Des Moines Arts Festival: Kids Activities

The Des Moines Arts Festival starts this week! This is one Central Iowa event, that we try and visit every Summer. It’s FREE to attend and there is so much that is offered for everyone!


Date: June 26th – 28th

Friday, June 26 – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, June 27 – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 28 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Western Gateway Park

Festival Map

Complete Schedule – AWESOME feature! If you want to save an event so you remember when and where it is happening, you can click “Add to my calendar” and it will add to your mobile calendar!

Below is a list of children’s activities being offered by local businesses and organizations, located in the Creative Family Zone. Some are free and some may ask for a small fee or donation.

Other activities & events your kiddos will love … 

  • Stop by the Arts Festival Shop and purchase a t-shirt or backpack, then walk next door to decorate it yourself!
  • Live music! There is a lot open green space! Find a place to relax and enjoy one of the many artists lined -up to perform. The kids will love to dance and run!
  • Don’t miss Debbie Doo Wop & Dynamite Dan on Friday, June 26th at 11 am – 12 pm!
  • Don’t miss when the Des Moines OnStage Children’s Theater performs a scene from Rent on Sunday, June 28th at 11 – 11:30 am!
  • Let the children run through and explore the John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park!

Some tips to make you life a bit easier with kids … 

  • Bring cash! Some food vendors and shops may accept cards, but not all. There are 4 different ATM locations.
  • If you are bringing a stroller, throw a large blanket and/or foldable chair for sitting & listening to the live music.
  • Bring water bottles & snacks! There are food vendors, but you may want to eat one big meal.
  • Check out the schedule and add the events you would like to see to you mobile calendar, so you have it on hand!



Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!