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

Kempenfest 2023 Concert Headliners Announced!

It’s official, and it’s one of the best line-ups we’ve ever featured on the OLG Main Stage at the Rotary Beer Gardens. Support acts will be added as confirmed. Saturday and Sunday FREE Daytime shows will be added in the coming months – as well as the KOOL-FM Family Stage line-up. Over 300 local bands applied for a spot to showcase their talents – so we have a big job ahead of us.


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 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