Event Information

Marshalltown Art Festival 2018 (formerly Linn Creek Arts Festival)

Downtown Marshalltown
Marshalltown, Iowa (Midwest)

Phone: 641-752-2787
Event Dates: 7/21/18 - 7/21/18
Application Deadline: 3/10/18 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application): $20.00


Event Summary
With a long history of hosting yearly art festivals, Marshalltown welcomes you to the debut of the Marshalltown Art Festival 2018 In this Central Iowa fine art event, you'll experience "one of the best shows we've done; well attended; nice quality artwork by all vendors!" (quote from a participating artist in 2017). 
  • Date: Saturday, July 21, 10 AM to 5 PM, with special patrons' sale opening at 9 AM.
  • Location:  Downtown Marshalltown, anchored by the beautiful, historic courthouse square. 
  • NEW: Extra-wide booth sites for maximized visibiltiy of your artwork.
  • Claim to fame: amazing, volunteer-driven hospitality! We would love to host YOU!

General Information
You are invited to apply to the Marshalltown Art Festival 2018.  In our prime Central Iowa location, we've grown and evolved from the Linn Creek Arts Festival at Fisher Community Center. Our new site will accomdate the increasing number of artists that we experience every year. Returning artists will experience the same top-notch hospitality and organization --- with more of an urban feel. 

You are sure to be WOWED by 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. Art-loving attendees come from a seven-county, central-Iowa base (population approx. 250,000).
  • March 10   -- Application Deadline via ZAPPlication
  • March 23  --  Artists notified of jury results
  • April 6       -- Deadline to accept invitation and remit booth fee via ZAPP
  • June 21     -- Cancellation deadline for booth fee refund, less $25 processing fee
  • July 21      -- Marshalltown Art 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 will shop, parent-free, in a special tent, spending $10 per item. Youth -- and their parents -- are encouraged to visit the artists in their booths. 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 past events, our art patrons invested over $10,000 in the opening hours of the event. If you are interested in serving 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 accomodates 10 X 10 tents (single) or double sized tents, separated by at least 4 feet of common area between artists allowing for display both inside and out. 
  • Booth fees are $100. Double booth spaces are limited and cost $175. 
  • If accepted, booth fees are due via ZAPPlication on or before April 6, 2018. 
The $20 jury fee is non-refundable.  If cancellation is necessary after paying the booth fee, this must be done no later than June 21, 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 - $800; 2nd place - $600; 3rd place - $400.
Three AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE - $150 each. All prior-year award winners are automatically invited to the 2018 festival and are exempt from jury fees..
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 at this event.


Booth Information
See event guidelines.