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Show Hours:

Exhibit Hall Hours:

Friday, May 31 | 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 1 | 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sunday, June 2 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

VIPs get in 15 minutes early each day

Programming Hours:

Friday, May 31 | 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, June 1 | 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Sunday, June 2 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Hours:

Friday, May 31 | 12:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday, June 1 | 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 2 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Costume Contests:
Saturday, June 1 | 4:00PM

Sunday, June 2 | 2:00PM


Contests hosted by

Mikal Mosley! 

Click Here For Costume Contest Info & Rules

Costume Contest Sponsors:





4:00 PM - A Q&A with Jim Starlin

5:00PM - How To Become A Hero: My Hero Academia Q&A with David Matranga, Emily Neves, Clifford Chapin, Leah Clark, and Kristen McGuire

7:00PM - A Murder Mystery

PANEL ROOM 1 (316-318)

1:30PM - Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started Writing Stories

2:30PM - Spinning Plates: Life as a Freelancer

3:30PM - Diversity in Sports Entertainment (Wrestling)

PANEL ROOM 2 (314-315)

2:00PM -Cosplay Contests 101

3:00PM - Cosplay....But Make it Fashion

4:00PM - Engage Your Inner Hero!

5:00PM - How to Be A Pro Cosplayer - Wigs Wigs Wigs

6:00PM - Let's Talk About 3D Printing for Cosplay

7:00PM -Improv Games Extravaganza Fandom Edition

8:00PM - The Business Of Creativity

9:00PM - Hellaverse Sing Along (18+)

PANEL ROOM 3 (319)

3:30PM - Get Schwifty Speed “Dating”

6:30PM - Nerdy Karaoke Dance Party by Central Iowa Sound




10:30AM - Go, Go Power Rangers!: Power Rangers Q&A with Karan Ashley, Steve Cardenas, Jason Narvy, and Paul Schrier

11:30AM - Look Blue! A Clue!: Blue's Clues Q&A with Steve Burns, Donovan Patton, and Josh Dela Cruz

12:30PM - For Glory, Fame, and Fortune: Apex Legends Q&A with Nicolas Roye, Chris  Edgerly, and Shantel VanSanten

1:30PM - Helluva Hotel: Q&A with Alex Brightman, Amir Talai, Brandon Rogers, and Erica Lindbeck

2:30PM - Wilson Bethel Q&A

4:00PM - Saturday Cosplay Contest

8:00PM - INF Presents: The Des Moines Con Nerdlesque Kickback (18+)

PANEL ROOM 1 (316-318)

10:00AM - Ethical AI Usage For Artists And Authors

11:00AM - Cosplay Storage Solutions: From Tiny Spaces to Huge Places

12:00PM - Let's Talk Story: Writing for Comics and Animation

1:00PM - Nerdlesque Q&A w/ The International Nerdlesque Festival

2:00PM - Let's Talk Toys!

3:00PM - Nu World Comics: A Massive Universe Rooted in Diversity

4:30PM - On Writing Star Wars Book and Others: A Q&A with Timothy Zahn

5:45PM - Publishing Process

6:30PM - Bootleg Safari with Effin' Birds + Karan Ashley

7:30PM - Representation in Cosplay and Comics

PANEL ROOM 2 (314-315)

10:30AM - All Things Cosplay Photography

11:30AM - Getting Graphic: Using Graphic Design in Your Art

12:30PM - Cosplay is Good Mental Health!

1:30PM - Meet the Star Wars Costuming Fan Groups: Costuming, Community, Charity

2:30PM - Crossing the Barricade: Starting Your Pro Wrestling Journey

3:30PM - Cosplay: Concept to Reality

4:30PM - Genre-Fluid - Today's World Of Fiction

5:30PM - Finding Solace in Comics: Graphic Novels that Support Emotional Awareness

6:30PM - Cosplay Modeling 101

9:00PM - The Doomcast: Stand Up Comedy Show (18+)

PANEL ROOM 3 (319)

10:30 AM- Fitness Basics for Busy Creatives

12:00PM - Cosplay Contest Pre-Judging: Sign Up Here to Compete in the Cosplay Contest (Limit 30 Contestants)

4:00PM - A Con-Quiet Place

6:45PM - The Game Of Writing - Create Your Own 1-Page RPG and Use As Your Novel Outline

9:00PM - Dylan's Drink and Draw (18+)



MAIN STAGE (316-318)

11:30AM - Meet Casper and Grace: A Q&A with Casper Van Dien and Grace Van Dien

12:30PM - David Mack: Creator of Marvel's ECHO, On Writing, Art, Film, TV & His Work for the US State Dept

2:00PM - Sunday Cosplay Contest

PANEL ROOM 2 (314-315)

10:00AM - Burlesque and Wrestling Costumes

11:30AM - Ask Me Anything Author Hour

12:00PM - Giant Puppetry in Cosplay, Parades, and Stage

1:00PM - Comics in the Cornfield

2:00PM - Getting Started with Game Design

3:00PM - Heard Any Good Books Lately?


PANEL ROOM 3 (319)

10:00AM - Cosplay Contest Pre-Judging: Sign Up Here to Compete in the Cosplay Contest (Limit 30 Contestants)

1:00PM - A Con-Quiet Place

2:30PM - Des Moines Con Wrap Up




 (Located in Hall A)


Ticket To Ride Tournament | 3:00PM

UNO Tournament | 5:00PM

Crokinole - Learn to Play | 6:00PM


Chess Tournament | 11:30AM

Catan - 3R Qualifier | 12:00PM

Catan Tournament | 2:00PM

Catan Tournament | 4:00PM

Magic The Gathering Check-In | 4:30PM

Magic The Gathering Start | 4:30PM

$20 Entry Fee - Draft

Crokinole Tournament | 6:00PM


Chess Tournament | 2:00PM

Catan Finals | 12:00PM

Cascadia Tournament | 1:00PM

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