DOWNTOWN DES MOINES – Two of the signature events in Downtown Des Moines were recognized on an international scale by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). The Des Moines Arts Festival® and the Downtown Farmers’ Market have each won a number of awards during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at IFEA’s 60th Annual Convention & Expo in Tucson, AZ on Monday. The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition draws entries from the world’s top festivals and events.

The Des Moines Arts Festival® won a total of 26 awards, including the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, the industry’s highest professional honor. In addition to the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, the Festival won 7 Gold Awards, 12 Silver Awards and 6 Bronze Awards.

The Downtown Farmers’ Market won a total of 9 awards, including Gold Awards for the Best Cover Design, Best Single Newspaper Display Ad, Best Street Banner and Best New Merchandise. You can still experience the award-winning Downtown Farmers’ Market each Saturday through Oct. 31 in the Historic Court District.

The full lists of awards for each event are as follows:

Des Moines Arts Festival ®

Gold – Grand Pinnacle

Gold – Best Single Newspaper Display Ad

Gold – Best Commemorative Poster

Gold – Best Outdoor Billboard

Gold – Best Street Banner

Gold – Best T-shirt Design

Gold – Best Individual Sponsor Follow-up Report

Gold – Best Event (within an Existing Festival)

Silver – Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (single page)

Silver – Best Single Newspaper Display Ad

Silver – Best Single Magazine Display Ad

Silver – Best Event Invitation

Silver – Best Targeted Sponsor Solicitation Proposal

Silver – Best Overall Sponsorship Program

Silver – Best Volunteer Program

Silver – Best Educational Program

Silver – Best Children’s Programming

Silver – Best Community Outreach Program

Silver – Best Event/Program within an Event to Benefit a Cause

Silver – Best Overall Merchandising Program

Bronze – Best Event Website

Bronze – Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement

Bronze – Best Miscellaneous Printed Material (multiple page)

Bronze – Best Cover Design

Bronze – Best Hat

Bronze – Best Green Program


Downtown Farmers’ Market:

Gold – Best Cover Design

Gold – Best Single Newspaper Display Ad

Gold – Best Street Banner

Gold – Best New Merchandise

Silver – Best Event Program

Silver – Best Miscellaneous Printed Materials (single page)

Bronze – Best Single Magazine Display Ad

Bronze – Best Promotional Poster

Bronze – Best Social Media Site




About The Des Moines Arts Festival®

The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® is a free annual three-day arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June. The Festival invites you to ‘go where it takes you…’ by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. For more information please visit us online at DesMoinesArtsFestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, twitter at @DMArtsFestival  and Instagram at desmoinesartsfestival. #GoWhereItTakesYou #DMAF2016​


 About the Downtown Farmers’ Market 

The Downtown Farmers’ Market is presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and produced by the Downtown Community Alliance. The Downtown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning May – October in the Historic Court District in Downtown Des Moines. The Market also produces a Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market in November and December. The Downtown Community Alliance, in association with Greater Des Moines Partnership, provides a consistent and constant focus on developing and maintaining a vibrant downtown core. For more information please DesMoinesFarmersMarket.com, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DowntownFarmersMarket, Twitter and Instagram at @DTFarmersMarket  #DTFM