2021 Ontario Festival of the Arts

2021 Ontario Festival of the Arts

October 16, 2021 – 10 am to 4 pm

Ontario Arts District - 217 S. Lemon Ave., Ontario

The Ontario Festival of Arts is back for 2021, on Saturday, October 16 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The one-day event provides an opportunity for everyone who appreciates the value art brings to everyday life to meet and talk to local artists and to buy art while enjoying the swinging sounds of a four-person music combo.

Food trucks and a beer garden will be available, and both the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art will be open for visitors.

What To Expect

Here’s what stays the same:

  • Festival grounds. The festival will be held in the Arts District (the campuses of the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the Chaffey Community Museum of Art). Festival grounds will have a secure perimeter.
  • Festival hours. The festival ends at 4 pm, while it is still daylight.
  • Artist booths. A 10×10 booth remains $75 and artists retain 100% of sales. Artist parking is across Transit Street from the festival grounds. The Chaffey High School Navy Junior ROTC students will help move items during setup and take down.
  • Food and beverage. Popular food trucks and Strum Brewing Company return. Picnic tables will be near the food trucks.
  • Festival marketing. Full print and social meeting marketing activities remain.

And here’s what’s new:

  • Festival emphasis. The 2021 festival aims to bring artists and art buyers together in a comfortable and pleasant venue. Artist booths will be organized to encourage browsing and conversations between artists and festival visitors.
  • Marketing. There will be festival-sponsored targeted marketing to individuals, businesses and organizations known to support visual artists. A social media kit for artists will be available, as well as provided printed materials.
  • Performing arts. The swinging sounds of a four-person instrumental combo will provide low-key background music in the food and beverage area during the festival.

Festival Activity Timeline

We hope you will participate this year. We look forward to providing you with a great opportunity to showcase and sell your art in a comfortable and pleasant setting.

July 14
Artist application period has ended.

July 15-22
Selection committee meets.

July 23
Artists are notified of acceptance. Instructions for booth payment + artist participation agreement distributed.

July 30 at midnight
Deadline for submitting booth payment and participation agreement.

July 31
Announcement of participating artists.

August 1
Targeted marketing campaign begins.

August 16
Artist media kits distributed.

September 1
Social Media campaign begins.

October 16
FESTIVAL DAY – Public arrives at 10 am.