The 25th annual Three Rivers Art Festival, one of the largest juried art festivals in the region and most popular events on the Northshore, draws thousands of art lovers to downtown Covington annually for two full days of shopping and entertainment. After going virtual for 2020, this year's festival will once again be held in person in Downtown Covington on Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free!
Attendees can stroll down Columbia Street in the city’s Cultural Arts District and shop from more than 200 artist tents with work ranging from painting to metalwork and everything in between. There is also a Children's Village, live music, interactive experiences and more!
Adding to the weekend’s festivities, Three Rivers will once again host a free public concert at the Covington Trailhead (419 N. New Hampshire Street) on Saturday, November 13 from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. The concert will feature performances by 8 Track Acoustic and Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces.
See more about this year's event on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Threeriversart, and past years' artists and history at http://www.threeriversartfestival.com.
A tent-pole 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 600 Block and the historic Covington Cemetery all the way to the 200 Block and Rutland Street, which borders the town before the scenic Bogue Falaya River. Artists are recognized with awards. Artists' judging takes place Saturday at 9 a.m.
The festival also supports and encourages art education for area school children by hosting a student art competition displayed during the festival. Student art awards are presented on Sunday at Heritage Bank (200 Block).
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.
The district contains art galleries, an excellent art supply store, clothing boutiques and restaurants, all of which display regional artists' works--not to mention the St. Tammany Art Association (STAA), an anchor to the street and host of the town's annual Spring for Art and Fall for Art festivals. Originally a project of the STAA, 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.