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Feb 11-14 Des Moines Home + Garden Show 2016

Click the Buy Tickets link and enter code "IEC" for $3 off each online ticket

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 4-6 Iowa Deer Classic

The Greatest Whitetail Show on Earth!

Iowa Deer Classic

Each year the Iowa Deer Classic brings to the hunters of Iowa and the Midwest a weekends worth of trophy whitetails, world class hunting seminars, hunting and outdoor exhibitors, hands-on archery opportunities and much more.

Mar 5-6 Variety Telethon

Variety Telethon

The Variety Telethon is broadcast live from the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom. Tune in to ABC5 from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, or stop by to see the Telethon live.

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 29 Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy

Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy

A leadership academy for students and teachers across the state of Iowa to foster leadership skills that will impact their lives, schools and communities.

Mar 30-Apr 3 Talent On Parade

Des Moines Regional Competition

Talent On Parade

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 16 Des Moines On Tap

Authentic Beer Festivals

Des Moines On Tap

Sample over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Plus hang out in an atmosphere filled with live music, delicious food available for purchase, and great vendors.

*Participants must be at least 21 years of age to attend*

Apr 19-20 39th Annual Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse

39th Annual Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse

The Governor's Conference on Substance Abuse is a statewide forum focused on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery while offering recommendations for best practices.

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.

Sep 25 Golden Circle College & Career Fair

Golden Circle College & Career Fair

Iowa's largest college fair brings more than 140 colleges and career-planning resources together from across the country.

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.

Apr 29 Raise Your Paw Auction

Raise Your Paw Auction