Announcing the 2017 Festival

The 2017 American Gothic Performing Arts Festival will take place June 9–23, 2017, across Wapello County.

Little Shop of Horrors

June 9
June 10
June 11


June 23

Jack and The Beanstalk

An Operatic Adaptation

3 to 4 performances between June 19–21


The American Gothic Performing Arts Festival (AGPAF) has been a cultural destination event for the residents of Ottumwa, Wapello County, and their guests celebrating the performing arts, specifically musical theater, in an open and friendly atmosphere. Significant to the festival’s ongoing success is its location in Wapello County. World-renowned as the setting for Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic, Wapello County provides an incomparable setting for audiences and performers alike with its natural beauty, impressive array of preserved historical architecture, a fine collection of performance venues and welcoming communities.