The Interior’s Largest Arts Festival
Celebrating 30 years!
Lake Country ArtWalk is a two-day, multi-arts, on-site festival that is a major cultural event in the Okanagan Valley.
This festival is built on a visual arts base, offering thousands of original, unique artworks of all forms by up to 200 artists. This impressive exhibition and show included the work of painters, wood workers, potters, photographers, glass artists, printmakers, fibre artists of all processes, jewellers, sculptors, digital artists, and sometimes floral artists.
Lake Country ArtWalk is a Juried festival, resulting in high quality, original, one-of-a kind artworks. The artists will range from emerging artists to established, career artists.
Additional features are sprinkled throughout the festival, including musical performances by about 50 musicians on four stages. Dancers of many styles may rove throughout the site, become live sculptures, or offer stunning stage performances. Additional components include children’s creative art making centre, a Youth Gallery, demonstrations, workshops, artist talks, markets, food trucks, timed painting sessions, plein air painting, live model drawing, hands-on opportunities, live auction, prizes, and more.
Lake Country ArtWalk strives to be new and exciting each year, offering such a wide range of events, ensuring there is something for everyone. Each year’s festival is planned around a Theme, triggering unique and important connections to be made to current and relevant issues, different aspects of artmaking, and leading to one-time special events. Each year is different; with a mysterious wonderment hanging over the festival until the current theme and its spin-off events are revealed.
1994 The original two day event was organized by Jody La Fontaine of Holiday Park Resort to showcase the Resort's extensive art collection which at that time featured over 80 artists from the Okanagan Valley. The show was an overwhelming success and became an annual event at the Resort.
1999 Within five years the show was so popular a larger venue was needed. Jody turned ArtWalk over to the nearby District of Lake Country (made up of the communities formerly known as Winfield, Carr's Landing, Okanagan Centre and Oyama), and in 1999 ArtWalk became Lake Country ArtWalk and moved to the newly completed Lake Country Community Complex.
2023 ArtWalk is now 30!! We will be celebrating 30 years of this multi-arts festival, and the 25th year as a Lake Country Community event. ArtWalk 2023 is based on the theme: “Art and Story Bound Together” and will feature thousands of unique, original artworks, along with music, special exhibitions, demonstrations, storytelling, live auction, great food, wonderful meeting spaces, and so much more.