July 17th, 18th, 19th 2023
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
Come be part of the Summerside Arts Festival.
Let us share our artistic identity with you.
Summerside Arts Festival 2023
Summerside Arts Festival- July 17th, 18th, and 19th
The Drive Thru Art Exhibit on Prince Street, open from 11 am to 8 pm, will feature works of art by local artists which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle. Inside the Lefurgey Cultural Centre will be an art exhibit. Walk through the lawns of Wyatt Heritage Properties where visitors will be able to see artists/ artisans demonstrating their craft while musical performances occur throughout the day. The REFRESH sculpture works will also be on view dispersed between the artists. People are invited to stroll the lawns and view the works. The 2023 Summerside Arts Festival will be a great celebration of our vibrant arts community.
We hope to see you at the festival- there is something for everyone to enjoy!