Friday, October 12th 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Saturday, October 13th 10:00am – 8:00pm, & Sunday, October 14th 11:00am – 4:00pm
The Summit Art Festival is a free, three-day, outdoor, high-quality fine art event in the historic downtown district of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. In its 11th year, this weekend event is organized and hosted by Summit Art, a juried membership 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization, dedicated to supporting the arts and artists by providing exhibition opportunities, professional development and mentoring within Lee’s Summit and the surrounding communities. The festival is managed and operated by the volunteer efforts of Summit Art members, artists and other community volunteers. 100+ artists will offer their work in Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Pastels, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Wood. See some examples of the incredible artwork by our 2018 Artists by clicking here!
Located in the “heart of the city”, downtown Lee’s Summit is a creative community offering many locally-owned specialty shops, boutiques, a bed and breakfast inn, and an eclectic variety of casual and fine-dining restaurants and taverns. New residential lofts and adjacent historic neighborhoods make downtown an excellent place to call home. Downtown Lee’s Summit surrounds the historic depot and Amtrak train station, and the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit and Museum is located within the festival site, which will be open to the public during the festival.
With a population nearing 100,000, Lee’s Summit is the sixth largest city in both the state of Missouri and in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Residents reap the benefits of some of the best economic circumstances and quality of life of any US city. Visual and performing art programs presented by Summit Art, the Lee’s Summit Symphony and the Summit Theater Group contribute to a vibrant community that embraces cultural arts initiatives. The unique combination of historical preservation, with progressive attitudes and entrepreneurship, help create a dynamic sense of place, making downtown Lee’s Summit the ideal location for our fine art event!
Student Art Pavilion: You will find a large pavilion showcasing over 200 pieces of selected works of art created by students from Lee’s Summit’s area high schools and middle schools. Children will be able to enjoy free face-painting on Saturday courtesy of area art students.
Music: Entertaining non-amplified music will be provided by several local musicians throughout the entire weekend at various performance locations. See the performers and schedule here.
Food and Drink: Enjoy a variety of delicious food, refreshments and cocktails available for purchase from local vendors. Relax for a tasty bite in the outdoor food court, sip and stroll while enjoying the exhibits.
Artist Amenities: Ensuring that each artist is well taken care is one of the top priorities of the Summit Art Festival. Festival management has over 11 years of experience with extensive festival promotion, marketing and advertising. The festival has an indoor restroom facility for artists’ use and an artist lounge area with snacks and beverages. In addition, a complimentary lunch is delivered to the artist’s booth. Electricity is included in the booth fee and there is a large volunteer base (including booth sitters) to assist artists. Free, nearby artist parking simplifies loading and unloading and the festival has 24-hour security. Finally, over $3,600 in cash and awards will be awarded.