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Nov 25-29 Festival of Tree and Lights 2015
Presented by Iowa Realty
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
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 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!
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 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.
Jan 16 MIDWEST MARCH FOR LIFE CONFERENCE
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 7 INTERFACE
INTERFACE conference series is dedicated to providing both attending delegates and sponsors a strong return on their investment of time and resources.
Apr 28 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.