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Arts & Culture Calendar of Events

Check out our calendar below for upcoming events and deadlines related to the Iowa Arts Council, Produce Iowa, and the State Historical Preservation Office.
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December / April 31-1
Des Moines

Call for Films: Interrobang Film Festival

December 31-April 1, 2023

Experience curated screenings from films around the globe

January / June 1-5
Mason City

Call for Films: Iowa Independent Film Festival

January 1-June 5, 2024

Looking for creative, innovative, thought-provoking and entertaining independent films

January / July 1-1
Sioux City

Call for Films: Sioux City International Film Festival

January 1-July 1, 2024

Longest continuously running shorts film festival in Iowa

January / August 18-31
Ottumwa

Call for Films: Halloweenapalooza Film Festival

January 18-August 31, 2024

Halloweenapalooza is the state’s only horror film showcase. This festival is created by horror filmmakers for horror fans.

February / April 1-1
Davenport

Call for Films: Alternating Currents Film Festival

February 1-April 1, 2024

Open to all genres

February / March 29-3
Decorah

Oneota Film Festival

February 29-March 3, 2024

FREE for everyone to attend and often appropriate for all ages

March / May 1-1
Burlington

Call for Films: Snake Alley Festival of Film

March 1-May 1, 2024

The Snake Alley Festival of Film (SNAFF) is dedicated to showcasing the best short films from around the world. Enjoy an array of genres, Q&A with filmmakers, screenplay table reads, and several days of exciting networking opportunities.

March 7
Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Regional Arts Forum: Cedar Rapids

March 7, 2024
2 – 5 PM

The Iowa Arts Council will be hosting Regional Arts Forums throughout Iowa in the early Spring of 2024.

March 8
Waverly

DWELL Reception and Artist Talk: Artist Catherine Reinhart

March 8, 2024

DWELL is a solo exhibition of fiber art and sculpture from artist Catherine Reinhart, presented by the Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery at Wartburg College.

March 8
Decorah

Love Bomb: Opening Reception at ArtHaus

March 8, 2024
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m

Join ArtHaus, a Grantee of the Iowa Arts Council, this March for Love Bomb from artist Kenneth Hall in the Doyle G. Heyveld Gallery.

March 17
Des Moines

PECK Premiere at Varsity Cinema

March 17, 2024
7:00 p.m.

Premiere screening for the independent Iowan feature film, PECK.

March 19
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N Main St, Fairfield, IA 52556

Regional Arts Forum: Fairfield

March 19, 2024
9 AM – 12 PM

The Iowa Arts Council will be hosting Regional Arts Forums throughout Iowa in the early Spring of 2024.

March 22
Iowa Economic Development Authority, 1963 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

Regional Arts Forum: Des Moines

March 22, 2024
9 AM – 12 PM

The Iowa Arts Council will be hosting Regional Arts Forums throughout Iowa in the early Spring of 2024.

March 26
1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 200, Helmick Conference Room, Des Moines or via Teams Webinar

Iowa Arts Council Board of Directors Meeting

March 26, 2024
10:00 a.m.

Board of Directors meeting

March 28
1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 200, Helmick Conference Room, Des Moines

Iowa Great Places Citizen Advisory Board

March 28, 2024
9:00 a.m.

Board Meeting

March 28
Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Regional Arts Forum: Council Bluffs

March 28, 2024
9 AM – 12 PM

The Iowa Arts Council will be hosting Regional Arts Forums throughout Iowa in the early Spring of 2024.

March 29
West Des Moines

Call for Artists: Valley Junction Arts Festival

March 29, 2024

Applications are now being accepted for the Valley Junction Arts Festival on 5th Street in Historic Valley Junction, the original downtown of West Des Moines, on May 19, 2024.

April 1
Online

Grant Application Deadline: Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

April 1, 2024

The Iowa Scholarship for the Arts supports the development of outstanding high school seniors who excel in the arts and are enrolled in accredited educational programs leading to careers in the arts.

April 4
Sioux City Art Center, 225 Nebraska St, Sioux City, IA 51101

Regional Arts Forum: Sioux City

April 4, 2024
1 – 4 PM

The Iowa Arts Council will be hosting Regional Arts Forums throughout Iowa in the early Spring of 2024.

April 5-7
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

April 5-7, 2024

Showcases movies that have a Midwestern influence

April 11
Grinnell College

Regional Arts Forum: Grinnell

April 11, 2024
9 AM – 12 PM

The Iowa Arts Council will be hosting Regional Arts Forums throughout Iowa in the early Spring of 2024.

April / May 12-3
Oskaloosa

Call For Artists: Oskaloosa Main Street 55th Annual Art on the Square

April 12-May 3, 2024

Join Oskaloosa Main Street for Art on the Square, one of Iowa's oldest continuing art festivals.

April 16-19
Des Moines

Des Moines Latino Film Festival

April 16-19, 2024

A free, multi-day celebration of Latino culture through art, music, food, live performances and, of course, film

April 20-21
Washington

Farm to Film Festival

April 20-21, 2024

Festival accepts submissions of narrative and documentary shorts and feature

April 24-28
Dubuque

Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

April 24-28, 2024

Brings the finest in independent features, documentaries and short films from across the country and around the world

April 26-28
Iowa City

Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival

April 26-28, 2024

Annual event run by students at the University of Iowa

May 15
Online

Grant Application Deadline: Cultural Capacity Building Grant

May 15, 2024

Cultural Capacity Building Grants provide general operating support over a three-year period to eligible arts, cultural and humanities organizations in Iowa.

May 19
West Des Moines

Valley Junction Arts Festival

May 19, 2024

The Valley Junction Art Committee has redefined Art in Valley Junction. Its primary focus is the juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, giving the public the opportunity to meet, interact with and purchase original work by artists.

June 6-8
Mount Pleasant

Preserve Iowa Summit

June 6-8, 2024

The Preserve Iowa Summit is the state’s premier conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa.

June 8
Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa Main Street 55th Annual Art on the Square

June 8, 2024

Join Oskaloosa Main Street for Art on the Square, one of Iowa's oldest continuing art festivals.

June 18
FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny, IA

Iowa Arts Summit

June 18, 2024

The biennial Iowa Arts Summit is the state’s leading professional development and networking event for Iowa’s arts and creative community.

June 25
IEDA, 1963 Bell Avenue, Suite 200, Helmick Conference Room, Des Moines or via Teams Webinar

Iowa Arts Council Board of Directors Meeting

June 25, 2024
10:00 a.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

June 28-30
Des Moines

Interrobang Film Festival

June 28-30, 2024

Celebrate creativity, while promoting a wide array of film types

July 11-14
Burlington

Snake Alley Festival of Film

July 11-14, 2024

The Snake Alley Festival of Film (SNAFF) is dedicated to showcasing the best short films from around the world. Films are screened at the beautifully restored Capitol Theater in the heart of downtown Burlington, Iowa.

July 26-28
Des Moines

Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project

July 26-28, 2024

Advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers

August 15-18
Davenport

Alternating Currents Film Festival

August 15-18, 2024

Music. Film. Comedy. Art.

September 5-7
Mason City

Iowa Independent Film Festival

September 5-7, 2024

Independent films, unique documentaries, and student productions

September 20
Vernon

Call for Artists: Lincoln Highway Arts Festival

September 20, 2024

The 18th Lincoln Highway Arts Festival will be held Saturday, September 21, 2024, from 10 am - 4 pm on Mount Vernon's main street.

September 21
Mount Vernon

Lincoln Highway Arts Festival

September 21, 2024

The 18th Lincoln Highway Arts Festival will be held Saturday, September 21, 2024, from 10 am - 4 pm on Mount Vernon's main street.

October 3-6
Sioux City

Sioux City International Film Festival

October 3-6, 2024

Launched in 2005, the Sioux City International Film Festival (SCIFF) is the longest continuously running shorts festival in Iowa.

October 11-12
Ottumwa

Halloweenapalooza Film Festival

October 11-12, 2024

Iowa’s only horror film showcase created by horror filmmakers for horror fans

October 17-20
Iowa City

Refocus Film Festival

October 17-20, 2024

Films, conversations, performances, and art inspired by the work of adaptation