The Des Moines Arts Festival

Here's how to spend a great weekend:

What: 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival® 

When: Friday, June 22, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; 
Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
; Sunday, June 24, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines

Admission: Free

Event Highlights:

• Juried Art Fair featuring 178 visual artists representing 37 states and Canada who have been selected from a competitive jury process sponsored by Nationwide Insurance

 Emerging Iowa Artists Program and artist workshops presented by PrincipalSM

• 55 film screenings from 30 different countries at the Interrobang Film Festival presented by AARP Movies For Grownups

 Prairie Meadows Community Outreach Program showcasing and supporting 27 Central Iowa non-profit organizations

• The live music of Jukebox the Ghost and Sir Sly on Friday night and Spin Doctors on Saturday night, along with Brazilian 2wins, Adé & The Soul Brothers, Andy Fleming & The Sweet Nothings, Ryne Doughty, Treesreach, The Fuss and others on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

 Acoustic Stage presented by Meredith Corporation featuring Joe Pug and Jeffrey Foucault and Dan Tedesco, Joe and Vicki Price, Dusty Heart, Shaun Munday, Natascha Myers, Ace Jones, Patresa Hartman, Josh Sinclair and Denise Forney and more

• The Laser Spectacular light and sound show Friday and Saturday nights after the headlining acts on the Hy-Vee Main Stage

 BOOM ART! presented by MidAmerican Energy Company

• Green Arts Zero-Waste Sustainability Program presented by Voya Financial®

 Silent Rivers Design+Build VIP Club, Hospitality Suites and #DMAFcurated exhibit

• More than 900 volunteer shifts sponsored by Polk County Board of Supervisors

 Des Moines Art Center’s Student Art Exhibition and Visionary Artists Ceremony presented by Hubbell Homes

• Artist Demonstrations presented by John Deere

 Zones with CenturyLink wi-fi, charging stations and streaming social media hosted by WHO-HD, iHeart Media and Des Moines Radio Group

• More than 30 Interactive Arts Activities

 WHO-HD celebrities Meet & Greet

• DART bus unveiling and art tours presented by DART and the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

 Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build

• Official merchandise and apparel available at two Arts Festival Shops

 Wide variety of beverages from Budweiser and Gateway Market

• Iowa Craft Beer Tent and Court Ave. Brewing Co. featuring the Festival's craft brews, Sassy Saison & One-Eyed Red

 26 eclectic food booths and food trucks

• Sculpture Garden 

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