Those who have experienced the Des Moines Arts Festival® would not be surprised to know that this annual event has become a most remarkable international phenomenon. The festival has evolved since its first edition in 1958, when “All Iowa Art Fair” was hosted on the grounds of the Des Moines Art Center.
While the event name and venues have changed through the years, the festival mission remains unwavering — to educate, inspire and engage audiences toward a heightened appreciation of visual and other forms of art and to enhance our sense of pride in the Des Moines community.
Pride does indeed run deep in our city. The Festival has been honored with the coveted International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) Grand Pinnacle Award for nine consecutive years. More than two million domestic and international visitors have attended the Festival through the years.