Iowa's African-American Festival


2020 Celebration Day Information

Saturday, January 25 | 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Des Moines, Iowa

Free Admission

I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa, known for heating up January with Iowa’s African American Festival, delivers a strong line-up on January 24 and 25.  The 2020 Festival dominates January as the event to attend with a stellar line up of Celebrities and local performers.

Mark your calendar for these I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa events during the last weekend in January and start Black History Month Off Right!

Education Day, Free Admission

  • Friday January 24, 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Des Moines Iowa
  • For Middle & High School Students. A powerful Education Day featuring the Black History Game college fair, historical workshops & more.

Embracing Excellence Gala 

  • Saturday, January 24, 7 PM – 11:00 PM, Tickets are $75 and available at
  • Des Moines Iowa
  • An elegant evening fundraiser for the kicking off the festival with dinner, dancing, celebrity guest and heritage legacy awards.

22nd Annual Celebration Day, Iowa’s African American Festival

  • Saturday, January 25, 11 AM – 7 PM, Free Admission
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Featuring art, history and cultural exhibits, celebrity headliners, wellness expo, soul food and a kid’s Carnival.
  • Live Iowa, regional, and national performers with music, poetry, drama comedy, dance, martial arts and more
  • Wellness Expo: Stop by for health and fitness activities; and to enroll in health insurance through the marketplace or the Iowa Health Link (Medicaid).  Find details on what to bring on our website.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities available.   For more information on 2019 I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa programming, visit, or call 515.288.7171.  Follow us on twitter @worldiniowa, #IMMAWII and like us at

Last Year’s Poster –  2020 Poster Coming Soon!