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About the NoCo Arts Fest

The North Country Arts Festival brings the North Country community together to celebrate the arts. This 10-day, county-wide event encourages tourism and economic activity throughout St. Lawrence County by showcasing our arts industry, a critical component of our regional identity. Popular events, such as PorchFest, the Ives Park Concert Series, and new events like Arts Wellness days and a Plein Air Festival will be held within the time-frame of the NoCo Arts Fest, as well as lots of events held by our partners and friends across the county!

2023 North Country Arts Festival Schedule

August 24 – September 2, 2023


  • Thursday, August 24: Blue Sapphire Jubilee (Potsdam)
  • Friday, August 25: Folklife Celebration (Canton)
  • Saturday, August 26: Madrid Music (Madrid), 
  • Saturday, August 26: Ives Park Concert Series (Potsdam)
  • Sunday, August 27: Arts Wellness Day (Potsdam)
  • Monday, August 28: Art/Work Speaker Series (Potsdam)
  • Tuesday, August 29: Events at Frederic Remington Museum (Ogdensburg)
  • Tuesday, August 29: Poetry Showcase Event (Potsdam)
  • Wednesday, August 30: Exhibit Opening at St. Lawrence University’s Brush Gallery (Canton)
  • Thursday, August 31: Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Showcase (Potsdam/Canton))
  • Friday, September 1: Colton Art Trail (Colton) and Regional Arts Celebration (Ogdensburg)
  • Saturday, September 2: Potsdam Porchfest and Art Market (Potsdam)
  • Saturday, September 2: Ives Park Concert Series (Potsdam)

Throughout the Festival:

  • Plein Air Festival at local farms across the county
  • Paint & Sip events across the county
  • Community classes and workshops
  • Partner organization events and exhibits

Plein Air Festival

SLC Arts will be scheduling plein air painting days at various farms and food businesses during the NoCo Arts Festival. Each location will be assigned one day during this time where painters can gather and paint the scenery on-site. Then, during Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Local Foods Weekend (Sept 8-10) the finished paintings will be displayed on-site. After the food weekend, the artwork will be gathered for a joint exhibit showcasing all the pieces painted during the festival (dates and location TBD).

Painting days: August 24 – September 2
Artwork displayed on site: September 8 – 10
Artwork displayed in exhibit: TBD

Artist registration opens soon!