Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston. 200+ Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday, Monday Canada Day. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre, poetry and more! Plan your weekend!
The festival theme this year is ‘A World of Wonder’ “We are asking visitors to engage their imaginations and explore the many features at the event,” says show producer Lory MacDonald. “Do you remember the joys of play and discovery as a child? Come to Artfest and see, hear and experience many new things.” You can’t miss Artfest!
Adult Art Workshops
For the first time, Artfest is offering adult art and craft workshops throughout the weekend. Visitors can register for one or purchase a weekend passport and take several. Learn to paint, make jewellery, macramé and more.
The Artfest Kids program returns with a fun-filled art activity tent of guided art-making all weekend long. Learn printmaking, water colour painting, drawing, and origami in the kids’ area. Help us build our World of Wonder play zone among the Artfest Totem Trees. Make a tree fort, build a raft, explore a cave, and create your own play world.
Craft Beer, Wine & Cider
Try out a variety of local food and beverages in our Artfest Craft Beer & Wine Garden featuring local craft beverages and delicious eats. Relax while you listen to live music all day with a variety of genres including Rock, World Music, Country, Funk, and Folk.
Join us at Poets @ Artfest where we will dive into a Blackout Poetry experience. This unique process makes it easy to craft a poem that will surprise and delight. All poems will be included in our poetry walk.
100ft Chalkboard Mural
The World’s largest Chalkboard Mural is an Artfest favourite. Join mural artist Arthur II to explore and create a World of Wonder on the wall. The mural will transform over three days with the final result unveiled on Canada Day.
First Nations Art Pavilion
The First Nations Art Pavilion is an outstanding feature at the event. Ten First Nations artists are exhibiting their artwork: paintings, bead work, sculptures, glass bead dreamcatchers, prints and jewellery.
Live theatre pop up performances take place daily with the Bare Foot Theatre Players holding court. Sing along and engage in their playful drama.
Feeling a little acrobatic? Kingston Circus Arts is onsite for Sunday and Monday offering some fun activities to try out. Book a lesson and watch various performances and demos. Aerial silks, hooping, poi, partner acrobatics and more! 15-30 minute lessons for individuals and groups. Book your spot now before we fill up! Come to Artfest!