• Waukee Area Arts Council

4th Annual Waukee Arts Festival

The Waukee Area Arts Council and Stivers Ford Lincoln are pleased to present the Waukee Arts Festival on Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th in Centennial Park.

- Free Friday night concert by The Nadas - Live music all day Saturday - 90+ regional artists and exhibitors - Student Artist exhibit, sponsored by Waukee Rotary Club - Craft beer from Barn Town Brewing - Unique beer garden by Rolling Taps Beer Coe - Food truck vendors Friday and Saturday - Kids entertainment and activities Saturday

Admission is free to the public.

The festival will open with a free Friday night concert featuring The Nadas, from 7pm to 9pm.

"The Nadas are a band from Iowa. Yes, they have been around long enough that if they were a car you would keep them covered in your garage except for sunny weekend cruising. But that isn't what is important about their story. What is important is that they make music that makes you feel things. Happy, sad, nostalgic, optimistic, energized, curious, inspired, and confused. The important part is that it makes you want to listen, and sometimes dance. 2018 will mark the 25th year of The Nadas. In January, they will be releasing their 11th studio record entitled "One Louder". At a stage where most bands would be resting on their laurels and letting others do the heavy lifting, The Nadas are out there swinging for the fences, driving the van and carrying their own instruments."

Saturday artist exhibitions will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Our 2018 Featured Artistm Paul Marlow is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, art director and photographer. Having been raised in the rolling hills of Eastern Iowa, the grain towers, golden light and expansive horizons of his childhood have greatly shaped and defined his aesthetic. Marlow’s work often depicts moments of quiet isolation; and behind his pictures there is often a backstory layered with content that is very personal.

Marlow earned a BFA from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988. There he learned about art history and aesthetics, as well a classical approach to the materials and techniques of painting and design. Paul has a 30-year career in commercial art as a designer and creative director. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his wife Theresa, daughter Betsy and dog Harley.

Paul had his debut in exhibitions at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and Black Earth Gallery in 2015. In 2017, he was awarded 2nd place in oil painting at the Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Salon, and 3rd place at the NewBo Art Festival in Cedar Rapids.

A detailed schedule of performing artists and children's entertainment will be posted soon. Other event news--such as artists exhibiting and musicians performing--will be posted on this event link and on our other social media sites as they are confirmed.

The online artist application and more information can be found at or email The direct link to the festival application, along with rules and guidelines for applicants and exhibitors, is at You are also welcome to contact the event chair with questions at (515)490-8669, or via email at

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