Awards

Over the years, the Des Moines Arts Festival® has been recognized by a number of associations and trade magazines making it the most celebrated event in Iowa. No awards have been more significant to the emergence of the Festival on the international stage as the Grand Pinnacle Award and over 120 Pinnacle Awards by the International Festivals & Events Association over the past seven years for marketing, merchandising and programming.

 

2014 Awards

 

  • Gold Grand Pinnacle Award reflecting the "best festival in the world" by the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Winner of 21 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association.
  • Named 2014 Best Cultural Attraction by the Des Moines Business Record
  • Best Annual Event from CityView Best of Des Moines Annual Reader's Poll

2013 Awards

  • Silver Grand Pinnacle Award reflecting the "best festival in the world" by the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Winner of 32 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association.
  • Named 2013 Best Cultural Attraction by the Des Moines Business Record
  • Best Annual Event from CityView Best of Des Moines Annual Reader's Poll             

2012 Awards                                                                      

  • Bronze Grand Pinnacle Award reflecting the "best festival in the world" by the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Winner of 25 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals and Events Association.
  • The Encore Award from Bravo Greater Des Moines.
  • Named 2012 Best Cultural Attraction by the Des Moines Business Record
  • Best Annual Event from CityView Best of Des Moines Annual Reader's Poll              

2011 Awards

  • Bronze Grand Pinnacle Award reflecting the "best festival in the world" by the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Winner of 19 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Named 2011 Best Cultural Attraction in Des Moines by the Des Moines Business Record.

2010 Awards

  • Gold Grand Pinnacle Award reflecting the "best festival in the world" by the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Winner of 21 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals & Events Assocoation.      
  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame by the National Association of Independent Artists.
  • Named 2010 Best Cultural Event in Des Moines by the Des Moines Business Record.
  • 2010 Top 10 Art Fair & Festival by AmericanStyle Magazine.
  • Hometown Hero Award from Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2009 Awards

  • Silver Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Winner of 22 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Named 2009 Best Cultural Event in Des Moines by the Des Moines Business Record.
  • 2009 Top 10 Art Fair & Festival by AmericanStyle Magazine.

2008 Awards

  • Winner of 17 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Named 2008 Best Cultural Event in Des Moines by the Des Moines Business Record.
  • 2008 Top 10 Art Fair & Festival by AmericanStyle Magazine (No. 10).

2007 Awards

  • Bronze Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Winner 17 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival & Events Association.
  • Named Best Cultural Attraction of 2007 by Des Moines' Business Record.
  • Named one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2007 by The American Bus Association (ABA).

2006 Awards

  • Bronze Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association.
  • Winner of eight Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival & Events Association.
  • Ranked 25th among 300 art festivals in artist sales by the 2006 ArtFair SourceBook.

Other Notable Achievements

  • Winner of four National Association of Independent Artist (NAIA) Artist Choice Awards.
  • Received the 2004 Tourism and the Arts Award at the annual Iowa Tourism Conference.
  • 2004 winner of 11 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival & Events Association.
  • 2003 winner of 11 Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival & Events Association.
  • 2002 winner of two Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival & Events Association.
  • Named the 2001 Iowa Tourism Event of the Year by the Iowa Division of Tourism.
  • Named Best Arts Show by Cityview.


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