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The Fest began in 2007 as the New Bohemia Music Festival. The founders of the festival, the New Bohemia Group, wanted to provide Cedar Rapids with a unique visual and performing arts experience that celebrated the creative spirit of the New Bohemia Arts and Culture District. The long Labor Day Weekend seemed the perfect time for scheduling the event.

The first festival had 6 outdoor stages located within a four block area of the 3rd metal to techno and everything in between. The music provided our 1500 guests with a rich variety of alternative music.It was the New Bohemia Group's goal to support local musicians and provide commerce for the local merchants, bars and restaurants. The festival was an unqualified success and has become an annual tradition.The Flood of 2008 presented planners with major challenges. With 3rd from catastrophic flood damage, it was decided to stage the festival in three alternative locations. As a result, festival events were relocated to Iowa City, Waterloo and the Southeast side of Cedar Rapids. To the credit of our dedicated volunteers, organizers and sponsors, we were able to pull together a second festival and prove we could rise above the Flood of 2008.

In the years since 2008, the festival has grown and developed with the New Bohemia District. This year is the eighth year of the festival. We are proud to co-host the 2014 festival with NewBo City Market.

The 2014 New Bohemia Arts Festival will feature a half marathon run, an art fair in NewBo Park, music stages located in 7 local bars and restaurants, sculpture and ceramic shows in the Cherry Building, an Emerging Artists Gallery in NewBo City Market and street artists performing throughout the day.

The New Bohemia Arts Festival is a rare mix of music, art, theatre, dance and food – come enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of NBAF8!


musicianMusic has always been a huge part of the NewBo Arts Festival. We're committed to highlighting new, local artists in addition to established favorites.

2014's music lineup will be announced soon!


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Artist Application

THANK YOU for your interest in the Eighth Annual NewBo Arts Festival! NewBo ArtsFest is Cedar Rapids’ premier art show, focused on Iowa artists. NewBo ArtsFest welcomes applications from all artists, and is known for showcasing high quality artwork in the eclectic New Bohemia Arts & Cultural District. NewBo ArtsFest is an invitation only show; a jury will determine “Best in Show” in three categories, 2-D, 3-D and Mixed Media. Click here to download the paper application for artists, or select an option using the form below to complete the application online.  
To maintain high standards, all work must be original, handmade, created and exhibited by the approved artist. Work made from a commercially available kit or plan is not acceptable. Artists may submit and show work in more than one category.


7:00 AM

Check-in begins: Artists are allowed to start set-up. Artists should check in, located their space, unload and remove vehicles from the street before setting up. Artists should check-in no later than 8am, and MUST HAVE THEIR DISPLAY SET NO LATER THAN 9:45 AM.

10:00 AM -- 6:00 PM NEWBO ARTSFEST

6:00 PM -- 7:00 PM


Breakdown starts at 6 pm and must be completed by 7:00 pm. Booths should NOT be broken down prior to 6pm. Artists are required to remove all equipment: tent, tables, chairs, displays, art. All garbage should be removed with your booth.