirit Rally

Expect Something Different. Four Schools. One HUGE Event!

Big Four Classic Spirit Rally

We invite you to join us for the pregame spirit rally to cheer on our men’s basketball teams.

All four schools—Drake, Iowa, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa—are collaborating to bring you one large, shared event!

We’ll offer cash bars with snacks and appetizers provided while supplies last.  There will be music by DJ Dave Gallagher, giveaways, and pep rallies with each school’s band and cheer squad—fun for everyone!  

Dec 31-Jan 3 Faithwalkers Midwest Conference

Faithwalkers Midwest Conference

Faithwalkers is a yearly conference, hosted by Great Commission Churches, for young and old followers of Christ to be motivated and encouraged in their walk of faith. The conference features passionate worship, practical Biblical teaching, and fellowship with believers from throughout the US and the world.



The March commemorates the Roe v. Wade decision, which paved the way for abortion on demand. Stand with us - March with us - for the 4th Annual Midwest March for Life. Join with us!

Feb 11-14 Des Moines Home + Garden Show 2016

Des Moines Home + Garden Show 2016

Renew, restore, and refresh your home at this years Des Moines Home and Garden Show February 11-14, 2016

Feb 20 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

Recognized as the world’s premier bacon festival, the much talked about Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival takes place annually in Des Moines, IA.  Organized and promoted by the Iowa Bacon Board, the festival offers food, fun, and most importantly international bacon fellowship. Bacon-enthusiasts around the world gather for one day of extensive bacon sampling, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen contest, bacon awards and live entertainment. Every year, the festival announces a wacky theme for attendees, restaurants and sponsors to embrace. From Baconmania VIII’s wrestling vibe to Viva Las Bacon’s tribute to old Vegas, everyone gets a little goofy to take part in the bacon madness.

Mar 11-13 Des Moines Home + Outdoor Living Show

Des Moines Home + Outdoor Living Show

Renew, Refresh and Restore your home and outdoor at Des Moines Home and Outdoor Show March 11-13, 2016

Mar 18-20 Jurassic Quest

Jurassic Quest

Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 50 life-size dinosaurs in all.

Mar 24 Iowa Prayer Breakfast

Iowa Prayer Breakfast

Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late Martin Luther King, is our guest speaker.

Mar 30-Apr 3 Talent On Parade

Des Moines Regional Competition

Join us for the Talent On Parade 19th season of competition! A fun, family-oriented competition that runs on time!

Apr 2 ChildServe’s Bubble Ball 2016

ChildServe’s Bubble Ball 2016

ChildServe’s Bubble Ball is a fun and innovative event unlike anything in our community!   Cocktails and dinner are a prelude to the main event: a runway show and gallery of stationary designs and sculptures – all of which are created by talented local designers with bubble wrap as their core element!

Apr 5-6 Iowa 1:1 Institute

Iowa 1:1 Institute



INTERFACE conference series is dedicated to providing both attending delegates and sponsors a strong return on their investment of time and resources.

Apr 8-10 Nexstar National Talent Competition

Nexstar National Talent Competition

Dance Competition.

Apr 28 Iowa SMART Conference

Iowa SMART Conference

The 31st Annual SMART Economic Development Conference is Iowa's premier economic development conference. It attracts approximately 500 economic development professionals, business leaders, chamber of commerce executives, community leaders, elected officials and other board members who influence economic development and public policy issues statewide and within their own communities. It includes general sessions, workshops and networking opportunities.

Nov 1-2 2016 HPCAI Fall Conference

2016 HPCAI Fall Conference

Conference designed for professionals and volunteers who work in hospice and palliative care settings.