The Festival of Trees is a popular free holiday event for families in Ames and surrounding communities to enjoy together. It brings people to the Main Street Cultural District, promotes local businesses in downtown Ames and showcases the exhibits at the Octagon. Again this year, the Octagon Center for the Arts will be hosting and organizing this special event in the Main Gallery. Last year, we had over 1,700 people view the 70 artistically decorated trees and wreaths. Festival of Trees will kick-off this year on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5-8 p.m. It will be on display through Dec. 1. Viewing Hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1–5 p.m. CLOSED for Thanksgiving Nov. 28 and 29.
Trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses, groups and individuals will be displayed or donated for our silent auction. A display of 50 artwork items donated by area artists will also be up for silent auction during the Festival of Trees. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit art education programs at the Octagon Center.
Some special activities will be occurring for children during the Festival of Trees. On Friday, Nov. 15 from 5-8 p.m, children can join us for ornament painting. On Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1-3 p.m., children can come make their own paper holiday wreath and on Saturday, Nov. 30 children can make miniature snow globes from 1-3 p.m. These craft activities are free to attend, however, donations are appreciated.
Mark your calendars and stop by the Octagon Center for the Arts, 427 Douglas Ave. in downtown Ames from Nov. 15 through Dec. 1 to capture the artistic décor of trees and wreaths! Special thanks to Wells Fargo bank for sponsoring this family event.
The Octagon Center the Arts is a non-profit community arts organization located at 427 Douglas Ave. in downtown Ames Main Street Cultural District. The Octagon has been a cornerstone of the cultural scene in Ames since 1966. The Octagon serves more than 30,000 people annually through education classes and outreach programs, rotating exhibits, retail gallery shop, and special events such as the annual Octagon Art Festival and the holiday Festival of Trees.