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FESTIVAL LOCATION

The Festival is located in Western Gateway; on Grand Ave. and Locust St. between 10th St. to the East and 16th St. to the West in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. For a Google Maps location, plug in 1407 Locust St.

HOW TO GET TO THE FESTIVAL

So many options. You can ride your bike, walk, take DART, fly in your airpac, or drive.

BIKE!
Bypass the traffic and ride your bike. We have a complimentary Bike Valet thanks to our friends at Friends of Central Iowa Trails. The Bike Valet is located at the corner of 15th and Locust streets.

RIDE THE BUS!
Ride the bus! There are plenty of routes leading you into and out of downtown. The D-Line will also be running.

Routes 11, 60, 98, 99 and D-Line.

https://www.ridedart.com/

Try the new MyDART Trip Planner

VALET PARKING

Bypass finding a parking spot by valet parking your car at 13th and Walnut for $10/vehicle.

If you must DRIVE, we highly recommend approaching the Festival site from the North (MLK, Jr. Parkway)

From the West

Take I235 E to the MLK Blvd. exit. Turn right, continue on MLK over Locust St. and under Grand Ave. bridge. Left on MLK Blvd. To park in the Nationwide Garage, turn left onto SW 11th St, continue to Walnut St. Turn right on Walnut St. The entrance is on the corner of Walnut St. and 12th St.

From the East

Take I235 E to the MLK Blvd. exit. Turn left, continue on MLK over Locust St. and under Grand Ave. bridge. Left on MLK Blvd. To park in the Nationwide Garage, turn left onto SW 11th St, continue to Walnut St. Turn right on Walnut St. The entrance is on the corner of Walnut St. and 12th St.

STREET CLOSURES

Locust St. between 17th - 10th St will close on Wednesday, June 26 at 9 a.m. through Monday, July 1 at 6 a.m. Heaviest traffic on Locust will be at rush hour.

Grand Ave. between 16th and 10th St. will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 through Monday, July 1 at 6 a.m. Access to the Downtown Library parking garage will be maintained.

Cross streets (12th, 13th, 15th) will be closed at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26.

All streets will reopen on Monday, July 1 at 6 a.m.

PARKING

Complimentary parking is available in the Nationwide garage (1100 Walnut Street) after 1:00 p.m. on Friday through the weekend.

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.

CAN I BRING MY TURTLE?

Here is the link to our pesky policies. Here you will find answers to things like "Can I bring my own beverages?" and "Are pets allowed?"

OTHER GREAT INFORMATION

Calendar

For a full list of events throughout the three-day Festival, and to create your own personalized events calendar, visit www.desmoinesartsfestival.org/schedules.

Money, Money, Money.
There are multiple ATM locations throughout the site. In addition, the Arts Festival Shops and all beverage stations accept credit cards. Most artists accept credit cards as well.

Download the map here.


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