Bruce Museum’s 38th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival

More than 80 new and returning artists will showcase their work on the grounds of the Bruce Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrating its 38th edition this fall, the Bruce Museum Outdoor Arts Festival is treasured by local arts enthusiasts and recognized as one of the top 25 fine arts festivals nationally.

The juried works include painting on canvas, board and paper, mixed media in 2D and 3D, drawings and graphics, including digital media, sculpture, and photography.

All works are available for purchase, and artists are on hand to discuss their pieces and process. In addition, this family-friendly event features food-truck offerings for lunch and free art activities for children. Free Festival parking is in all municipal parking areas surrounding the Museum.

Festival admission is free to Bruce Museum members and children less than 5 years old; entry is $10 for non-members. Admission to the Festival—held one week before its traditional occurrence over Columbus Day weekend—is also free this year for all Bank of America cardholders, courtesy of the Bank’s Museums on Us program, which enables cardholders to receive one free admission to the Museum on the first full weekend of the month.

Festival-goers can tour the new exhibition, “Contemporary Artists/Traditional Forms: Chinese Brushwork,” on view in the Bantle Lecture Gallery, take in the varied exhibits of minerals, geology, and natural history in the Permanent Science Gallery, and shop in the Museum Store.

Festival visitors will be able to join the Bruce Museum at the entrance to receive instant free admission and other benefits available to Museum members, including discounts by many exhibitors to Museum members interested in purchasing artwork at the Festival. Visit for more information.

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