Artist Application for
ArtFest Midwest 2021

Applications will open for ArtFest Midwest 2021 in November. 


Event Summary

ArtFest Midwest 2021, Iowa’s largest fine art show is an indoor event held in the rain-free, air-conditioned Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. More than 250 artists will be participating in this 19th annual event, held on the same weekend as the downtown arts event. ArtFest Midwest, an affordable alternative to the downtown show, will be blocks away from that event and the popular downtown farmer's market that takes place each Saturday morning.  Admission to the show is free for the estimated 30,000 patrons expected to attend.

General Information

Dates of ArtFest Midwest 2021

  • Saturday, June 26 2021, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

  • Sunday, June 27, 2021, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Fine Arts Show:

  • The show is juried by a panel of artists who choose high-quality artists and craftspeople doing only handcrafted work. 

  • Booths are a generous 10 feet wide by 15 feet deep, with a limited number of corners available. Some double-wide spaces are also available.

  • NEW THIS YEAR. Electricity will be available for purchase through the Iowa Events Center.

  • NEW THIS YEAR. Set-up for the show will be Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  Artists will receive a scheduled time for unloading to ensure the process goes smoothly.  Loading assistance will be available to assist artists.  

  • Free WiFi available to artists in Hy-Vee Hall.  

  • An Artist Lounge will be provided to all artists and helpers.

  • "Snack Bags" with a mix of snacks and a water bottle will be given to artists at the time of registration.   

  • A list of hotels will be provided prior to the show.

  • Security will be provided for entire weekend, with additional security Saturday night.


PROMOTIONAL BENEFITS provided to artists:

  • Each artist will be featured on our event website along with Facebook and other social media. 

  • E-postcard/flyer provided to distribute and email to artists' customers.

  • Email blast to growing distribution list of residents and shoppers in the Des Moines area, with a specific emphasis on the large number of shoppers who live and work in downtown Des Moines.

  • Event Promotion in a variety of both local and central Iowa media, including newspaper, radio, television, and digital advertising.  

Booth Information

Information about booth spaces will be available in November.


Save the Date!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

10:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday, June 27, 2021

10:00am to 5:00pm


Hy-Vee Hall at Iowa Events Center

730 3rd St
Des Moines, IA 50309

Free Admission

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