Saturday, June 23rd


1. ArtFest Midwest - Varied Industries Building - Iowa State Fairgrounds 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Artfest Midwest, Iowa's largest fina 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. ArtFest Midwest will again offer free shuttle bus service to downtown. Parking and admission to the show are free. Artfest Midwest Website

2. Slo-Mo Parade 10:00AM

Join Laze artist Rachel Buse is a slow motion parade in Downtown Des Moines on Saturday June 23, meeting at 10 AM by the giant umbrella at Cowles Commons. Wear comfortable shows.  RSVP HERE 

3. Ember Market Art Fest

Handmade Goods + Services| Midwest + Locally Based Small Businesses #embermarket #embermarketdsm 

Ember Market a place to linger and shop all your favorite small business. A relaxed atmosphere to chat with all your makers about their products and services here in the Midwest! 

The Market Building is located just South of the East Village shopping district! Right next to the Garden Nightclub. 

FREE EVENT + FREE PARKING ( Access just off MLK, EXTRA Parking lots on south side) Facebook Event

4. Interrobang Film Festival - 11:00AM - 10:00PM

The Interrobang Film Festival presented by AARP Movies for Grownups, is three days filled with films and communication between filmmakers and audience members. The audience, whether cinema enthusiasts or curious newcomers, can experience curated screenings of 55 films form 30 different countries. Films are screened Friday, June 22nd - Sunday, June 24th in the South wing of the Des Moines Public Library located on the Des Moines Arts Festival site.

Part juried competition, part public screening and part workshop, the unique film festival event allows people to experience films from artists around the globe. The term "interrobang" indicates a non-standard punctuation mark in an exclamatory manner, as in, "What are YOU doing for Art Week 2018?!" This mixture of query and interjection leaves room for reflection, contemplation and exploration. Since 2007, the Des Moines Arts Festival has presented the INterrobang Film Festival as part of its three-day lineup bringing the art of the film to Festival guests June 22-24th.  For a complete list and schedule of the films in this year's festival, please click here.

5. Des Moines Arts Festival 11:00AM - 10:00PM

The eleven-time Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival, presented by Nationwide, is being held June 22-24, 2018. This free annual three-day arts and culture festival will surround the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. DMAF invites you to “…go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy, so mark your calendars! For more information, click here.

6. Art Terrarium + Friends: A Local Art Pop Up Market 12:00PM - 5:00PM

As a nod to our OG Skywalk Pop Up + Art Terrarium we’re bringing in a group of local artists to take over our space Saturday June 23rd for Art Week 2018. They’ll be hustling their goods amongst plants and good vibes from 12-5pm.

We’ll be hosting makers and creators and creatives of an array of practices so make Art Terrarium a part of your weekend stops during the Des Moines Arts Festival. Our refreshing urban jungle will be the perfect oasis to come check out work ranging from artists who are emerging to working full time. Very good! 

Cheers to Art Week and celebrating this community. Come buy art. Come buy plants. Come for snacks. Facebook Event

7. Trey Reis's Piece: A Study in Disrupting Old Patterns 12:00PM - 5:00PM

If you missed the opening reception on June 15th, visit Trey Reis's collages during the Art Terrarium's Local Art Pop Up. Trey Reis is a visual and sound artist working in Des Moines, IA since 2013. His work explores relationships between mid-20th century media forms, both printed and recorded, through processes of deconstruction and recontextualization. Take a peak at the work he'll be exhibiting.

8. Des Moines Art Center Drop-In Tour 1:00PM

Stop in for a conversational docent-led exploration of the Art Center’s world-renowned collection and prize-winning architecture.  Find more information on the Des Moines Art Center Website.

9. Mainframe Open Studio with Gustav Art 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Come discover yet another gem in Des Moines' art offerings. Mainframe Studios is already the largest nonprofit art studio building in the nation - an there are still two more floors to go! 

1 // Explore 71 studios representing over 25 art disciplines including glass blowing, stone work, clothing design, painting, jewelry, game development, letterpress printing, woodwork, photography and ceramics! 

2 // Enjoy snacks and drinks with The Tangerine Food Company in our event space.

3 // Experience exciting art installations by Gustav Art, Jackie Turnquist and others! 

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10. King Caw Open Studio 1:30 - 4:00

Open during Ember Market. Caw's studio is in the Market Building on the first floor, studio #101. Address is 118 SE 4th St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Follow King Caw on Instagram.

11.Too Broke For The Arts Festival Fest 2018!

Saturday June 23rd from 2-9pm at the Vaudeville Mews in downtown Des Moines, IA.

Come check out all the amazing visual displays from over twenty local and regional artists from 2-5 pm, then stick around to have your earholes aroused by the musical aphrodisiac that is the combined power of TV Cop, Plagued Insanity, Rad Enhancer and local darlings 3 Finger Betty from 5-9. All of this entertainment for a measly $5. You don't want to miss this!!

Visual Artists:
Kate Allender - Kate Allender's Art - Greer Coffman - Kaitlin Wintersnow Flury 's Darkling Studio - Randy Garza's Crooked Street Studios -Dustin Gottlieb Photography - Matt Graves @rottenyellow - Lori Gruwell - Rose Herman - Van Holmgren - Iven Jones - Melissa Josephsen's MelJo JoJo - Lindsay Kaye Designs & Photography - Rhiannon Linge-Brown @badly_drawn - Heather Lintner - Art of Kelsey Magnolia - Melissa Nelson - Rebel Art Alliance - Tanner Saltzman - KimBerly Sharrot's KimB Kreatures - Alex Shiffer - Lyn Spooks - Abbi Jensen Waugh's abbicraft - Brittany Walton - Shyanne Young's Lucky Ruby Drawings And Paintings

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12. Des Moines Artist Studio Visits #6 - Edgard Camacho 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Artist studio visit location: 3606 62nd Street Des Moines, IA 50322.  One artist, each day of the week - Please click here for more information on the rest of the artist studio visit series this week.

13. Recurring event - Urban Visionaries Show at the Des Moines Social Club - Open Gallery Hours

Artists Retna, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, FAILE, and Martin Whatson will be shown in the Viaduct Gallery.

Art Week Des Moines is presented by: