Are you looking for Arts and Cultural events in the Annapolis Valley area? Well you have come to the right place.
The stunning beauty along with the peaceful way of life in our area has been an attraction to many artists. Many have moved here where they may work on their craft in the beautiful and inspirational surroundings. They have opened up galleries in almost every community throughout the Annapolis Valley and Bay of Fundy shore.
These artists, including artist, craftspeople, musicians and writers have graced us with their presence. Along with our own local artist and craftspeople have greatly enriched our area and way of live. It is the belief for many of us in the area that arts and cultural events help make life both rewarding and fun.
These people get involved with the communities and help organize many arts and cultural events. They hold workshops for the children, seminars for the adults and displays and shows for everyone.
It would be almost impossible for me to list every art gallery there is around, there are just way too many of them. You may find these lists for particular areas on most community web sites. On this page I hope to tell you about many of the special shows and sales along with the larger artistic events.
Every year the Annapolis Heritage Society, the Historical Association of Annapolis Royal, the Historic Gardens and Parks Canada join together to present a full weekend full of heritage and fun activities. Planned for mid-February it is a great way to combat the long winter blues. Every year the Heritage Days take on a different theme and several activities are planned around this theme. This gives a variety in the events from year to year. Click on the link above to find out more about this event.
The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) is a registered not-for-profit community organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the arts. They were founded in 1982 by a group of artist who began meeting to explore ways of sharing their work. ARCAC has developed a province-wide and national reputation for being able to generate interesting activities and opportunities within the community.
One of the original fundraisers they held in August of 1996 was Paint the Town where they invited artist to come to Annapolis Royal and paint, for a whole weekend. Twenty-five artists came and they painted and carved and sculpted and photographed the town. It was an amazing arts and cultural event.
They recreated in art the Fort Anne National Historic site; the wharf and shoreline, the trees, the gardens, the houses and buildings in town and anything else that sparked their interest.
On Sunday a silent auction was held where these works of art were auctioned off and the money was split between the artist and ARCAC.
This event went over very well and has continued to become one of the largest arts and cultural events of the area. They have increased to an average of 80 artists coming to Annapolis Royal during mid-August for the special weekend. The artists are free and encouraged to work in whatever medium or form they choose. Each artist creates two to four pieces of art each day to go in the silent auction.
For this years schedule of artist and events check out the ARCAC Website.
Also held on the first day of Paint the Town is Kids' Paint the Park. This is a supervised art session held at the playground on Lower St. George Street. It is usually held from 10 am to noon.
The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens also hold their version of Paint the Town with their Paint the Town Gardens Style. They feature photography displays, garden sculptures, craft demonstrations and kids' activities going on along with music and entertainment. You will also see several artist at work throughout the gardens.
Heritage In Unusual Places is a new arts and cultural festival in Annapolis Royal in June which celebrates our heritage, but concentrating on things and places you do not normally think about for heritage. Numerous events take place including walking and driving tours, demonstrations, talks, open houses and much, much more. Click on the link above to read more about this great event.
Brandon is one of my sister, Judy's Reborn Dolls she creates at Baby Kisses Nursery.
The annual Tupperville Art Show and sale is held every year around the end of July. It is held at the Tupperville Community Hall and features over 20 mixed media artists including photographers, textile artist and potters.
According to an article in the July 24, 2007 Spectator the event was started after Ellen Ruggles and members of her family were painting together and jokingly mentioned about having an art show and sale. After much discussion this became a reality and was held in the Tupperville Hall. The art show not only features the work of the Ruffles family but that of others from around the community. There are a lot of very talented people in the area and this became a good way to show the community what is there and for the artist to get together to exchange ideas.
For a week from the end of July into August, over the Annapolis Royal Natal Days celebrations, there is a Local Artist Show and Sale held at the Masonic Hall on Church Street in Annapolis Royal. You are welcome to come in and experience the "Joy of Art". It is free admission for this arts and cultural event. For more information you may call 902 532 7622 .
The Annapolis Royal Five Century House Tour is a combined fundraiser for the Annapolis Heritage Society and the Historic Gardens and is held in August each year.
In Annapolis Royal we have lots of history and heritage, you just have to drive down St. George Street to see that. We have over 135 buildings that are Municipal Heritage Properties and several more that are Provincial Heritage Buildings plus the whole Lower St. George Street has been designated as a National Historic District.
The people that own these places takes great pride in their buildings and for the most part welcome the chance to show them off. Every year during this tour you will get to visit 5 or 6 of these places plus maybe a museum or two and the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. the places chosen could range from as early as 1710 right up to 2009. If you are interested in old houses, fine craftsmanship, architectural detail, or the history of Annapolis Royal, you will want to mark your calendars for this event.
To find out more on this years House Tour check out the Annapolis Heritage Society Website.
Watch for this new and growing arts and cultural event around the first of October. Fall for Bear River is a collaborative event drawing on the many facets of the community of Bear River. The whole three days of this event is packed full of activities celebrating their diverse cultural backgrounds. For more information click on the link above.
Around the beginning of October the town of Middleton holds its annual Christmas Dreams Craft Show. This is held in the Middleton & District Arena, Gates Ave., Middleton and last for two days. The craft show and sale features and highlights the creative work of many crafters with over 90 exhibits.
Great care is taken in selecting the exhibitors and the calibre of the work being shown at the craft show is second to none. There is always a great selection of handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing, jams & jellies, wines, knitting, sewing, treats for your furry friends, wood crafts, soaps, candles and much, much more.
This craft show has been an unforgettable shopping experience to thousands of people in search of the unique, the fantastic and the handcrafted! Check out their Christmas Dreams Craft Show Facebook Page for up-to-date dates and news on this arts and cultural event.
The Nictaux Christmas Fantasy Craft Sale is held in mid-November every year to give you plenty of time to pick up special handmade gifts for your Christmas list. Sponsored by the Nictaux Fire-ettes the craft show and sale is held in the Nictaux & District Fire Hall. The sale features many talented Nova Scotian crafters. They also hold a silent auction during the show with some really great things to bid on. A canteen is available.
The Annual Holiday Spirit Craft Show is held in Bear River near the end of November. The show and sale is held in the Rebekah Music Hall, 1886 Clementsvale Road from 9 am to 4 pm. With over 50 vendors displaying homemade one-of-a-kind items this is an event to attend!
Items include jewellery, pottery, paintings, textile, woodworking, multi-media, gourmet foods, soap, metal and much more. A hot food and drink concession will be provided all day by the Bear River Board of Trade. Local musicians will be playing throughout the day and Christmas trees and wreaths will be for sale in the garden.
This annual Christmas craft market has been going for over 30 years in Annapolis Royal. It is held every year the end of November/first of December in the Legion Community Centre from 10 am until 4 pm. There are over 70 vendors every year with Art, Antiques, Jewellery, Pottery, Woodworking, Quilting, Woollens, Stained Glass, Festive Foods and more to inspire your Christmas Spirit. There are several door prizes drawn throughout the day. Canteen is available.
Victorian Christmas at the O'Dell Museum has been a long-standing arts and cultural event for over 38 years in Annapolis Royal. It is held over two weekends running from 2 - 4 pm in the afternoon and from 7 - 9 in the evenings. Tons of people from near and far come every year to share the experience. Click here to learn more on this fantastic event.
Well this is a small list to all the arts and cultural events going on throughout the Annapolis Valley and Bay of Fundy region. I will add more as I hear about them.
If your organization has an annual Arts and Cultural Event you would like included on this page please let me know about it. You do that by filling in my Annapolis Events Contact Form. It's easy to do but please remember to include as much information as you can. When I receive your submission I will go over it and I may have to contact you for more information before I list the event.
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