Painters, photographers, jewelry makers, potters and more -- hailing from as close as
Free music intersects at the intersection of
All along the way are activities for all ages.
"The advantage is to have the opportunity for people who might come for a musical performance to be drawn in to the artist booths. Our parents who bring their kids for Children's Day take time to enjoy the Carnaval Parade."
Children's Day will be celebrated
The fun spills over to the
Kids are welcome any time during the three-day event.
"All of our performers are told they must keep their performance family friendly, and there are activities for all ages," Barnes says. "For parents of younger kids wanting to visit the artist booths, but concerned about keeping the kids entertained, we have FUN Stops at each block within the art fair where they can stop and do an activity with their kids."
It's a juried fine art show, with 116 artists accepted out of 226 applications.
"We have a blind jury made up of local artists and gallery owners who rate the artwork on a scale of 1 to 7, and the top rated artists are invited based on the jury process," Barnes says.
About 43 percent are Iowa artists, and the rest come from across the country. In addition to the exposure and sales generated by the festival, cash prizes are awarded for three participants deemed Best in Show.
With roots stretching back to 1983, the festival has been known for its artists and children's activities, Barnes says, but over the past few years, the musical entertainment has ramped up, as well, showcasing the best of local, regional and national bands. As with all Summer of the Arts events, admission is free.
All you need are your blankets, chairs and boogie shoes to revel in the sweet summer sounds of the Indigo Girls and
"We are only able to offer this free entertainment because of the support of sponsors and individuals who donate to Summer of the Arts," Barnes says. "We have been fortunate in the past couple years to have more sponsors in the community, which allows us to budget more money toward bringing in bigger-named performers, and we are very excited about this year's lineup for the main stage."
Getting to the concerts will be a little easier this year for people with mobility issues, with the addition of an accessibility shuttle and seating area for those who otherwise would have trouble getting to the main stage area from one of the area parking ramps.
It's all about making the arts accessible to everyone, Barnes says.
"I love the variety of things that happen at the
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