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48th Annual Octagon Art Festival Has Something for Everyone!
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48th Annual Octagon Art Festival Has Something for Everyone!


The 48th Annual Octagon Art Festival is just around the corner! There will be plenty for art enthusiasts of all ages to experience in downtown Ames on Sunday, September 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 100 juried artists from 14 states will fill the Main Street of downtown Ames with artistic creations. There are 48 new artists this year!  A wide variety of functional, wearable and decorative artwork is available within any budget. Come experience the many wonders of art at the Octagon Art Festival and support artisans with your purchase of functional and beautiful art. The festival is the perfect place to get an early start on shopping for holiday gifts. You can find more information regarding the Octagon Art Festival including a festival map, live entertainment acts and a list of participating artists on the website

A variety of free entertainment including live bands and performing arts will be presented throughout the day. Be ready for good music and high-energy at this year’s Octagon Art Festival!

Tom Evans Park Performances:

Orchesis I (Performance Dance): 10:00  - 11:00 a.m.

Mariachi Los Amigos de ISU: 11:15 - 12:15 p.m.              

Fat Sky (Jazz-Funk): 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

The DM Project: 2:15 - 4:00 p.m.


Cynthia Duff Parkway Performances:

ISU Juggling & Unicycling Club: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Chris Myers (Folk/Americana): 11:00 -12:30 p.m.

Ace Jones: 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Jen McClung: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

A wide selection of cuisine and food trucks will be at the festival, so bring your appetite!  Participating Food vendors:

  • Cornbred Barbecue
  • Karams Grill
  • Kona Ice
  • Los Primos Grill
  • Sweet Treats
  • E's EATS
  • Indian Delights
  • Smiles and  Gyros.

Children’s art activities will be available in front of the Octagon Center for the Arts along the 400-block of Douglas for youngsters wanting to create their own works of art.


Interactive booths include:

  • Henna with Divya Grimes (corner of Douglas and Main)
  • Face painting by Lucinda Gilland on Douglas Ave.
  • Caricature artist Nathan Lueth in Tom Evans
  • All day wood-turning demo by Rob Wallace (Main and Kellogg)

Image credit: Heather Johnson

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