James Carter

Jenny Henley

Nnamdi Okonkwo

Each year the Bruce Museum sponsors two outdoor festivals that feature original work by some of the best artists and craftspeople from around the country. The Crafts Festival in May is regularly held one week before Memorial Day. The Arts Festival is regularly held in early October, most times on Columbus Day weekend. All artists are present throughout each entire weekend and all works are for sale.

Festival hours: 10 am – 5 pm

Admission: $10

Members and children under 5 are free.

Festival parking: Island Beach parking lot, Steamboat Road, Steamboat Road Commuter Garage, Museum Drive


  • Arts Festival Exhibitor Information The 2021 application will be posted soon


May 22 and 23, 2021:

36th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival

This festival features fine contemporary hand-made crafts in jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, glass, furniture and housewares, pottery, and much more, all available for purchase. Also included are family craft activities and delicious food.

Artists: Given still existing State and local rules and restrictions, the 2021 festival will be by invitation only at reduced capacity and feature artists who had been selected for the 2020 show.

Advanced tickets are available online, Admission is on a “Pay as You Wish” basis, with a suggested donation of $10 per adult.


Tentatively October 9 and 10, 2021:

40th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival

This festival features fine contemporary fine art in oils/acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, drawings and prints, photography and sculpture, along with family art activities and delicious food.

Artists: Please revisit to download the application.