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Just a few booths remain for the art festival! Please fill out form below with payment and digital images to email listed in form for jury review.
43rd Annual Octagon Art Festival
Sunday, September 22 10 am-5 pm
Ames, IA FREE admission
We hope you are able to join us for the 43rd Annual Octagon Art Festival. Visual arts, children’s art areas and performing arts form the foundation of the Octagon Art Festival. More than 14,000 people attend our festival. You will be in good company with more than 100 artists from all over the Midwest who sell and display high-quality original artwork in a wide variety of media. The festival is held outdoors on pavement, rain or shine, in the Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames.
For a list of the 2013 participating festival artists click HERE
Click HERE for a pdf of the 2013 festival map
At the 43rd Annual Octagon Art Festival, to be held on Sunday, September 22nd on Main Street in historic downtown Ames, over 200 volunteers will come together to help Octagon Staff set up booths, manage traffic, direct festival-goers, assist with live entertainment, help artists and much, much more! From early morning to early evening, and from hands-on to administrative and everything in between, we have tons of options for getting involved! Just follow the link below to browse volunteer positions and sign up to help out!
Volunteers are a key component of the Octagon Center for the Arts. Free public events, exhibits, and affordable art classes are only possible due to the hard work, dedication, and resilience of our volunteers.
Each year, over 500 members of the community come forward to help direct traffic at the art festival, staff openings and gallery talks, set up for events, repair the building, answer phones, organize files, hang coats, wash dishes, archive files, document art, prepare galleries between show changes, assist instructors during children's classes, and organize storage areas,
If you are passionate about the arts, contact the Volunteer Director, Emily Jespersen, at 515-232-5331 or email email@example.com. All volunteers who dedicate 20 hours a year are eligible for a volunteer membership!
For a list of the 2012 participating festival artists click HERE
Download the Entry Form: