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.
Started as a single project of the St. Tammany Art Assocation, the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival became wildly popular and branched off the organization to be established in 1997 with the sole mission to produce a high quality festival each fall. The festival has become a regional favorite, bringing thousands of visitors to the streets of downtown Covington, Louisiana each year. Tents line 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. Columbia Street fills with fun, music, color, and most importantly, art, and has grown from 49 to nearly 200 exhibiting artists.
The festival attracts a sophisticated buying public and a talented group of artists and fine craftsmen, with thousands of visitors attending each year. This event has three purposes, all of which are connected to the festival's home parish, St. Tammany, and all that the community has to offer. First, the festival serves to expand and enhance St. Tammany's long-standing reputation as an arts-oriented community and Mecca for artists and art lovers. The downtown district contains nine galleries, 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.
Second, the festival adds to the wealth of arts-oriented events presented across the parish, such as free outdoor concerts, art walks and festivals.
The third key purpose of the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival is to support and encourage art education for area school children. By hosting a student art competition that is displayed during the festival, the event inspires and encourages children of all ages to experiment with and create art. 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.
Parking is free throughout the walkable district.