Festival Information

Check out photos from the Festival.

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 Principal Financial Group®
  • Bravo DSM!
  • Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build
  • Interrobang Film Festival
  • Community Outreach Program showcasing and supporting over 25 Central Iowa non-profit organizations
  • Live music on the Hy-Vee Main Stage
  • Dance, music, acrobats, comedy acts and more on the Performing Arts Stage
  • Jazz & Wine Pavilion presented by Meredith featuring the area's best jazz
  • Green Arts Zero-Waste Sustainability Program
  • 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 boosted wi-fi, charging stations and streaming social media hosted by WHO-HD, Clear Channel and Des Moines Radio Group
  • Register Media Photo Walk and Exhibit
  • Over 30 Interactive Arts Activities
  • Pinot's Palette
  • Public Art Tour
  • Video Art Installation
  • Silent Rivers VIP Hospitality Suites
  • VIP Club
  • Visionary Artists Ceremony hosted by Hubbell Homes
  • Wide variety of beverages from Budweiser, Coca-Cola 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
  • Sculpture Garden


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.

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.

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.

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

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:

6800 Fleur Drive (next door to the Fairmont)

Fairmont (a Marriott Partner)
6880 Fleur Drive (next door to the Radisson)

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

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

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