Canada Day Weekend July 1-3 2016

Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 6pm

Artfest Kingston 2016 has a great line up this year. Over 150 Artists and Artisans are gathering in City Park to show off their amazing talents in paintings, pottery, glass art, wood crafts, photography, jewellery, clothing, gourmet food and much more. This is a carefully curated juried art & craft show. The quality of the work is outstanding. Artists are coming into town from all over Ontario and Quebec, and of course many of Kingston's own will be there too.

There are lot's of activities to participate in all weekend long for the entire family. You can visit, shop and chat with all of the artists, take free art workshops, eat delicious food and listen to live music at our NEW Artfest Craft Beverage Tent featuring Craft Beer, Wine and Cider.

There is lots to do for all ages, including a fun Splash Park for the kids, so bring your bathing suits. Here is an overview of the weekend:

This unique three-day event will inspire your creativity, your senses and make memories at Artfest!

This year’s theme is ‘Explore and Discover.’ “With the three-day festival encompassing Canada Day and leading up to the July 4 holiday in the U.S., we thought it would be fun to celebrate the amazing friendship, history and geography that Canada enjoys with our American neighbours,” says show producer Lory MacDonald. “We share so much along the waterways including, recreation, food, culture, sports, tourism and more.”

MacDonald says the theme is also welcomes visitors from Quebec. “The great St. Lawrence waterway system connects Kingston with many communities including those in Quebec and the colourful history we share in Canada,” she says. It all fit with our overall vision of an art and craft festival that will enrich the lives of many and promote Kingston as a leading cultural centre.”

Artfest Kids returns with a fun-filled art activity tent of guided art-making all weekend long. Learn printmaking, water colour painting, drawing and oragami in the kids’ area. For adults we offer classes in powdered graphite, mixed media, printmaking and painting.

Shadowland Theatre is back to lead the themed ‘Explore and Discover’ theatre arts program. Join in the fun and make your own costume, learn stilt walking, help build a giant canoe and bird puppets and perform in the grand finale promenade show on July 3 at 3pm.

New this year at Artfest is our Craft Beverage Tent featuring local Craft Beer masters The McKinnon Brothers and Barley Days, plus Wapoose Winery and Cider. Relax in the Beer Garden while you listen to live music all day with a variety of genres including Rock, World Music, Country, Funk and Folk.

More new Artfest features include the Zimbabwe Stone Carving workshop, Marimba classes, Build a Playhouse project sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, and Drumbeats @ Artfest.

Returning this year is the Easel Invasion where visitors can paint En Plein Air guided by an artist, Family Picnic Escapade where families are invited to paint a picnic table, Poets @ Artfest, the Participaint Mural, Shadowland Theatre and the Bare Foot Theatre Players.

The International Foodfest will offer a gourmet selection of cultural foods and yummy treats including our new feature Mapleton’s Organic Icecream.

Artfest Kingston will run Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 6pm For more information, visit www.artfestontario.com/kingston.

You can't miss Artfest!