DES MOINES CON
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS DES MOINES CON?
Des Moines Con is a celebration of comics, toys, TV, film, art, cosplay, games, and all things nerdy. If you're a fan of Batman, the Avengers, Doctor Who, Star Wars, LEGO, Disney, Star Trek, the Walking Dead, Power Rangers, Game of Thrones, etc., you'll probably fit right in at DMC!!
WHEN IS DES MOINES CON?
DMC is May 21-22, 2022. The con is open from 10am until 6pm on Saturday, and 10am until 4pm on Sunday.
WHERE IS DES MOINES CON?
DMC takes place at the Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center, in Des Moines, IA!
WHO IS BEHIND DES MOINES CON?
DMC is produced by Nerd Street Events (est. 2011), which is also behind Twin Cities Con, Central Florida Comic Con, Annapolis Comic-Con, Southern Maryland Comic-Con, Star Con Orlando, and co-produces Alaska ComiCon.
WHO IS COMING TO DES MOINES CON?
WILL A CELEBRITY GUEST SIGN MY (TOY, POP, DVD, POSTER, ETC)?
In general, our celebrity guests are happy to sign items that you bring from home. There may be an additional charge for certain items, and there may be specific items that some celebs are not willing to sign at all. Please do not bring any weapons for them to sign that would violate our prop weapon policy.
HOW CAN I GO TO DES MOINES CON?
You can purchase tickets to DMC from our ticketing website, https://www.nerdstreetusa.com/dmccregistration
WHAT ABOUT KIDS TICKETS?
Kids 10 and under are free. You'll need to get a kids' wristband for them at the con when you pick up your pass.
IS THERE A HOTEL NEARBY THAT I CAN STAY AT?
Keep an eye out for hotel deals!
I'M A MEMBER OF PRESS; HOW CAN I GET ACCESS TO DMC?
Please fill out our Press/Media Request Form HERE
Important Info & Policies
Nerd Street Events/Des Moines Con is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and rewarding atmosphere. Our events are meant to be an inclusive space for fans, with a zero-tolerance policy against harassment, groping, stalking, and inappropriate photography. Gender-based harassment is unacceptable at Des Moines Con.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment of any kind is unwelcome at DMC and will not be tolerated.
COSPLAY & COSTUME WEAPONS POLICY
Any weapon that could seriously hurt somebody is not allowed at DMC. Specifically, but not limited to:
Functional firearms – that includes paintball, airsoft, bb guns, cap guns, any gun that shoots a real projectile or causes a real explosion.
Realistic firearms – any gun that could be confused for a real gun. If it looks like a real gun, it is not allowed. Realistic prop guns with brightly-colored caps are not allowed.
Prop weapons made of a hard material such as metal, wood, or glass
Functional projectile weapons – any weapon (crossbow, slingshot, etc) that discharges a projectile
Blunt weapons like bats, clubs, or hockey sticks
Loud props such as whistles, horns, etc.
Prop weapons are allowed, as long as they meet the following criteria; That they are composed of cardboard, foam, something light. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips and will not be shot. Prop weapons will be allowed at the discretion of staff and uniformed security personnel. Safety is paramount, we will always err on the side of caution. There will be no place to store prohibited weapons on-site. If you have a weapon that is prohibited, you will be escorted from the building and not allowed back in with the weapon.
Hateful symbols aren’t welcome at Des Moines Con. Historical costumes can be great, but reminders of unspeakable atrocities are not appropriate, ever. This includes any sort of “ironic” or satirical costumes that re-appropriate Nazi paraphernalia or gear.
WHAT ABOUT COVID-19?
While COVID-19 exposure is a risk in any public place, we are dedicated to making DMC as safe as possible. This event doesn’t exist without our fans, and we want everyone to be healthy at the con and when they go home. We are working with the Iowa Events Center to create a safety plan for all attendees, exhibitors, staff, etc. Please check back closer to the date of the event for an updated policy regarding specific safety measures.
We're going to need help making Des Moines Con happen, and that's where you come in! Fill out this form if you're interested in volunteering with DMC.
Produced by Nerd Street
Nerd Street is an event production company started and operated by Ben Penrod. Other events produced by Nerd Street are Twin Cities Con, Central Florida Comic Con, Alaska ComiCon, Annapolis Comic-Con, Southern Maryland Comic-Con, and Star Con Orlando.