Welcome to ArtsFest 2017 – a celebration of the arts in all its forms, in historic Waterdown, Ontario. Nestled between Burlington and Hamilton on top of the Niagara Escarpment, Waterdown is one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario, and in its historic downtown core are some of the oldest buildings in the province, with great restaurants, cafes, and shops – the perfect place to hold an upscale, family-friendly festival featuring jazz, classical, folk & world music, fine art exhibits, dozens of artisan vendors, and all kinds of arts activities. There is something for everyone who appreciates arts & culture. Waterdown ArtsFest – The Festival…refined!

A few things to keep in mind to maximize make your ArtsFest experience:

PARKING There is parking available at shopping centres along Hamilton Street, on Mill Street, and at Memorial Park, as well as on residential streets that surround the festival site. There will be a regular shuttle running approximately every 20 minutes between TD Bank at the corner of Dundas & Hamilton St North, Memorial Park, and the festival grounds at Main & Dundas.

PUBLIC TRANSIT There will be a shuttle to and from Aldershot GO Station. Unfortunately Hamilton Transit Service ends at 8.30PM on Saturday and there is no public transit service to Waterdown on Sunday from Aldershot Go Station.

SEATING We highly recommend that people bring their own lawn chairs or portable festival chairs if they intend to stay in the concert area for more than a few hours. There will be a limited amount of seating on a first come first served basis.

SERVICES There is a licensed area with seating and great sight lines to the Gallery stage, portable toilets and ATM available on festival site. Food vendors will be on site, as well there are cafes and restaurants in the festival area that have great food at reasonable prices!

MISCELLANEOUS Bring a hat and suntan lotion, and an umbrella in case of rain. Umbrellas are also great for shade in the hot sun! There are portable toilets available, food and beverage vendors, as well as bottled water is available for sale near the Gallery stage.

Download the Official 2017 Program Guide PDF

ArtsFEST.ca is produced by Historic Waterdown Arts & Events – a registered non-profit organization, operating for the purpose of community building and the economic development of downtown historic Waterdown, by establishing it as a destination for arts, music and culture. Waterdown – GTA’s gateway to the Niagara Escarpment – is a growing community, new housing construction projects are springing up surrounding a historic downtown core. ArtsFest is a focal point for residents of the community, engaging them with visitors from GTA and beyond, as they discover the cultural diversity of Canadian visual and musical artists, and the area’s local businesses.

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