Celebrating Our 51st Edition, August 4 to 7, 2023

We are excited to welcome you to Kempenfest 2023. Over 350 Arts, Crafts and Antique exhibitors. 24 food vendors. 2 Stages featuring over 40 hours of programming. The Midway. The Kids Village. It’s all waiting, just for you. Welcome to Barrie’s Waterfront, and one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and Events.


Celebrating 51 Years
of Kempenfest

In 1971 a handful of artists gathered in Barrie at the Formosa Springs Brewery to display their art on snow fencing and hopefully sell a few pieces. It was the birth of what would eventually be called Kempenfest. Fast forward 51 years and Kempenfest is now one of the largest outdoor arts, crafts, and music festival in Ontario. 2023 promises to be the biggest and best festival ever and it is shaping up to be a fantastic celebration of reconnecting with our community of art and music lovers.



One of the main attractions to Kempenfest are the arts and crafts exhibitors. Featuring nearly 300 jury-selected artisans.


One of the biggest draws to Kempenfest – the annual antique show – attracting exhibitors from all over Ontario.

Bring your Kids!

Make sure you spend time in the Ontario Turkey Farmers Kids Village. Fun for all ages. Enjoy live music, interactive games, face painting, create art and have fun.

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Young boy carrying a giant stuffed dog