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ArtSplash offers something for all ages

ArtSplash offers something for all ages


SIOUX CITY | Artwork, music, food will be on display at this weekend's ArtSplash.

The annual two-day festival will unfold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday in Riverside Park.

"I am excited that we are having it one more time," said Al Harris Fernandez, director of the Art Center, which organizes the annual event. "This is 23 years or so of ArtSplash, and they're always a lot of fun. A lot of people really enjoy them. I'm looking forward to the community coming together and enjoying themselves on Labor Day Weekend."

Here are some key things to know about this year's festival.


A total of 83 artists from all over the country will display their works.

"The selection of artwork is outstanding. Our jurors, Jeff Baldus, Amy Foltz, and Cory Knedler, did a remarkable job choosing artists to exhibit at ArtSplash," said Erin Webber-Dreeszen, development coordinator for the Sioux City Art Center, which coordinates the annual  event.

Desiree Warren, owner of Eighty Acres Art, is participating in ArtSplash for the third year in a row.

"People look forward to it every year," said Warren, "And I've already had people come back, just from two years saying, 'Oh we remember you.' The crowd is really into it, at the park where it is now, it’s nice."


Organizers have lined up a full slate of live music and other entertainment for the two days.

Titans of Industry will perform at noon Saturday, and 35th & Taylor will perform at noon Sunday. Other bands performing are Chad Elliott, the Sioux Empire Swing Kings, the Big Bad Cash Band, Paul Imholte, and the Buddha Cheese Band.

"I'm excited about 35th and Taylor, I think they're terrific," said Al Harris Fernandez, director of the Art Center. "And there's another local group that’s one of my favorites - the Captains of Industry - and always, we always have Poppin' Penelope and a lot of other very popular kids entertainment."

Activities for children include inflatables and bungee bounces, Amazing Arthur, Poppin’ Penelope and her balloon sculpting skills, and a variety of art activities and entertainment on the Children’s Stage. Children’s activity tickets are $1 each.

There is also a new Interactive Exhibition Area, which is located in the center of the festival. The area includes local non-profits who will highlight their programming and upcoming events.

Central to this area is "Penelope Awaiting Her Chamberlain," the John Himmelfarb truck sculpture currently on display at the Art Center.


Kids under the age of 11 get in for free, and adults may purchase a two-day pass wristband for either $5 at the entrance to the event, or $4 in advance at area Hy-Vee Food stores.

Due to the recent theft of festival wristbands, the public is advised that blue wristbands to the event are not valid for entry and should not be purchased from any source. No blue wristbands had been distributed by the Sioux City Art Center to the public.

"The wristbands were stolen from a volunteer's vehicle," said Webber-Dreeszen. "Because of the excellent police assistance and media coverage we have received, we anticipate no further issues for festival goers."


Parking is provided free of charge at the Riverside Park and Siouxland Youth Athletics parking lots. A shuttle will be provided from those who park at the southernmost SYA lot.


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Map of the ArtSplash grounds at Riverside Park, 1301 Riverside Blvd., in Sioux City.

Map of the ArtSplash grounds at Riverside Park, 1301 Riverside Blvd., in Sioux City.

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