The Des Moines Arts Pageant, a person of the metro’s major yearly gatherings and the area’s biggest event due to the fact the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, is back again this weekend, starting its 3-working day operate Friday at Western Gateway Park.

What is it?

Even though canceled in 2020 due to the fact of the pandemic, the Des Moines Arts Festival for many years has annually brought together visible artwork, new music, film and imaginative actions for attendees. Extra than 150 artists will set up booths to exhibit and sell their creations, as element of the event’s Juried Artwork Truthful.

There also will be foods and drinks, which includes craft beer student art exhibits interactive arts actions and art demonstrations. Admission is cost-free and the festival annually attracts up to 200,000 people today.

By the time very last year’s competition was canceled, the slate of artists and entertainers was largely previously in position. That built organizing the festival’s return this yr “a little bit less difficult and a minimal bit tougher,” mentioned Stephen King, the festival’s government director.