Artists display their work at last year’s Arts Festival in downtown Campbell River. This year’s festival takes place Saturday

River City Arts Festival this weekend

More than 128 artisans will have their work on display this weekend at the annual River City Arts Festival

More than 128 artisans will have their work on display this weekend at the annual River City Arts Festival.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday at Spirit Square and along Shoppers Row.

The festival is the largest free outdoor art exhibition on the North Island.

Artists working in a 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 more.

The festival is growing each year and this year features the addition of a performance stage at Spirit Square.

Performers include Judy and Bruce Wing, Amy Muloin, and Strange Birds. On the busker stage will be Kyell Erickson, Jim Chisholm and Jacob Hutchins.

The seniors’ society is also sponsoring musicians Jim Miller, who plays the banjo, fiddler Blaine Waldbauer, and Chisholm who will be performing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m along Shoppers Row.

Activities include nature weaving at the Art Gallery, a chalk walk, and painting and pottery at the Community Centre for all ages.

There will also be a Community Potters Wheel demonstration and the colourful community piano will be set up in the library courtyard.

For those looking for a bite to eat, Misty Fin’s will be on site to serve up pulled pork sandwiches ($6), pasta salad ($3.50), Italian soda ($3), and bottled water ($2).