What is this "ArtWorks Festival?"

The Austin ArtWorks Festival is a free two-day event in Austin, Minnesota held annually each August. The festival was launched in 2012 as a celebration of visual, performing and literary artists, many with ties to Austin and the area.

The ArtWorks Festival is designed to offer our community as well as those who visit from across the country a broad selection of experiences in the arts--visual, performing, literary, and more--in one celebratory weekend. We also strive to make our festival interactive by including family activities and demonstrations (e.g. glassblowing, wheel throwing, & metalwork). 

When's it going down?

The 2017 ArtWorks Festival will run August 26 & 27, 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.

And where?

Our 6th annual Festival will go down in Austin, Minnesota (i.e. the other Austin) in the heart of Downtown Austin, 125 4th Ave NE. Check the map:


Does it cost anything?

Nope! The only ticketed event of the Festival is our Saturday Night Concert, 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.)

Take a stroll through the Festival grounds with us.

What kinds of art can I expect?

All kinds! In the past our visual artists have showcased work in ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles. You can expect all artwork to be original, hand-crafted, and produced by or under the direction/supervision of the artist. Alumni include Eric Anfinson, Joan Finnegan, Bill Stamats, Zane York, and Joseph Sand.

Alumni of our outdoor music stage include Charlie Parr, the Sena Ehrhardt Band, and "Acoustic Ninja" Trace Bundy. Expect everything from blues to folk to rock.

Past authors include Brad Zellar, Amanda Hocking, Grant Blackwood, and PS Duffy, and have published and collaborated on everything from fake newspapers to bestselling thrillers.



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. (Applications for 2017 are no longer being accepted.)

Who are you people?

Good question. We are Austin Area Commission for the 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. The AACA 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

More questions?

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