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2020 Octagon Art Festival Canceled

We are sad to announce we are postponing the Octagon Art Festival until September 2021. This was a very difficult decision because we are passionate about supporting artists.

We realize that the decision will feel early to some — September still seems far away.  Unfortunately, like many artists and nonprofits, the Octagon has been hit hard by the pandemic, and our financial decisions must be made with care. With each passing week, we must invest more and more dollars into the Festival to make it successful.  We must pay staff to recruit volunteers, secure sponsorships, and work on promotions and more. Yet, there is still so much uncertainty about city requirements, health and safety recommendations, the course of the pandemic, and the willingness of the public to attend large events. By making a decision now, we minimize our risk and we are able to invest more fully in the 2021 festival, making it even better.

The Octagon Art Festival is a fundraising event for the Octagon Center for the Arts, and the cancellation of this event causes a major financial impact. The artists who participate in the festival also rely heavily on the income for their livelihood. In September, the Octagon will support the artists by listing their websites so the public can purchase artwork directly from the artists.

You can still show support for the Octagon Center for the Arts by liking and following the Octagon on social media or signing up on the website for the Octagon e-newsletter.

We look forward to celebrating the 50th Octagon Art Festival with you in downtown Ames, IA on Sunday, September 26, 2021.


 The Octagon Art Festival is organized by the Octagon Center the Arts, a non-profit community art organization located in downtown Ames. The Octagon encourages interaction and creative self-expression by providing inclusive opportunities and spaces that bring people together through art. The Octagon has been a cornerstone of the cultural scene in Ames since 1966, and offers education classes and outreach programs, rotating exhibits, retail shop, and special events. For COVID related updates on programs and hours, visit the website at

Submitted by Octagon Center for the Arts

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