What is this "ArtWorks Festival?"

The Austin ArtWorks Festival is a free two-day event in Austin, Minnesota held annually each August...a celebration of visual, performing and literary artists, many with ties to Austin and the area.

In 2020, the Austin ArtWorks Festival will be held on August 29 and 30. Watch for announcements on the Featured Artist and performers in the Dick Schindler celebration, sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System.

When's it going down?

The 2020 ArtWorks Festival will run August 29 & 30, although we'll probably be celebrating in one way or another all week long. (Because we can't help it.)

The galleries, outdoor and indoor stages, author stage, demos, and other activities will run 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday, while the Dick Schindler Celebration Concert, will take place on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

And where?

Our 9th annual Festival will go down in Austin, Minnesota in the heart of Downtown Austin, 125 4th Ave NE. Check the map:


Who are you people?

Good question. We are Austin Area Arts (a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit) and a whole bunch of volunteers who donate their time, brains, and muscles from January to August each year in an effort to carry off this crazy awesome event. Austin Area Arts also oversees the Austin ArtWorks Center and Historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Austin. Through our venues and the ArtWorks Festival, we strive to bring together artists and art lovers, and to make our community better through the power of art in its many forms. If you're interested in supporting us or one of our programs, you can donate, become a member, or volunteer

Can I help?

Yes, volunteer opportunities are available for extroverts who want lots of people time and those more comfortable behind the scenes. Shifts are only 2 hours and concentrated on the two days of the event with additional help needed for set up and tear down. Every volunteer gets a FREE festival t shirt! Find out more and sign up here. 

More questions?

Contact us at info@austinareaarts.org. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Does it cost anything?

Nope! The only ticketed event of the Festival is our Dick Schindler Celebration Concert on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Although you might want to bring some cash money in case you want to grab a couple super neat prints, a piece of original artwork, books, or food. (It's a safe bet you'll find something to catch your fancy. Just saying.)

I'm an artist/author/musician and would like/love to be a part of next year's festival. How do I apply?

Hey artist/author/musician! Thanks for visiting! You can visit our application page here for details. Exhibiting artist applications are closed for 2019. Watch for 2020 applications to open in January.