Animate! Des Moines

SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2024


It's an ANIMATION CELEBRATION at GalaxyCon Presents ANIMATE! DES MOINES. Join us for 3 days of anime, animation, cosplay, and more!

We feature entertainment, Q&As, video and tabletop gaming, panels, costume contests, cosplay wrestling, and so much more fandom for you to explore.

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We look forward to seeing you SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2024 at the Iowa Events Center

 If you have questions, please email

Location & Hours


FRIDAY                2pm to 2am 
SATURDAY         10am to 2am
SUNDAY              10am to 8pm


Iowa Events Center
730 3rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
(954) 231-0574‬


FRIDAY                2pm to 8pm 
SATURDAY         10am to 8pm
SUNDAY              10am to 6pm

Plan Your Visit


How to find the
convention center.

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Book through Animate! and get the best rates at the nearest hotels.

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The 2024 schedule will be posted closer to the event.

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The 2024 floor map will be posted closer to the event.

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Help for all of your accessibility requirments or restrictions.

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Want To Win Tickets?

Enter for your chance to win 2 VIP Passes.

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Make the Most out of Animate!

Be more than an attendee! Find applications for volunteers, panels, fan groups, professional creators, entertainment, press, and more at the link below!

Get Involved

Are You An Exhibitor?

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For any questions please email

Calling All Cosplayers!

Come in costume or come as you are! Take part in our legendary Costume and Cosplay Contests with awesome prizes & famous cosplay guest judges! Compete for over $4,000 in cash, plus medals, trophies, and bragging rights!

Bringing a PROP? Make sure to check our policy HERE for safety requirements.

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Who Do You Want To See At Animate! Des Moines?

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Please Note: Requests are not guaranteed. We wish we could work with all of the stars, but schedules and budgets don't always align.