Art Festival 2018

Welcome to the 56th Wickford Art Festival
Visit one of New England's longest running, outdoor, fine art festivals!

Ranked #5 best fine art festival in the USA by Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2017!


Saturday, July 7, 2018 ~ 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, July 8, 2018 ~ 10 AM to 5 PM

Free Admission, Shuttle, Handicap Parking
Meet over 200 Artists!
Download or view the 2018 Festival Program

Since 1962, the Wickford Art Association has been the sole promoter of the Wickford Art Festival. This juried, fine art festival features over 200 fine art artists from New England, the US and beyond. Admission is free for visitors!


Collect your limited edition, commemorative 56th 
Wickford Art Festival apparel at the WAA gallery after June 15th
or during the festival in the Information Booth in Updike Park, located at the corner of Brown Street and West Main Road.

Mens T-shirts ($10) and Baseball caps ($20) are still available in the gallery - please stop by. 
Proceeds support our festival and art programs!

Each summer, artists and art lovers enjoy New England’s #1 outdoor fine arts festival set on the streets of historic Wickford Village. Eclectic shops and classic homes line the streets as visitors stroll through the seaside village, meeting the artists and seeking out exceptional artwork to admire and purchase. Fine art media include oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed-media, glass, drawing, etching, sculpture (metal, clay, wood, etc.), photography, modern ink, watercolor, encaustic and fiber. Wickford is a "walking-friendly" village that makes it easy for families, the elderly and handicapped persons to enjoy the festival.

Rhode Island is fast becoming the ultimate creative community – the “State of the Arts” – and is the first state in the nation to make the sale of fine art tax-free! 

Visit College Row featuring young artists currently enrolled in Rhode Island colleges and universities. Their booths are located on the Greenway off Main Street. College Row is possible through a grant in 2017 - many thanks for the generous support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Stop by our Scholarship Program tent to purchase tickets for the Raffle of Fine Art and help fund next year’s Scholarship winners! You do not need to be present to win. Be sure to visit this year’s winners, who will be exhibiting their work as part of their prize.

There is plenty of local food to savor at Wickford’s several restaurants, the First Baptist Church and food trucks located in the town parking lot. Parking is available at Wilson Park on West Main Street and the former Wickford Elementary School on Phillips Street with a free shuttle (handy if you buy a big piece of artwork).

Handicapped parking is available in the town parking lot on Brown Street. Check out the Festival Program for restaurant, restroom, church, and parking locations.

Although Wickford is a dog-friendly community, we advise leaving your dog at home during the festival. If you do bring Spot along, please consider the day’s temperature, humidity, possible hot sidewalks, and large crowds. All animals must be leashed, picked up after, and up-to-date on vaccinations. There is also the danger of dogs urinating on low-hanging art work, people tripping on leashes, or people being knocked down by overly friendly or aggressive dogs. Animals must not be left in vehicles ~ Wickford loves dogs but safety and courtesy first!

Wickford Village is located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, just 30 minutes from Providence, 20 minutes from Newport, and 1 hour from CT and MA.

Situated on Narragansett Bay, scenic Wickford is easy to reach via major highways, by bus, by Amtrak (Amtrak PVD code), and from nearby airports (T.F. Green, Quonset, and Westerly).

Wickford Village is accessible by boat via Narragansett Bay. Transient docking is available in Wickford Harbor marinas and a 5 minute walk into the village.

GPS coordinates:
- Wickford Art Festival: 41.571312, -71.452456
- Wickford Art Association: 41.565843, -71.444471

For more information about the Wickford Art Festival, please
contact Francie Christophersen, Festival Director at

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“Ranked best fine art show in New England” - Sunshine Artist

“Finest collection of artists found anywhere on the east coast.” - Providence Journal

“Top 100 shows in the country!” - Harris Poll

“A must-see show in a charming village.” - USA Today

Ranked #7 statewide for tourist attendance - State of Rhode Island

“I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” - Ernest Fischer