Rock the Arts, Jasper County's music and arts festival, returns to downtown Rensselaer's Potawatomi Park on Saturday, July 25. Attendees can enjoy live music entertainment, interactive art, food, a beer and wine garden, artist booths and more during the one-day festival benefitting the Prairie Arts Council.

Live music entertainment includes a headlining performance by The Verve Pipe, as well as performances by Mike Mains & The Branches, MODOC, Xoe Wise, The Mutts, Tall Walker, Raura, and Jackson Drake.

In addition to the live performances and interactive art, attendees can participate in the 5K Fun GLO Run. Participants can paint themselves with glow paint, wear glow items, and run/walk the scenic route through Rensselaer. Each participant will receive a ticket for a free pork burger or beer at the completion of the race. Cost to participate is $25, and registrants may also donate an additional amount for community arts.

During Rock the Arts, Carpenter Creek Cellars will be releasing a special edition, limited release fundraiser wine. Carpenter Creek Cellars is a farm winery located in Jasper County.

The Prairie Arts Council is a not-for-profit corporation and membership organization of more than 200 members. The organization relies heavily on membership, corporate sponsorship, fund-raising events, contributions, endowments, and grants. The organization has three primary goals: to provide opportunities for people in Jasper and Newton counties to engage with the art in the Lilian Fendig Gallery and other area venues through a variety of programs; to provide opportunities for area artists to exhibit or perform their arts; and to provide opportunities for instruction in the arts and to help enrich art education.

Rock the Arts is from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. CST, and admission is free. To learn more about Prairie Arts Council or Rock the Arts, visit