Arts on the Avenue Festival

Arts on the Avenue

& Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night— Saturday August 22nd from 6:30PM-9:30PM

ARTS on the AVENUE — Sunday August 23rd from 10AM - 4PM

Welcome to Arts on the Avenue

Welcome to our 22nd Annual Arts on the Avenue!  We are celebrating art, all kinds of art, on August 23rd, 2020.   It all takes place on First Avenue Ladysmith where over 50 artists gather early on Sunday morning with coffee in one hand and original art in the other, ready for you.  This festival is an art collectors dream.  Wander the street and see what artists have brought this year. From original paintings, jewellery, fabric art, carving, native art and more, you will not be disappointed.  The air is filled with music, the streets are lined with art and there is a kids art space where young artists create their own one-of-a-kind work to take home.  Make sure you visit the artisan food tents and our very own community tents to find out what's happening in Ladysmith.

This year's Guest Artist: Coco Jones

I inhabit in a town trying to overcome its ugly name in a picturesque valley on Vancouver island. I am one of those people that’s inner child gets to run rampant through their existence. Musical beats travel from the base of my feet and fly out my hand, as paint splats from the brush to the canvas, in deliberate disorder.

Partnered for 30 years to an amazing frenchman, we cocreated (and even like) our 4 ‘mostly’ grown children (trying to make sure that last one doesn’t kill us!) 

Music and spirit breathes into all that I do. Naturally, I gravitate towards colour, rhythm and line.

Serious health set backs keep my life in perspective. That I can do anything that I do – do, is a bloody miracle! I believe that gratitude is the greatest asset you can have, that and the ability to not give the fuck up, and get to work, is how I be.

I find it a tremendous honour to be a creative at this time in our evolution, and will do everything in my power to always serve as an expression of light and love, and occasionally humour.

coco jones

Coco Jones – photography by Kurt Knock

Road Closure Notice

1st Avenue will be closed from Buller Street to Warren Street starting on Saturday, the 22nd of August at 12:00pm until Sunday August 23rd at 7:30pm. We appreciate you parking on the east side of First Avenue during these times to avoid any accidents and help with the set up/take down process.


 Bylaw 1155 No Pets

We love to spend time with our dogs and we like to take them everywhere!

Arts on the Avenue are anticipating over 6,000 people this year.  For the safety of all involved please leave your dogs at home this year.  We don’t want them to be frightened, stepped on, or suffer from the hot pavement. We are sure they would rather be at home on the couch watching Scooby Doo. Thank you.



Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the 22nd  Arts on the Avenue Festival has been cancelled for August 2020. We will plan a fantastic 2021 Festival with your help. I know some people may be thinking that we are cancelling this event too early but it is a big financial commitment for the Arts Council and this year’s organizers and the Arts Council Board of Directors decided it was in the best interest of the organization and our artists, who also have a financial commitment,  to cancel early.


Please stay tuned on our new website for future updates and information about Arts on the Avenue 2021 as well as other events or digital events we may plan in the upcoming months. If physical distancing regulations are lifted by the summer we hope to plan other types of events in place of the Arts on the Avenue Festival and we will be sure to let you know.



Tel: 250-245-1252 


Mailing Address: PO Box 2370 Ladysmith BC V9G 1B8

Physical Address: 610 Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith

Temporary Physical Address: South Davis Road School, 444 Parkhill Terrace, Ladysmith

©2020 Arts Council of Ladysmith and District

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