Artists taking over downtown during River City Arts Fest

Once again the artists of the North Island are taking over the downtown core of Campbell River on July 27

Once again the artists of the North Island are taking over the downtown core of Campbell River on July 27 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for the second annual River City Arts Fest.

The streets will be closed off and the artists will occupy the area from the Tidemark Theatre to the Bank of Honk Kong.

The event will also include Spirit Square and will feature live musical and theatrical performances for the whole family to enjoy.


2013  River City Arts Fest Performance Schedule


Spirit Square


Main Stage:

  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Strathcona Youth Orchestra
  • 11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.:    Jazz with Grant McLellan and Grahame Edwards
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m.: Amy Muloin
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.: David Tancon
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.: Strange Birds
  • 4:30 – 5 pm: Awards presentation
  • 5 – 6 p.m.: 50th Parallel

Bank of Montreal Busker Stage:

  • 11 – 11:45 a.m.: Andreas Eggenberger
  • 12 – 12:45 p.m.: David Tancon
  • 1:15 – 2 pm: Out to Sea
  • 2:15 – 3 p.m.: Jacy McPhee
  • 3:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Amy Muloin


The festival is the largest free outdoor art exhibition on the North Island and provides an excellent venue for artists and art admirers to connect and interact.

Artists working in a wide variety of mediums will share their inspirations with the public creating an exciting cross-section of the arts on the North Island, including painting, carving, pottery, jewelry and so much more.

The concept of the festival is to keep the registration fees low, making it easily affordable for local artists, while offering free public admission to create a spectacular event that will surely entertain and inspire.

The festival is growing and is poised to become a landmark event for the city of Campbell River with the addition this year of a performance stage and a theatrical performance by the Black Crow Theater Company, as well as musicians dispersed throughout the grounds.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the Pink Salmon Festival happening just down the street at the Robert Osler Park which will also have its own array of entertainment and family fun creating a truly unique day in Campbell River.

Since its inception the River City Arts Fest has been gaining momentum and the ultimate goal is to create a festival that will become a cornerstone for arts and entertainment on Vancouver Island.

Another addition to this year festival will be a culinary arts component which will feature food specials from own our local, downtown restauranteurs.


The menus will include:

  • Misty Fins:  Pulled Pork Sandwich $6 & Italian Soda’s $3
  • On Line Gourmet: Poutine $7
  • Banners: 24 Flavors of Hard Ice-cream


Whether you’re interested in buying art, being inspired, or simply just having a fun time with the kids while enjoying the educational qualities of the festival, it will be a great opportunity to get out and experience the amazing artistic talent of the North Island and surrounding communities.