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VISUAL, PERFORMING, INTERACTIVE, MUSIC, FILM

Visual
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. The 2020 festival has been sidelined due to COVID-19. All artists juried into the 2020 festival have been invited to the 2021 festival. You may view the 2020 selected artists in our Artist Gallery and visit them on-site in 2021!

Performing
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!

Interactive
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.

Music
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.

Film
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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