Des Moines Art Festival

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Cowles Montessori Parent Group (CMPG) will be once again running one of the four nonprofit-run beer and wine sales tents at the Des Moines Arts Festival, and new this year we will also be running the Iowa Craft Beer tent!  Volunteering at the festival is fun and easy – it’s a great way to get to know other Cowles parents at one of the biggest events in Des Moines, while raising money for fine arts programs at Cowles.

How much time? Each new volunteer needs to complete a one hour training session, and then shifts at the booth are typically 3 hours long. You can work up to six hours in any given day.

Who can volunteer? Anyone 18 or older – anyone who might want to have fun while making money for our kids at Cowles! Get a group together to work a shift – Volunteers do NOT need to be Cowles affiliated to come join in the fun – family or friends, the more the merrier!

When is the training? The training sessions are on in the Spring. They last about one hour.

Training is required to volunteer! If you volunteered in a previous year, you don’t need to go through training again.

When and where is the festival? The Des Moines Arts Festival is the last weekend in June at Western Gateway Park.

Where do I sign up? Online at our volunteer website. All volunteers will get a free Cowles T-shirt, so be sure to mark your shirt size when signing up!

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Winters at