Arts and crafts added to Waterland Festival

By Joni Aten - Staff Reporter



A new arts and crafts show will be added to this year's Waterland Festival in July.

The 59th Des Moines Waterland Festival will unfold on July 21 to 22. 

This year, festival sponsor Destination Des Moines will add a new event to the two-day festival, which it is calling Art In The Park at Waterland.

It will take place on both days of the festival.

Destination Des Moines will partner with the Northwest Art Alliance to showcase some of the area's most fascinating artists.

Their goal is to feature 75 artists and craftspeople at the event which will be located at the Des Moines Beach Park.

The art event will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

Along with the art event there are a couple other activities that will take place on the two-day festival. 

Starting off the festival is the Waterland Grand Parade which will happen on Saturday, July 21 at 6 p.m.

The Waterland Parade will assemble in Highline's South Parking Lot and make its way to the Marina. 

Any group, organization, or club from Highline or around the area can march in the parade.

To participate, groups need to fill out the online form at the Destination Des Moines website at www.destinationdesmoines.org.

The Kids' Carnival is another event that will be held on both days of the festival.

The carnival is a free activity which will be held on the Promontory, at Des Moines Beach Park running from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

Destination Des Moines is looking for more volunteers that are willing to help run the kids' activities.

They need about five to sixvolunteers per hour.

Highline students are welcome to volunteer. To become a volunteer, students can apply online at the Destination Des Moines website.

On Sunday, July 22, vintage cars and boats will invade the Des Moines Marina for the annual Wheels & Keels Car and Boat Show.

There will be a variety of show cars and boats that will be displayed at this event at the main Marina parking lot. It is a free event and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Planning Committee member Jill Andrews said that compared to past Waterland festivals, the festival has gotten smaller both in size and the number of people planning the event.

"Community involvement, or lack thereof, is the reason the planning committee is smaller and there aren't pageants or milk jug races anymore...There aren't enough people volunteering anymore," Andrews said. 

Past Waterland Festivals have lasted five days and in recent years it has only lasted two days.

"The whole month of July is still full of activities," Andrews said.

Destination Des Moines is in charge of the Fireworks Over Des Moines show which takes over the Marina on the Fourth of July.

Tuesday, July 4, the fishing pier will be closed all day for public use, and the Dock Street will be closed to traffic.

At noon, the new Kids Carnival vendors and food trucks will be up and running.

Tickets sold at the event will be for the kids activities.

There will be bounce houses, Fun House Maze, Bungy Run, Obstacle Course, Climbing Wall, Mini Golf, and more.

At 5 p.m. the Beer and Wine Garden will open for adults 21 and older. 

There will be two live bands and a $10 entry fee, which includes your first beverage and a wrist band.

At 10:20 p.m. the fireworks show will begin and end at 11 p.m.

To raise funds for the fireworks show, Destination Des Moines will host a community barbeque event called the Smoke on the Water Community BBQ which will take place a week after the fireworks show, on July 11 in the Des Moines Beach Park.

The barbeque is a paid event and coincides with the kickoff to the Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Des Moines Arts Commission, and the Bids4Kids silent auction sponsored by the Des Moines Legacy Foundation.

Tickets for the barbeque are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $9 for kids aged 3 to 11.

Kids younger than 3 can go for free.

Tickets to the barbeque can be bought online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

"Destination Des Moines hopes to have close to 500 people come to the community barbeque, and the event is prepared for rain or shine." Andrews said

With the barbeque, there will be a root beer float garden for kids and a beer and wine garden for adults, 21 and older.

These events are to let people of Des Moines have a sense of pride of their community and area. 

For more information on the Waterland Festival and other events, visit the Destination Des Moines website, or contact info@destinationdesmoines.org. 

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