Event Information

ArtFest Midwest 2017

Iowa State Fairgrounds, Varied Industries Building
Des Moines, Iowa (Midwest)

Phone: 515-314-3010
Event Dates: 6/24/17 - 6/25/17
Application Deadline: 5/20/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury fee ): $30.00


Event Summary
ArtFest Midwest 'The Other Art Show', Iowa’s largest fine art show, is an indoor event (with a few outdoor spaces) held in the rain-free, air-conditioned Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  Approximately 250 artists will be participating in this 15th annual event, held on the same weekend as the downtown arts event.  ArtFest Midwest, an affordable alternative to the downtown show, will again offer free shuttle bus service to downtown. Parking and admission to the show are free for the estimated 30,000 patrons.

We offer limited booth sitting, Saturday morning coffee, and a light breakfast on Sunday morning.

According to Sunshine Artist Magazine, “overall, this show is a hit!

Questions?  Contact Robyn Mills  at 515.314.3010 or artfestmidwest@sppg.com 


General Information

This will be the 15th year for ArtFest Midwest, held in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa. The show was started as a venue for primarily Iowa and Midwest artists to show and sell their work on the same weekend that the downtown Des Moines show is held. Patrons move freely between the two shows via the shuttle buses provided by ArtFest Midwest.

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. Electricity is available for a fee and there is free WiFi throughout the air-conditioned venue.

Set-up for the show will be Friday afternoon from 4pm to 8pm, and Saturday morning
from 7am -- 10am.

Saturday, June 24, 2017   10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, June 25, 2017     10 am – 5 pm
  • RV parking and camping are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A list of hotels will be provided prior to the show.
  • Booth sharing-Two artists may share a booth, but we need two applications and two jury fees.

Website address is:  www.artfestmidwest.com  Please "Like" us on our Facebook page:  ArtFest Midwest

Questions?  Contact Robyn Mills at 515-314-3010 or artfestmidwest@sppg.com



1) Artists may sell only accurate representations of what their submitted images depict. Artists give consent to Promoter and Promoter shall have the right to use all submitted images in promotion and advertisement of the show.
2) Artists are to check in at the registration table inside the south overhead door prior to setting up.
3) Set-up hours: 4-8 p.m. Friday, 7-10 a.m. Saturday.  Show hours: 10-6 Saturday, 10-5 Sunday.
4) Artists must set up within the marked boundaries on the floor. Each booth will be marked at the corners with artist’s number  located in front right-hand corner. If additional space is needed, show promoter should be contacted.
5) Artists may not begin packing prior to 5 p.m. Sunday.
6) Artists must use the overhead doors to move in and out of the building. Vehicles must be moved IMMEDIATELY after unloading.
7) Entire merchandise display should appear finished and presentable in a professional manner acceptable to the Iowa State Fairgrounds management and Promoter.
8) Tables, including card tables, must be draped to the floor.
9) All drapes, curtains, table covers and other display materials must be treated with a flame-retardant solution.
10) Tent frames may be used for display (no fabric  tent tops allowed due to Fire Code).
11) All merchandise must be clearly priced with no "sale” or "discount” signs.
12) Artists who requested electricity must provide their own extension cords and electrical bars with circuit breakers. Extension cords must be the 3-prong grounded extension cords (not the light-weight cords). All artist lights must be plugged into the artist’s electrical bar.  Wattage limit for each artist is 400W. No electrical cords are allowed across the aisles.
13) No smoking in the Varied Industries Building.
14) No tape allowed on the floor.
15) No televisions, radios, coffee makers, etc., are allowed in booths.
16) Nothing may be hung from pillars or walls; no  tape is allowed on any wall surface; no spray painting allowed; no balloons allowed.
17) There is a $45 charge for returned checks.
18) Artist contract is subject to Iowa State Fairgrounds regulations and Iowa State Fairgrounds contract with Promoter; both are subject to change.
19) No refunds or credits will be given, except as noted: May 1, 2016-- Cancellation deadline (can cancel by this date with full refund of booth fee less $50 fee, after this date--no refunds made)
20) All work must be designed & handmade by the artist.


Booth Information
All fees will be paid through Zapplication in 2017.
                Jury Fee:           $30
                Booth fees:        All single booth spaces are 10 feet wide by 15 feet deep
                 Single Indoor with no electricity  $330
                 Single Indoor with electricity $375
                 Double Indoor with no electrity (20 x 15)  $650
                 Double Indoor with electricity $750
                 Outdoor single $160  (no electricity available outdoors)
                 Outdoor double $320 
                 Corner (indoors, subject to availability) Additional $80

                Late booth fee payment $50
               Cancellation fee (before May 1) $50, (no cancellation refunds after May 1)

            January 19, 2017        Applications available on Zapplication
            March 24, 2017          Deadline to apply
            April 3, 2017              Notifications emailed and on Zapp
            April 14, 2017            Deadline to confirm,  pay booth fee, and send contract
            May 15, 2017             Deadline to cancel with $50 cancellation fee
            After May 15, 2017     No cancellation refunds

Questions?  Contact Robyn Mills at 515-314-3010 or arfestmidwest@sppg.com