Welcome to ArtsFest 2018 – 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!

Here are a few things to keep in mind to maximize your ArtsFest experience:

PARKING There is parking available at shopping centers along Hamilton Street, at Memorial Park, as well as on residential streets that surround the festival site in Waterdown. There will be a regular shuttle running approximately every 15 minutes stopping at Memorial Park, Shoppers Drug Mart at Dundas & Hamilton, the festival entrance at Barton & Main St, and to and 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, and there is seating in the licensed areas. Please note that any portable chairs left unattended for more than 10 minutes to reserve a spot will be moved by festival staff.

SERVICES There are two licensed areas with seating and great sight lines to both the Gallery stage and Dundas 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! We respectfully ask that attendees refrain from bringing picnic baskets or drinks and give the local businesses their patronage as we rely on the support of local businesses in order to pay the costs to program the great music and activities you are here to enjoy. No outside food or drinks will be allowed in the licensed areas. Emergency services are onsite as well as the Hamilton police.

PUBLIC TRANSIT Unfortunately there is no Burlington Transit service to Waterdown and Hamilton Transit Service to Waterdown from Aldershot GO Station ends at 8.30PM on Saturday. The festival is providing, courtesy of OLG, a continuous shuttle to and from Aldershot GO Station. On Sunday so those relying on public transit will need to walk from the closest HSR stop on Plains Rd to Aldershot Go, where the festival shuttle service will be available.

MISCELLANEOUS Bring a hat and suntan lotion, and an umbrella in case of rain, and a shopping bag! 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 ArtsFest 2018 Program

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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