Valued as one of the most prestigious juried art fairs in the country, the Festival offers an electric variety of fine art and fine craft selected from a competitive jury process.
Local, regional and national acts perform on the Main Stage and Roots Stage. Past headliners include The Strumbellas, Mat Kearney, Eddie Money, The Smithereens, Los Lobos, Gin Blossoms, and Saint Motel.
Dance, theatre and more perform on the streets and unexpected places. The Festival has hosted such greats as eVenti Verticali, Satyrus Jeering, Ballet Des Moines, Iowa Dance Theatre, and The Joffrey Ballet.
Celebrating its 12th year, the Interrobang Film Festival® merges traditional film production with public screenings of features and shorts, along with talk-backs, workshops and more in keeping with the Festival's value of guest interaction.
Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to get creative and hands-on with art, music, dance, and more! These activities are found in sponsor booths and the Creative Family Zone.
Des Moines Art Center's Student Art Exhibition celebrates artists in grades K-12, exhibiting the original artwork of hundreds of students from Central Iowa schools.
Engaging children in the arts is an important objective because it furthers their appreciation, as well as educates them. Many interactive projects are designed to stimulate children's creative process.
The Emerging Iowa Artist Program provides a unique opportunity for Iowa residents currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a university, college or art school to apply for exhibit space at the Festival.
INTERACTIVE ART PROJECT
Each year the Festival features a large-scale interactive art project that is assembled by the collective hands of the community. Past year's projects have included the now-famous Billboard Project.
The Festival is committed to "reduce, reuse and repurpose" with environmentally friendly initiatives and a little creativity.
With over 800 volunteers engaged annually, the Volunteer Program is strategically positioned to support and enable the festival to reach its goals. Volunteer efforts are led by the Event Management Team, a volunteer group.
Presented by emerging and professional artists, artist demonstrations expose the creative process to festival guests.
The award-winning merchandise program offers a wide range of current and fashionable original designs sold at two on-site Festival Stores and online through the Festival website.
Interactive Media Zones hosted by media partners feature boosted WiFi, smartphone charging stations, and social media streaming.
Patrons provide a rare opportunity to engage with the Festival through individual financial and in-kind support. Festival patrons receive a wide assortment of benefits and access to exclusive events and offerings.
The Silent Rivers VIP Club offers an incredible hospitality experience, providing the ideal location for enjoying the Festival in style and comfort.
The all-new, multi-day festival celebrating local artists debuted in 2015, designed to generate excitement for local arts culture the week leading up to the annual Festival.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
A wide variety of food options, paired with Iowa's craft beers, is one way to enjoy the culinary arts at the Festival. With over 20 food booths and a variety of Food Trucks, the Festival offers an eclectic mix of flavors.