Norway Arts Festival

The MarshBarbara Traficonte, Waterford, ME2011 Best of Show WinnerCreated by and for the community, the Norway Arts Festival is an annual event held in July in Norway, Maine. The Festival’s mission is to celebrate all the arts—performance, visual, healing, and verbal—along with honoring Norway’s local history. It shares the weekend with the Norway Triathlon and the Norway Library’s Used Book Sale.


Each year, the Festival chooses a focus: a particular artist, place, aspect, or anniversary. (These are listed and described on the Annual Feature page of this website.) 2017 is a special year for the NAF. It’s the 50th anniversary of the Festival’s ancestor: the Sidewalk Art Festival. It’s also the 15th anniversary of broadening the event to include all the arts as the Norway Arts Festival. The NAF committee has chosen painter and educator Duncan Slade as its focus figure this year, and myriad events will celebrate his long life and his dedication to this community and its young people.


All Festival events are free and open to all ages and happen on or near Norway’s historic Main Street. To allow visitors and participants to fully enjoy their experience, Main Street is open only to pedestrian traffic from 9am—4pm from Whitman Street to King Street. Free parking is available in lots surrounding the venue.


Please see the Festival Map for more information and check the Schedule often as updates will be made for Festival events. And please join us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information, including rain dates.


Whether you are a first-time visitor or a returning guest, we want to welcome you to the Norway Arts Festival for a weekend of family fun.



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