It's time for the annual DubuqueFest arts festival in downtown Dubuque's historic Washington Park. The FREE summer festival features live music, local food, and local art and artisans over two days - Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7 from 10 am to 5 pm.

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Since its inception in 1979, DubuqeFest has been regarded as Iowa's Oldest and Best Arts Festival. Indeed, it is always fun to enjoy fantastic original art, music, and food in Dubuque's historic and picturesque downtown.

DubuqueFest features two days of free live music as the backdrop to a juried fine art fair. The weekend also includes free children's hands-on art activities, an annual book release & reading by the Dubuque Area Writers Guild, and live art demonstrations.

Nearly 70 juried artists will be on-hand showcasing and selling their creations. From woodworking, photography, pottery, painting, jewelry in mixed mediums, and more, DubuqueFest is one of the rare art festivals to get that one-of-a-kind original find.

Find an artist listing and links to their websites on the DubuqueFest webpage at: dbqfest.com/artists.

DubuqueFest music will debut at the Ironside Stage in honor of past director Mike Ironside.

Saturday's lineup includes folk musician Bella Moss from 11 - noon. John Moran's solo guitar and harmonica from 1 to 3 and bluegrass via the Alumatics from 3:30 pm to 5 pm.

Sunday's music lineup includes some soul & funk with Brion Bowman from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. The Lonely Goats Open Mic Jam from 12 pm to 4 pm.

There will be plenty of delicious food at DubuqueFest, including Birds Chicken and Vesperman's Ice Cream on Saturday and Hot Diggity Dogz and Frannie's BBQ on Sunday.

Washington Park and DubuqueFest are ideally located in the city's heart and close to other attractions. Including Cable Car Square, the famed Fenelon Place Elevator, Main St., and City Hall, you can make a full day of it Saturday with Iowa's Oldest Farmers Market running close by from 7 to noon.

The sponsoring organization, the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society (DCFAS), is a volunteer-driven 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit arts organization serving the Dubuque, Iowa, community. Visit the DubuqueFest website to learn more. dbqfest.com