Des Moines Arts Festival 2022

  • Overview

    The Des Moines Arts Festival® is one of the world’s most respected festivals hosting 180 of the nation’s top artists on June 24-26, in a beautiful urban street setting surrounding the 4.4 acre John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park & the newly constructed Krause Gateway Center designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

    The festival includes free live music & this year the headliners include Moon Taxi, G. Love & Special Sauce & the 2022 Grammy winner, Cedric Burnside, plus Chicago Farmer & Sarah Shook & the Disarmers. Other performers include James Tutson & the Rollback, The Sara Routh Band, Dustin Smith, Buckmiller/Schwager Band, Joel Sires, Andre Davis & Abbie Sawyer.

    Eleven-time winner of the coveted Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), the outdoor festival celebrating arts & culture attracts more than 200,000 people each year to its downtown location in Iowa's capital city & largest metropolitan area.


    Hy-Vee Stage (12th Street between Grand Avenue & Locust):
    G. Love & Special Sauce: Friday, June 24 at 8:30pm. G. Love & Special Sauce is a three-member alternative, blues & hip-hop band from Philadelphia. They are known for their unique & laid-back blues sound that encompasses classic R&B.
    Cedric Burnside: Saturday, June 25 at 6:45pm: Grammy-award winning artist, Cedric Burnside is a Mississippi Hill Country blues guitarist, singer & songwriter with music that tells stories about love, hurt, connection & redemption in the south. Burnside has been performing & living the blues for almost 30 years.
    Moon Taxi: Saturday, June 25 at 8:30pm: Hailing from Nashville, Moon Taxi is a five-piece indie-alternative rock band. Since forming in 2006, Moon Taxi has brought their boldly adventurous music to Festival’s across the country.

    Roots Stage (South of Locust Street in the Des Moines Radio Group HQ parking lot):
    Chicago Farmer, Friday, June 24 at 8pm: Midwestern solo artist Cody Dickhoff performs music under the name Chicago Farmer. Profoundly inspired by fellow Midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core.
    Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Saturday, June 25 at 8pm: A blend of country & pure rock-n-roll, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers recently released their 3rd album.

    You can view the full 2022 live entertainment lineup at