Three Rivers Arts Festival returns to Covington this November

Three Rivers transforms downtown Covington into music and arts festival

On Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, the 23rd annual Three Rivers Art Festival will take place in downtown Covington, where it will continue its reign as one of the most popular events on the Northshore.

Annually, Three Rivers draws more than 60,000 attendees from across the United States. During the festival, guests are invited to explore Columbia St. in the Cultural Arts District, where they can peruse crafts, including painting, metalwork and other art pieces from more than 200 artist tents. As part of the festival’s support for the arts, the festival will host a student art competition, which will present the work of over 400 youth artists.

The festival will also showcase the Arts Alive Tent, with presentations by metal forger John Perilloux from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and presentations by coppersmith Buddy Holmes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Children’s Discovery Area will feature tons of kid-friendly and hands-on activities, along with presentations on the art of self-expression and the art of dance. In addition, the Music Tent will feature live performances by pianist and vocalist Brooke Hagler, guitarist and vocalist Brett Thomassie, Kass and John Michael, The In-Laws, singer Maddi Tripp, New Orleans singer-songwriter Reed Alleman, singer-songwriter Jake Gunter and singer and guitarist Kathryn Rose Wood.

To bring an end to the first night of the festival, on Nov. 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Three Rivers will host a free public concert at the Covington Trailhead (419 N. New Hampshire St.), featuring Jake Gunter and Johnny Hayes & the Love Seats.

Since Three Rivers’ start 23 years ago, the festival has grown from a group of 49 artists to a place where over 200 artists can showcase their work, while guests listen to live music and participate in festival events. “Three Rivers celebrates the arts in all its forms – visual art, music, performance and more – and brings some of the best artists in the country to showcase their work here on the Northshore,” said Three Rivers Art Festival Coordinator Sarada Bonnett. “The festival draws a diverse group of visitors to our uniquely artistic community and inspires future generations of artists to create what they love.”

Admission to Three Rivers is free. On both dates, Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, including a full festival schedule and information about the musicians, visit the festival website, here.