July 20th, 21st, 22nd 2020
The Summerside Arts Festival is about celebrating, promoting, and growing the city’s artistic and cultural community. It is about bringing awareness to the arts and establishing accessibility for all to enrich their lives with artistic connection that requires little commitment other than curiosity. It is about providing a stage for artists, artisans, musicians and more to showcase their work and talent, and personally interact with an audience. And most important of all it is simply about having fun, delighting the senses, and making interesting discoveries.
The festival had its beginnings in an outdoor multicultural concert in 2006. The following year the Arts in Motion Water Street demonstration and performance component was added. Then drawing on the heritage of the travelling Chautauqua movement that brought artistic entertainment to Summerside in the 1920s, the Chautauqua Entertainment Tent was introduced. The Arts in Motion – Chautauqua Festival was renamed the Summerside Arts Festival in 2018.
The festival continues to grow and evolve each year as the vibrancy and confidence of the arts community continues to blossom. Festival presenters, Wyatt Heritage Properties Inc. has drawn in the city’s entire cultural community to partner in presenting the festival, made possible through funding from the Government of Canada, the Government of Prince Edward Island and the City of Summerside.
** Please note: Program is subject to change and pending on funding
A celebration of the arts for all ages!
Come be part of the Summerside Arts Festival.
Let us share our artistic identity with you.
Summerside Arts Festival 2020
Summerside Arts Festival- July 20th, 21st, and 22nd
The 2020 Summerside Arts Festival is a go. However, it is revised to meet public health regulations surrounding COVID – 19. Gone are the interactive street demonstrations/performances and concerts. What is happening? Six amazing workshops that have been relocated to the spacious Eptek Culture Centre with registration limited to ten people per workshop.
The Drive Thru Art Exhibit on Prince Street, open from 10 am to 8 pm, will feature works of art, artists and artisans at work, and musicians performing which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle. Inside the Lefurgey Cultural Centre will be an art exhibit featuring the works of local artists. REFRESH will be happening on downtown Water Street. Artists have created sculptures made of recycled material. People are invited to stroll the street and view the works. The 2020 Summerside Arts Festival may be different, but it will still be a great celebration of our vibrant arts community.
We hope to see you at the festival- there is something for everyone to enjoy!