Visual arts events typically consist of festivals and
functions showcasing various arts and can range from small, intimate parties held at local galleries to large festivals with thousands of
people attending. Whatever the situation, these types of events are a
great way to engage the community to become interested and involved in the
visual arts, as well as offering artists and their work much needed
One of the largest visual arts festivals in Alberta is Edmonton's
Works Art & Design Festival, which
has been running since 1985. The Works festival is a tremendous success
with over 580 artists displaying to over 250,000 people from all over the
world. In Calgary, the 4th Street Lilac
Festival has been named Calgary's best "free" festival. It is a
one-day festival showcasing Calgary's best art and entertainment.
Not all festivals take place in Calgary or Edmonton.
Vegreville's Ukrainian Pysanka Festival is a spirited event that pays
tribute to Canada's Ukrainian culture through music, dance and art
displays. Visual artists have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their
art on the Festival's grounds. With close to 10,000 people attending the
Festival annually, it is a great chance for artists to present their work
to a large audience.