Celebrate the 45th Annual Octagon Art Festival


Downtown Ames. 

Malik Newson

This weekend marks the 45th Annual Octagon Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Main Street Cultural District of Downtown Ames.

The Octagon Center of the Arts values the ability to bring influence to significant visual exhibits and memorable public programs in order to enrich the lives of central Iowans. This allowed the center to create the festival, which more than 14,000 attendants each year. This is a free event for all to enjoy amazing food, fantastic artwork and thrilling entertainment.

A number of artists will showcase their art, including companies like Two Cedars Weaving from Story City, Bozz Prints from Des Moines, Steve Coburn Pottery from Salim, Kansas, Espebe Artful Expressions from Quincy, Illinois, among others.

This free event features a wide variety of artwork by 100 artists from 12 states along with cuisine from multiple food vendors, including barbeque, gyros, kettle corn, ice cream, Mexican and Indian food, vegetarian options and more.

There will be live musical guests and acts throughout the festival on two separate stages, including Andy Fleming, Orchesis I, World Port and Fat Sky. Family crafts will also be available. 

For a full lineup of events and performances, visit the Octagon Center of the Arts website.