Event Information

Linn Creek Arts Festival 2017

Fisher Community Center, 709 S. Center Street
Marshalltown, Iowa (Midwest)

Phone: 641-752-2787
Event Dates: 7/15/17 - 7/15/17
Application Deadline: 3/10/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application): $20.00


Event Summary
"Doorways to the Arts" is the theme of the 2017 Linn Creek Arts Festival! In this one-day, Central Iowa fine art event, you'll experience "one of the best shows we've done; well attended; nice quality artwork by all vendors!" (from a participating artist in 2016). Date: Saturday, July 15, 10 AM to 5 PM, with special patrons' opening at 9 AM. Location: Outdoors at Fisher Community Center, with beautiful, shaded grounds & reflecting pond. Claim to fame: amazing, volunteer-driven hospitality! We would love to host YOU!

General Information
You are invited to Marshalltown, Iowa, in the heart of the Midwest, and to one of the best one-day Art Festivals you’ll experience! The Linn Creek Arts Festival offers a rich blend of visual and cultural arts for a family-friendly event. First and foremost, we highlight YOU, the visual artist!  With our theme, "Doorways to the Arts," everything we do is geared toward enticing visitors to come for the experience AND take home a treasure. The festival includes a Junior Art Lovers' Gallery, patrons' early purchase opportunities, strolling entertainers that bring visitors to artists' areas, and youth activities that allow parents free time to shop! 
The Linn Creek Arts Festival takes place OUTDOORS at Marshalltown’s Fisher Community Center. The shaded grounds feature several sculptures, including Christian Peterson’s final work. Both paved and grassy booth sites are available.  Attendees come from a seven-county, central-Iowa base (population approx. 250,000).
The Linn Creek WOW is our all-volunteer hospitality. The Festival Board, under the leadership of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance, is committed to delivering an event characterized by tasteful, original FINE art, with a balanced number of artists in each medium.
  • March 10   -- Application Deadline via ZAPPlication
  • March 24  --  Artists notified of jury results
  • April 7       -- Deadline to accept invitation and remit booth fee via ZAPP
  • June 15     -- Cancellation deadline for booth fee refund, less $25 processing fee
  • July 15      -- Linn Creek Arts Festival, 10 am – 5 pm


Our Junior Art Lovers' Gallery is a hit with artists and young people alike! Festival artists are invited to donate a work of art, and youth shop, parent-free, in a special tent, spending $10 per item. Proceeds from this attraction help fund scholarships for youth-based art programs at the Central Iowa Art Association.

See special questions for more details.


In 2016, our art patrons invested over $10,000 in the opening hours of the event. If you are interested in meeting these early shoppers and can be set up by 9:00 AM, please complete the required information under special questions. 

1. All booth spaces will be measured and marked off.  It is the responsibility of the artist to prepare for all weather contingencies.
2. Set up begins Saturday at 6:00 AM, with judging beginning at 9:30 AM. No teardowns are accepted until the close of the event at 5:00 PM.
3. All accepted artists must be present during all hours of the festival, and artists must personally staff their booths.
4. All work must be original in concept and execution and must be marked for sale; embellished commercial products are not allowed.
5. All work displayed must be consistent with the work presented for jurying.
6. Artists are encouraged to be as specific as possible in describing processes and materials in the "description of material and technique" section of the application.
7. Invited artists are responsible to report Iowa sales tax (7%) and must supply their sales tax ID with this application.
8. In compliance with city ordinances, no pets are allowed on festival grounds.

  • Our generous booth spacing is 12’ X 12’, with options that are paved or grassy.  Artists may specify a preference in the application, though the festival organizers make the final determination of placement. 
  • Booth fees are $100. Double booth spaces are limited and cost $175. 
  • If accepted, booth fees are due via ZAPPlication on or before April 7, 2017. 
The $20 jury fee is non-refundable.  If cancellation is necessary after paying the booth fee, this must be done no later than June 15, and a $25 processing fee will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations within 30 days of the event.

  • complimentary breakfast
  • valet parking
  • volunteer booth sitters
  • snack & water delivery
  • sales support through over $1000 in Festival Dollars
  • reduced rates at local hotels
Three BEST OF SHOW awards: 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $350; 3rd place - $200.
Three AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE - $50 each. All prior-year award winners are automatically invited to the 2017 festival!
Please feel free to contact Amber Danielson, Executive Director of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance,
641-752-2787, or director@artsandculturealliance.org. An alternate contact is Pam Swarts, Artist Coordinator, 641-752-5737, or pam@art&frameonmain.com

We look forward to your application!


One artist per application will be considered. If you represent an incorporated business, please list the second artist as partner or collaborator. Two distinct artists may not apply together or share the same booth space.

Neither pets nor smoking are allowed on festival grounds.