Octagon Art Festival

Join us for the 51st Annual Octagon Art Festival on Sunday, September 25, from 10 am – 4 pm in downtown Ames, IA.

Stroll along lovely Main Street in downtown Ames while you check out the live music, food trucks, and family-friendly activities. The star of the show is the original artwork by about 100 artists from across the Midwest.
This is the perfect place to find a gift or treat yourself. You’ll discover high quality ceramics, jewelry, paintings, fiber art, photography, garden art, sculptures and more.
Admission is free!
The festival is held outdoors on pavement, rain or shine.

A variety of free entertainment including live bands and performing arts will be presented throughout the day, including local favorite, the Vinyl Vagabonds.


Tom Evans Entertainment Area
10am – 11:30 am               The Vida Sisters
12-1:30 pm                         Steve George Band
2-4 pm                                 Vinyl Vagabonds


Main St and Douglas Ave Entertainment Area
10 am                    Mirage Middle Eastern Dance Troupe
11 am                    ISU Orchesis I Dance
12 – 2 pm              Alleygrass
2  pm                     Elizabeth Zimmerman
3 pm                      Music on the Move: Second Chair Brass

The festival is brought to you by the Octagon Center for the Arts, a non-profit community art center located in downtown Ames.

Click HERE for the Volunteer sign up page.


Sep 25 2022


10:00 am - 4:00 pm