Iowa's African-American Festival


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Find out how you can skip to the front of the line to meet our headliners below!

2018 Celebration Day Information

Saturday, January 27 | 11:00 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 26 and 27.  The 2018 Festival dominates January as the event to attend with a stellar line up of Celebrities and local performers.

2018 Celebrity Headliner is actor Larenz Tate.  2018 Musical Headliner is Carl Thomas.  And our Gala Headliner is Kurtis Blow.  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 26, 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 

  • Friday January 20, 7PM – 11:00 PM, Tickets are $75 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.

20th Annual Celebration Day, Iowa’s African American Festival

  • Saturday, January 27, 11 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.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities available.   For more information on 2018 I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa programing, visit, or call 515.288.7171.  Follow us on twitter @worldiniowa, #IMMAWII and like us at


Opening Door Prizes:  Skip Passes!  Want to avoid a long wait in the line to meet our celebrity headliners?  Join us at 11 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 11 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 11 AM.