The River Arts Festival is a 2 week multidisciplinary celebration of the arts, incorporating visual arts, music, dance, authors/written word, film and video, culinary art and more. Held annually the first 2 weeks in November in downtown Dunnville, Ontario, we are in our 11th year and continuing to grow year over year.
The Festival is unique – it is held in a rural community, attracts superb artists and performers, and, for the most part, events are free, although people are asked to “pay what you can” at each event to assist in defraying the costs associated with such a huge undertaking.
Visual art is displayed in a "walking gallery" composed of wide variety of downtown businesses who display art in their windows for the duration of the festival. The main gallery is located inside Haldimand Art Works (the host organization for the Festival) located in Flyers Cafe at 144 Queen Street. There are a children's art exhibition, activities for children/families and a juried competition for visual art submissions from high-school aged youth. Flyers Cafe is also “music central”, hosting major performers in an intimate setting where the focus is on listening. Other musical events are held in other locations, as are workshops, master classes, literary events, films, and more.