Event Information

Iowa Arts Festival 2019

Downtown Iowa City
Iowa City, Iowa (Midwest)

Phone: 319-337-7944
Event Dates: 5/31/19 - 6/2/19
Application Deadline: 3/1/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Started in 1983, the Iowa Arts Festival attracts about 30,000 people each year. With a backdrop of the historic Old Capitol building, this multi-faceted festival showcases more than 115 of the Midwest’s finest artists and craftspeople. Artists and residents alike look forward to this "kickoff to summer" each year.

The Iowa Arts Festival is designed as an interactive adventure of the highest quality, showcasing the quality artists from throughout the country. This long-running festival also includes local and national performers on a Main Stage (Los Lobos, Indigo Girls, The BoDeans, etc.) as well as local and family entertainment on two side stages. Add FUN Stops throughout the Art Fair for families, Children's Activities, fabulous Culinary Vendors and an Emerging Artist Pavilion for student artists, and it's a big weekend bringing thousands of people to the HEART of Iowa City next to the University of Iowa campus.

General Information
The Iowa Arts Festival showcases over 115 fine artists from throughout the country. Iowa City sizzles with a diversity of quality performers, visual arts, ethnic foods and fun as thousands enjoy a rich cultural collage. 

SCHEDULE: The Art Fair will be open Friday evening from 5 - 8 PM, Saturday from 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM.

AWARDS: The Art Fair will award cash prizes totaling $1000 on Saturday afternoon. Judges will be visiting all vendors and making recommendations for award winners based on the quality of the artwork, the booth presentation and the salesmanship of the person staffing the booth.

JURORS: Comprised of members of the Iowa Arts Festival committee, instructors and artists.

FEES: The application fee is $30, non-refundable, per category entered. The booth space fee is $225 for each 10'x10' space, or $250 for a 10'x10' corner space (available on a first-come-first-serve basis). If accepted, you will receive an email stating that you've been accepted. You will then need to confirm your participation and pay your booth fee by April 10th.

REFUND PROCEDURE: If you withdraw your participation between April 10th and May 1st, you will be refunded the booth fee less a $35 processing fee. Any cancellations after May 1st will not receive a refund.

ART FAIR LAYOUT: If accepted, you will receive a map of the Art Fair with your booth assignment.  It is essential that you include any special requests with your confirmation, including specific street, side of the street, previous booth number, etc. The layout of the festival changes from year to year, so we will do our best to honor requests, but no placement or location is guaranteed.


ELIGIBILITY AND REGULATIONS: All artists age 18 and above are eligible. Artists may only display and sell original artwork in the category in which they are accepted and must be present for the duration of the Iowa Arts Festival. An artist may sell prints of original artwork, but those prints may not comprise more than 50% of the work displayed for sale. Commercially manufactured items, import items, food, commercially cast jewelry, or works of art from molds and kits are not acceptable.


Booth Information
ART FAIR: Check-in will take place on Friday, May 31 from 11 AM - 3 PM

Set-up will take place on Friday and all vehicles must be off the streets one hour prior to the show opening each day.

Tear down occurs immediately following the conclusion of the Iowa Arts Festival on Sunday, June 2nd at 4 PM.  Please note that vehicles will not be allowed onto festival grounds until 4:30 PM.