Looking to get out of the city this weekend? There’s a big little festival happening less than an hour’s drive away from Ottawa.

And the best part? It’s free.

Artists from all around the province will be gathering to display their work in a two-day festival in downtown Chesterville, Ontario, on June 2 and 3, 2018.

Art on the Waterfront has something for everyone; from unique pieces of work crafted by regional artists, to live music, to a Kids Zone entertainment centre. There’s even a farmers’ market and a bouncy castle.

“If you haven’t been to Chesterville before, you’ll see it’s the perfect place to showcase some of our local talent, “said Cheryl Beasley. “During the day, you can stroll along Water Street and browse the booths that display amazing and talented artisanal work.”

The festival launches with a big breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at the Gathering House at 2 Water Street; with opening ceremonies starting at 10 a.m.

““I think this event has something for everyone,” said Beasley. “Every year, it continues to grow and we are so pleased to welcome some new partners this year.”

Toronto Dominion Bank, Ottawa Special Events, SD&G Counties, WUBS Transit and the Township of North Dundas are only some of the dozens of sponsors who have signed up for this year’s event.

Music Producer Michael Houston (aka “tic”) brings us an incredible lineup of live music on the south side of the main stage (in the beer tent area) that starts at noon and goes until 6 p.m. on Saturday – and until 5 p.m. on Sunday – featuring Ken Workman; Mosely; Caribou Stew; Slo’ Tom & the Handsome Devils, Steve Stacey; Hey Buster and Krystal Jyl and The Jacks.

So whether you visit the festival to find your own unique piece of hand-crafted art, set your kids loos to enjoy the super-fun Kids Zone, eat some great food, or listen to some spectacular live music; you’re bound to find something that will bring you back year after year.

For more information about the schedule of events, visit www.artonthewaterfront.ca.