June 25 - 27, 2016 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM

Festival Guide

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Dates: June 26 - 28, 2015

Times:

  • Friday, June 26 - 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 27 - 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 28 - 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines, Iowa

Surrounding the famed John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

What: The two-time Gold Grand Pinnacle Award and Bravo Encore Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival®

  • Juried Art Fair featuring 195 of the nation's best artists selected from a competitive jury process
  • Emerging Iowa Artists Program presented by The Principal Financial Group®
  • Interrobang Film Festival
  • Community Outreach Program presented by Prairie Meadows showcasing and supporting Central Iowa non-profit organizations
  • Live music on the Hy-Vee Main Stage
  • Dance, music, acrobats, comedy acts and more on the Community Choice Credit Union Performing Arts Stage
  • Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith featuring the area's best jazz
  • Arts DSM! featuring Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Metro Opera, Ballet Des Moines, Repertory Theatre of Iowa, StageWest, Civic Music Association
  • Green Arts Zero-Waste Sustainability Program
  • Silent Rivers VIP Club
  • Over 1,200 volunteers sponsored by ARAG
  • Des Moines Art Center’s Nurturing a Student’s Vision: K-12 Art Exhibition presented by Hubbell Homes
  • Metro Arts Alliance Public Art Project and Documentary presented by Register Media
  • Artist Demonstrations presented by John Deere
  • Media Zones with CenturyLink wi-fi, charging stations and streaming social media hosted by WHO-HD, Clear Channel and Des Moines Radio Group
  • Photowalk with the Des Moines Register
  • Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Art Bus Unveiling and Display
  • Over 30 Interactive Arts Activities
  • Pinot's Palette
  • Silent Rivers VIP Hospitality Suites
  • Visionary Artists Ceremony hosted by Hubbell Homes
  • Nationwide's Make Safe Happen Tour
  • WHO Celebrities Meet & Greet
  • Des Moines Radio Group Lounge
  • Wearable art at two Arts Festival Shops
  • Best of 48 Hour Film Festival
  • 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

ADMISSION: FREE

Disabled Access The Des Moines Arts Festival® grounds are handicap accessible. Wheelchairs are available for check out on a first-come, first-served basis at Volunteer Headquarters.

Handicap Parking Designated handicap parking is located on Walnut St., south of the Festival grounds, outside the 12th and Walnut Entrance. Parking is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

$$$

There are four ATM Locations located throughout the Festival:

  • Locust West Food Court at 15th Street
  • Locust East Food Court at 12th Street
  • Near of 13th & Locust Street, by the DSM Radio Group
  • Corner of 13th & Grand Avenue

All artists accept cash and most accept credit cards.

Food vendors accept cash and some accept credit cards.

The Festival Stores and all Beverage locations accept cash, credit card and Square Wallet.

Wi-Fi by CenturyLink  Stay connected and shop online throughout the entire festival site through the complimentary Festival Wi-Fi by CenturyLink. Information Booths Information Booths are located inside the entrances on 16th & Locust, 12th & Locust, 13th & Locust, and 12th & Grand.

Volunteer Headquarters The volunteer headquarters tent will be located west of the Pappajohn Education Center. Find out more about how you can become a volunteer by clicking here!.

Lost and Found Located in Volunteer Headquarters west of 1200 Grand in the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center. Contact the Information Booths with any inquiries.

Lost Children Inquiries Go to the Information Booths to report missing children. Information booth staff will contact Des Moines Arts Festival® staff and security to assist in locating lost people.

Restrooms Portable restroom facilities are located on the Des Moines Arts Festival® site south of Locust Street on 15th Street, and along Grand Avenue at 12th Street.

Security The Des Moines Arts Festival® has 24-hour security on-site. A security officer can be located at all Festival entrances.

Directions to the Festival Site & Parking

Driving Directions:

From the West on I-80

Take I-80 to I-235 east (Exit 123A, left 2 lanes)

Take I-235 to Downtown Des Moines

Exit at Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and take a right. Travel south on Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and follow roadway east (take a left) along the south side of Downtown Des Moines after passing over Ingersoll and under Grand Ave. Along Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. there are several parking options (the following are presented from west to east):

Nationwide Parking Ramp 1: From Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., turn left on 12th St. Take a right onto Mulberry St. and a quick left into parking ramp.

Nationwide Parking Ramp 2: From Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., turn left on 12th St.. Take a left onto Cherry Street and a right into the parking ramp.

From the East on I-80

Exit I-80 onto I-235 west (Exit 137A, far left lane)

Take I-235 to Downtown Des Moines exit at Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and take a left.

Travel south on Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and follow roadway east (take a left) along the south side of Downtown Des Moines after passing over Ingersoll and under Grand Ave. Along Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. There are several parking options (the following are presented from west to east):                           

From the North on I-35

Take I-35 to I-235 west (Exit 137B, left 2 lanes)

Take I-235 to Downtown Des Moines

Exit at Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and take a left. Travel south on Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and follow roadway east (take a left) along the south side of Downtown Des Moines.

Nationwide Parking Ramp 1: From Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., turn left on 12th St. Take a right onto Mulberry St. and a quick left into parking ramp.

Nationwide Parking Ramp 2: From Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., turn left on 12th St.. Take a left onto Cherry Street and a right into the parking ramp.

From the South on I-35

Exit I-35 onto I-235 east

Take I-235 to Downtown Des Moines      

Exit at Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and take a right. Travel south on Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and follow the roadway east (take a left) along the south side of Downtown Des Moines.

Nationwide Parking Ramp 1: From Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., turn left on 12th St. Take a right onto Mulberry St. and a quick left into parking ramp.

Nationwide Parking Ramp 2: From Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy., turn left on 12th St.. Take a left onto Cherry Street and a right into the parking ramp.

PARKING

Nationwide Insurance is providing free parking to all volunteers starting Friday after 3:30 p.m. in their ramp at 1100 Walnut Street (between 10th and 12th streets). During the day on Friday only, the garage will cost $3-$5 per car before 3:30 p.m.  Parking is free in the garage after 3:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. (if you enter before 3:30 and depart after 3:30, there will not be a charge) Enter at the south entrance off Mulberry Street. Please carpool if possible, as the streets on and around the Festival site are closed, and it will take you extra time to park on Festival days. Free bike valet service is available at 15th and Grand. Valet Parking is available at 13th and Walnut Street. Or, encourage your staff to ride DART. A complete Rider’s Guide is available to download from our website.

VALET CAR PARKINGBypass finding a parking spot by valet parking your car at 13th and Walnut for $10/car. To reach the valet parking: Westbound traffic from I-235 should exit at Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and take a left. Travel south on Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and follow roadway east (take a left) along the south side of Downtown Des Moines after passing over Ingersoll and under Grand Ave. Turn left on 12th St., then left on Walnut. Take Walnut to 13th St. Eastbound traffic from I-235 should exit at Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. and take a right. Follow the same directions as above.

Bike Valet Take your favorite trail and ride it downtown, knowing you can valet your bike for free! Just take your bike to the bike corral hosted by Friends of Central Iowa Trails at the intersection of Grand Ave and 15th St. (next to The Gas Lamp).

 

Hotel Information

Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau

Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue - Six blocks East of the Festival site.
Reservations can be made by calling 515.245.5500.

Embassy Suites on the River
101 East Locust Street – 13 blocks East of the Festival site. Shuttle available. Reservations can be made by calling 515.244.1700.

Renaissance Savery Hotel
401 Locust Street – Nine blocks East of the Festival site.
Reservations can be made by calling 800.514.4681. Hotel information is available at www.renaissancesavery.com.

Camping Information
Adventureland Campground (located 15 miles from downtown Des Moines)
305 34th Ave. NW
Altoona, IA 50009
800.532.1286 for reservations.

In addition to these downtown hotels and camping alternative are the following two hotels on the city’s south side (5 minutes from downtown) offering a good rate plus amenities. We highly recommend these hotels.  They are nice, clean and offer a number of amenities:

Radisson
6800 Fleur Drive (next door to the Fairmont)
515.285.7777
www.radisson.com

Fairmont (a Marriott Partner)
6880 Fleur Drive (next door to the Radisson)
515.309.4444
www.marriott.com

Both of the above hotels offer the following amenities:

Complimentary shuttle for artists to and from the Festival
Complimentary hot breakfast (Fairmont’s is a Deluxe Continental breakfast)
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Complimentary drink ticket
Complimentary on-site parking

Information
For more information call 515.286.4950 or email info@desmoinesartsfestival.org.