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The Des Moines Arts Festival® presented by Nationwide features the nation’s top professional artists and emerging Iowa artists in a juried exhibition of artwork in a variety of mediums. Providing guests with the unique opportunity to meet artists from around the world and purchase their artwork, the Festival has become a signature event for the community. A gallery of artwork from current and past exhibiting artists is available by visiting the Artist Gallery. Because the 2020 festival was sidelined due to COVID-19, all artists juried into the 2020 festival are invited to the 2021 festival. You may view the 2020 selected artists in our Artist Gallery and visit them on-site in 2021!

Performing Arts at the Des Moines Arts Festival showcases dance, musical theatre, acrobatic, live music, and more! Nestled in the Creative Zone, the Festival strives to offer a variety of great acts to entertain the entire family!

Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to get creative and engaged with art, music, dance, and more! These activities can be found at sponsor booths and the Creative Zone.

Live music is presented on the Hy-Vee Main Stage. From alternative to rock to retro, the Festival has something for everyone. If you're looking for something in a bit more intimate setting, visit the Roots Stage for some great Americana sounds.

The Interrobang Film Festival combines a traditional film production festival with a public screening. Accepted films are screened at various times throughout the three days of the Festival in the South wing of the Downtown Library.

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