Moines Arts Festival
Named Nearly the Best in U.S.
Des Moines Arts Festival, one of Iowa's largest community
events, has been named the sixth best fine arts festival
in the nation, up from seventh last year. The ranking publication,
the ArtFair SourceBook, is the preeminent annual
guide to the best arts festivals and craft fairs in the
country. The festival has climbed from 117th in 1998 to
its current sixth place ranking for the 2003 show.
Des Moines Arts Festival features 150 artists, many nationally
known, and a plethora of activities and entertainment over
the downtown river bridges for people of all ages. Since
it began in 1998, it has attracted more than 800,000 people
to the downtown Des Moines riverfront.
Des Moines Arts Festival is a nonprofit organization founded
by the Des Moines Art Center and is dedicated to producing
a free cultural event. The 2003 Festival will be June 27-29.