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 thoughout 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



October 10 and 11, 2020:

39th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival Virtual Tour

It is with regret and sadness that we have to cancel this year's event in compliance with State and local restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, you can still browse the work of the artists who were selected to participate in the 2020 outdoor show. Take the VIRTUAL TOUR here and enjoy what you are seeing!


May 22 and 23, 2021:

36th Annual Outdoor Crafts Festival

Customarily this festival features fine contemporay 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.

However, we are observing the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will abide by the local and State rules to hold either an actual or virtual show.