Iowa's African-American Festival


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Opening Door Prizes:  Skip Passes!  Want to avoid a long wait in the line to meet our celebrity headliners?  Join us at 10 AM to get your Skip Pass.  A Skip Pass is your key to be one of  the first in line to meet one of our celebrities.  Just arrive early and be in your seat during our 10 AM opening ceremony and you will your ticket to be among those at the front of the line.  There are 100 Skip Pass Door Prizes Available.  See you at 10 AM.  

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2017 Celebration Day Information

Saturday, January 28 | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Iowa Events Center, 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 27 and 28.  The 2017 Festival dominates January as the event to attend with a stellar line up of Celebrities and local performers.

2017 Celebrity Headliners are actor Derek Luke and singer/songwriter Syleena Johnson.  Click here for bios

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 Presented by Iowa State University, Free Admission

  • Friday January 27, 9AM – 2PM
  • Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 833 5th Avenue, 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 Presented by the University of Iowa

  • Friday January 27, 7PM – 11:00 PM, Tickets are $60 and available at
  • Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines Iowa
  • An elegant evening fundraiser for the kicking off the festival with dinner, dancing, celebrity guest and heritage legacy awards.

19th Annual Celebration Day, Iowa’s African American Festival

  • Saturday, January 28, 10 AM – 7 PM, Free Admission
  • Hy-Vee Hall 730 3rd Street, 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.

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