DemiCon is an interactive adventure with all sorts of amazing fhannish ways to be involved. Check out some of the program areas we have available and view a sample programming grid from last year’s DemiCon.

If you like what you see please remember that a con does not run itself.  With your help we can make it the best weekend ever for sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming fans in Iowa. You can volunteer, run your own panel, and more!

The deadline to sign-up to run your own panel is March 1. For more information contact PROGRAMMING under “Venues & Programming” with our contact form.

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Programming Grid

We have been working diligently since the close of DemiCon 26 to put together a full line up of programming for DemiCon 27. Here is the full DemiCon 27 programming schedule.

When viewing the program grid sorted by time, hover your mouse over the title to see the details.

Looking for a particular panel being hosted by a particular panelist? The program grid sorted by panelist will show you everything a particular panelist is planning to participate in.

If you have any questions you can reach our Programming department heads through our CONTACT page.

DemiCon 27 Program Grid (by Time)

DemiCon 27 Program Grid (by Panelist)



DemiCon hosts a wide range of contests to suit many interests. All are welcome to participate.

Contests we have confirmed for DemiCon 27:


DemiCon Channel

DemiCon will have one of the hotel’s in-house television channels, and we’ll play popular panels from past cons, TICC performances, and so much more. Even while you’re in your hotel room, you’ll be able to view a live feed of Opening Ceremonies, music performances, Masquerade/Cospaly, and panels… with some surprises thrown in.

The Channel Guide will be posted at the convention!


DemiCon 27-HMS Invictus-Big Cat Rescue 2016 Zero-K Zombie Shamble Marathon Fundraiser

DemiCon and the TRMN ship HMS Invictus are sponsoring a Zero-K marathon fundraiser. The profits raised will be split between Big Cat Rescue, DemiCon, and HMS Invictus SD-406. Buying a T-Shirt is how you register for the event. Shirts will be shipped direct to DemiCon where you will be able to pick them up (and save yourself shipping costs!!).

This is a way to have a lot of fun, support three great causes, AND say you ran a marathon!!

To order your shirt visit

zero k zombie shuffle marathon



Got Filk? What is Filk?

Filk is usually associated with music parodies (á la Weird Al). Most of what we call “filk” consists of parodies, SCA songs, folk or Celtic songs, silly songs, or whatever songs people want to share. Really narrows it down, doesn’t it? We have plenty of filking at DemiCon, mostly run in a “Bardic circle” format. In this format, everyone gets a turn to choose singing a song yourself, picking a tune for the group to sing, or passing your turn. This way, everyone gets to participate! In addition, we’ll be having interactive fun and panels with filk! Come share your ideas, rhymes, and creative energies to help us write a song parody in about an hour.


Live Action Role Play (LARP)

Remember all the fun you had with the Space Cadet LARP on Stella Moat? And with the HG Wells Time Train Mystery LARP?  Don’t forget the “Gold Bugs” Steampunk LARP!

At DemiCon we love a good LARP!


Self-Run Programming

Self-Run programming is back!!! It is easy, fun, and can be done at your own pace.

You choose how much time you wish to take and what you do. Just follow the activity’s directions, and away you go.

For DemiCon27 we are excited to offer:

Let us know if you have ideas for other self-run programming. (more…)

The Trans-Iowa Canal Company™

TICC is an eclectic collection of science fiction fans that enjoy parodying science fiction literature, TV shows, movies, and fandom in general. Originally formed in Iowa City in 1980, its first performance, at ICON VI in 1981, was entitled “Smart Trek.” In the past 31 years, the troupe has grown, with both a Western company, based in Des Moines, and an Eastern company, based in Iowa City. Over 170 actors, two stuffed fish, and an inflatable doll have participated in more than 65 performances at science fiction conventions.