From buskers to metal art designers, Ontario’s Southwest has it all.
Check out our thriving local art scene at these awesome art-filled summer events.
Art in the Park Petrolia: July 13h – 14th
Victoria Park in Petrolia, Ontario will display work from some of the area’s best artists this July. The event brings artists from all over Southwestern Ontario together to showcase their distinctive skills and abilities. With live music by local performers, a Teen Idol contest on the Saturday, and beautiful work from artists like metal art designer, Jason Archer, there’s something for all art lovers to enjoy. So head to Art in the Park Petrolia, where you’ll find a variety of pieces that range from watercolour, oil, and acrylic paintings to pottery, stained glass, and wood working.
Art in the Barn: July 14th - July 15th
Head over to Dorchester Fairgrounds to experience Southwest Ontario’s biggest summer arts & crafts festival. With free admission and parking, and over 200 vendors showcasing fine art, pottery, home décor, jewelry, and more, this is an event you just can’t miss out on. Art in the Barn is a fundraiser for the North Dorchester Agricultural Society, and all money raised goes toward youth agricultural projects and agricultural awareness. So support your local agriculture and come early for the famous pancake breakfast, or shop through four buildings and the surrounding property, which will be full of artisans, crafters, soaps, jewelry, clothing, furniture, authors, candles, poetry, and much more.
Windsor-Walkerville Fringe Festival: July 19th - July 29th
This summer The Olde Walkerville Theatre in Windsor will feature performances of theatre, music, dance, comedy, and improve, highlighting unique performances. The artists who perform will collect 100% of the ticket revenue from their performances in order to give them a platform to share their talents no matter the form, content, or style. So head to the Windsor-Walkerville Fringe Festival to support some local favourites and up and coming performers.
Lynn River Music & Arts Festival: August 3rd – 6th
If film isn’t your thing, that very same weekend is Lynn River Music & Arts Festival at 50 Bonnie Drive & Norfolk St. (Hwy #24) in Simcoe, Ontario. Hosted at two adjacent parks that border the Lynn River, you are bound to experience several of the sights, sounds, and talents that can only be found at this music and art festival. If you get a little hungry while you’re there, you can even take part in the ‘Pancakes in the Park’ breakfast or try a tasty treat from one of many food vendors.
Jukebox Memories: August 12th
Relive rock and roll with the 50’s and 60’s Jukebox Memories at Quai du Vin Estate Winery in St. Thomas. Take a seat on the lawn behind the winery where you’ll be surrounded by the beautiful vineyard with the perfect view of a stage carved into the forest where you can watch five hours of live music and entertainment that’ll make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. For $30 - $35, you can enjoy the music of the Beach Boys, Pauly and the Greaseballs, Jersey Nights, and many more.
ARTZscape by the Bay: August 18th – August 29th
Embrace your inner artist and experience the displays of acrylics, watercolours, oils, photography, pottery ceramics, mixed media, and so much more at ARTZscape by the Bay. The 6th anniversary, which has grown up to 100 exhibitors, will be located at Centennial Park in Sarnia, Ontario where you can enjoy live bands, demos, and a dining pavilion. Not only is this a great event, but it’s a great cause. As a fundraiser event for Pathways Health Centre for Children, ARTZscape has raised over $60 000 to provide therapy programs for children with disabilities in the Sarnia Lambton community.
The Night Market In Walkerville (formerly Walkerville Night Market): Recurring
Once a month you can find this recurring community market promoting the hip and historic Walkerville community. On May 25th, June 29th, September 28th, and October 26th, people will come together with local businesses, musicians, and artists to enjoy the beautiful neighbourhood of Walkerville. Located in the Willistead Restaurant parking lot, this event will feature ready to eat meals by the Willistead restaurant, with tables and chairs for guests to sit at. So take a break and relax while enjoying the Walkerville Night Market.