Art in the Park is a regionally recognized and juried fine art festival in Elkader, Iowa– always held the 3rd weekend in August.

2021 Virtual Program

Join us in 2021! Always FREE ENTRY + FREE PARKING

SAT AUG 21 | 10A-5P & SUN AUG 22 | 10A-4PM

Our festival is held in Founders’ Park alongside the Turkey River in historic downtown Elkader, Iowa. Experience the sights, tastes, and sounds of this festival featuring local and regional artists.

NEW IN 2021 

  • Cast your VOTE for THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD by using the QR CODE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE EVENT! The winning artist will receive a $250 CASH PRIZE – sponsored by Central State Bank – THANK YOU! 
  • BEST IN SHOW AWARD – $500 cash prize sponsored by FreedomBank – Thank you!

Art in the Park is an event of Main Street Elkader, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

This event would not be possible without the support of all of our sponsors,  volunteers, and support from our beautiful riverside community!

Thank you!


Always FREE Admission and Parking!

Fine Art, Live Music and Entertainment, Delicious Foods, Wine Tasting, Youth Activities & Fun For the Whole Family!

Considering sponsoring us? It definitely has its perks! It is now simple with our PayPal option.

Donate Here!


Iowa Tourism Outstanding New Event Award Recipient – 2016

We are honored to announce that Art in the Park Fine Art Festival, an event of Main Street Elkader’s Cultural & Entertainment District, received the Iowa Tourism “Outstanding New Event” Award for 2016. We are so grateful and humbled by this award. We want to thank Jennifer Cowsert of the Elkader City Office for nominating us. We appreciate everyone’s support! (L-R: Committee members Benjamin Friedrich, Kris Grover, Roger Thomas, Rosemary Thomas, Leslie Gibbons. Note: Jillian Herrmann not pictured).



An event of Main Street Elkader,
a 501(c)(3) organization

(563) 245-2770 | info@ArtintheParkElkader.com | PO Box 125, Elkader, IA 52043


2021 Virtual Program

Elkader, Iowa is a gorgeous riverside town known for its historic charm, shops, restaurants and local tourist attractions (especially if you are an adventure seeking, nature lover). It features rolling hills and breathtaking scenery. There is something for everyone, with great places to stay so you can make a weekend of it– and you may just want to visit again!

Things to do in and near Elkader, Iowa:

  • Catch a show at Elkader Opera House
  • Visit Motor Mill for a tour
  • Check out the Carter House Museum 
  • Have lunch at Fennelly’s Irish Pub, have a specialty brew at Scheras, take the kids into the General Store for a candy treat, partake in the buffet at Johnson’s, and the list goes on and on…
  • Take a swim at our beautiful municipal pool
  • Toss in your swim trunks and tube for a float over the Whitewater Park and down the Turkey River
  • Catch a film at the Elkader Cinema
  • Shop the eclectic mix of modern and antique boutiques!
  • Be sure to walk through the main alley way to catch a glimpse of the recent mural projects completed under the first phase of Art in the Alley.
  • Need a recharge yet? Have a coffee break, visit our local brewery, or grab a doughnut from our famous bakery!

You may just want to stay all week!  Be sure to book your room:

Lodging in and around Elkader, IA

We are so grateful for the wonderful variety of lodging options available in our town. If you have questions please feel free to contact our local Chamber of Commerce or City Hall for more information.

The beautiful features of Elkader have a large part to do with its unique program, Main Street Elkader. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/MainStreetElkader/

Or Visit Elkader’s website for all things Elkader!