A juried show of original works with nearly 200 artists from more than 20 states. Tent after colorful tent ranged along Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington, Louisiana. Arts and crafts demonstrations. Music. Food. And lots of activities just for kids. It's the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival. Where the fun starts with art and goes on for two wonderful days.
Three Rivers was established in 1997 with the sole mission of producing a high-quality arts festival each fall. The festival has become a regional favorite, attracting a sophisticated buying public and a talented group of artists and fine craftsmen each year.
A tentpole of St. Tammany's long-standing reputation as an arts-oriented community and Mecca for artists and art lovers, the festival takes place in the heart of the St. John District, with tents lining both sides of Columbia Street from the historic Covington Cemetery all the way to Rutland Street, which borders the town before the scenic Bogue Falaya River.
The district contains nine galleries, an art supply store, clothing boutiques and restaurants, all of which display regional artists' works--not to mention the St. Tammany Art Association, an anchor to the street and host of the town's annual Spring for Art and Fall for Art festivals.
The festival also supports and encourages art education for area school children by hosting a student art competition displayed during the festival. At the festival itself, the Children's Area offers hands-on activities and the Arts Alive! program provides live demonstrations by exhibiting artists during the day, so kids can either watch or participate in artistic creation.