First-Ever North Country Arts Festival Starts September 4

The North Country Arts Festival will be bringing the North Country Community together to celebrate the arts this September. Along with more popular events, smaller events such as workshops, classes, open mic nights, small concerts, and theater productions will also take place in a variety of businesses and public spaces, starting September 4.

North Country Arts Festival

Anticipating over the course of the month an audience of 5,000 people in person, and 15,000 people online through their media sponsorship with NCPR and partnership with North Country Now. 

This month-long, county-wide event encourages tourism and economic activity throughout St. Lawrence County by showcasing their region’s art industry, which is a critical component of their regional identity. Popular events, such as artists’ studio tour, PorchFest, Remington Arts Festival, plus a new art market during the Ives Park Concert Series will be held within the time frame of the NoCo Arts Fest.

If you’re interested in signing up to participate in any or all of these events, listed below, you can contact their Programs Coordinator at, or visit their website. The deadline to apply to participate in the events for any artist or musician is June 30th.

Some featured  events that they will be having are listed below, 

Ives Park Concert Series Arts Market, September 4th, 12 pm-6 pm: a full day of concerts and an art market on Labor Day weekend partnering with Community Performance Series, and another performance in collaboration with Clarkson University, also holding an art market during this event.

Porchfest, September 4th in Potsdam, and September 5th in Canton 12 pm-5 pm: a musical event on individuals’ porches in Potsdam and Canton residential neighborhoods.

Remington Arts Festival, October 2nd, 10 am-4 pm: a Canton community event commemorating the birth of Frederic Remington, held during St Lawrence University’s Laurentian Weekend.

Artists’ Studio Tour, every weekend in September across the county: in artists’ home studios across the county over several weekends, a revamp of the event that they have organized for the last 34 years. This year they decided to choose a different region of the county for each weekend to better cater to the artists and patrons. The schedule is as follows:

September 11th/12th – Colton/Parishville area

September 18th/19th – Canton/Ogdensburg/Gouverneur area

September 25th/26th – Potsdam/Madrid/Massena area

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