photo by Katie McDonald Photography

photo by Katie McDonald Photography

Plan An Event

The Iowa Events Center is a state-of-the-art venue flexible to meet the needs of events of all types and sizes. Let us exceed your expectations with our excellent service, on-site catering and AV, and in-house marketing agency. To top it off, our convention center facilities are tax-exempt!

We are open at full capacity with social distancing measures in place. As always, our priority is the health and safety of everyone who enters our facility. We are taking every measure to ensure that we provide the best space for your event. Our team is continuing to implement all recommended practices to create a safe and healthy environment. You can see our full convention center reopening guidelines with current safety procedures below. We can create a custom socially distanced floor plan for your event and will work with you from catering to adding virtual components to make sure you are comfortable hosting your event.

Catering at the Iowa Events Center

The Iowa Events Center has its own in-house catering company, Spectra Food Services and Hospitality. Spectra Food Services and Hospitality has been managing the food and beverage here for over 10 years and is compiled of an extensive team of food and beverage professionals. The team comes with years of experience spanning over many different backgrounds which has leveraged us a step above the rest. Our Catering Sales team takes a personal approach to every event and will work with you every step of the way to ensure the best fit for your event. If you don’t know what you want, we can help guide you to what makes the most sense for your event needs! Our Catering Sales team and Culinary team work very closely. Our Culinary team consists of over 60 years of experience. The diverse back ground of the department is invaluable when planning the menus for the wide variety of events, however grand or informal, held at the Iowa Events Center.

Click here for more information about catering your event at the Iowa Events Center.

Audio / Visual at the Iowa Events Center

Since the Iowa Events Center opened in 2005, Markey’s Rental & Staging has been the in-house preferred vendor for audio visual equipment and services.

Markey’s Rental & Staging creates defining experiences by providing creative solutions for corporate theater, live event management and audiovisual presentation support. They offer highly skilled technicians, quality equipment and professional project management.

A defining experience is special, unique, and memorable. An event can be something we draw upon for inspiration, motivation, and direction. These moments in our lives shape who we are and define what we believe.

Helping clients produce events that create defining experiences for their audience is paramount to everyone at Markey’s Rental & Staging. Proper design, planning and execution of each event are critical to reaching that goal.

When communicating your message you deserve a partner that will help you achieve your goals. By choosing Markey’s you have a partner focused on helping you create defining experiences.

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COVID-19 Reopening Guide

CLICK HERE to view a PDF of our Convention Center Reopening Guidelines

Virtual/Hybrid Event Enhancements

Event gone virtual this year? We can help elevate the at-home experience for your guests! Click here to see a tasting of our Gala-in-a-Box culinary concept with one of our clients. We would love to create something unique and customized for your special event!

Want to add a virtual A/V component to expand the event experience to also include those who aren’t able to attend in person? From on-site meetings to webinars and interactive hybrid events, let us find a solution for you!  A set up like the one pictured is ready to go and waiting for you from Markey's, our in-house A/V company.

Fill out the Plan an Event form and let's talk about bring your virtual or hybrid event to life!


To begin planning your event, please fill out the form below or contact our Convention Sales Department at
515-564-8000 or by email.

If you’re having an event at the Iowa Events Center and would like to be listed on our website as an upcoming event, please click below to fill out the form.