Celebrating 43 years, the award winning Buckhorn Festival of the Arts has a time-honoured reputation for curating a gallery-quality fine art festival that appeals to a broad range of art enthusiasts and collectors. The Buckhorn Festival of the Arts is an weekend long annual event that celebrates art, local cuisine and musical talent.
The Festival is proud to showcase an Amateur Art Competition, Youth Art Display and an interactive Art Activity Zone for all participating Festival patrons to enjoy. The intent of the Art Activity Zone is to nurture artistic creativity by providing a variety of interactive art activities for children and adults to freely explore and experience an expression of their limitless imaginations.
Our Mission is to connect the community and the Buckhorn Community Centre (BCC) by creating and implementing an inclusive, sustainable cultural event.
Our Vision is to be the defining cultural event of the community. In keeping with our Mission and Vision, we have changed the Festival name from the Buckhorn Art Festival to the Buckhorn Festival of the Arts. This new moniker allows us to explore and include more diverse and contemporary expressions of art, mediums and genres.
The Buckhorn Festival of the Arts has been the major fundraiser for the Buckhorn Community Centre (BCC); an independently-owned not-for-profit, charitable organization and the hub of cultural and recreational programs for families living and vacationing in the area. With the help of over 300 dedicated volunteers, the Festival provides a venue for visitors to participate in a world class art experience.
services + amenities
fine food and beverages
lots of parking spaces, with free shuttle from the upper parking lot
special needs parking
clean and accessible wash rooms with change tables
the tranquillity of a picturesque woodland park
no pets policy. Service Animals only
no smoking or vaping
Discover acres of art for sale.
Experience calm and relaxation as you walk through the beauty of our natural environment; flowers, trees, water garden and galleries that house the exhibiting artists’ booths.
Listen to the stories behind the art, from the professional artists who are present during the entire show.
Feel the exhilaration of purchasing your first piece of fine art for your home, cottage or office.
Enjoy the music and ambiance created by our musical special guests.
Invest in your family by purchasing an original to add to your collection.
Learn from the artists through their demonstration and “shoulder to shoulder” discussion.
Linger longer, and enjoy a delicious lunch and a beverage beneath the pines.
Nurture your own artistic creativity at the family-friendly, hands-on Art Activity Zone Zone.
View the winners of the Art Competition and delight in the submission from teenage, novice, hobby and open categories (some are available for your purchase).
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Saturday, August 17: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, August 18: 10 am – 4 pm
2020 Festival Park Musical Schedule
Saturday, August 15, 2020
10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Alla & Yuri
12:00 am to 2:00 – Bridget Foley
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Down the Rabbit Hole
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Claire Mason
Sunday, August 16, 2020
10:00 am to 11:00 am — Mike Graham
11:00 am to 2:00 pm - Brooke Averill & Ben Hudson
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – Justin Maki
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Art Competition Awards
“Art is an interpretation of experience”
The concept behind the annual ART ACTIVITY ZONE is to nurture artistic creativity by providing a variety of interactive art activities for children and adults in a place where one can freely explore, experience and use one’s imagination while drawing inspiration from nature.
Self-directed activities are expressed by “studios” for painting, drawing, collage and manipulatives.
The ART ACTIVITY ZONE also provides a cool resting area and a location for drying work and display.
Months of planning and hours of hard work go into making the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival the success that it is. The Art Activity Zone is successful thanks to the dedication of the volunteers that embrace the concept and work in the area throughout the BFOTA weekend.
Our ART ACTIVITY ZONE sponsors are Crayola Canada and Gerri’s Art and Craft Supplies. The Ontario Early Years Centre in Lindsay was also a large contributor of equipment used at the Art Activity Zone.