60+ Visual Artists / Live Music / Film / Literature / Theatre / Dance
Culinary Arts / Juried Art Show & Sale / Youth Art Competition
Children's Gallery / Senior's Art Exhibition
2nd Annual RAF Film Festival / Children's Activity Day / Family Fun
Creative Classes / Workshops / Seminars / Gallery Tours / and More!
Make sure to Save the Date of our 2018 River Arts Festival
Opening Ceremonies in Dunnville, Ontario
Saturday November 3rd, 2018
10am-12pm Children's Gallery Opening at LVW Creative Barracks
7pm-9pm Main Gallery Wine and Cheese Event at Flyers Bakery and Cafe
The River Arts Festival is a two-week multidisciplinary celebration of the arts, held annually from the first to the third Saturday in November. Celebrated in the heart of Haldimand County, River Arts Festival welcomes audiences from near and far. More than 30% of our audience comes from outside the municipality and we frequently welcome guests from Hamilton, Niagara Region, Kitchener/Waterloo, and even the United States. We celebrate our thirteenth year of the Festival in 2018.
The River Arts Festival attracts superb Canadian artists and performers of local and international stature as part of over 150 things to see and do.
How did We Start? 13 years ago, local visual artist Mark Schmidt pulled together other local artists in a loose collective to host an art show. In the event's third year the collective partnered with Haldimand Art Works in order to expand the event's capacity as a major regional arts event.
Haldimand Art Works is a registered charity mandated to nurture and promote the arts in Haldimand County. Since becoming part of Haldimand Art Works annual programming, River Arts Festival has expanded. The River Arts Festival has received much recognition having been awarded Haldimand County Event of the Year in 2013, and the Haldimand Art Works was awarded Haldimand County Arts and Culture Award in 2015 and 2016.
Who are the Creative Brains behind the River Arts Festival? River Arts Festival is planned and facilitated entirely by volunteers. The group meets monthly, year round, in order to make River Arts Festival a success year after year.
River Arts Festival Core Planning Committee 2018:
Chair: Lacie Williamson
Vice Chair: Jody Orr