Submissions now open: 2019 Visual Art Submission Registration

146 Queen St. Dunnville, ON N1A 1H7

November 2nd - 17th 2019 in the Heart of Haldimand County


Over 150+ Things to See and Do

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 2nd, 2019

10am-12pm Children's Gallery Opening at LVW Creative Barracks

7pm-9pm Opening Night Dance Party Celebration at Dunnville Farmers Market

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? 14 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 2019:

Chair: Lacie Williamson 

Frances Porter 

Kevin Hamilton 

Shawndra Bath

James Favron